David Hulks Out Once More
Thursday, September 30, 2004

The following article originally appeared in The Wizard #157.  Although some of the article is now out of date (Tempest Fugit is no longer a mini series but part of the ongoing) there is some interesting stuff in it nonetheless, including a peek at Lee Week's Hulk.

David Hulks Out Once More

It takes a tempest to bring veteran writer Peter David back to the Hulk.

Known for some of the best Hulk stories ever during his 12-year run writing the character, David returns to the Jade Giant in January 2005 with a six-issue mini­series titled Hulk: Tempest Fugit, illustrated by Lee Weeks (Wolverine/Punisher), that runs in place of the regular Hulk ongoing during that span.

David's series loosely adapts William Shakespeare's play, The Tempest, placing the Hulk on a mysterious island inhabited by strange beings. Like the character Prospero, a villain manipulates the island's activities, but David's keeping mum about this villain's identity. "I will tell you that it is a villain who already exists in the Marvel Universe," teased David, who gives fans a Hulk appetizer in December with his "What If?" one-shot, "What if General Ross Had Become the Hulk?"

David originally pitched his story for an Ultimate Hulk launch. Though the powers-that-be opted not to go for an Ultimate Hulk title, Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada enjoyed David's pitch so much that he decided to set the story in the regular Marvel Universe.

"The storylines that were being bandied about were interesting and exciting enough to Joe that they wound up saying you know what, the heck with the Ultimate Hulk," David said. "Let's just do this in the regular Marvel Universe, which surprised the heck out of me because essentially they were saying `Hey, do you want to take another big swing at Marvel's Incredible Hulk?"'

Plans for the regular ongoing Hulk series, following the completion of David's mini, remain up in the air. Fans have been buzzing with speculation about his returning for the ongoing, and when asked if he would if Marvel offered, David replied, "Sure, but part of it would depend on who was drawing it and editing it."

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