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Incredible Hulk Visionaries - Peter David, Vol. 2 (v. 2) Paperback – September 21, 2005

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (September 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785118780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785118787
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,080,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As the second volume in the Peter David/Todd McFarlane run, these issues hit their stride as Peter David gives us the Wolverine/Hulk smackdown and then lets the supporting characters call them idiots for fighting in the first place. This moment is one of many (there's a similar Rhino story) that show both Peter David's affection for the genre and his willingness to break "the rules" when it suits believable story telling. (in other words, comic book logic dictates that big muscle bound mutants fight. Real world logic dictates that most men avoid fights. David lets the RL logic invade.)

The 80s were an interesting time for comic books as Alan Moore and Frank Miller were breaking the established rules and telling stories that fell outside the tedious standards. Peter David's run on the Hulk was very similar to Moore's Swamp Thing revolution, in that he took a long established storyline (in Moore's case it was Swamp Thing's thwarted yearning to be 'human again', in David's case it was Banner's inability to control his raging green id.) and shifted it into something new. His version of the Hulk was funny, witty, mean-spirited and grey. He also allowed the weird experiments to change the rules of the Hulk (he became a werewolf more or less).

Sadly, Peter David was working against the entropy that is the Marvel universe which decrees that all characters should go back to their original 1964 concept, no matter how boring. Peter David would later make the Hulk green again (but well adjusted) and then left the series to lesser writers who returned the the same old garbage.

For that reason alone, you should buy this book to see what happened when one writer was allowed to play with a character that had been trapped in the ether of "continuity."
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With each Hulk Visionaries TPB, Peter David's writing gets richer and richer while the Hulk mythos gets more and more engaging. David continues to add levels of depth to the Mr. Fixit storyline while providing tons of action in the form of appearances by Spider-Man, the Thing, and Dr. Doom.

The thing Peter David does really well with the cunning, mean-spirited gray Hulk aka Mr. Fixit is portray him as a nearly irredeemable figure yet we pull for him at the end. He's rattlesnake mean and often malicious. But, David finds a way to redeem him nontheless. One issue that definitely illustrates this point is the one where the relatively weaker and smaller gray Hulk -- in the guise of Mr. Fixit -- goes up against the now-stronger and bigger Ben Grimm aka the Thing. The rivalry between the Hulk and the Thing is very well known. However, Peter David really turns things upside down when he makes the Thing the Hulk's superior in strength and fighting. It's a much needed humility for the Hulk and the fans appreciate and enjoy it as the Thing takes out his 20+ year frustrations of losing to the Hulk out. However, Peter David finds a way to redeem the Hulk in that fight in a unique way that still holds true to all the previous fights that are legend.

Enjoy what will hopefully only lead to many more Visionary TPBs that collect all of Peter David's legendary Hulk run.
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Marvel continues its series of Hulk Visionaries: Peter David trade paperbacks with a re-release of the conclusion to the famed writer's "Ground Zero" storyline, this time with all the pages and scenes fully restored!

In addition to the Gray Hulk's legendary battle with Wolverine, and his subsequent skirmishes with the Leader and minions Half-Life, Rock, and Redeemer, this collection also includes the first two issues where the Hulk loses the torn pants and dons a three-piece suit and hat to become "Mr. Fixit", an enforcer and legbreaker for a Las Vegas casino, one of the most unique takes on the character to date.

Peter David continues to astound, taking the earliest concept of the Hulk as an "atomic age Jekyll and Hyde" and developing it into something truly remarkable: a Hulk who finally has the life of his dreams, constantly fearing that Bruce Banner will one day resurface and take it all away from him. Todd McFarlane, Erik Larsen, and Jeff Purves lend their artistic talents to these stories, fittingly marking the ending of one era and the beginning of the next.

Also featuring a battle with the Hulk's longtime sparring partner, the Absorbing Man, Hulk Visionaries: Peter David 2 is another classic milestone in the existence of the gray goliath. Keep them coming, Marvel!
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Volume 8 kicks off with WAR AND PIECES, one of the most controversial of Peter David’s Hulk stories owing to its use of parallels to the real-life war against Iraq, and the questions that are raised from them. The Pantheon and X-Factor, and more specifically the Hulk and Havok, represent the extremes of two opposing sides, both believing they are acting in the best interests of the nation of Trans-Sabal, yet each having completely different ideas as to how those best interests are to be attained. David brings up several valid points of debate, but inevitably shows that there are no easy answers, if any answers are to be found at all. This is a story that encourages contemplation of the blurry lines between right and wrong, as well as those between justice and revenge, the conclusions to which the readers must draw for themselves.

Once again, a milestone for the Hulk is reached: issue #393 marks the series’ 30th Anniversary and returns him to his origins and to a man largely responsible for his creation: the former spy known as Igor, whom the Hulk torments in true Frankensteinian fashion. Appropriately, Dale Keown creates a wonderful homage to Jack Kirby’s cover image for the original INCREDIBLE HULK #1 (also used as the cover to this trade paperback). Another intriguing deviation within is a psychological case study written by Doc Samson, exploring the Hulk’s life from Bruce Banner’s battered childhood up to the integration of his personalities, and delving into the broad concepts derived from the Hulk’s various changes over the past three decades.

The remaining stories balance things out. The Hulk’s brief return to his Mr. Fixit identity (albeit not as the gray Hulk) in Las Vegas is welcome, as is the return of the original Defenders in an offbeat crossover Annual.
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