Advanced Review: The Incredible Hulk #1 (Aaron & Silvestri)
A monster than can never be left alone.
A monster that is always hunted, always hounded.
A monster that is misunderstood.
A monster that is out of his mind!
And it's Bruce Banner!
Jason Aaron and Marc Silvestri have bestowed upon us an incredible first issue! The Incredible Hulk #1 is everything you come to expect from a Hulk title and more. Fans of Greg Pak worried that their favorite Green Goliath might not be as smashing in the hands of Jason Aaron -- worry no more! And the art by Marc Silvestri and Micheal Broussard is the best Silvestri art I have ever seen. The issue is full of pulse-pounding over the top action and adventure, in addition to the emotional roller coaster ride that comes with being the Incredible Hulk.
After the events of Fear Itself, Banner and the Hulk are split. We don't know why. We don't know how. What we do know is that this version of the Hulk is smart and fierce. Similar in respects to the Green Scar, though maybe not quite as powerful, this Hulk desires peace and happiness -- but realizes those goals are unattainable! Sorry, no spoilers for this issue, but Aaron builds up the entire issue in similar respects to what we have seen with many previous Hulk stories, but this time it's not the Hulk -- it's Banner!
The first issue promises us not only a storyline chuck full of Incredible Hulk feats of power, but mystery and intrigue. In ways, this Hulk seems similar to the Peter David Prof. Hulk (one of my fav's) in that he might be playing a hero role. As this is just the first issue, what Aaron fully has in store for us remains to be seen, but if it is anything close to what is presented here we are all in for a real treat.
As Hulk is one of my favorites, I can state that Incredible Hulk #1 will more than satisfy any Hulk fan, or for that matter, any comic book fan in general. Fantastic first issue; I can't wait to see where this goes.
Oh, and keep the beard!