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Unleash the Titan in the finale to Hulk Planet

In the pages of Donny Cates and Ryan Ottley’s action-packed run of Hulk, Bruce Banner has jetted off to the far reaches of space and found a new home for himself—an entire planet of Hulk-like creatures thriving under the heat of a gamma star! On this Hulk Planet, Bruce is worshipped and enjoying a peace he’s never known… but where the Hulk goes, destruction follows. Titan, the deadliest Hulk in Marvel Comics history, refuses to be suppressed any longer, and Bruce is about to pay a terrible price for believing he was ever in control. Written and drawn by Ottley, the breathtaking finale to this dramatic new Hulk saga will be told this April in Hulk #14, and fans can expect surprise revelations and shocking twists that will smash open the way to what’s next for the character.  

Titan is now in control, and his endless rage may destroy Hulk Planet. Within the remaining fragments of the Mind Palace, Bruce Banner must reckon with the harm he has inflicted on the Hulk if either of them are to have any chance of regaining control and saving the planet.  But Bruce knows better than anyone that once a part of the Hulk has unlocked itself, there’s no closing that door ever again…

Check out the cover below, and see the full might of Titan this April in Hulk #14!

Hulk #14

Underrated: God Country

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet-pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: God Country


God Country has one of the more interestingly unique concepts in comics; that of an Alzheimer’s patient who is cured when his hand touches a twelve foot sword, only to be drawn into the soap  opera like world of space gods that have more than a passing resemblance to the Greco-Roman pantheons. Written by Donny Cates, who also co-wrote The Paybacks with Eliot Rahal; that series looked at the other side of superheroing with a starkly funny focus on a group of knock off characters serving as superpowered repomen (and women) struggling to emerge from the crippling debt their equipment put them in. On the surface, God Country may have little in common with The Paybacks other than half of the writing team (and Geoff Shaw‘s art), that’s certainly true on a superficial thematic level, but at their core both series focus on something quite relatable: people and their struggles against every day adversity.

There is every chance that you probably recognize Cates’ name from his work on Venom, Thor and King In Black, and I’ll admit that it feels strange to write about something Donny Cates has written as being underrated, but this is a book that I don’t see people talk about as much as they should.

Emmet Quinlan’s family have been struggling with the horror of watching a loved one slip away whilst suffering from Alzheimer’s, and their struggles are haunting – if you’ve ever had to watch a loved one slip away while suffering this horrible disease as I have, then you’ll understand immediately how hard it can be. Donny Cates treats the subject with the respect it deserves without sugar coating the emotions that Emmet’s family face.

Of course, with this being a comic book called God Country, that’s not what the comic is about.

At least not in it’s entirety. You see Emmet finds a giant sentient sword that restores his mind in its entirety. While Emmet’s disease does form the backbone of his desire to keep his hand on the sword that returned his mind, it’s the conflict with the space gods who want the sword back that provides the more immediate physical threat.

If you enjoyed Jason Aaron’s run on Thor: God Of Thunder  then you’re going to find a lot to love here, from the heavily emotional sequences in the first issue to the more operatic space god scenes in subsequent comics, this is a powerful series – indeed, without Cates wry humour that appears every so often throughout the series, then this could easily become an almost too heavy story.

Ultimately though, this story is so much more than it seems on the surface.

God Country is that rare beast that uses a well thought out high concept science fiction or fantasy premise to tell the most human of stories. It is truly a work of art that had my eyes sweaty with respect – and that doesn’t happen very often when I read comics.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Preview: Hulk #10

Hulk #10

(W) Donny Cates (A/CA) Ryan Ottley
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 02, 2022
SRP: $3.99

“HULK PLANET” PART TWO!
Starship Hulk has found what should be the ultimate paradise – an entire planet of Hulk-like creatures thriving under the heat of a gamma star. But Bruce can’t shake thoughts of the past or the nagging suspicion that Monolith isn’t being totally honest about what she wants from the Hulk. And then there’s the matter of the planet’s “welcoming committee”…

Hulk #10

Preview: Thor #28

Thor #28

(W) Donny Cates (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Nic Klein
RATED T+
In Shops: Oct 19, 2022
SRP: $3.99

THOR VS. VENOM – ROUND TWO!
Hammer vs. tongue! Thunder vs. symbiote! Golden hair vs. pointy teeth! It’s the epic finale of this dark, twisted team-up between Thor and Venom! How will events from the current VENOM series impact the future of Asgard? Find out here!

