Marvel's "Totally Awesome Hulk" will get a dose of NBA star power in December with a guest appearance by Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin.
Writer Greg Pak, who acknowledges he had a case of Linsanity in 2011-12, explained the origin of the idea to amNew York, saying, “I followed him everywhere. I just love the guy. And at a certain point, I just found myself thinking, ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if the biggest Asian-American superhero met the biggest Asian-American sports star?’"
This won't be a superficial cameo, however: Pak said the current Hulk, Amadeus Cho, will learn some valuable life lessons from the pro baller. "Our story picks up when Amadeus is kind of at a low point," he said.
Although the writer didn't provide many details, Pak said the story in "Totally Awesome Hulk" #13 takes place after Cho crosses paths with Black Panther, After meeting Lin, Cho receives some schooling on how to share the spotlight and work as part of a team.
"And Jeremy, as a great basketball player and point guard, knows a little something about teamwork," he said, "and so they’ve got kind of an interesting conflict and room for people to learn something along the way."
Lin is excited to have a role in the series, saying he feels that he and the Hulk were "kindred spirits." "It is an honor and a cool opportunity to become part of the Amadeus Cho, 'Totally Awesome Hulk' storyline," he said. "Additionally, I think it’s great that Marvel is making real efforts to add diversity to its superheroes and their origin stories."
Launched in December 2015, "Totally Awesome Hulk" has boasted a lineup of artist that includes Frank Cho, Alan Davis and Mike Del Mundo. The Jeremy Lin issue will be illustrated by Luke Ross, with a cover by Bernard Chang.