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RULK ANNOUNCEMENT : RED HULK BLOG CLOSES!

When it rains it pours.  I have been forced to cease this blog.  I cannot go into the details regarding whom or why.

Thanks for all the fun guys.. and LONG LIVE MARVEL AND LONG LIVE THE RED HULK!  :)

-AJ

RULK REPORT : Is this the END of RED HULK?

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Marvel’s solicitations for September 2012 was just released to the public apparently revealing a startling fact: There were no Red “HULK” issue solicitations to be found… which begs one to ask the question “Is this the end of the Red Hulk?”

And that is exactly what the last caption asks in the August 2012 solicitation of HULK Issue # 57:

“The stunning conclusion to MAYAN RULE!!! What horrible fate awaits the human race? IS THIS THE END OF RED HULK???”

Adding fuel to the fire is Jeff Parker’s answer to the following question in a Marvel interview released yesterday:

MARVEL : If, somehow, the Red Hulk survives “Mayan Rule” where are you hoping to take him next?

JEFF PARKER : Classified!

So is our beloved Red HULK series being cancelled? Is Marvel simply skipping a month before releasing issue # 58?  Is there just an error in the solicitation?  Will the Red HULK solo series be rebooted if it’s cancelled? Will the Red Hulk still be with the Avengers, or does that cover featuring the Rulk with a broken arm suggest otherwise? Time will tell Red Hulk fans!

NEW RULK : AMAZING SPIDERMAN #687, AVENGERS #27, AvX VERSUS #3 and AVENGING SPIDER-MAN Hardcover!


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Issue # 687

Writer: Dan Slott
Penciller: Stefano Caselli
In Stores:  June 13, 2012
Imprint: MARVEL UNIVERSE
Rating: T+
Format: Comic
UPC: 5960604716-68711
Price: $3.99

The Story:
ENDS OF THE PART SIX. Doctor Octopus has a new Sinister Six: the Avengers! Can Spider-Man sacrifice one life to save the entire planet?


AVENGERS Issue # 27

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciller: Walter Simonson
In Stores:  June 13, 2012
Imprint: MARVEL UNIVERSE
Rating: T+
Format: Comic
UPC: 5960607015-02711
Price: $3.99

The Story:
The Runaways are here! Giant-Man and Victor, Reptil and Chase, Lightspeed and Karolina. What happens when these two super-charged teams collide?


AVENGERS VS X-MEN: VERSUS Issue # 3

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Writer: Chris Yost
Writer: Jeph Loeb
Penciller: Ed Mcguinness
Artist: Terry Dodson
In Stores:  June 13, 2012
Format: Comic
UPC: 5960607800-00311
Price: $3.99

The Story:
All fights, All the time! Black Widow vs. Magik! Colossus vs. Thing!


AVENGING SPIDER-MAN: My Friends Can Beat Up Your Friends (HARDCOVER)

Writer: Zeb Wells
Penciller: Joe Madureira
Artist: Leinil Francis Yu, Greg Land
In Stores:  June 13, 2012
ISBN #: 978-0-7851-5778-6
Format: Hardcover
Price: $24.99

The Story:
This is what you’ve been waiting for! The return of legendary artist Joe Madureira (X-MEN, Battle Chasers) and fan-favorite Spidey writer Zeb Wells in a brand-new Spider-series that teams the wall-crawler with some of the greatest heroes in the Marvel Universe! First, Spider-Man and his Avengers teammate Red Hulk take on a Moloid army during the New York City Marathon &emdash; but when Red Hulk falls, only Spider-Man stands in the way of the Subterranean invasion of Manhattan! Then, Hawkeye drops in for an action-packed extravaganza! And finally, Spider-Man teams up with Captain America &emdash; and it may hurt a lot! Collecting AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #1-5.


RULK REPORT : Marvel’s “Hulk Week” presents Q & A with writer Jeff Parker!

