Originally planned as part of the new Savage Hulk anthology, Marvel has announced Jim Starlin's Thanos Vs. Hulk story will gets its own four-issue limited series.
At Marvel.com, Jim Starlin revealed Thanos Vs. Hulk is a self contained story.
"The story itself is self contained, even though it is part of the tale begun in Thanos Annual and the Infinity Revelation original graphic novel," Starlin said. "Strangely enough, though, this story takes place before Infinity Revelation, as did Thanos Annual."
Starlin said he used the version of the Hulk that was featured in Mark Waid's Indestructible Hulk run, as that is what editorial provided him.
"The only thing I changed was giving him longer hair than that series had," Starlin mentioned.
Jim Starlin also reveals that the Annihilation villain Annihilus will be a featured part of the story as Annihilus "wants the Hulk/Banner for his own nefarious reasons."
Jim Starlin reveals that the series will be in part set in Starlin's Bar, which was a tribute paid to the Marvel Cosmic writer by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning in their Guardians of the Galaxy run. DnA had the Guardians of the Galaxy drinking at Starlin's Bar set in Knowhere.
"[Thanos Vs. Hulk] starts on Earth, goes to Starlin’s Bar, then onto the Negative Zone and ends back on Earth," Starlin offered.
Starlin doesn't want to spoil too much, but does tease that Thanos gets involved as a result of Pip The Troll.
"Long-time readers will recall that the Titan and a certain troll have a past affiliation," Starin said. "The fact of the matter is that Pip plays as big a role in this tale as any of the other characters, including the Hulk. So some unusual twists and turns should be expected."
Thanos Vs. Hulk hits in December.