As much of a Marvel Zombie as I was growing up and have been to some degree after rediscovering comics in my later years, one character I’ve never really collected has been the Hulk. I’ve read lots of comics with the Hulk in them, and am usually to some degree familiar with his current incarnation. (Though I admit to be completely lost before doing some research about this whole Red Hulk business a few years back.) I generally knew if Hulk was currently green or gray, intelligent or not. I knew who the Maestro was from Future Imperfect. I knew basically what happened in Planet Hulk, World War Hulk and World War Hulks, but never read any of them. They are on a long list of things I hope to read (yes Watson, I can read) someday.
As familiar as I am mostly with the 616 Hulk, I am the opposite when it comes to Hulk 2099 and the Ultimate Hulk. Outside of reading the Spider-Man related titles on and off I was never that into the Ultimate or 2099 lines. I’m not surprised they have Hulks, but I can’t tell you anything about them.
So in this column I will be flying a bit blind in looking at Ultimate End #2, Future Imperfect #1 and Secret Wars 2099 #2, much like I was in reviewing the Secret Wars version of Planet Hulk. I’m sure I can make sense of it all, but might miss some of the throwbacks and references to the “source material”.
Also, if you are like me and haven’t read all of Johnathon Hickman’s Avengers run leading up to Secret Wars, be sure to take Tom’s Road To Secret Wars course at gabbinggeekuniversity.com. The reading materials are online here: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six and Part Seven.