Hulk #1

Hulk #1

Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Mark Bagley Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 16, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 7
6.8Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

Following the shocking events of last month's INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK finale, Bruce Banner lies at death's door! If he survives, it WON'T be as the Bruce Banner we've known! How will the Hulk wreak vengeance on Banner's assailant? How CAN he?

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - jsarrow Apr 17, 2014

    The issue was spot on in every way and the story ends in a way that leaves us completely flabbergasted at the outcome and only lusting for more and more. I have newly invested a lot of time into reading as much Hulk material as I can and this issue makes me glad I did. I'm eager to see what further magic Waid, Bagley, and Keith can create throughout this series but I'm confident it will be phenomenal. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Nerds Unchained - Michael Bowie Apr 19, 2014

    I may be overselling things here, but to me, what Mark Waid did in this issue may just be a game changer (a terrible buzz word I know) on par with what Dan Slott did in Amazing Spider-Man #698. Yeah. Im serious. Fact is, right now Im both excited and terrified to see how long Mark Waid plans on letting this story play out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - David Hinspeter Apr 21, 2014

    I found two things very interesting about this new direction. First, it is rare to see the Hulk as vulnerable as Marvel Now has portrayed him. He both begins and ends as a prisoner of his head wounds and we have no idea how long it will last, or if it will ever end. Second, I wonder what level of intellect the Hulk will have. In his many iterations, Hulk has been anywhere from a Spartacus like leader in Planet Hulk, to the savage beast he started out as. In even this issue, Hulk seems to know to chase the people in charge instead of just blindingly attacking people, and even puts saving the civilians over chasing down his targets. At any rate, this new direction is incredibly provocative and seeing how this plays out will be a priority in months to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 21, 2014

    With that twist on the last page, it's hard to see where the series goes from here - but I'll bet it'll be well worth following. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Apr 18, 2014

    Overall, I'm quite impressed with it and this is a series that I definitely want to continue reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Apr 18, 2014

    Waid is a writer that I trust implicitly, based on the strength of his previous work and his perspective on the Marvel Universe, so the last page reveal of the ramifications of Hulk's rampage are intriguing rather than terrifying, leaving me wanting to know how our hero is going to get out of this jam. With a strong performance in both the writing and the art, Hulk #1 hits a sweet spot, making for a good #1, a strong issue and a great relaunch for one of Marvel's most enduring characters, earning a very impressive 4 out of 5 stars overall. The last few pages are, in themselves, worth the price of admission, even at $3.99 per issue, and I'll be adding this one to my pull list ASAP… Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Apr 16, 2014

    HULK is back but things aren't looking too good for him. Mark Waid continues where he left off in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK and now Mark Bagley is joining in on the fun. With Banner getting shot, the door is opening for an interesting story and it's going to be fun to see where Waid takes it. If you're looking for Hulk action drawn by Mark Bagley accompanied with a juicy mystery and weird twist at the end, you'll want to check out HULK. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Nick Couture Apr 20, 2014

    Hulk #1 seems to have erased a lot of what came before in Indestructible Hulk, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.Mark Waid did his thing on that book and now he wants to do a new thing. Just because things are different doesn't mean we should dismiss it. This issue has a much darker brooding tone than we saw previously, and he ends it on an absolutely insane cliffhanger that hooks you so good. Knowing Mark Waid's other work, I'm sure he'll continue to explore interesting ideas with the Bruce Banner character, and pay off what he's setting up. In Waid we trust. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Danny Wall Apr 17, 2014

    The Bottom Line:As a first issue, Waid sets up a new status quo for the Hulk, less than two years from his previous new status quo. It's helped by taking deliberate choices of tone and plot, blending together those of classic monster stories, whodunnit mysteries, and conspiracy theories. The artistic choices are solid, but the opportunity for equally deliberate artistic choices may have been missed. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    We The Nerdy - Bryan Huth Apr 23, 2014

    That being said, Mark Waid's new Hulk series gets off to a bumpy start, but has some solid writing to help keep it afloat, however the disappointing choice of art style does put a damper on the book. With the shocking cliffhanger at the end and the book's first arc pitting Hulk against Abomination, this new series could find its' footing, but only time will tell. Stay tuned to We The Nerdy for more Marvel news and reviews. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Apr 21, 2014

    I'm excited to follow this series and see what Waid has in store for me. I wouldn't want to miss out on how Banner recovers and, ultimately, gets his revenge. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Ben Penfold-Marwick Apr 17, 2014