Thor #28

Preview: Hulk #9

Hulk #9

(W) Donny Cates (A/CA) Ryan Ottley
RATED T+
In Shops: Oct 05, 2022
SRP: $3.99

New Arc – HULK PLANET!
Thoroughly shaken by his battle with Thor and Titan’s impact on his friends, Bruce Banner decides that his best company is himself – and only himself. As he sets Starship Hulk on a far away course, he begins to reckon with what it means to be healthy – and encounters an alternative to isolation he’d never thought to dream of. But this alternative begs the question – who exactly is Monolith?

Hulk #9

Preview: Hulk #9

Hulk #9

(W) Donny Cates (A/CA) Ryan Ottley
RATED T+
In Shops: Oct 05, 2022
SRP: $3.99

New Arc – HULK PLANET!
Thoroughly shaken by his battle with Thor and Titan’s impact on his friends, Bruce Banner decides that his best company is himself – and only himself. As he sets Starship Hulk on a far away course, he begins to reckon with what it means to be healthy – and encounters an alternative to isolation he’d never thought to dream of. But this alternative begs the question – who exactly is Monolith?

Hulk #9

Preview: Thor #27

Thor #27

(W) Donny Cates, Al Ewing (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Nic Klein
RATED T+
In Shops: Sep 28, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Donny Cates writes Venom once again, alongside guest artist Salvador Larroca! In this team-up of kings, Thor, King of Asgard, and Eddie Brock, King in Black, must set aside their personal differences to save the one thing they both love: Earth!

Thor #27

Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s Vanish gets a trailer

From Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, Sonia Oback, and John J. Hill, the all-star creative team that brought you Venom, comes an all-new take on the classic hero’s quest!

Oliver Harrison was a mythical hero who slayed the greatest threat to his realm before even hitting puberty. But that was then.

As an adult, Oliver leads an average cookie-cutter suburban life—aside from the fact that he’s mentally unstable, massively paranoid, smokes like a chimney, and gets blackout drunk every night to hide from his horrific nightmares. Will the arrival of a superhero team called the Prestige prove the madness isn’t all in Oliver’s head? And what about all the epic fantasy crap from his childhood?

Vanish is a brutal as hell tale of magical worlds, gifted youth, evil sorcerers, superheroes, war, blood, guts, and death that punches you right in the face!

Vanish #1 is in stores on September 21st.

Preview: Hulk #8

Hulk #8

(W) Donny Cates (A) Martin Coccolo (CA) Gary Frank
RATED T+
In Shops: Aug 17, 2022
SRP: $3.99

“BANNER OF WAR” FINALE
The time for victory has come! In the final installment of the epic crossover between the HULK and THOR series, Marvel’s two heaviest hitters expend their rage on one final, brutal brawl that will answer once and for all which of these heroes is the strongest. But in a fight between gods, monsters and men, what becomes of the victor? The loser? And who really has the authority to decide? Revelations about Hulk’s past and choices Thor makes about the future will shake the Marvel Universe to its very core!

Hulk #8

Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman Reteam for Vanish, coming to Image in September

From the all-star creative team—Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, Sonia Oback, and John J. Hill—comes an all-new series, Vanish. This brutal-as-hell tale of magical worlds, gifted youth, evil sorcerers, superheroes, war, blood, guts, and death is set to launch in print from Image Comics this September.

In Vanish, Oliver Harrison was a mythical hero who slayed the greatest threat to his realm before even hitting puberty. But that was then.

As an adult, Oliver leads an average cookie-cutter suburban life—aside from the fact that he’s mentally unstable, massively paranoid, smokes like a chimney, and gets blackout drunk every night to hide from his horrific nightmares. Will the arrival of a superhero team called the Prestige prove the madness isn’t all in Oliver’s head? And what about all the epic fantasy crap from his childhood?

Vanish #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, September 7:

  • Vanish #1 Cover A by Stegman – Diamond Code JUL220030
  • Vanish #1 Cover B by Daniel Warren Johnson – Diamond Code JUL220031
  • Vanish #1 Cover C Blank Sketch Cover – Diamond Code JUL220032
  • Vanish #1 Cover D 1:10 copy incentive Ed McGuinness – Diamond Code JUL220033
  • Vanish #1 Cover E 1:25 copy incentive Greg Capullo – Diamond Code JUL220034
  • Vanish #1 Cover F 1:50 copy incentive Stegman – Diamond Code JUL220035
  • Vanish #1 Cover G 1:75 copy incentive Johnson Raw – Diamond Code JUL220036
  • Vanish #1 Cover H 1:100 copy incentive McGuinness Raw – Diamond Code JUL220037
  • Vanish #1 Cover I 1:200 copy incentive Capullo Raw – Diamond Code JUL220038
  • Vanish #1 Cover J 1:500 copy incentive Stegman Raw – Diamond Code JUL220039
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