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Startling Stories: Banner

“Startling Stories: Banner”

Startling Stories: Banner

22+22+23+23 (series) pgs. Appeared first time [COLOR] in Startling Stories: Banner #1 to #4 (2001). Reprinted [COLOR] in Startling Stories: Banner [TB] (2002) and [COLOR] in The Incredible Hulk vol. 1 (2002).
Story: Brian Azzarello. Color: Studio F. Art: Richard Corben (no signature). Lettering: printed (Marvel/Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Wes Abbott).

Brazil [BRA]: as “Hulk: Banner [BRA]”, as one in Marvel [BRA] Apresenta #3: Banner (2002).
Denmark [DK]: as “Hulk #1 [DK]”, as one in Giga #7: Hulk #1 [DK] (2005).
Finland [FIN]: as “Hulk: Banner [FIN]”, as one in Mega #4: Hulk [FIN] (2003).
Gemany [GER]: as “Banner [GER]”, half and half in Banner [GER] #1 (2002) to #2 (2009).
France [FRA]: as “Banner [FRA]”, as one in Collection 100% Marvel [FRA]: Hulk, Book 2 (2002), and as “Banner [FRA]”, as one in Banner/Cage/Ghost Rider/Punisher (2019).
Italy [ITA]: as “Banner [ITA]”, as one in 100% Marvel [ITA]: Hulk vol 1: Banner [ITA] (2002).
Spain [SPA]: as “Banner [SPA]”, as one in Banner [SPA] (2002) and Hulk: Banner [SPA] (2008).
Turkey [TUR]: as “Banner [TUR]”, as one in Hulk: Banner [TUR] – Içimdeki Canavar (2003).
Yugoslavia [YSL]: as “Banner [YSL]”, as two in Banner [YSL] #1 to #2 (2004).

Style: Black line with colors. Genre: Super Hero. Time Span: No particular moment of time. Nudity: None.
Original Art Plate: Copyright 2001. Drawn with Sharpie and Pigma pen on Strathmore paper, size 11″x17″ [Corben’s web site]. 27,6 x 43 cm [Source: Angoulême, 2019].
Keywords: Anger. Destruction. Fear. Military. Bomb. Fight. Gas.
Synopsis: Dr. Bruce Banner does not prefer to loose his coolness, because he does, he will become the Incredible Hulk, a totally destructive green bomb. Then again Doctor Samson is the guy who talks over Mayor to put the full force of army after Hulk to put him down. But fighting with guns is just the rehearsal for both Doctors. Good fist fight is the thing they love.
Comment: Brian Azzarello wrote to Mr. Corben also the pervious story, “Hard Time”, as well as “Cage”, though the first one was made for DC. Yes, Banner has a necessary inside talk by himself, but still the story does not go much deep of the theme. Mr. Corben’s art with bodybuidling men serves the story but no more. Chapter two is specially grafical straight forewards story telling. Mr. Corben does his best on several no talking moments like fight with helicopters in chapter two: on a spread frame of attack with Dr. Samson and Hulk, see how cute feet Hulk has got, or couple of pages later the wack of helicopter’s blade against Hulk’s head are brilliant moments during the story. Also a silently dreamy and calm opening scene of chapter four is worth to see. But the story’s ending sucks!

Banner, Part 1, 22 pgs
Banner, Part 2, 22 pgs
Banner, Part 3, 23 pgs
Banner, Part 4, 23 pgs

Copyright © 2003 Heart-Attack-Series, Ink!
Created: May 13, 2003. Last updated: April 12, 2020 at 11:55 am

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