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Subj: Re: Fan backlash -- Is it Pak's turn?
Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 at 01:14:49 pm EDT (Viewed 199 times)
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Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 at 02:28:47 pm EDT (Viewed 414 times)

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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 personally don't consider any character outside of Bruce Banner as the main "Hulk", so I don't consider this as Pak's second run on the title. I don't even mind Cho being a "Hulk-like" incarnation as it would fit his character i.e. being Hulk's number one fan, he would subconsciously want to be like Hulk. What I don't like is when Marvel feels they have to remove Bruce Banner in order to push some other Hulk. While I'm not a big fan of Jeph Loeb's Red 'Hulk', I actually liked Ross as the Red 'Hulk' and enjoyed what Jeff Parker added to the HULK mythos on his Red Hulk run. I've seen some interesting things in the previews that Greg Pak has added recently as well in the Totally Awesome Hulk book.

With that said, as for Bruce Banner, I think Marvel is losing it's Hulk fanbase because they have turned the Hulk into a mess. There hasn't been any consistency in the title or true methodology in the characterization of Bruce Banner after Peter David. Pak tried to put it back to some semblance of order but Marvel keeps making a mess of it.

He's... A Man-like MONSTER INCREDIBLE force! He's... ASTONISHING! That's why you don't comprehend him; and because he IS......RAMPAGING; the Hater will not tolerate him SAVAGE, INDESTRUCTIBLE, nor his IMMORTAL abilities!!! Watch out for that Burst of Gamma - the WORLD BREAKER!!!
Stan Lee - "The way I established the Hulk, the more he fought, the stronger he got...I assume at some point he'll get worn out, but NEVER the Hulk." Electronic Gaming Monthly magazine Oct 2006 issue - Proceeding Message from the CHURCH OF HULK!!! Don't get Assassinated!
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