- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (September 20, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785123741
- ISBN-13: 978-0785123743
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,729,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Essential Incredible Hulk, Vol. 1 (Marvel Essentials) (v. 1) Paperback – September 20, 2006
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But beyond that I think the idea of the Hulk is better than the stories. The combination of the Dr. Jekyll & Hyde transformation with the Frankenstein monster is inherently interesting. Those classic references also explain why the better stories seem to be those in which the army is going after the Hulk rather than the less than stellar super villains who pop up. Sure, the Leader would be rather ironic from the viewpoint of Dr. Banner, but the best conflicts with the Hulk involve not brains versus brawn but the one against the many. When "Thunderbolt" Ross has the U.S. Army go after the Hulk, then we are cooking with gas.Read more ›
Dr. Robert Bruce Banner was an atomic scientist working at a New Mexico missile base when he was caught in the test-explosion of his very own invention, the deadly G-Bomb. Irradiated by the gamma rays, Banner know possessed the ability to transform into the Hulk under conditions which vary throughout the series. As Banner, he is an intelligent yet weak human. As the Hulk, he is a large green monster-like person with bulging muscles and a limited vocabulary. Unlike other superheroes, Banner often cannot control the Hulk or his transformations(except when Banner's mind winds up in the Hulk's body at times). As the Hulk he is also hounded by the military and General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, father of the woman Banner loves. His only confidant early in the series is Rick Jones, whose life Banner saved before he was caught in the G-Bomb's explosion. At times Rick is the only person who can control the rampaging Hulk except for maybe the beautiful Betty Ross.Read more ›
So I went out and picked this up from my local comic shop. At first the stories were pretty bland, Banner turns into Hulk, General Ross wants the Hulk dead because Ross feels his rep/manhood/ego/whatever is inferior compared to the Hulk.
However once the first like 10 stories or so were out of the way, we really start to see how tormented the Hulk is and how even though he just wants to be left alone, no one will respect his wishes. People want to kill him, recruit him to their cause, or manipulate him to do their dirty work, or fight other people for them.
The silliest part is when he fights a villain that I can only describe as Tiddlywinks Man, who also wears a "blouse." Yes, he called his jacket a blouse and he flicks tiddlywinks at the Hulk).
In the book we see cameos by Hercules and Namor. Also there are references to the Fantastic Four and the Avengers once in a while.
If you're a fan of the Hulk, this is a must have!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the beginning of one of the greatest characters in the marvel catalogue. The interesting part is how the character evolved in it's first few years. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Neil R. King
Don't make me angry, you wouldn't like me when I'm angry.... never spoken in this volume, just for the hard of understanding. Read morePublished on November 15, 2008 by Mark Slattery
A good collection that includes the first Incredible Hulk series (issues 1-6 from 1962) and the Hulk stories from Tales To Astonish 60-91, but should have included more. Read morePublished on November 13, 2008 by Matt Gilbert
This essential marvel includes all of the Hulk's very first adventures against some of his nastiest villians like the Leader, Tyrannus,Thunderbolt Ross, and Abomination. Read morePublished on May 22, 2008 by John J. Catalano
I wasn't sure that I'd enjoy this entry into the Marvel Essentials series, but I was thoroughly surprised. Read morePublished on November 1, 2007 by Mark A. Domeier
if you are a fan of the hulk, you can't pass this one up. there isn't a dvd-rom collection of the hulk yet, so unless you want to pay big bucks for the masterworks collections... Read morePublished on January 16, 2007 by mark twain
I usually don't buy Marvel comics,especially the graphic novels.I'm usually reading DC,such as Superman,Batman,and the Justice League. Read morePublished on June 12, 2004
after reading some of the other Hulk books like boling point, Abominal,Ground zero, and Dogs of war I saw this at a book store
and thought the hulk in his early dayes are... Read more