Indestructible Hulk Writer Mark Waid Interview with CBR

Comicbookresources.com did a nice interview with Mark Waid, writer of The Indestructible Hulk. Take a look:

CBR News: So Mark, we now know that one of the reasons Bruce Banner has decided to accept and try to manage the Hulk rather than cure himself is because he wants to focus on utilizing his intellect to help the world. In issue #1, when Maria Hill mentions other people who have done that, like Tony Stark, Bruce gets a little upset. I’m curious as to Bruce’s current feelings towards people like Stark and Reed Richards? Is there a bit of a jealousy or rivalry there?

Mark Waid: Definitely. Not an ugly one, just one that’s overdue to bubble up. Much more on this in issue two, as Tony and Bruce go ego-to-ego.

In order to use his intellect to help the world, Bruce needs funding, which he approaches Maria Hill and S.H.I.EL.D. for. From my understanding of that scene and the devices Bruce talks about, like the water purifier, he’s not interested in making weapons for S.H.I.E.L.D. or the government, correct? And if they try to force him, that’s partly what his mysterious “insurance” is for.

That’s exactly right. Bruce isn’t the least bit interested in weapons manufacturing; he wants to create devices that will be used for peaceful, utopian goals. Again, his new motto is, “Hulk smashes, Banner builds.” That said, he should keep close watch on just exactly what S.H.I.E.L.D. is doing with these devices…

You’ve also already introduced the books first mystery in the identity of the character instructed to deliver Bruce’s “insurance.” Can you hint or tease at who — or what — this is? And will this character’s identity remain a mystery for a while? Or will you get to that fairly soon?

The character’s identity will be revealed fairly soon — and, BTW, probably but not necessarily in “Indestructible Hulk” — but the contents of the dossier Maria referred to as “blackmail,” that’s a longer-termed mystery. Still, astute readers will be able to put the clues together in short order.

In the beginning of the issue, Bruce outlines his plans, and at the end, Hulk basically goes into action for S.H.I.E.L.D. against the Mad Thinker. We don’t really get the Hulk’s point of view on things, so can you talk about his perspective on what’s going on and what his ultimate goals are? Bruce seems to have accepted the Hulk, but has the Hulk accepted him?

HA! Good question, and one that plays heavily into the back half of the year. I’ll be brutally honest — I’m still having a hard time pinning down an exact ‘voice’ for Hulk. Not Cookie Monster, but not erudite, either. I don’t believe Hulk has much opinion about the deal Banner’s cut with S.H.I.E.L.D., but we’ll see.

I’m also curious as to how Bruce and the Hulk view the tactical nature of the Hulk. Are there some missions that Bruce wouldn’t want the Hulk used for? And will the Hulk have any feelings on what types of missions he will and won’t do for S.H.I.E.L.D.?

Hulk won’t — he just wants to smash — but Bruce will have his opinions. Unfortunately, because he’s not signing the checks, he may not always get his way. And some of the fun of the writing comes in how Maria will sometimes deliberately withhold information from Bruce before sending him into the field so she can time the transformation to her liking. You’ll see more of that in issue four.

In this issue, Maria Hill, and to a lesser degree agent Phil Coulson, become part of the Hulk’s supporting cast. How big a role will these two characters play in the series going forward? What do you find most interesting about Maria and Phil?

Phil, we’re still fussing with — honestly, I wrote the first issue before the High Sheriffs elected to inject Phil into the Marvel Universe, so we added that in editing — but I’d love to do more with Coulson. It just depends on who has dibs, series-wise.

What I find most interesting about Maria is that she’s a control freak, so there is just absolutely nothing about having Hulk at her disposal that she finds the least bit attractive, But it’s a necessary evil (see: blackmail dossier). Worse for her, in order to maximize her influence over Hulk, she has to be nice to Banner, and he milks that just to mess with her head. He’s always bumming a twenty off of her, or asking her to pick him up at the airport, or whatever, and she fantasizes hourly about just poisoning his breakfast once and for all.

Maria, Phil and the Hulk are all part of Nick Spencer’s upcoming “Secret Avengers” series, and I understand you and Nick have been talking about ways to coordinate your books. Will readers of both titles see some interplay between the books? And is there a chance the Hulk’s “Secret Avengers” teammates will show up in “Indestructible Hulk?”

I would love that. Nick’s terrific. The coordination? We leave that up to editor par excellence, Mark Pannicia, without whom I’d be lost. The entire Hulk editorial office is a wonder of organization, efficiency and support. Seriously, we’d be helpless without them.

We’ve talked about story and how “Indestructible Hulk” might connect with other books, so let’s start to wrap things up by talking about the work of Leinil Yu and Sunny Gho. Which of their strengths did you want to play to in this opening issue? What can readers expect from them going forward?

Here’s why I knew Leinil was the perfect choice right off: His work conveys power and brutality. I think, thanks to 30 years of Hulk TV reruns, we tend to think of Hulk as a lumbering brute, but anyone who can jump two miles has serious leg muscles and should be able to move like lightning. Leinil conveys that. He gets that Hulk is a force of nature, an unpredictable hurricane of rage. And Sunny — wow. He can flat-out tell a story just through color, and that’s the highest compliment I can pay.

