The entire 2008 Red Hulk series centered around trying to keep readers interested in finding out the identity of the new Hulk. At first, with the teaser posters Marvel was releasing of the Totally Awesome Hulk, blacking out the Faux mo-hawked head and hand of the new Hulk, and later changing the silohetted noggin to a Thor and then Iron Fist looking head, it would seem that history was going to repeat itself. Well, today Marvel put the theories to rest and let the entire world know what they already knew… That Amedeaus Cho will helm the jade mantle.
As much as I respect Pak and his career as a Hulk writer there are a few reasons I have chosen to not pick up the “totally awesome” new series. I wonder how many of you are following suit? Bear in mind that my reasons have nothing to do with the bigoted whining I see from fan boys on the message boards when they say Disney is making the MU more diverse and PC so they made Hulk Asian. I don’t think this is a Disney directive at all – and I have no problem with anyone creating diverse characters in what we read month after month. So, if those comments appear on my site, here is your fair warning that they will be deleted.
Here are my issues – Hulk was an anomaly. Plain and simple – Hulk was created from an unforeseen happenstance that could not seem to be replicated. They said so over they early years of continuity – with countless enemies trying to create their own Hulks – and always failing. Why? Because how the Hulk came to be was never designed. Not to mention, it was always stated that Gamma Radiation affects everyone differently. That’s why Betty sprouted wings while Sterns brain grew three sizes that day.
Sure, you can point out Jenn Walters, and really I have no good response – except that it didn’t change her exactly the same either. Of course, her change came right from the blood stream of Banner – so there is that.
Even so, after Duggan spent the better part of a year cleaning the mess that Quesada and Loeb created of the Hulk Universe, we’re now seeing the same stunt being repeated that began the problems in the first place. We’re being thrown out of the fire and into the frying pan. That’s why I for one will not be along for this ride. No matter how many times Pak will try to reassure readers how fun this new take will be I just can’t muster enough interest to devote my time to reading a series that is obviously meant to appeal to new readers and alienate the faithful. Sorry to say, I am done.