Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Five Cues Why New 'Hulk' As A Monster Mystery

by Brian Truitt)

(Photo: Marvel Comics)

Mark Waid ended his run on Indestructible Hulk with a bang — actually two of them, right to the back of the big green guy's head.

The mystery of who exactly shot the monstrous superhero kicks off in the writer's relaunched Hulk series, debuting today and featuring Mark Bagley on art duties.

The game is afoot, and here are five clues why Hulk lovers and newbies alike will want to jump on Waid's comic book.

The return of an old colleague. One of Bruce Banner's peers from his old university days is tapped to operate and get the bullets out of his cranium. The good doctor has some regrets on his past with Banner, though, especially as it pertains to his Hulk-outs.

The bullets to the head. There's a reason why the shooter put two in Hulk's noggin, and in specific spots. It's something that a S.H.I.E.L.D. sniper could do, but is the Hulk's recent "employer" responsible for this nefarious attempted murder?

A mystery man. There's a dude who has some serious tech on his side and does his best to control the Hulk. Even in a weakened state, the monster's still dangerous, but he doesn't get his hands on the puppet master, so that reveal will come later.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In the movies and on TV, agents Maria Hill and Phil Coulson are not having the best of times. In the comics, things aren't much better — they're tasked to find Banner since S.H.I.E.L.D. still has plans for him. Although those might be changing because…

A big change for Banner. The guy's left in a different state at the end of the first issue than most readers have ever seen him. No spoilers, but suffice it to say, there aren't too many scenarios where turning into the Hulk in the middle of an invasive brain surgery ends well.