Could anyone tell me if Hulk: Pardoned and Hulk: Regression are worth buying?
I do love the Hulk, but not so much the modern takes on the character. I've loved what I've read of Peter David's Hulk, which is 7 volumes, but I found Planet Hulk boring, I don't like Red Hulk one bit and Jason Aaron's run was pretty average from what I read. I know these are old stories, so I will probably love them, but I just wondered on what Hulk's fans opinions were.
Also, how are John Byrne's runs on the book(s)? I know some people don't like him, but I loved his Next Men and enjoyed what I've read of his Superman.
Bill Mantlo's Hulk stories in "Pardoned" and the upcoming "Regression" TPBs are almost like an end of an era for the standard Savage Hulk stories, as his appearance in IH #272 closed the door on that incarnation's steady appearance.
These stories deal with how Bruce Banner gains control of the Hulk's body, is pardoned by the President and becomes a reluctant hero of sorts -- only to slowly lose it all and become a mindless monster.
We see Betty Ross traded in favor of a new love interest, Kate Waynesboro, and Rick Jones fade away in obscurity.
If you're a fan of Sal Buscema's art and Joe Sinnott's inking (among others) and appreciate more verbose storytelling, I highly recommend them. Hopefully, we get a finale trade with stories of the Mindless Hulk at the Crossroads of Reality from IH #301-313 (and bonus books Alpha Flight #28 & 29, along with IH Annual #13 included as well) in the future.
Hell, I'd take a prequel of Mantlo's Hulk stories from IH #245-268 as well!
As far as John Byrne's Hulk stories, the JB Hulk Visionaries trade isn't bad. Keep in mind, Byrne's first run might feel incomplete because he left after only six issues and the storylines were resolved by Al Milgrom (whose stuff will probably never get traded.) It's got great art, though...
The less said about Byrne's second run on the Hulk, the better...
That's my 2 cents, hope it helps....
Not that Hulk/Banner have to be fugitives, mind, or that the next writer would even want to tell that story.
Yeah but I think writers need to accept that Hulk can't keep being on the run. Banner has come across multiple cures. Banner has accepted the Hulk honestly. It's the Hulk accepting Banner that is being told now. But fugitive is no longer an option. No one is actually hunting him.
I love the character, but I've always felt that if you just keep him in that same place of looking for a cure and being miserable, it can only go so far before it just becomes kind of a depressing book. I always like it when they make Banner less whiny and self-loathing (I like Pak's Banner for instance) and make him and Hulk more heroic and proactive. I kinda hope that's what we're going to be seeing.
Interview with creators of Marvel Knights: HULK, featuring interior art.
Hoping the upcoming MOON KNIGHT series will be worthwhile.
Have they actually said that Hulk is joining up with the Avengers yet? Because I'd be pretty suprised if he didn't after his (well-deserved) breakout in the movie. I know he's in Avengers Assemble, but I was under the impression that was kind of a one-off.