Indestructible Hulk Marvel NOW News Conference

Mark Waid and Leinil Yu participated in a news conference today in anticipation of the upcoming first issue of The Indestructible Hulk.

Following a very complimentary and mutual admiration between Waid and Yu, Moderator and Sales & Communications Coordinator James Viscardi kicked things off by introducing the creative team and asking Waid for an overview of what he the series.

“I’m actually trying to take them on the most imaginative Marvel Universe-based ride we can concoct,” said Waid, who said part of the mission statement was strengthening Hulk’s ties to the Marvel U and he’ll fight Marvel villains as well as show up in Marvel locales. “We want to bring Bruce Banner and the Hulk into the Marvel Universe tapestry. And the easiest way to do that is to make Hulk an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Waid elaborated, saying that one of the things that came out of “Avengers Vs. X-Men” was a philosophical view of where the characters are going. “Bruce Banner’s biggest takeaway of ‘AvX’ is that he doesn’t get to be the science hero. He never gets to be the science hero. He’s the guy who smashes stuff,” said Waid. “We always speak of him in the same breath as we do Reed Richards and Tony Stark, but in the context of the Marvel Universe, Banner spends most of his time in a lab trying to make himself not the Hulk anymore.” Waid referred to the Hulk as a “chronic condition,” hence the title of the series. No matter how much he tries, Banner can’t get rid of the Hulk permanently and has decided to take a sabbatical from trying to control the Hulk. Instead, the mission statement will be “Hulk destroys, Banner builds.”

“Why does my tombstone have to read ‘Hulk Smash?'” Waid said of Banner. “So, he’s gone through S.H.I.E.L.D. and has cut a relationship with them. It’s a good deal all around, but there are layers to it that you’ll see in the first issue.” The writer said there are extenuating circumstances to the deal, citing “background deals” and “background contacts” and the reason why Banner is an agent under Maria Hill will come out during the first few issues.

Yu stated his enjoyment at getting to work with Waid again, saying the writer gave him “a lot of space and a lot of opportunity to draw Hulk.”

“There’s a lot of room to do money shots and even the conversation pieces are well-paced and I’m really happy with how it’s turning out,” said Yu. “Mark really knows his stuff and he seems to be able to read my mind.”

Waid responded in kind, saying Yu brought a “real sense of power to these incredibly powerful characters.”

“One of the things that Leinil’s artwork made me realize is we tend to think of the Hulk as this lumbering brute who stomps around when he’s angry,” said Waid. “I think that’s because a lot of us grew up with the Lou Ferrigno TV show, but those are giant muscles on that guy. The Hulk is fast. … Leinil does such a good job at capturing the Hulk as a force of nature.” Waid said that Yu was drawing the Hulk in a way he felt nobody else ever has.

The writer spoke briefly about the challenge in replicating the success that he’s had with “Daredevil.”

“With Hulk, you don’t get to write witty banter. It’s harder to put him in danger. It’s a less street-level book,” said Waid. “What occurred to me is the commonality between the two books is that like we’d done with Matt Murdock, Bruce Banner has realized the things he’s been doing in the recent past doesn’t work. … Both men have sort of reached that point in their life — and this is how you honor what’s gone on before without disavowing it — they look back on their histories and go, ‘I want to try something different because what I have right now is not working.’ That’s how the internal mechanism of the book works.

“What Stan and Jack did so beautifully when they created the Hulk is they created the world’s first persecuted superhero, the guy who every day of every year of every moment of his life was filled with angst and turmoil about his super powers,” Waid continued. Bruce Banner was the typical morose, the seminal morose portrait superhero. Fifty years later, you can go pick up a bunch superhero comic at random and most of those characters are tortured and angst-ridden now. So, I thought, ‘Rather than Hulk continue in that same route, let’s try to turn left.’ Let’s try to make Hulk’s perspective and his powers unique again as it was back in the day.

