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Incredible Hulk: The End #1

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    Immortality is legacy; immortality is suffering. Such are the theses presented by Future Imperfect and The Last Titan, entries into Peter David’s extended oeuvre of Hulk comics. Collected into Hulk: The End, the stories paint two diverging paths, stemming from an exploration of the Hulk’s very existence and the horror therein.


    Legacy is crucial when it comes to comic creation; it is the very backbone of continuity. The ideas explored in these short stories by David, Perez, and Keown are without a shadow of a doubt crucial to the success that the Hulk franchise has had over the intervening decades between their publication and now. Immortal Hulk’s main conceit, the very idea of the Hulk emerging at night to wander the world is entirely baked into The Last Titan. I will fully admit that I do not know enough about Hulk lore to say if this is the origination of the concept, but echoes of the tormented creature’s journey can be felt to this day. Al Ewing’s run on Immortal Hulk could not exist without the groundwork laid by the two stories seen here.

    The idea of direct confrontation between Banner’s personalities is such a direct influence to Immortal that Joe Fixit, main character of the current run, was a David invention himself. The image of Hulk resigning himself to seeing the end of the universe in the final pages of The Last Titan can be correlated directly to Immortal Hulk #25, my favorite issue of last year and a masterclass in cosmic storytelling. Hell, the scene where Hulk burrows through the Earth to Shadow Base is directly lifted from Future Imperfect. The power that these stories have all these years later is astounding and speaks to the lasting power of storytelling. While I do have issues with content and its treatment, it is truly a testament to the strength of the stories that I do very much want to call them good and recommend everyone read them. While I totally understand and advocate for self-care in the avoidance of damaging topics, the stories contained within Hulk: The End are nothing short of fantastic and anyone would do themselves a great service by reading them. (Just know what you’re getting into.)

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