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In celebration of The Incredible Hulk’s 50th Anniversary (as well as General Ross’s), Marvel is launching a “Hulk Week” string of interviews featuring creators involved with the smashing goliath.  Today Marvel’s Tim Stevens interviews acclaimed Red Hulk writer Jeff Parker (found HERE)!

Without further ado, here is the interview:

Marvel.com: The Hulk is celebrating his 50th birthday this year. Can you recall your first exposure to the character?

Jeff Parker: Hulk just seemed to be always there. Kids can relate to him easily, that wanting to lash out and affect everything around them. I think that’s still how we relate to him years later.

Marvel.com: Looking back over the years, do you have a favorite era or incarnation of the Hulk?

Jeff Parker: I like early Hulk, when he’s a bit sinister and you don’t get the idea he’s dumb, he’s just being quiet deliberately.

Marvel.com: Do you draw on any depiction or characterization of The Hulk and General Ross for your work?

Jeff Parker: Yes, that early Hulk I just mentioned. That seems a good intersection point for the two men. Thinking and angry!

Marvel.com: How do you view Ross’s place in the Hulk’s history?

Jeff Parker: Ross still doesn’t like Banner; they just aren’t the kind of people who would ever be friends. But he definitely understands him as The Hulk now that he’s been living through the situation. He always thought that incredible power would be the key to control, but it’s very far from it.

Marvel.com: Looking specifically at your book, you are in the midst of the “Mayan Rule” arc. What does anyone looking to pick up the book right now need to know to be able to jump right in?

Jeff Parker: You need to know that longtime Hulk pal Rick Jones was turned into A-Bomb, the next incarnation of The Abomination, and that these Mayan figures tricked him into releasing them from an underground prison. You also might want to know that Alpha Flight are Canadian [heroes], but you don’t need much more background than that.

Marvel.com: How do you see this arc, and your run to date, changing Ross? What kind of personal evolution, if any, is he going through?

Jeff Parker: He always saw himself as the front line for humanity, keeping back the freaks and super weirdoes. And now he’s starting to see himself as one of them, even if he can’t get along with many of his fellow powered folk.

Marvel.com: If, somehow, the Red Hulk survives “Mayan Rule” where are you hoping to take him next?

Jeff Parker: Classified!

RULK REPORT : Marvel Senior Editior Mark Paniccia discusses his history with The Incredible Hulk and the RED HULK!

In celebration of The Incredible Hulk’s 50th Anniversary (as well as General Ross’s), Marvel is launching a “Hulk Week” string of interviews featuring creators involved with the smashing goliath.  Marvel Senior Editor Mark Paniccia sat down with Marvel’s Ben Morse first to discuss his personal history with the Green Goliath, as well as the Red Hulk!  Here are some highlights:

PANICCIA: “…the Red Hulk saga was very cool. It was something I had completely different plans for, even seeded a new character to become this new Hulk, but Joe convinced me it should be [General Ross] and he was right. I had a great conversation with Jeph Loeb and he took it from there with Ed McGuinness. Then we started building a plan with Greg Pak so we could have two books going concurrently, then dovetail into what became World War Hulks.

Working with Jeph on HULK was something I’ll never forget. We became really good friends over the process and I remember going through some tough times with something and the guy was always there for me. And we had a lot of good times, too. We got away with some pretty fun stuff like punching The Watcher and introducing the Offenders. Sigh…now I want to do a book with them.

The HULK stuff that followed with the other Jeff—Parker—and artist Gabriel Hardman was a great follow-up experience from Mr. Loeb and Mr. McGuinness. Parker took that torch and ran all the way up several mountain tops with it. I would smile ear to ear when I got his scripts. I knew where he was going but never knew how he’d get there so there was always this indescribable excitement when I’d get that e-mail from him with a word attachment. I’d throw something at him like “Planet Red Hulk” and he’d be like, “Ok, that’ll work with what I’m doing. I’ll have it over in a few days. It’s perfect for this new idea I have” and I’d get this real blast of a script. Parker scripts are so fun to read we’ll have to publish one sometime.”

To read the entire Marvel interview with Mark Paniccia, click HERE.

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