“Hulk had a big raincloud over his head back when it wasn’t cool and now that everybody has it, Hulk’s looking for an umbrella,” said Waid.

Waid said there are times Bruce Banner transforms into different Hulks. “Either way, Banner realizes this is not something he can stop. It’s something he can manage … but Hulk happens, as Banner puts it,” said Waid, mentioning that S.H.I.E.L.D. thinks about him more as a cannon, not a bomb.

As for S.H.I.E.L.D., Waid stated the organization thinks they have a tight leash on the Hulk, but they may not and the armor-like apparatus the Hulk wears may not be for Hulk — but for Banner.

In terms of villains, Waid stated he was looking for a villain or villains that the Hulk hadn’t punched yet. “Attuma will be showing up in issues four and five,” he said. “We have Frost Giants on the horizon. We’ve got — of all things — we have the all new, all-different Quintronic Man. Those are just some of the ones. There is actually a big bad at the head of the first year. I don’t want to say, but just keep reading. There is one.”

Yu described some of the design process for the character. “We initially had more of an eccentric look for Hulk. I sent in different hairstyles, mohawks of different sizes. We tried a lot of different looks and armor designs. The one you see before you now is actually the more tame one. … I think it works. It’s not as if it’s never been tried before. The Dale Keown Hulk wore a tuxedo. It’s a mix between the crazy looking Hulk and the human one.

“I’m trying to bring the sexy back,” said Yu.

As for supporting cast in “Indestructible Hulk,” Waid stated there will be support staff for Banner’s new lab. “He needs interns, he needs lab assistants,” said Waid, who stated it was difficult to hire for the position. “We’ve paired it down to a group of lab assistants who premiere in issue three and get explored in issue four. … Each of them has a secret. It’s one of the things that attracts Bruce to them. Each of them have a hidden self inside them. Leinil’s done a great job designing them.” The assistants will accompany Banner on certain missions.

Waid also expressed excitement at the prospect of a Daredevil/Hulk crossover.

For design other than Bruce Banner and the Hulk, Yu said he had the most fun designing a villain.

“I’ve actually enjoyed redesigning the Quintronic Man,” said Yu, who thought Waid was joking when he said he wanted to update the villain. “I think the cover is out on the net somewhere.” (It’s issue #3.)

Although Waid hasn’t done much with Coulson, he stated Maria Hill is a great foil for Banner “because she’s a control freak.”

“She’s not a terribly relaxed human being,” said Waid. “That’s the perfect person to have to deal with a creature that’s all id and no ego. That’s the heart of it to me, that’s the fun of it to me. And Banner enjoying, relishing tweaking her. It’s not above banner to drop a box on his foot in front of Maria just to see her heart stop for a second.”

For setting, Yu said he was surprised he wasn’t drawing New York. “It’s all over the planet,” the artist said of the book. “It’s fun to draw different stuff.”

Waid teased that Yu would have to draw some underwater locations soon. Yu joked that he needed a Google street view of underwater.

The writer further noted that Banner was subliminally trying to control the Hulk and the Hulk doesn’t like to be controlled. “We may see some split personality stuff sooner rather than later.”

Before the call ended, both creators continued their mutual admiration of each others’ skills, with Waid saying Yu was making him look good.

“I’m the luckiest guy in the world because I get to see it all first hand!” said Yu of Waid’s scripts.

“You say that now, but you haven’t seen what I’m going to have you design!” said Waid.

With that, the call wrapped. “Indestructible Hulk” #1 by Mark Waid and Leinil Yu goes on sale November 14.

