Bruce Banner is revealed as the real monster in Hulk #1 preview

Donny Cates is trading in one Marvel monster (Venom) for another in the upcoming Hulk series with artist Ryan Ottley. Spinning out of the recent Free Comic Book Day: Avengers/Hulk giveaway special, their Hulk run follows him as he leaves Earth (and hopefully his troubles and persecution) behind to be, and we quote, a “Smashtronaut.”

Here is an unlettered preview of Hulk #1 (opens in new tab):

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“Marvel just gave me the keys to the strongest one there is,” Cates said when his Hulk run was announced. “Haha… oh boy. You guys are just not ready for this. You’re about to find out what happens when Ryan Ottley and I get angry… and guess what? Well… pretty sure you’re gonna like us a lot when we’re angry.”

The Hulk plays into Cates’ penchant for his self-described “emo shit” combined with rampant destruction, as well as Ottley’s cartooning ability and his passion for brutal but intricate detail as exemplified by his run on Invincible. They will be joined by colorist Frank Martin, letterer Cory Petit, and editors Wil Moss and Kat Gregorowicz.

Here is a trailer Marvel produced for this Hulk relaunch:

Cates’ passion for the Hulk is well-documented, and he’s often talked online and at conventions for the last few years about having a unique pitch for the character, waiting for the right time to pitch it to Marvel. With Al Ewing and Joe Bennett’s hit Immortal Hulk run ending in just a few months, now seems to be that time.

In addition to the Hulk #1 primary cover by Ottley and Martin, there will be variants from Simone Bianchi, Ed McGuinness, Arthur Adams, Peach Momoko, Björn Barends (for Frankies Comics and Golden Apple Comics), Dan Jurgens, Herb Trimpe (a ‘hidden gem’ variant), Joe Bennett (an ‘Infinity Saga Phase 1’ variant), a purple variant, a blank variant, Gabrielle Dell’Otto (two versions), Jeehyung Lee (two versions), Junggeon Yoon (two versions, both ‘Double Exposure’ 3D variants), Ryan Stegman (two different covers, with a third version without a logo), a design variant by Ottley, Mike McKone (a Southside Comics exclusive), Alan Quah (two versions), Marco Mastrozzo (two versions), Mike Mayhew (two versions), David Nakayama, and Marco Turini. Check out the Hulk #1 covers released so far here:

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Hulk #1 covers

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(Image credit: Ryan Ottley (Marvel Comics))

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(Image credit: Marco Turini (Marvel Comics))

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(Image credit: Gabrielle Dellotto (Marvel Comics))

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Hulk #1 goes on sale on November 24.

While you wait, make sure you’ve read all the best Hulk stories of all time. 

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