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"I wrote my final scenes for No Road Home last week and, when I sent in those pages in, I had a rush of nostalgia. Now that feels even more surreal. Stan Lee's legacy is woven into everything we do with these characters and the stories he and the Bullpen created that continue to inspire and entertain. The Avengers are Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and if we do our job well, we'll make sure you never forget it."
-- Jim Zub

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I get that gut reaction, the feeling that it's not "right" to mesh bits from these different narrative worlds together, but it's been shown time and time again that comics are the perfect place to go crazy and attempt things that would give other stories pause. There's a reason why movies and TV have been rushing to catch up to the potential of comics and I think a big part of that is the fact that, as a medium, we take more risks and do stranger stuff. -- Jim Zub

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I very deliberately wrote a Post-Nextwave Monica instead of Nextwave Monica, precisely because it was time to move on. Bringing Nextwave into a form of "continuity" was a way of metabolizing it, so it needn't hang over those characters forever. (Warren's a big influence for me in terms of his ability to cut to the heart of a character or concept, find The Thing That Makes It Cool, and then present that simply and with style.) -- Al Ewing

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That's kind of been what I've been orbiting around for a while in terms of the nature of the Hulk. Hulk as a kind of demonic figure spawned by mankind from the bomb, like something from the Book of Job, walking up and down on the world and judging it. Not a supernatural figure, but a figure that could occupy that space in a scientific world. -- Al Ewing

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If you want the oomph and the crackle, sometimes only the real Conan will do. Is it a stunt? Well... we are jumping a lot of buses with this one. We're jumping the Grand Canyon on a rocket cycle. You'll have to wait and see if we land it. -- Al Ewing

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The destructive beast Hulk feels more like an absence of Banner, like he's left the driving seat and all that power is running amok. I can see how that could be visually interesting - especially what Joe's take on it would be, that gives me ideas - but it's not something I'd want as a long-term status quo, because it's clearly not as interesting to me as the Hulk as a genuine second (or third, or fourth, or fifth) personality. And that's probably my issue with the "Hulkspeak" childlike Hulk as well, he's just too safe, too mapped and explored. Our Hulk feels like new territory, like Banner's generated this new version to cope with his own death and resurrection, and we're kind of mapping and exploring him as we go. -- Al Ewing

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Surprisingly -- because I don’t normally enjoy writing villains -- our Big Bad’s dialogue seems to come to me effortlessly. We ended up with a good, relatively unique “voice” for that character. -- Mark Waid

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It's all this big morass of quite deeply personal stuff, poured into this comic about this walking symbol of atom-bomb anxiety. And luckily the Hulk's old enough, loose enough and weird enough to take the weight of it. Much as I like other super heroes, you couldn't really do this with Spidey. -- Al Ewing

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The Mantlo/Mignola/Gordon “Rocket Raccoon” limited series got reprinted in one of the Marvel UK comics of my childhood, so I do have some rosy, cosy memories of it. He was pretty much a totally different person back then - and from what I recall, a much less troubled one. Occasionally, bits and pieces of that old life will surface - someone will get past his defenses by reminding him of the old days, or he'll have retained a piece of kit from his time as Ranger Rocket - but to remember is painful. It's a very noir trope - the old, good time that the hero lost and can never get back. The long-buried sadness. -- Al Ewing

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Hawkeye's desperate desire for public validation [in old comics] is fascinating in light of what will follow for him. Especially in terms of his current characterisation as The Old Man Who Used To Be Cool. At least that's my interpretation of him - once a semi-major figure in an important cultural scene that's since left him behind. In a way Hawkeye's the only Marvel superhero who's realistically aged. -- Al Ewing

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It's hopefully deeply horrific for readers and will stay with them once they've put it down, but it's also a nostalgic look back at ‘70s horror tropes—not to mention it's nostalgic for me, as I got my start with short twist-ending horror stories in the UK. So at the heart of it all is a fun celebration of the genre. -- Al Ewing

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WARNING: Hulk and Hawkeye will not be sharing a friendly laugh about recent events. AT ALL. -- Al Ewing

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In 11-13, we're in Hell. Not even Marvel Universe Hell, which is quite cuddly at this point — a more literal, theological interpretation. -- Al Ewing

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Since the movies, the Hulk's been very much an Avenger in a way he never has before. From the outside - the average citizen of the Marvel Universe - that probably looks like forgiveness. World War Hulk happens, and a little while later, he's assembling in Stark Tower. "Why isn't he in the Hague?" wonders some sweet old lady who lost their entire block. Maybe they take a look back over the history of Bruce Banner - and find out that he became the Hulk through saving a life... and then became the Hulk AGAIN because he got jealous of Doc Samson. It's muddy with him, is the point, especially when you live in that universe. -- Al Ewing

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It was nice writing Galactus again, too. I like where Jason’s gone with him, but there was that moment I had to sort of let him go and bid him farewell, because my time with him is over, so it was slightly bittersweet too, in a nice way. I think I gave him a decent goodbye in the end. -- Al Ewing

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Back in those first couple of issues, he was pretty intelligent, although later he fell into a kind of Cartesian dualism where Banner was all brain and the Hulk was all body. Personally I like smart Hulks better than dumb ones, especially for horror — for the simple reason that a dumb Hulk can be controlled. When a monster like the Hulk isn't just a bellowing beast — when he has his own agenda, and you don't know what it is, and he might be two steps ahead of you, that's inherently more frightening. -- Al Ewing

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That splash page in Avengers #2 where they’re trying to have a meeting to discuss minutes and orders of business and the Hulk is just standing there in his underpants and Thor begs him to put some clothes on and they all just openly hate him -- that’s probably the birth of the Defenders in some ways. The idea that some super-people just don’t fit. So this ended up as a story of four totally different people essentially colliding with each other in a way that briefly looks like a team, if you squint, but it’s not. -- Al Ewing

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