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This review is from: Incredible Hulk: The End (Paperback)
This trade collects two stories, each focused on the Hulk facing an unpleasant future.
The first 2/3 of the collection is the story Future Imperfect. The Hulk is brought to the future in an attempt to end the rule of the Maestro, a tyrant with a familiar face.
I read this when first released in 1992 and remember it immediately becoming a favorite of mine. Having lost my copies long ago, I was looking forward to rereading and seeing if it held up. I'm happy to say it did. The Maestro is an intelligent, vicious, more than worthy foe. To use a cliche the war between him and the Hulk plays out like a chess match. Move-by-move: some battles physical, some mental, with several twists to enjoy and some great subtleties along the way. One of Peter David's very best.
The second story collected is Hulk: The End (which is also used as the name of the trade). The Hulk has outlasted his enemies and friends alike, and Bruce Banner is the last man on Earth. A dark tale that shows what life is like for them, how it got that way and what comes next. While not at the level of FI, it is still very good.
Both artists (George Perez for FI, Dale Keown for The End) are excellent. Their styles are extremely different from the other, but each matches the story drawn perfectly.
Worth it for Future Imperfect alone, the second solid Peter David Hulk story in here makes it an even easier purchase.