The Players – Hulk, Avengers, M.O.D.O.K.
The Story – The awesome origin of the Hulk’s future self, the Maestro.
The Take – Peter David returns to the Hulk once again to chronicle the origin of one of his greatest creations, the Maestro who just so happens to be a version of the Hulk himself. It all begins with the Hulk living his best life and all of it drawn by seminal Hulk artist Dale Keown who had a hand in many of David’s Hulk stories. It is a great life and the Hulk is essentially content, but there are little things that are starting to appear, glitches and it causes Doctor Banner to fight back though he knows it not. Soon the walls of his world come tumbling down to reveal something else entirely and at that point, artist Germán Peralta takes over with some phenomenal pencils of his own. There might not be a lot of action in this first issue, but the pace never lags and from one scene to the next, David keeps readers hooked as he unveils this new reality to the Hulk and it is one that he cannot imagine is true. Breaking all of this to the good doctor is M.O.D.O.K., the Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing who looks like he has aged a hundred years and it is that coupled with the actions of the A.I.M. soldiers before his arrival that has the Hulk more confused than ever. Soon the truth is revealed and it is quite startling, to say the least, but how this leads into the birth of the Maestro is still to be uncovered for even though he might have lost all of his friends and family over the years, that he knows of at least, there is still a long way to go for David in order to transform the Hulk from man to monster. Making this story so good is the fact that David leaves readers wanting more and while he does so with a very unassuming cliff-hanger, it is enough that tuning in every month until this title finishes up and the story is over a definite must. With David at the helm and a fantastic creative team behind him including Keown and Peralta, Maestro should be on everyone’s pull-list.
Worth It? – Yes.