Marvel Editor-In-Chief Talks Upcoming Hulk Series

Every Friday, Axel Alonso, Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief is interviewed by about what’s going on in the world of Marvel. In the latest installment, he commented on the upcoming new Hulk comic book:

CBR: I figured we could spend some time this week talk about a few of those upcoming series that we haven’t talked much about — last week, CBR ran an interview with Greg Pak on “Totally Awesome Hulk” and, traffic-wise, it exceeded our expectations and really took off on social media. It’s clear to us that there’s a high anticipation level on that series. What has you excited about what Greg and Frank Cho are doing on the book?

Alonso: I’m hard-pressed to think of a series launch that excites me more than this book. As a former Hulk editor who’s been in countless discussions about Banner’s predicament, this move just seems right because it leans into all the daydreams we’ve had about being the Hulk. In publishing, we’re paid to pave the future, and that’s what we’re doing here: the new “Totally Awesome” Hulk absolutely loves being the Hulk. Carries this burden like it’s a feather.

And, of course, the pedigree of the creative team speaks for itself. Frank Cho’s pages are out-of-this-world good, and the story is fantastic. I expect that this will be a buzz book that attracts a lot of mass media attention.

Greg Pak Discusses Upcoming The Totally Awesome Hulk Comic Book

Greg Pak spoke with about his upcoming return to the Hulk character and comic book, take a look:

This winter, acclaimed Hulk scribe Greg Pak returns to the Gamma Powered Goliath during “All-New, All-Different Marvel” to answer those questions and more in “The Totally Awesome Hulk”, a new ongoing series featuring art by Frank Cho. They will introduce readers to a mysterious new title character who has a very different view point on what it means to be the Hulk. CBR New spoke with Pak about what made him want to return to the Hulk, the mystery surrounding his title character and some of the established Marvel characters the new “Totally Awesome Hulk” will initially encounter in his earliest adventures.

CBR News: Greg, it’s been about four years since you said goodbye to the world of Marvel’s Gamma Powered Goliath. Have you missed the Hulk? I imagine writing the adventures of the phenomenally strong Superman in “Action Comics” allows you scratch some of that itch, but they’re also very different characters.

I’ve been writing work-for-hire comics for eleven years now, so I’ve said goodbye to a bunch of characters over the years. And that’s the way it should be — these legacy characters thrive when different creators come on board to breathe new life into them every few years, and we creators thrive when we stretch our wings and try new things all the time.

Greg Pak returns to the Hulk alongside artist Frank Cho for “The Totally Awesome Hulk,” starring a mysterious new character as the Jade Giant

So I said goodbye to the Hulk without regrets a few years back, particularly since my editors at Marvel gave me so much room and so many years to tell a genuinely epic series of stories that let me fully explore our huge themes of anger and family. When we were done, we were done, and it was pretty glorious and tremendously satisfying. Sure, I had other Hulk stories in the back of my head that I thought would be fun to explore someday. But it was time for me to work on other things.

And then a few months ago, Hulk Editor Mark Paniccia called me up, said three words, and I was back in. I can’t reveal what those three words were just yet. But they instantly opened up a whole new world of possibilities in my brain, a whole new frontier of Hulk stories that would totally be in keeping with the great traditions of the character while going places no Hulk stories had ever gone before. So I’m not coming back to try to relive old glories; I’m jumping in at the deep end with an entirely new challenge and adventure, which feels like the very best way to come back to a character that I’ve loved so much for so long.

We already know the identity of the title character in your new Hulk series “The Totally Awesome Hulk” will remain a mystery until issue #1, but the “Totally Awesome” portion of the title suggests you’re dealing with a protagonist that has a whole new way of viewing the Hulk. Does he views the transformation they go through the same way Jen Walters does? Does he enjoy being a Hulk?

Yep, this new Hulk absolutely loves being the Hulk — and plans to be the best Hulk ever. And that just might create massive problems for everyone else in the Marvel Universe. To give you a sense of how far this new Hulk goes, he actually drives She-Hulk crazy. It’s a huge amount of fun to write, but the stakes are sky high. Big fun, big action, big emotion and big drama. All my favorite stuff.

