The Hulk Is About to Become Marvel's Newest King

Nov 20, 2022 · 23


The Hulk is about to become king of a civilization he inadvertently inspired.

Marvel's February 2023 solicitations reveal new details for Hulk #12, written by Donny Cates and Ryan Ottley, the latter also illustrating the issue's interiors and main cover. The upcoming book continues the ongoing Hulk series' "Hulk Planet" arc focusing on a hulk-populated planet that the Marvel hero accidentally helped evolve by sending a massive amount of Gamma radiation its way. The series' twelfth issue appears to appoint Bruce Banner as this world's king, though he will face threats from within himself.

HULK #12

  • DONNY CATES & RYAN OTTLEY (W) • RYAN OTTLEY (A/C)
  • Variant Cover by TRAVEL FOREMAN
  • Planet of the Apes Variant Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA
  • X-Treme Marvel Variant Cover by DAN JURGENS
  • NO PRIZE VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
  • TITAN IS COMING…
  • Bruce Banner has finally found paradise. Revered as a god and with no fear of hurting everyone around him, for the first time in a long, long time… things are looking pretty good for the Hulk. But as with everything else, Bruce Banner should have known that he can never know peace for long. And Titan, the darkest part of him, refuses to remain caged like an animal…
  • 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

As of writing, the current sovereign of Hulk Planet is a newcomer character named "Monolith." Ottley homages the main cover he made for Hulk #9 with Issue #12, replacing Monolith on the world's throne with the Hulk while he wears regalia attributed to kings. Banner becoming the ruler of Hulk Planet won't be the first time that the Green Goliath has been portrayed as a monarch-like figure.

Bruce Banner's Rule on Planet Hulk and as the Maestro, Explained

Switching words around, the 2000s' "Planet Hulk" arc from Marvel's The Incredible Hulk series turned the hero into the king of the planet Sakaar, later leading those he ruled to Earth during the World War Hulk event. For another example of Hulk's prior sovereignty, one future version of the Hulk, named the Maestro, is a Marvel villain that became the emperor of his world. Marvel released a three-part saga for the Maestro between 2020 and 2022, comprising the miniseries Maestro, Maestro: War and Pax and Maestro: World War M.

This time around in Hulk though, Banner is dealing with a dark new personality within his mind called "Titan." Regarded as the Hulk's Hulk, the Titan persona has taken over Banner's body both in human and hulk form, causing him to commit violent acts, such as murdering a bar full of people and later a number of hulks on an alternate Earth. Titan's physical form is much larger than the Hulk and stands stories high, possessing energy-based powers as well.

Whether the emergence of Titan is related, Hulk #10 revealed that Bruce Banner is fated to die after Monolith's scientists discover concerning information about their idol. When this issue is made aware to Banner remains to be seen, but the solicitation for Hulk #12 ends by saying, "Bruce Banner should have known that he could never know peace for long. Titan, the darkest part of him, refuses to remain caged like an animal."

Along with the work of Cates and Ottley, Hulk #12 features variant cover art by Salvador Larroca and Dan Jurgens. The issue is set to go on sale Feb. 15 from Marvel Comics.

Source: Marvel

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