January 2013 Incredible Hulk Marvel Comic Book Solicitations

INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #3
MARK WAID (W) • LEINIL FRANCIS YU (A/C)
Variant Cover aby SIMONE BIANCHI
HULK: AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D.!!!
• HULK’S first official mission: take down the ALL-NEW QUINTRONIC MAN!!!
• More on Banner’s secret hold over S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Maria Hill!
• What and where is…BANNERTOWN, U.S.A?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #11
KELLY SUE DECONNICK (W) • Stefano Caselli (A)
Cover by MICO SUAYAN
Variant Cover by STEPHANE PERGER
• Spider-Woman is totally safe locked in that box with the parasite-infested Hulk… right?
• Remember that time Tony Stark said he hated trust falls? You knew that was going to come back. C’mon.
• ::whistles:: Hanging coffins of the Bo ::whistles::
• Yun Guang Han’s done it–he’s infected his Order of the Dragon initiates with next-step evolutionary bacteria and built himself a super-creepy (and kind of gross) army… WITH WHICH TO CONQUER THE WORLD.
• Mwah ha ha etc.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE INCREDIBLE HULK VOL. 7 HC
Written by ROY THOMAS with HARLAN ELLISON & GARY FRIEDRICH
Penciled by HERB TRIMPE with DICK AYERS, SAL BUSCEMA & SAM GRAINGER
Cover by HERB TRIMPE
The Hulk is back, and he’s going to smash his way through more masterworks than you can throw a tank at! It starts off with the time-travelling Kang the Conqueror and a trip back to World War I featuring the Phantom Eagle. Then, Hulk takes it to outer space, fighting the Abomination, before falling down to Earth and into the sub-atomic world of the Psyklop. Following the classic introduction of Hulk’s love, Jarella, comes the first appearance of Doc Samson, a battle atop the Empire State Building, and the fight for who’s meanest and greenest against Dr. Doom! With the Phantom Eagle’s first appearance from MARVEL SUPER-HEROES to round it out, there’s no doubt — this is a Marvel Masterworks! Collecting INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) #135-144, AVENGERS (1963) #88 and MARVEL SUPER-HEROES (1967) #16.
256 PGS./All Ages …$69.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-6668-9
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE INCREDIBLE HULK VOL. 7 HC — VARIANT EDITION VOL. 193 (DM ONLY)
256 PGS./All Ages …$69.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-6669-6

RED SHE-HULK #61
JEFF PARKER (W)
CARLO PAGULAYAN & WELLINTON ALVES (A)
Cover by JANA SCHIRMER
Variant Cover by DAVE WILLIAMS
NO LIMITS!
• The issue that reveals that Betty Ross has more in common with Bruce Banner than the name HULK!
• The secret connection of Echelon and the end of humanity as the World Computer CRASHES!
• The last stand of MACHINE MAN!!!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

THUNDERBOLTS #3
Daniel Way (W) • Steve Dillon (A)
Cover by Julian Totino Tedesco
Variant Cover by Billy Tan
• The Thunderbolts are tearing their way through a bloody mission!
• But will even this crew approve of the team’s NEWEST MEMBER?
• Yeah, that’s right—the RED LEADER.
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99

Incredible Hulk Smash Mobile Marvel Super Hero Adventures Figure

This is the new Incredible Hulk figure from the Marvel Super Hero Adventures line of toys which is geared towards small kids. Which is fine with me because we can always use more comic book fans. The Hulk comes with his own Smash Mobile vehicle and for some reason looks to have a life jacket on. Maybe it’s not supposed to be a life jacket but that is sure what it looks like. Maybe some kind of construction vest?

Incredible Hulk News and Covers from NYCC (New York Comic Convention)

The New York Comic Convention is in full blast and Marvel has had a panel to discuss the Avengers. Mark Waid was there so there was of course talk of the Hulk. Below are various comments made about not only the Hulk but the Red Hulk and some upcoming covers also.

