A "Happy Ending" for The Immortal Hulk in May? Or an Even Happier Relaunch?

This May, it looks like The Hulk could receive a "happy ending," at least according to the solicit text for Immortal Hulk #35 revealed in Marvel's full May 2020 solicitations. Wait, when did this book become a Marvel MAX series?

Oh, sorry, it's not that kind of happy ending.

IMMORTAL HULK #35
AL EWING (W) • MIKE HAWTHORNE (A) • Cover by ALEX ROSS
DARK MARVEL VARIANT COVER BY TBA
• The war with the Minotaur is over — and a grateful humanity knows who saved them all.
• Can Shadow Base come out of the shadows? Can the world believe in Bruce Banner?
• Can there be a happy ending… for the IMMORTAL HULK?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Marvel Comics Solicitations for May 2020

And also, as it turns out… the ending won't be so happy after all.

IMMORTAL HULK #36
AL EWING (W) • JOE BENNETT (A) • Cover by ALEX ROSS
DARK MARVEL VARIANT COVER BY TBA
• NO HAPPY ENDINGS.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

A "Happy Ending" for The Immortal Hulk in May? Or an Even Happier Relaunch?

But is this ending figurative? Or could we finally be seeing the relaunch of Immortal Hulk that we predicted last year, and which Bleeding Cool Rumourmonger-in-Chief Rich Johnston learned was originally meant to happen when we thought it would, but would instead happen this year?

I am told that that was the original plan with issue #25, but the sales team and editorial decided together that the series had been gaining so many readers and goodwill that it may be akin to killing the gamma-irradiated goose. So the series was allowed to continue under its ongoing numbering. For now.

However in 2020, there is a reason that The Immortal Hulk will need to change its name. And for that you will get a new #1…

The solicits above seem like just as good a time as any to pump out a brand new number one. And while the book is still doing well, it's fallen in the sales charts since the days when it was outselling Batman, no longer in the top ten. A relaunch would fix that… temporarily, at least. But would it also provide a good jumping off point?

We'll find out more, perhaps, at C2E2 later this month.

 

 

About Jude Terror

A prophecy says that in the comic book industry's darkest days, a hero will come to lead the people through a plague of overpriced floppies, incentive variant covers, #1 issue reboots, and super-mega-crossover events.

Scourge of Rich Johnston, maker of puns, and seeker of the Snyder Cut, Jude Terror, sadly, is not the hero comics needs right now... but he's the one the industry deserves.

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