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Hulk: Gray Hardcover – July 1, 2004

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In recent years, writer Loeb and artist Sale have collaborated on contemporary treatments of early phases of Marvel superheroes' careers, titled after colors in their costumes ("Spider-Man: Blue," "Daredevil: Yellow"). This book's title refers to the color of the Hulk in his first issue, in 1962. Loeb and Sale tell the story of the 48 hours after Bruce Banner first became the Hulk. They present a slightly revised version of Banner's initial transformation, and most of the rest of the work consists of new sequences set within the time frame of the Hulk's first issue. Inventively, the authors have a present-day Banner narrate this story in a session with psychiatrist Leonard "Doc" Samson. Through their comments, Loeb explores the psychology of the principal characters: Banner and the Hulk; his nemesis, General "Thunderbolt" Ross; Ross's introverted daughter, Betty, who loves Banner; and Banner's teenage confidant, Rick Jones. In doing so, Loeb raises questions about these characters' motivations that, until now, haven't been incisively investigated. Loeb deftly builds on the classic work of the past without making major revisions, reinterpreting it to expose and illuminate its underlying psychological depths. Sale's art blends caricature and realism, explosive action and ominous mood, capturing the spirit of Hulk co-creator Jack Kirby's work while creating an independently quirky style.
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Product Details

  • Series: Hulk
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785113142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785113140
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,581,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. A. Wonsowski on December 16, 2004
In these Marvel "color" books, Jeph Loeb manages to reach an emotional core of these characters. In Yellow, he delves the depths of Daredevil's love for Karen Page, just as Blue did for Spidey, by going ALL the way back to the beginning of their stories. Loeb takes the same approach here, but more of a psychological approach. Personally, I find Gray a "colder" book than the other two, but maybe that's by design. After all, Spider-Man and Daredevil are brightly garbed superheroes. Hulk is a monster, now externalized because of the monster that has dwelt inside Banner's psyche all along.

One small confession: I enjoy these books so much more than Loeb & Sale's Batman or Superman books. Both the writing and the art are much more matured. Tim Sale's art, which I once dismissed as scratch, is actually perfect for these "early" tales: artistic and slightly caricaturish at the same time.

All in all, very nice work. I even like the cover, kind of a tip of the hat to those movie posters of monster films of the '30's. Enjoy.
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I'm pretty new to the world of comics. A friend turned me onto Miller's Batman series and that left me craving more. I found Loeb & Sale's Batman and They left me wanting more. Loeb's writing will suck you in. He has a great pacing to his story and the characters are life like and believable. The art of Tim Sale is wonderful! he has a great use of line and you never get lost in his panels.

This book is a great take on the 24hrs after Dr. Banner's accident. Another piece of the Hulk's origin story.

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Jeff Loeb and Tim Sale are a great team. They never cease to amaze me. I have never bought one of their books and have been disappointed. Hulk:Gray is no exception.
I have read "Batman-The long Halloween", "Superman-A Man for All Seasons", and even "Catwoman-When in Rome". All great stories that impressed me so I decided to check out some of their stories for Marvel. Hulk:Gray blew me away.
The story and art are just amazing. The interaction between the characters is great, especially between the hulk and Betty. The action is well paced. There is even a great throwdown between hulk and Tony Stark in his original Iron Man armor!!!
The animosity between the hulk and General "Thunderbolt" Ross is particlarly intense. The hulk just wants to be left alone and Ross just continues to hound him (and waste alot of expensive military equipment in the process). You have to wonder who the real monster is. General Ross is a obnoxious, loudmouth bully who constantly abuses his power for his own means. The Hulk at least tries to protect his friends Betty and Rick, in his own way.
The only thing that was never clarified is why the hulk was originally gray. Doctor Banner spoke a little about this subject to Doc Samson but it was never really answered. Not really a complaint just a question.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved it so much I recently picked up "Spiderman:Blue" and "Daredevil:Yellow". I'll pick up "Captain America:White" as soon as its released as well. I Hope they will work with Marvel again and I look forward to their future work. Once again; great book!!
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By Bryan on July 5, 2013
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The book / story and artwork is amazing. I don't know if it is the seller's fault or the dreadful USPS. The package it was delivered in was beaten up pretty bad which I believe caused the damage to the book. I would have given five stars if the book met my expectations of having no damage to it.
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