When your series picks up eight months after “Secret Wars” does the rest of the Marvel Universe view the Hulk in the same light? Will they know what to make of this new Hulk?

We’ll delve into that as the series progresses — and keep your eyes out for some special guest appearances by the new Hulk in some other key books that will shed more light on this question.

We’ll also reveal bit by bit exactly how the new Hulk became the Hulk, which will help explain the attitude of some of the other heroes toward him.

While we’re on the topic of the rest of the Marvel Universe, you mentioned She-Hulk, but do you have immediate plans for Bruce Banner and some of the other traditional Hulk characters in “Totally Awesome Hulk?” Or are you more focused in creating a new supporting cast and world for your protagonist?

Yes and yes! I can’t reveal too much, but She-Hulk plays a big role in the first two issues. And we have a bunch of new characters — both new villains and new heroes — who will be of critical importance as the story plays out.

I’m hugely excited about one supporting character in particular — the new Hulk’s main ally. She’s awesome and I hope y’all love her as much as we already do.

What can you tell us about the villains that will inhabit the new Hulk’s world? I understand you’re introducing some new creations with your collaborator, Frank Cho, correct? What can you tell us about these characters and what has it been like creating characters with Frank?

When Frank and I first started talking about the story, he mentioned some big, fun villains he’d been thinking about, and we realized they’d be a perfect fit for the story. So we’ve got a brand new villainess and a few more bad guys who are hugely fun Frank Cho originals. If you poke around a bit, you might find a few sneak images he’s teased on the internets…

Frank, has drawn a variety of Marvel characters, but he’s most famousfor his depictions of women. I believe he even thought he was originally being asked to draw She-Hulk. So what it’s like bringing to life this new Hulk with him?

Working with Frank is a blast. I’ve loved his clean, dynamic line work for years. It’s an unbelievable pleasure working with someone who can deliver so much bombastic action and genuine, human-level humor with every panel and page.

Frank’s tremendous at human anatomy and organic, living things of all kinds. So we’ve got lots of big, muscled heroes and heroines and villains and villainesses as well as tons and tons of spectacular monsters. I’m also pleased to report that Frank draws beefcake very well, as you’ll see in one scene in particular in issue #1.

The great Sonia Oback is coloring, and she’s absolutely tremendous. And I’m thrilled to be working with editor Mark Paniccia again, with whom I worked on “Planet Hulk” and “World War Hulk” and all my other Hulk stories back in the day. Mark’s one of my favorite people in general, and it’s a blast getting into new trouble with him.

What can you tell us about the types of stories we’ll see in “Totally Awesome Hulk?” Will he be a traditional vigilante who goes on patrol and fights crime or can we expect to see elements of some other genres?

We’re starting out with a monster hunt and a mystery. We’ll see how it goes from there!

Finally, and more specifically, what can you tell us about the events of the first arc? Because of the eight month time jump, will “The Totally Awesome Hulk” jump right into the action and wait for readers to catch up as the mystery unfolds?

Yep, we’ll start with the new Hulk in the middle of everything, and we’ll gradually reveal how he got here. For fear of spoilers, I can’t get more specific than that, other than the fact that the monster hunt might get bigger than you ever imagined, and the mystery will be very mysterious!

Also, the whole thing will be totally awesome, natch.

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Marvel 500 Incredible Hulk PVC Figures

I was shopping at Target when I saw another set of blind packaged Marvel superhero figures. These are called Marvel 500. Why are they called Marvel 500? I have no idea. These are pretty basic pvc figures, a little over one inch in height. The set at Target was Series 1 but I looked on eBay, it looks like there is always a series 2 out. Series one has a regular green Hulk and a translucent Hulk. The second series has a grey Hulk and even cooler, a Planet Hulk figure. There was a Red Hulk in the first series but I decided not to get it. Pretty neat and affordable, I hope they continue the line and have more variations of the Hulk.

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