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"I saw what Dan Slott’s been up to these past few months, and I said, ‘I want a piece of that.’ This will be interesting in terms of response. It’s not going to be minor." -- Kieron Gillen

7 pages from #16, and 3 more from #17... )
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'My go to example is the “Batman always wins”. True in the DC universe. Drop him in (say) the Wildstorm one, and the more cynical rules of that place would lead to the rich guy to be incinerated from orbit the first time he pulled on his costume and decided to cross the Authority.

'More generally, science-fiction universes normally have the trope that Earth tech when facing enormously advanced aliens can do something. Iron Man’s suit can face off against hyper-advanced aliens, due to it being based on the romantic conception of science, etc. Take that to a hard Science-Fiction Universe, and Iron Man is toast. Thousands of Iron Man armours would be killed by a single Knife Missile, in Iain M Banks’ Culture universe. Take a thousand Knife Missiles to the MU, and Tony would take them down on his lonesome.'
-- Kieron Gillen

Read more... )
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Previously in Planet Hulk

You hear all the time in comics solicits that the hero is going to lose everything this issue. The Incredible Hulk #105 is one of the rare times that this is true. Up until this point, the Hulk and Banner had both found happiness on Sakaar. The Hulk was a hero, and he was making the world a better place. For forty years of our time, the Hulk had been an outcast and a loner. Now he has friends, family, and acceptance in a world that really needs his guidance.

(7 pages from The Incredible Hulk #105)

Sadly, it was too good to last. )
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Previously in Planet Hulk

I love Planet Hulk, but I’m not going to lie: the conclusion is a giant kick to the crotch.

Don’t get me wrong – it’s well-executed. It’s just sad. The only reason I don’t put it on par with the last couple of issues of Y: The Last Man in terms of sadness is because World War Hulk offered a continuation that, while it didn’t make things better, did offer a bit of catharsis as the Hulk tore the Marvel Universe a new one.

But I digress. If you’re going to have a good tragedy, you first need to have a happy place to start from. So let’s see what happens when the Hulk finally gets everything he wants.

(7 pages from The Incredible Hulk #104)

All good things... )
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Previously in Planet Hulk

I have read almost every single issue of The Incredible Hulk, and my absolute favorite is The Incredible Hulk #103. This story effectively caps off the happy part of Planet Hulk, and had the series ended there I would have considered it to be a wonderful ending for the character.

(7 pages from The Incredible Hulk #103)

Let's check it out, shall we? )
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Previously in Planet Hulk

If you look at things in a certain way, Planet Hulk: Allegiance is the real end of the Planet Hulk saga. This issue deals with the fall of the Red King, and the next one deals with the coronation of the Hulk as the new ruler of Sakaar. The two-part Planet Hulk: Armageddon is really a prelude to the World War Hulk event.

All that aside, here’s the Hulk’s final strike against the Red King.

(7 pages from The Incredible Hulk #102)

The Fall of the Red King )
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It’s been a while, but here’s more of Planet Hulk.

Previously in Planet Hulk

Last time around, the Hulk and his gang met with the shadow elders of Sakaar, who basically sit around being all wise and useless while the world around them goes to Hell. They have a deal with the Red King that keeps them alive but which also prevents any sort of interference in his tyrannical rule. When the Hulk arrives, they have some tests for him to find out whether or not he is the legendary Sakaarson.

Allegiance, part two )
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Previously in Planet Hulk

The Incredible Hulk #100 is a massive issue that reprints many different Hulk issues, including one where the Hulk was on trial and Reed Richards wound up freeing him rather than letting Bruce Banner be sentenced for the crimes of the Hulk. Since I’m focusing on Greg Pak’s run on the Hulk, I’ll stick to just his stories.

(11 pages from two stories in The Incredible Hulk #100)

”The )
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Previously in Planet Hulk

Throughout the course of Planet Hulk, there are issues that focus more or less entirely on one of the Hulk's supporting cast members. Since the Hulk has been around for 40+ years, readers know him well. These other guys have only been around for a little while and need to be built up as individuals if readers are going to care about them. This issue, like the last one, focuses on one of the best new additions to the Hulk's supporting cast: Caiera the Oldstrong.

(7 pages from The Incredible Hulk #99)

Anarchy, part four )
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Previously in Planet Hulk

Considering how decompressed modern comics tend to be, it's pretty impressive how much Greg Pak managed to fit into each issue of Planet Hulk. There's so much going on in this issue that I can't show it all here. I'm going to focus mostly on the relationship between the Hulk and Caiera because...well, because Caiera is awesome.

(7 pages from The Incredible Hulk #98)

Caiera explained )
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Previously in Planet Hulk

One of the most important characters in Planet Hulk and World War Hulk is Miek. Miek begins as the alien equivalent of puny Banner, albeit without the genius-level intellect. He becomes much more powerful this issue, but unlike the Hulk he doesn't have a good guy inside him guiding his actions. Instead, he has to learn his morals from the Hulk, and the Hulk is not a very good teacher.

(7 pages from The Incredible Hulk #97)

Read more... )
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Okay, I'm desperately trying to distract myself from the election, so here's the next bit of PLanet Hulk

Previously in Planet Hulk

(7 pages from Hulk #96)

Let the anarchy begin )
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Previously in Planet Hulk

In between Planet Hulk: Exile and Planet Hulk: Anarchy, there was a one-shot Giant-Size Hulk issue. In that issue, there is a short ten-page story called "Banner War" which deals with the big question of what Bruce Banner thinks about his exile into space.

If you're reading through the Planet Hulk, you can skip over this story pretty easily. However, it does touch upon one of the big themes that runs throughout Greg Pak's Hulk stories, so I'm including it here as well.

(3 pages out of a 10-page story)

The Return of Bruce Banner )

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