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Subj: Re: And what a preview it is!
Posted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 at 09:12:59 pm EDT (Viewed 125 times)
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Posted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 at 05:28:53 pm EDT (Viewed 124 times)

    The savage Hulk is really the child within bruce that had to stay hidden and protected, and is the innocent version, so why have him shown doing such things then?


Lots of reasons.

Traditionally, children are used in horror stories because it's an almost universal trait for people to want to take care of them and keep them safe. Contrast this to a surly teen who chews tobacco. It's why some in horror films you cheer for the bad guy to make a certain archetype "pay" for their sins.

If the same thing happened to Devil Hulk it wouldn't "mean" as much.. he's seen a guy dissolved inside him. The childlike Hulk serves as an insert for the reader, we get to experience his horror and shock as it's easier to identify with him -- as everyone has been that innocent kid at some point in their life.

Similarly, we know Devil Hulk is protective of Bruce -- why not the Big Guy? Who will be his protector? Will this finally force that incarnation to mature some? Will it result in genuine emotional toil and growth which is rare in comics? You won't see Cap or Spidey agonizing over this stuff.

Speaking of which, the comic has always had a tragic element to it. The Childlike Hulk is the perfect canvas to portray this. He just wants to be left alone and everyone pesters and fights him. They call him a danger, attack him, banish him and no one blinks an eye... but frame him for mass murder and suddenly people ask why be so mean to him?

Finally, another angle -- Leader has been a joke in recent years and Ewing's goal is to solidify him as truly evil and capable of insane plans -- like controlling the Hulk, framing him, taking over his body potentially and using him to destroy everything.

I could go on and on, but there's plenty of reasons and every single one enhances the story and elevates the comic from just being a mindless slugfest in colorful costumes. It's why the comic keeps getting nominated for Eisners.

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