As part of its ongoing rollout of “Fresh Start” launches, Marvel Entertainment has unveiled details about its new Hulk comic — which puts a creepy new spin on the fan-favorite character. Is the world really ready for The Immortal Hulk?
The new series comes from writer Al Ewing and artist Joe Bennett and spins out of the current Avengers comic book storyline, which brings Bruce Banner back from the grave after his death in Civil War II. Ewing shared the high-concept pitch for the series on Twitter:
— Al Ewing Writes Comics And Tells You About Them (@Al_Ewing) February 27, 2018
Much of the new take on the character comes from existing Hulk mythology; when the character originally appeared in the early 1960s, he changed from Bruce Banner to the Hulk when the sun set each night. Similarly, returning from the dead — or, perhaps, not fully dying in the first place — is not a new experience for Banner; even ignoring the fact that he’d already shown up in last year’s Secret Empire after getting shot in the head with an arrow in 2016, this is a character whose origin includes surviving an nuclear explosion that should, even by comic book standards, have killed him.
Talking to CBR, Ewing said that he’s intending the series to be “hopefully unlike any Hulk comic you’ve read before. It’s a comic about a monster who can’t die. It’s about a man who believes he can use the darkest elements of his personality to do good in the world, and where that belief leads him. It’s about mortality, atonement and denial. It’s about all the parts of ourselves we don’t like to look at. It’s a horror comic. And if we’ve done even half the job I think we have, it’ll be one of the most talked-about comics of 2018.”
The Immortal Hulk is set to launch in June.