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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL (19 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785151001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785151005
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.3 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 490,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Geo on 7 Dec. 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Written well and combined with great art from great artists. The story is a somber tale of the future for the Hulk. A future that never really ends.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Still amazing. 3 Jan. 2012
By para - Published on
Format: Paperback
This trade collects two stories, each focused on the Hulk facing an unpleasant future.

The first 2/3 of the collection is the story Future Imperfect. The Hulk is brought to the future in an attempt to end the rule of the Maestro, a tyrant with a familiar face.

I read this when first released in 1992 and remember it immediately becoming a favorite of mine. Having lost my copies long ago, I was looking forward to rereading and seeing if it held up. I'm happy to say it did. The Maestro is an intelligent, vicious, more than worthy foe. To use a cliche the war between him and the Hulk plays out like a chess match. Move-by-move: some battles physical, some mental, with several twists to enjoy and some great subtleties along the way. One of Peter David's very best.

The second story collected is Hulk: The End (which is also used as the name of the trade). The Hulk has outlasted his enemies and friends alike, and Bruce Banner is the last man on Earth. A dark tale that shows what life is like for them, how it got that way and what comes next. While not at the level of FI, it is still very good.

Both artists (George Perez for FI, Dale Keown for The End) are excellent. Their styles are extremely different from the other, but each matches the story drawn perfectly.

Worth it for Future Imperfect alone, the second solid Peter David Hulk story in here makes it an even easier purchase.

Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great take on an interesting character, appropriate for non-Hulk fans 15 Nov. 2013
By Reid Sherman - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I haven't read many Hulk comics, but I think that he's a fascinating character because he's not really a hero. Of course over his long career I'm sure he's punched tons of bad guys and saved the world, but the most interesting stories about him that I've read are more about his internal conflict and his isolation.

This book definitely fits in that mold. It is two completely separate stories ("Future Imperfect" and "The End") about what might happen to Bruce Banner and The Hulk in the distant future. In both there has been some major environmental disaster that wiped out much of humanity. Future Imperfect makes more references to the Marvel Universe and the history of the Hulk than The End does, but neither require much background knowledge going in. I thought both were really interesting character pieces, and insightful about the Banner/Hulk and villain/hero internal conflicts. The art was also excellent in both stories. George Perez drew a very human Hulk in Future Imperfect and includes a crazy amount of interesting detail in the drawings, while Dale Keown drew a much more monstrous Hulk in The End and made slightly more abstract but very evocative environments for the final Banner/Hulk mental showdown.

By the way, I don't care at all about comic book universe continuity, so I like that both stories are entirely out of continuity, and The Hulk has been reinvented so many times that that's always going to be true, but I thought I'd note it for potential readers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Most Outstanding! 13 Dec. 2012
By Benjamin Fields - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent comic. It features two hulk stories, each exploring the Hulk's character in interesting ways. It contains fascinating science fiction ideas, and time travel paradoxes that would make HG Wells smile. Future Imperfect particularly stands out, because it has an insanely well developed world, and explores the concept of time travel in an interesting way. Also, both have excellent art, the styles of which match perfectly with the stories they represent. Future Imperfect takes place in a pulpy but dark distopia, and explores Hulk's heroic side, while the end takes place in a much more somber, dreary wasteland and explores the hulk's tragic/Frankenstien's monster side. The hulk is a very interesting character. He is on one hand a tragic monster/frankenstien type, who rejects friendship because he's basically been tortured by the puny humans his entire life. On the other hand, the hulk is a stoic hero who uses his far-superior strength to defend those who are weaker than him. This creates a multidimensional hulk who is incredibly heroic despite being an outcast who hates the very same people he defends. Not to mention that the hulk is super badass, and this becomes obvious the moment you open the book. Speaking of badassery, the action sequences are awesome, featuring insane destruction that pops out of the panels as though its unfolding right in front of you, and also featuring some excellent one-liners. Overall, this is one every hulk fan, comic fan, or science fiction fan should read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Hulk: The End is the best there is 18 May 2014
By Jake - Published on
Format: Paperback
There's no beating around the bush with it: "The Incredible Hulk: The End" is the best Hulk comic ever written, hands down. No super villains, no superheroes, no Betty or General "Thunderbolt" Ross; just Bruce Banner, and Hulk, alone...

After an apocalyptic war destroyed the human race, the only survivor is Dr. Bruce Banner, cursed to walk the Earth forever due to his monstrous alter-ego's apparent immortality. But after two centuries of solitude, Banner wants to simply die in peace, while Hulk wants to be alone but finds he is forever tied to Banner's life, and refuses Banner's wish for death. As the two go back and forth for control of their shared mind, Banner learns that he is Hulk's unwanted prisoner, and Death, his only escape, will be impossible...

Written by Peter David, "TIH: The End" is well written, thought-provoking, and damn good reading. Buy this book, and you won't be disappointed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Two classic tales of the Hulk in the future. 30 Mar. 2013
By Donald C. Weiss, Jr. - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Incredible Hulk is a character who will always tread the fine line between being a hero and being a monster, with the potential to lapse into either extreme, depending on whatever life throws his way. Collected in this edition are two standalone stories by Hulk writer extraordinaire Peter David that show Bruce Banner and his monstrous half descending towards the worst end of that spectrum, presenting two distinctly different, dire possibilities.

I reviewed FUTURE IMPERFECT in its previous, slightly edited printing. It's the story of a post-nuclear, war-torn future ruled by a vicious green tyrant known as the Maestro, who is, in fact, a more powerful and more insane incarnation of the Hulk. A group of freedom fighters, led by the Hulk's aging former sidekick Rick Jones, hatch a plan to bring forth the Hulk of the past to overthrow his future self. Re-presented here in its entirety, FUTURE IMPERFECT is an epic tale of one man's struggle against himself, with a world hanging in the balance.

More basic in content, but no less in scope, is HULK: THE END. Set once again in a possible future ravaged by atomic holocaust, this time the Hulk finds himself the sole survivor, roaming a radiation-scarred terrain infested with mutated cockroaches that scavenge across the vast desert landscape. Still sharing his existence with the hated "puny Banner", the conflict switches to internal, as both man and monster wage what might be their final battle for dominance.

Complimenting Peter David's storytelling is the work of renowned illustrators George Perez and Dale Keown. Both artists are well-suited to their respective stories, producing some of the most striking images and dramatic scenes in the Hulk's entire 50+ year history.

A double-feature of dark, distorted destinies, FUTURE IMPERFECT and HULK: THE END still rank among the very best Hulk stories ever told.
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