Outright Classics – The Incredible Hulk
Outright Classics – The Incredible Hulk
For this week’s Outright Classics we give you some of our favorite reads featuring the Marvel World’s Mightiest Mortal, and boy is it a list. We’ve got everything from single issues to whole storylines lined up for you as well a few picks that are a little out there. If you don’t see your favorite, let us know what’s your favorite Hulk storyline in the comments below True Believers!
John Hooser – The Immortal Hulk (current)
Immortal Hulk right now is kicking ass! Can I say ass? Well damn, it is kicking ass, so I hope that is okay. Al Ewing is turning up the horror story that is Hulk and it’s been a beautiful piece of art so far. I believe this is one of those runs that we will be talking about for years to come. Not many stories out there right now can really say that as seriously as this current run. It’s turning out to be one of my favorite Hulk runs. It’s worth picking it up and getting caught up! Immortal Hulk for the win, but Planet Hulk was close.
My favorite Hulk storyline was always Harlan Ellison’s “The Brute That Shouted Love At The Heart Of The Atom”. Hulk gets shrunken down by a one off Avengers villain and winds up on a world situated in an atom. He finds the love of a Queen and loyal subjects to rule. Yet, because he is the Hulk and Hulk can’t have nice things, the story has a suitably bitter ending.
Dandy Don the Valiant – Planet Hulk
The Greatest Hulk Story Ever Told Is: Planet Hulk (2006-07) written by Greg Pak. It ran through Incredible Hulk (Vol. 2) #92-#105 & Giant Size Hulk (Vol. 2) #1, although the Prelude to the Planet Hulk storyline started in Incredible Hulk (Vol. 2) #88-#91 and the New Avengers: Illuminati One-Shot.
After the Hulk goes on a rampage that destroys most of Las Vegas, he goes into exile to keep from destroying anything or anyone again. The Illuminati, which consists of Tony Stark, Charles XZavier, Namor, Reed Richards, Black Bolt, and Dr. Strange, come together to decide what to do with The Hulk. They are tired of his rampages. So what do the Illuminati decide to do with this long time super-hero, who has also been an Avenger, and also someone who has saved the world and numerous super-heroes countless times? They lure him out from hiding, trick him into climbing aboard a ship for a mission, trap him inside, and send him deep into outer space to finish his life on an uninhabited distant planet. What? And what gives them the right to decide another hero’s fate like that? (Well, everyone but Namor, that is). The nerve! Think this decision will come back to haunt them? Oh, yeah!
The ship gets sucked through a wormhole instead and sends him to a planet called Sakaar. He arrives in a weakened state and is captured. He is forced to become a gladiator for the viewing pleasure of the evil Red King of Sakaar. This arc sees the Hulk become a great gladiator, become ruler of Sakaar, get married, and have children. When everything seems to be working out for the Hulk, the ship he originally arrived on blows up and kills almost everyone on the planet, including his wife! If you ever thought the Hulk went on rampages before, you ain’t seen nothing yet!
Hulk plots a course back to Earth, with the Warbound (a small group of allies led by the Hulk that toppled the empire of the evil Red King) to seek out the Illuminati to make them pay for destroying his new home, his friends, and his wife. Revenge is on the way!
For me, this is still the greatest Hulk story ever told. Buy the TPB, read it, and decide for yourself. It’s definitely worth the read!
Eli Funaro – Incredible Hulk 314-324 The John Byrne years
The John Byrne and Allen Milgrom run. I believe it was Incredible Hulk # 314 – 324. Byrne started the arc but Milgrom took over. This is prior to the Peter David run. This is when Doc Samson separates Bruce Banner from the Hulk. But then the Hulk goes on a rampage since Banner can’t control him anymore. Every Marvel Hero tried to stop him but couldn’t. Hulk was just too powerful. Finally they had to put Banner back into the Hulk. That’s when he turned grey. I read this as a kid and it just proved that the Hulk was the strongest one there is, since he pretty much kicked the whole Marvel Universe’s ass!
Tony Dillard – Rampaging Hulk
The Rampaging Hulk. If you’ve never read it, it’s quite interesting. Published as a magazine supplement to the live-action Hulk TV series starring Lou Ferrigno, Rampaging Hulk retold the first year or so of comics for new readers. But since it was a magazine and not bound by the Comics Code, the death rate was sky high. Around the halfway point, the book shifted focus and was more like the TV show. Powerful topics such as male gang rape, domestic violence and drugs were the focus of things Hulk smashed. Plus, the fan-favorite Moon Knight started popping up in those later tales.
Joe Bones – Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur
The only comic series I’ve ever read with Hulk in it, is Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. That’s a great series, but not because of the Hulk. For reasons that aren’t explained in this series, Bruce Banner can talk and think normally even when hulked out. He uses this skill, to be a huge jerk to Moon Girl. As a member of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, he shows us his bravery by talking down to and insulting an elementary aged black girl before he beats up and captures Devil Dinosaur. Hulk Smash-ed any chance of me ever liking the character.
Gaumer – World War Hulk X-Men and the Kick Heard All Around Jersey
There’s a whole lot of great Hulk stuff. My personal favorite is Planet Hulk, the lead up to that, even the aftermath that was World War Hulk, but since Dandy Don already pretty much took that one (and good on him), I’m going to settle into a niche as best I can.
To me Hulk is all about cool moments. He just has this thing about him where he’s literally larger than life, writers can easily play off that in some ingenious ways. My absolute favorite example of this was in the throwaway event tie-in World War Hulk: X-Men from Christos Gage and Andrea Di Vito, and it’s ONLY because of this single moment.
Thomas Hulett – Incredible Hulk 300
I could write an entire list by myself, the Incredible Hulk is my favorite Marvel character. While everyone always compares versions of the Hulk claiming which version is stronger or deadlier I give you the Savage Hulk. Issue 300 is the culmination of one story and the beginning of another. A few issues before this Banner managed to finally rid himself of the Hulk by separating his essence from that of the Hulk. The only problem is this left a mindless Hulk without the calming influence of Banner. The Hulk quickly turned his attention toward New York and the savage beast began heading for the Big Apple. The combined might of the Marvel Universe, or everyone that is available strikes out to stop him to no avail. Finally, in a fit of desperation Dr. Strange banishes the Hulk to the crossroads. The Crossroads is another dimension where the Hulk can’t hurt anyone or be hurt himself. Sadly, this doesn’t go as planned and our hero wanders the crossroads for the next year worth of issues.
Tarah Bleier – MCU Hulk
My Hulktastic pick this week is Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok . I loved the scene between him and Thor in the arena and just seeing what happened to him after Age of Ultron. Mark Ruffolo did a truly amazing job as Banner/ Hulk. I love this cinematic version of him simply because it was done so well. Hulk in the MCU only got better especially in Endgame.
Keven Carignan – EVO 2015
Grand Finals of EVO 2015. Kane Blue River did the impossible coming from an unknown country for Mahvel, Chile, with a team composed of characters NOBODY thought would make it to Top 8, let alone Grand Finals, and took out god after god to win it all.
Hulk smash puny bracket.
Outright Classics – The Incredible Hulk