COMICS: First Look At INCREDIBLE HULK #7.1; "Whatever happened to Bruce Banner..?"

Bruce Banner is dead and The Hulk killed him. Now, it's time for him to answer to Red She-Hulk (a.k.a. Betty Ross) and things are about to get physical! Hit the jump for a first look at the issue.

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By Josh Wilding - 5/14/2012
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INCREDIBLE HULK #7.1
Written by JASON AARON
Pencils by JEFTE PALO
Cover by MICHAEL KORMACK


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Jolt17 - 5/14/2012, 3:39 AM
That's one sick cover.
marvel72 - 5/14/2012, 3:42 AM
i've got that cover for my desktop background,love the hulk love this series.
jimoakley666 - 5/14/2012, 3:44 AM
Not overly keen on the A/W, if I'm honest.

And I hate the whole idea of there being more than one Hulk. Takes all of his importance and uniqueness away from him. Now he's just Green Hulk as apposed to THE HULK!

Congratulations on watering down your brand, Marvel. Both Ross's need to be normal again. This is bullshit.
blvdnoise - 5/14/2012, 3:49 AM
Heh! Pretty kool indeed..
MightyHawkeye25 - 5/14/2012, 4:07 AM
Cool cover! Really like what jason aaron is doin with the hulk.
Mugwamp - 5/14/2012, 4:08 AM
Not digging the art work and the story is about as contrived as I've ever read. These guys are supposed to be the best writers/artists out there making books? This is one of the reasons (also the giant price tag) that I stopped buying comics. Poor stories. Have Hulk kill Chef Boyardee instead. At least it hasn't be done and wouldn't be predictable.
leopoldinio - 5/14/2012, 4:11 AM
WTF is that? Hulk what? i don't think so.
Dartanian300 - 5/14/2012, 4:11 AM
Wait, so how and when did Banner die?
marvel72 - 5/14/2012, 4:16 AM
@ dartanian300

basically,dr.doom seperated the hulk from banner,banner had a fight with the hulk.

a gamma bomb went off killing banner,happened in issue six or seven.
manymade1 - 5/14/2012, 4:28 AM
@ marvel72 This isn't the series regular artist is it?
SuperSomething616 - 5/14/2012, 4:52 AM
Why is the Hulk bald?
thalidomide - 5/14/2012, 5:01 AM
Awesome cover.
JDUKE25 - 5/14/2012, 5:14 AM
Cover: Pretty sweet
Inside art: Crap
UVLantern - 5/14/2012, 5:16 AM
Agreed, the inside art is complete garbage
DevilHulk666 - 5/14/2012, 5:21 AM
I thought Banner was immortal?
MatchesMalone1989 - 5/14/2012, 5:29 AM
Damn it was Doom that spilt them. Crazy. Still don't like the fact they killed Banner. But meh. They'll bring him back.
nhalden - 5/14/2012, 6:05 AM
With exception of Betty being the Red She Hulk...this isn't a new story...they did pretty much the same thing 25yrs ago...with almost identical cover art. Although I do like this cover better.

I agree with the guy that said Marvel is watering down the brand. RULK...is a novelty waste...much like grey Hulk time to have there be only one HULK and make him a Badass again...but that has always been the problem with the HULK, his story lines are pretty limited, and he becomes secondary...that's why Planet Hulk and WWH was so great.
TheGuillotine - 5/14/2012, 6:10 AM
Cover is awesome. Interior artwork sucks monkey balls.
Nivekian - 5/14/2012, 6:20 AM
Great Cover, but art and story look horrible! Everything since World War Hulk has been garbage, to the point I dropped the book again for the third time in 30 years of reading it. There is only ONE Hulk, the Red Hulk and She-Hulk are ideas that come from people who don't understand the Hulk character, and Marvel Editorial have no respect for the character and entertain every stupid idea one of Joe Q.'s friends come up with.
dracula - 5/14/2012, 6:27 AM
how did hulk kill banner
comicb00kguy - 5/14/2012, 6:32 AM
Okay, haven't we done the whole "Hulk killed Banner" thing before? Seems like they did this not long before the McFarlane run. Or was that just another of the several times that the two have been separated, which never really worked out? I know I've seen a version of this before back in the day.

And why is the Hulk bald? He looks really silly bald- almost like a green, more muscular Kingpin. It is rather amusing to see the Hulk knocking back a few beers. "Wolverine was right" indeed.

JimOakley: While they have had this "red Hulk" running around for several years now, I do agree with you that they're diluting the character. A red She-Hulk is really just too much.
niknik - 5/14/2012, 6:39 AM
Spoiler alert: Bruce Banner isn't dead. The Hulk IS Bruce Banner....DUH! He was played by Dr. Doom into thinking he could be separated. At some point he will just change back into Banner again. Seriously. This whole concept is just plain stupid. The Hulk is NOT a separate entity. He doesn't just magically appear out of nowhere and replace Banner. The Hulk IS Banner mutated, so it's physically impossible that they be two separate beings. Total Bull$hit.
Rulk - 5/14/2012, 6:44 AM
The cover is sweet. But the artwork and story IMO has been piss poor. The Hulk deserves better.

