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The heroes of the Marvel Universe should know by now that they shouldn't make Bruce Banner angry, but that's what they did when Marvel's secret Illuminati of heroes shot Banner and his alter ego the Hulk into space. They made him very angry. They thought by shooting the Hulk into space they would be keeping people safe. But they were wrong because the Hulk is coming back and he's so mad that he's going to WAR! The conflict erupts this June in the pages of "World War Hulk," a five issue mini-series by writer Greg Pak and artist John Romita Jr. (with inks by Klaus Janson and colors by Christina Strain.). CBR News begins its multi part look at "World War Hulk" by chatting with Editor Mark Paniccia.
"World War Hulk" is the culmination of a story that's been planned for some time. "The general idea of Hulk vs. the Marvel Heroes goes back to pre-'Civil War' planning, something brought up at one of the creative summits," Paniccia told CBR News. The event as a whole took on a life of its own and grew organically from the machinations of the Illuminati to the fates of Hulk/Banner that will be revealed at the end of the series."
"Planet Hulk," the epic story of the Hulk's battle for survival and freedom on an alien world, was the first storyline that resulted from the Illuminati's machinations and it will soon reach its conclusion. Readers don't need to have read "Planet Hulk" to understand "World War Hulk." "It'll enhance the experience in the sense that you'll be more intimate with Hulk's motivations if you have been following 'Planet Hulk,'" Paniccia said. "But if you're new to this I can say with all certainty that the event is very accessible."
The "World War Hulk" event begins with a prologue written by Peter David that hits stores on May 9th with "World War Hulk" #1 hitting stores a month later on June 13th. "'World War Hulk' is a 5-issue mini series that is scheduled for release from June to September 2007, but 'Incredible Hulk' will continue with #106 taking place just before he arrives and #107, #108 and #109 reflecting events and telling a story featuring characters more sympathetic to Hulk's position," Paniccia stated. "Oh, and there will be a big revelation in #109."