12:04pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Will Marvel's New 'Hulk' Be a Smash?
This spring, the Hulk goes back to basics -- and beyond -- as Marvel Entertainment's Indestructible Hulk series is replaced by a new series simply titled Hulk that teams Indestructible writer Mark Waid with fan-favorite artist Mark Bagley.
The relaunch of the character comes as the result of events in Indestructible Hulk's final issue, according to the writer. "Let's say that Banner's in a VERY bad way physically as the series opens up," Waid told Comic Book Resources in an interview about the new series, promising that "Banner and Hulk will be divided in a way we've never seen before on a long-term basis, and those who are eager to see the Hulk once more be his 'own' character will be very pleased, I think."
Divided in a way we've never seen before is an impressive tease, considering the history of the two characters across the last five decades. We've seen them as two entirely separate physical entities, we've seen Banner in control of the Hulk's body and vice versa, we've seen evil Banner and good Hulk, and many, many other permutations.
For his part, Waid isn't offering any specifics about the new status quo just yet, but instead saying that fans should "get ready to learn a lot about Bruce Banner that you never knew," with the character having to "decide once and for all what he wants, how he wants to get it, what he's willing to sacrifice, and why he wants to follow his career path. And the answers will really shock you. They shocked us."
Banner's alter ego isn't being left out of the equation, as befits the title character of the series, with Waid promising "more reason for Hulk to carry more of the issue" and, mysteriously, mentioning the new running theme of "trying to solve the mystery of what Hulk's secret agenda is. Not Banner's -- Hulk's."
Hulk launches in April.