Waid said “Indestructible Hulk” is “so much fun to write.” As to how he came onto the project, “the call went out from Marvel and they said, ‘who do we know with anger management issues?'” Waid said that the pitch he gave was remarkably similar to Mark Ruffalo’s depiction of the character in the “Avengers” film, which at the time had not been released. “People talk of him in the same breath as Tony Stark and Reed Richards in terms of genius,” Waid said of his take on the character. “But looking back on ‘AVX,’ Banner had almost no effect—Hulk did. He doesn’t want his tombstone to read ‘Hulk Smash.'” Waid added that “as Hulk destroys, Banner builds.” He will form a partnership with S.H.I.E.L.D. to realize his goals. With that agency’s reservations, Hulk tells them, “Don’t think of Hulk as a bomb–think of him as a cannon.” This, Waid said, would allow them to point Hulk where things need smashing. Also, Hulk knows a secret of S.H.I.E.L.D. “that makes his dealings with them much easier.”

Waid said that whether Banner would remember his exploits as Hulk would depend on how angry he gets.

As to Hulk’s vocabulary, Waid said it’s “a point of contention around the office.” “We don’t want Cookie Monster Hulk, but we don’t want super-eloquent Hulk either.” Waid said that Hulk won’t say much out loud, but “will hit as hard with his words as his fists.” Like the movie, too, Hulk is not “Lou Ferrigno lumbering across the screen” but is super-fast like Ruffalo’s Avenger.

Waid said that “Indestructible Hulk” will not incorporate elements of “Planet Hulk,” but that it would play on the idea that “you don’t always know what Hulk’s coming out of the box,” as what sort of Hulk emerges can depend on the factors that brought out the rage.

And yes that is a Red Leader on the cover of the Thunderbolts book.

Sneak Preview of Marvel NOW Indestrucible Hulk #1

We are still a couple months away from the book launching but thanks to comicbookmovie.com, we get a sneak peak of the first three pages of the upcoming Waid and Yu Indestructible Hulk from the Marvel NOW relaunch. We really don’t see too much but that splash page is awesome. Can’t wait for this book to come out.

Marvel Universe She-Hulk Action Figure

This is the new She-Hulk action figure from the Hasbro Marvel Universe line. You knew they would get around to making her eventually and this is finally a good She-Hulk action figure. The problem with the other She-Hulk figures that have been made is that the way they have designed her legs before, it is almost impossible to have her stand up, she always falls over. With this version, she seems to be pretty steady. This is her outfit she wore in her comic series from a few years ago, they did a pretty good job on the sculpt for this figure.

New Incredible Hulk and Iron Man Heroes United Animated Movie Coming

Entertainment Weekly’s website has exclusive news on an upcoming Incredible Hulk and Iron Man animated movie called Heroes United.

“Marvel Animation Studios has exclusively revealed plans to EW for its debut feature, Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United, which will team Tony Stark and Bruce Banner in a fight against the villain Zzzax, a creature formed out of pure energy who can absorb human minds.

As these first images show, the movie (which will debut on home video April 23) is a hybrid of computer-generated animation and hand-drawn art.

Zzzax is a character long familiar to fans of the Hulk, a sentient being created by accident after a terrorist attack on a nuclear plant caused a bizarre chain reaction. The living energy mass that results, dubbed “It!” on the cover of its first comic book appearance in August 1973, is a kind of giant, lumbering brainwave vampire, consuming the electrical impulses in the heads of every living thing it encounters.

“We see his origin in the movie. It’s what would happen if the entire Eastern seaboard [electrical grid] went out,” says Jeph Loeb, executive VP of Marvel’s TV division, which is overseeing the movie. “The two heroes meet up, thinking of each other as to blame.”

What happens next? “Calamity ensues,” Loeb says.

While the animated Heroes United isn’t a direct sequel to The Avengers, “we welcome people to interpret any way they like,” says Loeb. “In tone and character, we want to follow our best leader.”

In this version, Adrian Pasdar (NBC’s Heroes) voices Iron Man and Fred ­Tatasciore (a veteran of previous Hulk cartoons) voices Banner and his monstrous alter-ego. Zzzax will be voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, best known as Klaus the goldfish on American Dad.”