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This review is from: Marvel Masterworks: The Incredible Hulk Volume 1 TPB (Paperback)
The Incredible Hulk's first run is collected right here. After issue 6 the series was cancelled. In reading this book, and, in turn, comparing it to the other comics marvel released at the time, this comic was pretty poor.
Aside from occasionally changing back to bruce banner, the hulk was basically "the thing" from fantastic four, who, at the time, was angry at the world, and prone to violence, and certainly not the level headed "idol of millions" you would read in todays comics.
From here it is clear that stan lee really didn't know what to do with the character, you will see the hulk under the control of rick jones, and the hulk with bruce banners brain, as well as starting out as a character with the ability to speak clearly from the get go; no "Hulk Smash!" to be seen.
Add this to a list of forgetable villains and you can then see why it was cancelled.
However the hulk survived, Stan Lee cleverly saw the potential of this character as a threat to other heroes, (IMHO this is the best way to use the hulk, even now; see "the ultimates" for a great example of the potential!) and the hulk crossed over into other comics, starting out with the avengers, and turning on them, a great clash with the fantastic for (see fantastic four issues 25-26 in fantastic four masterworks volume 3) and a brief feature in spider-man.
Still after all these years this book is fun to look back on. Many of the hulks personality changes have been addressed in later issues (more so on peter davids run of the hulk, than in any other), and the storys aren't without there charm.
Fun for youngsters, as well as the more nostalgic older readers, in full colour and of course a great place to start reading the hulk.
Better now than it was back then, recommended.