Ladies and gentleman, we have a new Hulk, and that Hulk is Spider-Man. Yes, you read that right. As announced by Marvel recently, a new issue of The Immortal Hulk is set to turn everyone’s favorite webslinger into the big, angry and green destruction machine. The book is set to be penned by Tom Taylor, with Jorge Molina providing art.
Here is the official synopsis for Immortal Hulk: Great Power #1.
“THE HULK FINDS A NEW HOST: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN! When Bruce Banner wakes up in the middle of the night without the Hulk, he thinks he’s finally free. But the Hulk is immortal — and the night’s not over yet. If you thought he was dangerous in the body of mild-mannered Bruce Banner, wait till you see him now. Peter Parker is a man with the proportional strength and agility of a spider, capable of lifting trains on his bad days. And he’s about to get a big, green power-up — with a temper to match.”
The book is being billed as a one-shot, meaning that this won’t, or at least as far as we know, carry over into the main Immortal Hulk run beyond the issue. In any event, this will serve as a pretty big, albeit temporary, shake-up within the Marvel Comics universe. Though, strangely enough, it’s not one without precedent.
In 1990, during one of Spidey’s hot streaks in the pages of Marvel Comics, this idea was explored once before in Web of Spider-Man #70. The issue was titled A Hulk by Any Other Name and was written by Gerry Conway. The issue sees Peter Parker transforming into a hybrid called Spider-Hulk. The issue, for those who haven’t read it, is described as follows.
“Is it Spider-man or the Hulk? No! It’s Spider-Hulk! ‘A Hulk By Any Other Name’ Cover by Alex Saviuk and Andy Mushynsky. After his battle with the Hulk in the previous issue, Peter Parker makes it back to New York City; but he is feeling very sick after unknowingly being exposed to gamma radiation. In a moment of frustration and rage, Peter becomes…the Spider-Hulk!”
At present, The Immortal Hulk has been praised by many as not just one of the best Hulk comics in the publisher’s long history, but as one of the best comics period going on at the big two, Marvel and DC. Written by Al Ewing, the series kicked off last year and is still going strong. Aside from this upcoming Spider-Man crossover, the book also made a trip to Marvel’s lastest, massive crossover event in Absolute Carnage: Immortal Hulk, which was released recently.
Immortal Hulk: Great Power #1 is set to arrive on January 29, 2020.