Death is just a pit-stop for most superheroes, but its effects can sometimes have lasting ramifications. Bruce Banner is returning from the great beyond during the current weekly Avengers: No Surrender series just in time to join Marvel’s “Fresh Start” initiative in his own title once more this summer.
As reported by Comic Book Resources, Al Ewing and Joe Bennett are launching The Immortal Hulk in June a series that finds Bruce Banner walking the Earth by day and unleashing his savage now nocturnal alter-ego the Hulk at night to dispense justice and vengeance.
“Okay – to begin with, the title character is Bruce Banner, and Bruce Banner is the Immortal Hulk, the World’s Mightiest Mortal, the Green Goliath, the Strongest One There Is, et cetera, et cetera,” Ewing said. “A lot of people have been a little wary that we’re actually bringing him back for keeps this time, so I figure this is as good a place as any to confirm that yes, this is Banner, he’s back, he’s got an ongoing solo series and he’s not going to die again any time soon. In fact, that’s kind of the point.”
While Banner is returning in No Surrender, Ewing made it clear that readers do not have to be reading that series, though he would like them to, in order to get into Banner’s new adventures.
That was very important to me – to be able to make that promise, from me to you, that you do not need to read a single other comic to enjoy Immortal Hulk #1. Retailers – there’s nothing else your customers will need. Readers – I welcome you with open arms. We want every Hulk fan, old and new, to experience this,” Ewing said. “Because this is going to be a very good comic, and hopefully unlike any Hulk comic you’ve read before. It’s a comic about a monster who can’t die. It’s about a man who believes he can use the darkest elements of his personality to do good in the world, and where that belief leads him. It’s about mortality, atonement and denial. It’s about all the parts of ourselves we don’t like to look at. It’s a horror comic. And if we’ve done even half the job I think we have, it’ll be one of the most talked-about comics of 2018.”
Banner’s walking the Earth and unleashing the Hulk at night in this horror series will be something that most of the Marvel Universe won’t know about, but there will be a supporting character that does know and has some ties to other Hulk related media.
“Then there’s Jackie McGee, who’s a slight borrowing from the TV show – since we were looking at Banner walking the Earth and moving from one situation to the next, I thought it’d be nice to have a reporter tracking him, looking for the story,” Ewing said. “After all, in a world where the Hulk is a beloved celebrity in some states and a natural disaster to be feared in others, his comings and goings have the potential to be big news. Jackie finds herself on Banner’s trail in Arizona, and as the Hulk makes his presence felt in the world more and more, she’s right behind him. Banner, of course, doesn’t want to be found, or written about, or noticed, and he especially doesn’t want to be questioned. People in denial about themselves rarely do.”
Former Alpha Flight member Walter Langkowski, Sasquatch, will also be along for the ride and needs Banner’s help. The two were former friends in college, and Langkowski’s transformation into Sasquatch came from him trying to replicate Banner’s experiments.
The Immortal Hulk #1 arrives in June.