art from Hulk #6 variant cover
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Update: Writer Donny Cates and artist Ryan Ottley have been gearing up to introduce a new villain billed as the “deadliest Hulk in Marvel history” in April’s Hulk #6 (read more about that below), and now we know a bit more about who the new Hulk, known as ‘Titan’, actually is.
(Image credit: Marvel Comics)And as it turns out, Titan seems to be the Hulk himself, undergoing a new and terrible evolution.
In Cates and Ottley’s Hulk run, Bruce Banner has separated his physical body from the Hulk, piloting the not-so-jolly green giant’s body on a cosmic mission in space.
But in Hulk #6, Banner’s connection to Hulk “slips,” allowing the consciousness of “something much worse” to gain control of Hulk’s body – apparently evolving him into the twisted new Titan form shown in slightly more detail on a new variant cover from Stegman himself.
While Ottley’s main cover, seen below, shows Hulk trying to hold Titan’s massive fist from crushing him (likely a metaphorical image), his variant cover, oddly dubbed a ‘Teaser Variant’ by Marvel, shows Bruce Banner transforming into Hulk, and Hulk then transforming into Titan, whose shrieking face is shown in extreme close up in the third panel of the cover, seen above.
(Image credit: Marvel Comics)”The heroes of the Marvel Universe may think Hulk is the problem, but he’s not – this is the problem,” says editor Wil Moss in Marvel’s reveal of the variant cover. “And after Hulk #6, there’s no stopping it…”
So what’s the thing that’s gonna take over Hulk’s body, turning him into the Titan? We won’t know till Hulk #6 arrives on April 20, though Moss may have offered some clue in the initial announcement of the story, saying the new villain is “basically Hulk’s Knull,” referring to the former ‘God of Symbiotes’ who Cates and artist Ryan Stegman created as the main villain of their now-concluded Venom run, which ended with the Knull-centric King in Black event.
Original story follows…
Writer Donny Cates and artist Ryan Ottley are wasting no time turning their transformative lens on Bruce Banner as part of their current run on Hulk. And with April’s Hulk #6, they’ll reach into the same bag of tricks they used on their fan-favorite Venom run with a new threat described as “basically the Hulk’s Knull.”
Knull is of course the ‘God of Symbiotes’ who once controlled the Klyntar, the alien species known as the Symbiotes, the most famous of whom is, of course, Venom. Now, it seems Cates and Ottley will take a similar approach to expand the Hulk’s mythos in a new and deadly cosmic direction.
“This new threat is basically the Hulk’s Knull, but just like Donny and Ryan’s run on Hulk overall, it’s crazier and more dangerous than you can imagine,” editor Wil Moss states in Marvel’s announcement. “The heroes of the Marvel Universe may think Hulk is the problem, but he’s not – this is the problem. And after Hulk #6, there’s no stopping it…”
Hulk #6 promo image (Image credit: Marvel Comics)Whatever the Hulk is about to face, it’s big enough to extrapolate out into the wider Marvel Universe – and when we say “big,” we mean massive, as the cover seems to show the gigantic villain squaring off with Hulk.
Interestingly enough, the idea of a Kull-type mythos redefining villain for the Hulk seems a bit like Hulk’s last title, Immortal Hulk, in which Hulk wound up facing off with The One Below All, a nearly omniscient malevolent being with connections to Gamma radiation and to the Hulk’s powers.
Hulk #6 is due out April 20.
Can you believe the Hulk was not the best new Marvel Comics character of 1962? That’s Marvel in the early ’60s for you. (by the way, that was Spider-Man, of course)
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