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Subj: Re: Fan backlash -- Is it Pak's turn?
Posted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 at 08:29:57 am EDT (Viewed 195 times)
Reply Subj: Fan backlash -- Is it Pak's turn?
Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 at 02:28:47 pm EDT (Viewed 397 times)

    I'm only half serious with the thread title, but..

    I'm starting to wonder if the curse of the Hulk isn't necessarily Banner's alone at this point. Before PAD came onto the title, no one wanted to write the title.

    PAD's 2nd return didn't get the reception you'd expect from all the online comments (yeah, I know, never trust the internet..)

    Pak was heralded as the next PAD by fans and like PAD, his return to the character has been starting to take a serious nose dive, especially as of recent.

    Sure, a large part of it is internal politics, editorial mandates, working with writers who ignore your work, etc, etc.

    I guess what I'm getting at is, does anyone else think it's partially the fans fault that no one seemingly wants to write the character? Are we too quick to turn on writers instead of placing blame on editorial where it largely deserves to be?

    Add in the confusion of which personality/incarnation to write and it's easy to see why it's hard to keep a writer on the book. At least with the release of Thor Ragnarok, that problem will become a little less problematic, in terms of what Hulk will be in everyone's mindset going forth.

    Anyways, just musing.. anyone have a list of writers you'd like to see take on the Hulk?

    For me: Joe Hill, Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire, Al Ewing (Contest of Champions), Scott Snyder, Gerry Duggan (another chance to do his own thing instead of wrapping up someone else's run)

I think Hulk is fundamentally broken now. I dont see how Marvel can 'fix' what they've destroyed w/o ignoring a lot of the bad continuity. IMO we are at a point where I think a FULL Marvel reboot is the only chance for a successful, healthy strong solo Hulk book.

If you look at Batman's book for ex. You have Bruce Wayne who is interesting in and outta the suit. An overall purpose. A "home" Gotham/Manor. Strong supporting cast. A+ Rogues gallery to choose from. Now compare that to even IF Bruce Banner is back. For most of his 'existence' Bruce Banner isn't interesting enough on his own to carry a book. And then if you pick 1 Hulk personality you are losing a certain segment of Hulk fans who prefer other one(s). A terrible supporting cast. F+ Rogues gallery.

As far as Hulk fans with social media, I think we do have a bad rep. I can only imagine a writer chatting with Jason Aaron, Mark Waid or Gerry Duggan about fan bases difficulty pleasing and being warned bout us (few can spoil the rep for the whole I know). Plus I can think of maybe 5 times a writer has expressed interest in someday writing a Hulk book. Hulk is a niche draw to begin with. And the big names since 1998 have all failed either in sales or quality or both. Byrne, Azzarello, Jenkins, Loeb, Aaron and Waid. So history tells me wanting say a Scott Snyder would likely lead to heartbreak.

I'll take any writer who loves the character and wants to start anew and build something with a strong foundation. That's what's needed.

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