Official Press Release
When J. Michael Straczynski & John Romita, Jr. took the creative reins of
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, issues of the book sold so quickly that Marvel helped
retailers bring prospective new readers up to speed with the AMAZING
SPIDER-MAN #30 – #32 COLLECTED EDITION. Now, that pattern is repeating
itself with another Marvel title, and retailers will soon be able to bring
the first sold-out issues of its latest incarnation to consumers with THE
INCREDIBLE HULK # 34 – #36 COLLECTED EDITION, solicited in this week’s
Diamond Previews Update!
Since the arrival of writer Bruce Jones, penciler John Romita, Jr., inker
Tom Palmer, and cover artist Kaare Andrews on INCREDIBLE HULK in November of
2001, the book has been applauded by critics and readers alike for its more
dramatic, edgier tone. Augie De Blieck Jr. of ComicBookResources.com, for
example, said “I don’t need to add another title to my monthly pull list. I
really don’t. Bruce Jones, however, has other plans. He’s dragging me
kicking and screaming back to THE INCREDIBLE HULK.” This new direction has
also ignited the book’s rumble up Diamond’s Top 100 Comics Charts. And since
consumers have expressed interest in reading the now sold-out early issues
of the team’s run, and this new edition will enable retailers to turn those
new fans into monthly readers.
For only $3.99 ($2.76 cheaper than it would cost you to purchase the
individual issues at cover price — that is, if you could still find them at
cover price), the collection will reprint INCREDIBLE HULK #34 – #36, which
establishes what Jones described as, “a story about one man up against the
wall whose worst enemy is himself… You may love the Hulk, or hate him, or
admire him, or whatever, but at the end of the day, he’s in a class by
himself; it’s Banner who’s most like the rest of us, and it’s his psyche
I’ll be probing.”
Please Note: To ensure that retailers will have enough time to anticipate
consumer demand and place their orders, Diamond will accept retailer orders
placed from Previews Update #513 for this collection until February 14th at
Complete ordering details are located on page 3, and on the Dateline Stock
Tips Order Form (page 6) of the Feb. 6th Diamond Dateline. Retailers should
also direct their Hulk readers to INCREDIBLE HULK #38 (JAN021911D4, $2.25),
which is open for Order Increases until March 1st.
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