Recent news of the Hulk’s death is obviously an attention grabbing scheme to sell more copies of the current Civil War II series, that much we know. Killing off a staple character is Comics 101 if you want to create a temporary sales spike or draw attention to a title (a close second behind the #1 reboot tactic). What we don’t know is how the story will play out. I hope Marvel has something really good lined up for the return of our favorite monster. The questions that are really pertinent are how he was made to look dead, whose idea was it, and how long before the triumphant return (likely accompanied by another reboot)? My money is that Banner cooked up the scheme to get himself off the grid and partnered with Hawkeye to execute the plan. Maybe the arrow that does the deed is laced with a blood or neural inhibiting agent that keeps him from transforming while still keeping him alive. Or maybe Tony or Ant man came up with some micro-tech that keeps Bruce in suspended animation while the plan plays out. It could also just be a simple plot device to keep Hulk from single-handedly winning the war himself (does that sound familiar?). I sure hope it isn’t that simple but we shall see soon enough. Six months, tops, before we see ol Jade Jaws back up and smashing again. I hope the brain trust in the bullpen whips up something that blows us all away.
C’mon Marvel, knock our socks off with the Hulk’s return … and make it soon!