Haters are gonna hate but Jeff Parker has been writing a kick ass Rulk book right now... much better than Aaron's TIH
Rulk - 5/14/2012, 7:10 AM
P.S. You're looking for something to blame for The Hulk not being bad ass in comics and in reality it's not due to the Red Hulk, Skarr, She Hulk, Lyra, A-Bomb or Red She-Hulk that is preventing the Incredible Hulk from being a cool comic.. He's not being watered down, he's just being horribly written and drawn. Blame who should be blamed.
CrowPirate1 - 5/14/2012, 7:32 AM
Need more Colors.... can't have actual imagination and come up with real new heroes with brand new powers. Expect Purple and Yellow and Orange Hulks by end of year!

Goooo retreads!
NorrinRaddical - 5/14/2012, 7:44 AM
i like Jefte's art! i tend to favor the atypical stylized stuff though. cover's nice too
marvel72 - 5/14/2012, 7:53 AM
@ manymade1

no its normally marc silvestri or whilice portacio,we've got steve dillion doing the pencils soon from preacher fame.

i would love to see the cover artist do about a year worth of books.
superman7 - 5/14/2012, 8:14 AM
I think this is kind of stupid... if banner's dead, then how can hulk form coherent though instead of blinding rage? And how is his speech intelligible?
Marvel has to stop killing people temporarily for shock value.

@ niknik:
As soon as i read "banner's dead," I thought the same exact thing. Puny Marvel publicity stunts...
SiriusC - 5/14/2012, 8:28 AM
This is something I would TOTALLY buy based on the cover. And be TOTALLY disappointed based on what's actually inside. I HATE that type of artwork. It's much like Wolverine & the X-Men. Too cartoony/abstract/exaggerated.

I don't really mind the multiple Hulks & I quite like Red Hulk. Betsy Ross as RSH is an obvious yet likable move, in my opinion.
nuck82 - 5/14/2012, 8:32 AM
man, for being a sit 90% about comic book movies and comics, none of you assholes read comic books
ThaMessenger07 - 5/14/2012, 8:33 AM
nuck, Amen!
nuck82 - 5/14/2012, 8:36 AM
no your 150 years old and cant see
nuck82 - 5/14/2012, 8:38 AM
its because of this site i got back into comic books almost 2 years ago, some of you should do the same!!!
jarel93 - 5/14/2012, 8:39 AM
That was one of the most poorly written, sloppy, boring piece of work I have ever seen.
GUNSMITH - 5/14/2012, 8:44 AM
WHAT PROBABLY HAPPENED:
DR DOOM GOT ALL THE CRAZY VIOLENT STUFF AND PUT IT IN A BANNER CLONE..BANNER IS STILL IN THE HULK, HE JUST DOESNT REMEMBER HE'S BANNER HE ONLY THINKS HE'S THE HULK..BANNER AND THE HULK ARE THE SAME PERSON, THEY CAN'T BE SEPARATED EVER..THE THING THAT REALLY IS SCREWING THE HULK/BANNER UP IS HIS MIND, IF YOU CUT OUT THE PART THAT WILL ALLOW YOU TO TRICK A PERSON INTO BELIEVING HE IS FREE AND MAKE AN ELABORATE SET UP AND MAKE IT BELIEVABLE..ESPECIALLY IF ITS A POWERFUL MONSTER FOE...AND YOUR A GENIUS AND HAVE A SILENT ADVANTAGE, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
ScabbyJ - 5/14/2012, 8:45 AM
I can respect what Marvel Comics is doing this year seperately from Marvel Studios. From what I see, they already did their reddacts half a year ago. So if Bruce Banner is dead then that's kind of like how the fate of Bruce Wayne was incertain during Batman RIP and TDK's release. I appreciate that if someone wants to jump into the character, he's already in the middle of the story. Comic book guys know most of the fun is the hunt for backlogs.
nuck82 - 5/14/2012, 8:59 AM
@gunsmith, sounds about right
nuck82 - 5/14/2012, 9:00 AM
and maybe add miss doom in there [frick]ing some random hulk beats, lol what a dirty little whore she turned out to be.
niknik - 5/14/2012, 9:25 AM
@ Gunsmith - While that may be true about lobotomizing humans, any part of the Hulks brain that were to be cut out would grow back due to his healing factor. Add to that the fact that the Hulks behavior after this "alleged" procedure took place has not changed significantly, and you have a storyline's premise that is total bull$hit. The Hulk IS Banner. He doesn't just appear and take Banners place. Banner mutates into the Hulk. You can't have the Hulk running around in the physical world with a physical body without Banner because that IS Banner's body and mind.

I don't know why any writer would come up with (or be allowed by Marvel's editorial staff to come up with) such a weak premise. Bruce Banner IS the Hulk IS Bruce Banner.

All Doom did was create a Banner Clone. It's the clone that died.

jimoakley666 - 5/14/2012, 9:41 AM
ckal - She-Hulk is just as bad as these two in my opinion. Thematically, it doesn't add much except T&A. If they wanted to do a dramatic "Oh, Banner is cursed" story, it would've been much more dramatic if the blood transfusion gave Jan cancer instead of turning her into a green muscle-porn figure.

nuck82- I don't read SHIT comics. Stopped reading Hulk a long time ago. I read comics to get a good story. As soon as that stops I have no character-loyalty and spend my money else where.

Rulk - Hulk is watered down because all the stories they could be telling about him are being used for other mock-Hulk characters. Spreading the stories WAY too thin.

niknik - I was going to say the exact same thing. Banner transforms into the Hulk. Hulk is a split-personality, not some other being who appears magically when Banner disappears. Hulk's body is Banners body! That's like saying someone with multiple personality disorder could physically murder one of their personalities and be physically okay their self. This who story is absolutely retarded.
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