At their “Fear Itself” panel Sunday afternoon at Comic-Con International: San Diego, Marvel revealed what’s next: a brand new Incredible Hulk #1 in October, from the high-profile creative team of writer/Marvel Architect Jason Aaron (Wolverine, Scalped) and artist/Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri (Uncanny X-Men, The Darkness).
I just read an exclusive interview by Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer with Jason Aaron who is the new writer for Incredible Hulk with Greg Pak leaving the title in August with #635 as we have featured previously here. The Hulk has had many wars and battles since his creation but now he is battling himself. The classic “Hulk vs” story has come to be Hulk vs Bruce Banner. Yes they are separate and Jason Aaron will build on that theme at the end of the Fear Itself story line.
Jason talks about the influence of writers of the Hulk including John Byrne, Peter David, and of course Greg Pak. ” You can’t really talk about the Hulk without talking about Peter David’s run. I read all that stuff off the rack as it was coming out. I think I first started when [Todd] McFarlane, and then Erik Larsen, were drawing it. Even before that, I loved the short John Byrne run, which I think was the first time we had ever seen Hulk and Banner split apart into two different entities.
And then the Bruce Jones run really hooked me on Hulk again. That was a book that really made the Hulk a monster again, it really kind of changed the tone of the book. It wasn’t a superhero book, which I liked. Then you’ve got to give Greg Pak big credit. He’s taken the Hulk to all-new heights over the course of his long run, and done some amazing, character-defining stories.”
Jason wants to develop the the clash between the Bruce Banner vs Hulk persona. “Hulk has been a lot of different things At the end of the day, it always comes back to that dynamic between Banner and this other persona that’s inside him, the Hulk. That’s what my book will focus on. I’ll be trying to kind of turn the tables a little bit and look at that from a different perspective.”
The Hulk has been a monster a hero and the most miss understood Marvel character. I will be checking out this new look at The Incredible Hulk starting in October. You knew they would not let the title end. Stay tuned comic faithful for more. 🙂 Walt