    Waids Indestructible run was pretty good, and that continues here, although the one on the cover is appropriate. This is highly accessible to new readers who have been watching the films, with almost nothing but familiar faces on the page, and a great mystery to hook into. I hope thatthese two Markscan finish this next run of comics together because its been started very well. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Apr 19, 2014

    The Hulk is a property that is always going to have a tough time finding something new to do with the character. You can put him in space, make him smart, make him dumb, spilt his mind in two, remove his mind, make him a villain, make him an agent, but ultimately you will run out of something new. This issue sort of proves that point. However, if the execution is good then the repetitive story won't matter. If this book wanders into the Bruce Jones conspiracy story then this book will be dead on arrival. Time will tell but this issue doesn't give me a ton of hope. We shall see how this plays out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Ben Silverio Apr 20, 2014

    But I guess that wasn't in the cards for the Hulk. I am intrigued about where this new status quo takes Banner and I hope that some key players in his life like his wife or his cousin come back in to help him on this difficult journey back to his former glory. Some really cool things could come from all of this, but I can't help but lament the loss of 'Indestructible Hulk'. In just twenty issues, Waid delivered some excellent character development that should have lasted much longer than it did. Now it's all been wiped from the slate and we have to start over. The bottom line is that this relaunch was unnecessary to me. From a structural standpoint though, this issue is solid because it's well formed and manages to set up everything very nicely, but it's not one of the best things to come out of All-New Marvel NOW so far. For now, I trust that Waid will take us to interesting places, but for now I'm proceeding with optimistic caution. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Apr 17, 2014

    Whilst this book feels like a new story arc rather than a new number one with the shooting of Bruce Banner taking place in Indestructible Hulk (but you dont have to go back and read up on that event I didnt to understand whats going on here), and the book lacks the quality that weve seen from Mark Waid in the past, Hulk #1 is still a relatively decent comic that comes with a cautious recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    IGN - Tres Dean Apr 17, 2014

    But despite those negatives, this issue does succeed on some basic levels. It actually functions fairly well as a first issue, with a good mix of current story and origin exposition. If this ends up being a reader's first Hulk comic, they could honestly do a lot worse and it wouldn't turn them off of the character forever. Unfortunately, some mediocre art and slightly-less-than-stellar writing makes this one of All New Marvel NOW!'s lesser debuts. Read Full Review

  • 5.2
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Apr 17, 2014

    Ultimately, this issue was kind of a disappointment. While “Indestructible Hulk” languished with some run-of-the-mill arcs towards the end of its run, there was a hope that this new #1 would bring back the energy the title had during its early days. Instead, it seems to have slipped further with the new direction not even being all that clear other than the twist at the end of the book. Mark Bagley seems to try his hardest to make certain moments shine, but not even he can save an issue that doesn't even seem to know where it's going. Perhaps this series will be able to turn itself around with a second issue, but this #1 is definitely not up to the standard set not only by Waid himself with the recent “Daredevil” #1, but by All New Marvel NOW! as a whole. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Max Level Geek - Jonathan Semoneit Apr 16, 2014

    Hulk can't help but feel like a cop out from Marvel. After all the development that Waid had created with Banner (over only 20 issues), it all gets wiped away. It was inevitable but far too soon. If anyone can right the ship, it's Waid. So at least there's that. But for right now, it's hard to like an issue that erases so much character development from the previous series, a truly great one,Indestructible Hulk. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Apr 16, 2014

    There is some potential to Mark Waid's new run on Hulk, but the overall execution leaves me feeling cold. Beyond the cliffhanger and Bruce Banner's potential new status quo - which, let's be honest, is a fun stunt, but still a stunt - what's to separate this book from, say, Jason Aaron's run? Or even tales from the Peter David years? Despite all those tons of gamma-irradiated muscle, there's just not enough meat for the first issue of the Hulk's newly relaunched series. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Apr 21, 2014

    Despite stumbling out of the gate, and for the first part of the race, Waid delivers an accessible storyline that sets up a new status quo for The Hulk. "Hulk" #1 is a misplaced and misguided relaunch, but it manages to right itself in time to sell readers on issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Guy Copes III Apr 22, 2014

    Serviceable art by Bagley, solid storytelling technique as usual. The last page reveal does work in terms of being shocking and different. It is sure to piss people off. The connections between characters were telegraphed and fairly weak. For me, it wasn't enough to elevate Hulk #1 above simply-average status. Call it: smashed. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Apr 17, 2014

    Even the greats stumble every once and awhile. Replacing the momentum of Indestructible Hulk with what essentially feels like a 21-page info-dump, Mark Waid delivers the new status quo for Bruce Banner, but the finished product feels more clunky than what we are used to getting from Waid. Read Full Review

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