Marvel has released a new TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read) taking a look at World War Hulk, following up the one they did on Planet Hulk.
I think the Planet Hulk storyline may be one of the best Hulk stories ever written. It is basically the Hulk meets Gladiator and tells a great self-contained story that involves the Hulk finally finding a place where he fits in, finding love and a sense of purpose. So, of course, Marvel’s next move was to destroy all that and send a very angry Hulk back to the Earth. That would be World War Hulk, where Greg Pak and John Romita Jr. blow up the planet Hulk is on, kills his love, and makes Hulk believe that it was part of the plan to destroy him by the Illuminati — Black Bolt, Iron Man, Mr. Fantastic and Doctor Strange.
Hulk and his Warbound head back to our galaxy, stop on the Moon to beat the crap out of Black Bolt, then come to Manhattan to take on everyone. The heroes of Earth fail, Doctor Strange fails to calm down Bruce Banner’s mind and things just go poorly overall until The Sentry shows up — Marvel’s Deus Ex Machina — and fights Hulk until he runs out of rage and changes back to Banner. Then he learns that the Illuminati did not blow up the ship, but rather one of his Warbound did, which sends Hulk into a rage… and the cycle begins again.
As good as Planet Hulk was, World War Hulk was more movie spectacle with the idea of putting the toys back in the box… and introducing Hulk’s son. Yeah, that happened too.
Both videos are below, in case you missed the first one. The new episode was written by Noah Sterling and Max Dweck, and drawn by Tom Rogers.