Hulk is getting a new A-list creative team later this year. As announced by Marvel Comics, Donny Cates (Venom, Thor) is teaming up with Ryan Ottley (The Amazing Spider-Man, Invincible) for a new take on Bruce Banner and his big green alter ego. The first issue is slated to arrive in November.
The new book, simply titled Hulk, will pick up in the aftermath of Immortal Hulk. Al Ewing’s acclaimed series is set to wrap up its run later this year. Cates and Ottley will be picking up the baton from that point. And Marvel promises that this run will venture into new territory for the character.
Here is the logline for Hulk.
“This unstoppable team of some of the industry’s greatest talent will helm a bold new era of Hulk that begins when Bruce Banner discovers a radical way to control the monster within. Could this mark the final end of the Green Goliath? Or will the extreme solution create something new—with massive consequences? Prepare to dive deep into the very core of Hulk’s rage in this thrilling epic that will explore this iconic character’s incredible—and destructive—legacy in a way no one has dared to before.”
“Marvel just gave me the keys to the strongest one there is,” Cates said. “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.”
Cates has asserted himself as one of Marvel’s most popular writers in recent years. His run on Thor, as well as his character redefining run on Venom, have been hugely successful. He also is behind the events Absolute Carnage and King in Black.
Marvel, in addition to the first issue’s cover (which we’ve included below), has revealed some teaser interior artwork. Have a look.
Been on the beach with my lady all day and just now seeing all the excitement and positivity you guys are showing us over the HULK announcement!! Thank you all SO MUCH!!
I can’t say much. but screw it…I’ll give you ONE word:
— DONNY CATES (@Doncates) June 3, 2021
“Been on the beach with my lady all day and just now seeing all the excitement and positivity you guys are showing us over the HULK announcement!! Thank you all SO MUCH!! And well… I can’t say much. but screw it…I’ll give you ONE word: ‘SMASHSTRONAUT,’” Cates said on Twitter.
Readers will have the chance to get their first glimpse at the book in this year’s Free Comic Book Day title, FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: AVENGERS/HULK (2021) #1. It will be available at participating comics shops on August 14.
Hulk #1 hits shelves in November.