Marvel Comics is bringing back a storyline that started nearly three decades ago. As revealed by Comicbook.com, Maestro #1 is set to debut this August. The comic will take Hulk far into the future, picking up where Future Imperfect left off in 1992. Now, this version of the character is making his return.
The publisher has released several preview pages, which we’ve included below. As we can see, M.O.D.O.K. is getting in on the action. Original writer Peter David is returning, with art from Germán Peralta and Dale Keown.
“For the long-anticipated origin story of the Maestro, we knew we’d need an artist who could handle both the larger-than-life visuals of the Hulk and also the world-building that depicting this post-apocalyptic journey would require,” Senior Editor Wil Moss said. “As you can see from these preview pages, Germán Peralta is that artist and then some! While the legendary Dale Keown will be drawing select sequences in each issue (including the backstory of how Rick Jones assembled his infamous “trophy room” from the original FUTURE IMPERFECT story!), Germán and colorist Jesus Aburtov are the main art team on this miniseries, bringing to life every crazy idea Peter David can throw at them — like “Old Man M.O.D.O.K.” here, for example! And that’s just the tip of the gamma-irradiated iceberg!”
“I had no idea that when I first created the Maestro for FUTURE IMPERFECT, that he would have the kind of popularity and staying power he has now,” David said. “Until now, I’ve only been able to allude to his origins, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to explore them in this series, and I can’t wait for fans to see all the artwork that’s been coming in!”
Here is the official synopsis for Maestro #1.
“Almost 30 years after the landmark story Future Imperfect, legendary INCREDIBLE HULK scribe Peter David returns to the far-future version of the Hulk known as Maestro — the master of what remains of the world. With astounding art from HULK veteran Dale Keown and up-and-comer Germán Peralta, Maestro will answer questions that have haunted Hulk fans for years — and inspire some new ones. How did the world fall and the Maestro rise? What happened to the world’s heroes in between? And where is the Hulk we know and love? Find out here!”
Maestro #1 is set to arrive in August and retails for $4.99.