- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Marvel; Direct ed. edition (January 19, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785115412
- ISBN-13: 978-0785115410
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,309,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Incredible Hulk Visionaries - Peter David, Vol. 1 Paperback – January 19, 2005
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I can tell you as a reader at this time, it was mind-blowing to witness month to month the transition from typical Saturday-morning-cartoon-type plots* and situations to the Hulk getting drunk and beating a wife-beater.
Bruce Banner emerges as a deeply disturbed individual with, understandably, a whole host of very concerned parties in terms of national defense, research science and humanitarian causes trying desperately to contain if not help him.
Peter David was a catalyst and champion of the "comics- not just for kids" movement. As a reader he gave us a more realistic approach to dealing with the complexities and difficulties of the Hulk as a phenomenon both scientifically and psychologically. He significantly raised the bar for writing in comics.
Also, one can actually observe month to month the evolution of the now-famous cartoonist Todd McFarlane hone his signature style. Literally, it is within these pages that McFarlane develops from a run-of-the-mill industry comic book penciler to a highly stylized and recognizable graphic artist. Pretty amazing stuff, and a great snapshot of a perhaps overlooked critical transitional period in comic books, all nicely bound up in one volume.
* - With few exceptions. See "Crossroads of Eternity."
The author who wrote this recently had a stroke, but that should not have been any consideration for me buying this.
This is one of the greatest comic runs in the history of the medium. Highly recommended.
Yet the combination of Peter David and Todd McFarlane began to convince me otherwise.
It starts slowly because of the need to tie off old storylines by previous writers and it's also interesting to note McFarlane's evolution in his penciling style. By the end of the volume, you'll find that PAD has settled into his own niche and McFarlane is ready to burst in popularity.
If you've never had a chance to get a hold of these comics individually, and wanted to read the early Hulk stories by PAD, this volume is for you.
Finally freed from the depths of Bruce Banner's soul, the crafty gray Hulk starts taking steps to eliminate his human alter-ego permanently; steps which include turning to one of his oldest enemies for help. Meanwhile, the covert organization SHIELD is seriously re-thinking their policy on the gray goliath, leading to an unexpected turn of events that will alter the lives of the Hulk and his supporting cast forever.
Peter David kicks off his twelve-year run with a bang, taking several long-underused concepts from the Stan Lee/Jack Kirby era to breathe new life into the character. Todd McFarlane, who became the book's regular artist an issue before David's arrival, gives the gray Hulk a truly frightening appearance unlike anything seen before. The child-like green Hulk might be referred to as a "savage", but his cunning counterpart shows he's more than capable of redefining the term.
Featuring the very first appearances of bizarre Hulk villains Half-Life and Mercy, a confrontation with the original X-Men (then under the title of "X-Factor"), an all-new intro by Peter David himself, and a special preview of Incredible Hulk #77 (David's return issue), Hulk Visionaries is an instant Marvel Masterpiece. Bring on the next volume!