Hot on the heels of DESTROY!, Marvel gives us a look at the next storyline with a hard-hitting title. SMASH!, beginning in Incredible Hulk #1, features the talents of Marvel Architect Jason Aaron (Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine, X-Men: Schism) and legendary artist Marc Silvestri (Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine). These two incredible talents are tasked to bring you one of the most intriguing Hulk stories ever told: Bruce Banner versus the Hulk!
Following the events of Fear Itself, the Hulk and Bruce Banner are separated by some unknown force (but given the circumstances, I’d wager magic). With the two finally free of each other, they go their own ways, each happy to be rid of the other. That is until Banner goes off the deep end and it’s up to the Hulk to stop him.
Sounds confusing? Yeah, it does to me too. Given Hulk’s history, I wouldn’t have imagined that it would be Bruce Banner that needed to be stopped. But I guess that’s exactly the kind of thing that makes the story so interesting.
Marvel was nice enough to create this trailer to promote the event.
One question I have is whether SMASH ties in to DESTROY in some way. Their titles have similar impact, and considering the fact that most of the Marvel Universe would trust Banner over the Hulk, it would make sense for Banner to call in the big guns like She-Hulk and the Thing to help protect him from the Hulk’s rampage. I wouldn’t put it past Marvel at all to put together some sort of crossover like this.
At this point, all I have are suppositions. Though the trailer gives a synopsis of the storyline behind SMASH, we’ll just have to wait for October when Incredible Hulk #1 hits stores. Be sure to look out for the variant cover edition by acclaimed artist Ladronn.