Finally, the first issue ended by firmly establishing Bruce Banner and the Hulk’s working relationship with S.H.I.E.L.D., but there’s plenty more plot left to unfold. Can you give us a sort of “This season on ‘Indestructible Hulk'” teaser about some of your upcoming issues?

Sure! This season on “Indestructible Hulk”: Frost Giants, the Sandman, Attuma and the lost magicks of Lemuria, the undersea equivalent of the Helicarrier and a nifty, unexpected bit of time travel that allows a guest-star in issues six through eight that will, no kidding, have fans cheering with his (or her!) surprise appearance!

Incredible Hulk February 2013 Marvel Comics Solicitations

INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #4
MARK WAID (W) • LEINIL FRANCIS YU (A/C)
Artist Variant Cover by PASQUAL FERRY
• HULK is the strongest there is…on land. But in the ocean ATTUMA RULES!!!
• Bruce Banner leads SHIELD in a race to the ocean floor searching for CLASSIFIED!
• Which one of Banner’s new lab assistants holds a deadly secret?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Secret Avengers #1
NICK SPENCER (W)
LUKE ROSS (A)
TOMM COKER (C)
Variant Cover by LEINIL YU
Variant by JOE QUESADA
Sketch Variant by JOE QUESADA
Blank Cover Variant Also Available
“The Most Dangerous Secrets We Have… Are The Ones We Keep From Ourselves.” The new Nick Fury leads a covert Avengers strike team including but not limited to Hawkeye, Black Widow, The Hulk, The Winter Soldier, Maria Hill and Phil Coulson on missions so dangerous, even the team members themselves can’t know about them!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

RED SHE-HULK #62
JEFF PARKER (W)
CARLO PAGULAYAN & WELLINTON ALVES (A)
Cover by JANA SCHIRMER
Artist Variant by STEVE LIGHTLE
• CAPTAIN AMERICA is forced to make a grave decision!
• Betty Ross loses what’s most precious to her!
• RED SHE-HULK reacts BADLY!!!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

THUNDERBOLTS #4-5
Daniel Way (W) • Steve Dillon (A)
Cover by Julian Totino Tedesco
Issue #4 & 5 Variant Covers by Billy Tan
• The return of the gamma-powered MADMAN!
• The Thunderbolts first mission is going off the rails!
• Can the team trust the Red Hulk to lead them?
32 PGS. (EACH)/Parental Advisory …$2.99 (EACH)

Gentle Giant Avengers Movie Incredible Hulk Statue Bust

Gentle Giant is releasing another Incredible Hulk statue and this one is based off the Avengers movie. While the recent Gentle Giant Hulk statues have been really great looking, this one just isn’t doing it for me. I think the face is just a bit off or something, can’t really put my finger on it. Priced at $90, here is the link to their site: Hulk Mini Bust Statue

Planet Hulk Commission by Duncan Fegredo

I went to the NC Comicon this weekend in Durham, NC and it was a great little show (although it is getting bigger by the year) and I was lucky enough to get a commission by Duncan Fegredo, artist on the Hellboy comic book. This was his only US show this year so I was lucky enough to get a piece from him. Really nice guy to talk to also.

Avengers Initiative Lite with the Incredible Hulk Now Free for iPhones

Marvel has released a “lite” version of their Avenges Initiative iOS game which features the Incredible Hulk fighting a number of Hulk villains like Wendigo and SuperSkrulls. The game normally costs $6.99 so go grab the free version while it is available. Not exactly sure what the difference is between the regular version and the Lite version, probably need to pay money to get some of the content. I have played a few minutes of it and the graphics look pretty good.

Preview of Indestructible Hulk #1

The first issue of the Indestructible Hulk by Waid and Yu is coming out next week and here is a preview of the first three pages and variant covers. I myself can not wait to see what Waid does with the book.

Unleashed Hulk Action Figure from Marvel Select Disney Store Exclusive

Couldn’t wait to go to a Disney store in a mall so I ordered this Marvel Select Incredible Hulk figure online instead. They call this Unleashed and it is based on the artwork of Whilce Portacio from his recent turn on the rebooted Incredible Hulk series with Jason Aaron writing. This figure is a good representation of his art style and I am actually pretty impressed with it. It is huge and heavy like most Marvel Select figures. This is the same body that they are using for the other Hulk Marvel Select figure coming out soon with the beard and bones. The head is a pretty good sculpt but I think it could have been a tad big bigger. Not a big deal. I would say you should definitely pick this figure up if you get a chance.

Incredible Hulk Themed Car

Are you a true Hulk fan? Well, probably not as much as a guy in Ohio. Of course he was also a drug dealer so maybe he is not the best role model. Still a cool looking car though, got enough money and it can be yours if you buy it from the government. BUY THIS CAR FROM THE GOVERNMENT

Disney Store Exclusive Marvel Select Incredible Hulk Action Figure

Thanks to the watchful eye of fellow Hulk fan Mike, I bring news of an new exclusive Incredible Hulk Marvel Selection action figure. This is called the Unleashed Hulk and looks to use the same body as the upcoming Marvel Select Hulk based on the first couple issues of the recent Hulk series. This figure looks pretty good. Here is a link to the Disney Store page: Unleashed Hulk