“I've loved every minute of writing the Hulk for these last five and a half years, so a billion thanks to everyone at Marvel and all the fans and retailers who made it possible,” Greg Pak says of his five-year run with Marvel's Green Goliath, which ends with The Incredible Hulks #635, on sale at the end of this month. “This final storyline and especially this final issue bring together all the big themes I've been exploring with the Hulk since page one of Planet Hulk. Get ready for some shocking character revelations — and an ending that literally no one will see coming.”
Well, Pak's Heart of the Monster swan song has been a crazy unpredictable roller coaster already, and sporting art that leaps off the page from both Paul Pelletier and Tom Grummett, it looks to be winding up to mind-blowing proportions.
“The Incredible Hulk was always a book that I wanted to pencil,” Pelletier notes. "Yeah, I did some back-up work on it in the early 90’s, but being the ‘regular’ penciller was something I was itching to do. Being the artist on this last story arc is kind of bittersweet… it’s weird to know that I’m helping wrap up a book that was started by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby so long ago. Crazy stuff!”
“I was fortunate to work with Greg on the four part Spy Who Smashed Me storyline, which was full throttle fun from the start,” adds Grummett. “My good fortune continues in being invited to take part in his final Hulk story, capping his historic run and wrapping up one of comics longest running series. I'm honored to have been given a seat on this very special ride.”
Wrapping it up? What's this? No more Hulk forever? Oh wait, the book is being renumbered when Jason Aaron and Marc Silvestri take over with The Incredible Hulk #1 this fall, and for some reason they like to pretend that renumbering is actually some kind of big deal – as if they won't hype Incredible Hulk #700 when the math works out properly.
Anyway, that's beside the point. Pak has had an amazing five years with the Hulk, doing some of the best work on the character since Peter David's legendary run, and he's going out with a bang. Or rather, a smash.
Check out these preview pages from The Incredible Hulks #635.