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Hulk: Gray (Colecção Universo Marvel #17)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  1,004 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Bruce Banner's life was torn apart by the explosion of the Gamma Bomb. From that moment on, he unleashed the strongest creature on Earth--The Incredible Hulk. No matter how powerful he became, his heart could still be shattered by Betty Ross. The Eisner Award-winning team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale continue their insightful look into the early days of Marvel's most popular ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published June 29th 2011 by Marvel (first published November 10th 2004)
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Jeff
Dec 20, 2013 Jeff rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: comix
Continuity in comic books is like a house. As a character’s story grows you add little things to the house – eaves, rooms, a garage. At DC, they tear the house down and rebuild; at Marvel, they put together an odd gothic spire here, a ranch house room there, an attic that is bigger than the main house – a misshapen lump. Which is the better way to go? In Hulk: Gray, Loeb and Sale tweak a bit of the Hulk’s early history to come up with an engaging storyline.

Hulk was originally conceived as amalg
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Leah
I never knew that the Hulk’s back story was so heartbreaking.

This entire comic story is Bruce talking to his friend and doctor, Leonard Samson, and it timelines the Hulk’s first days. While I don’t know if this is a slightly altered story line or anything like that, I will say that it was a wonderful read. I found it completely fascinating, and I flew through the pages.

And boy did this story just hit my feels hard. While I didn’t full on cry, there were times that I teared up for the Hulk, Bruc
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Anne
This tells the story of what happened during the time Bruce Banner disappeared in the Gamma accident, and then reappeared after everyone thought the Hulk killed him. I believe the whole story covers only one or two days.
Honestly, I've never been really interested in reading much about Hulk. He is a classic character that I love to see show up in other comics, but on his own, I never gave him much thought. I think everyone probably knows this origin story, but I love the way they breathed new li
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Paul
So Bruce Banner walks into his psychiatrist's office...
So begins this updated re-telling of the Hulk's first few days.
Few people know this (OK, most of the Marvel Fandom does know this) but Hulk was actually Gray when he started out. OK, he was gray for the first issue. He only got to be green in the 2nd issue. The initial reason was mostly because of printing problems, it would seem that the printers had troubles reproducing the gray accurately, so they switched over to green. Later on, they in
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Kathleen
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Travis
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Helmut
Hulk smashes!

Yes, he does what he knows best, and that's smashing. And smashing he does a lot in this story. The story is captivating, deep and not overly long. A lot of very very nice scenes (as with the rabbit, or with betty in the cave) that Jeph Loeb is master of, where the Hulk is seen from a very different angle than the average comic shows, but still keeps the basic concept of the dumb brute that wants to be left in peace.

The art is outstanding - the Hulk is displayed both as child that d
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Keith
This collected mini-series didn't start to impress me until the 2nd or 3rd installment. The first couple sections seemed a bit thin to me, but once the "overdubbed" counseling session developed and started tying in thematically with the recounted action story, I got engrossed in the psychology the story. Banner is dealing with the essential nature of the Hulk and the Hulk's relationship to General Ross. Who is the monster? Who is responsible for the destruction? Why has the Hulk refrained from k ...more
Martin
Another Loeb/Sale "colour" book exploring events in the early days of a hero's "career", Hulk: Gray follows some of the same beats as Spider-Man: Blue and Daredevil Legends, Vol. 1: Yellow: a few winks, a touch of sadness, and a longing for those "simpler days".

Daredevil Legends, Vol. 1: Yellow was, in my opinion, the best of the bunch.
Barry
Loeb and Sale don't really do it for me; at least their DC titles don't. Their Batman books fall flat--with surprise twists that seem perfunctory and last-minute--and Superman: Man for All Seasons is fun, light, and warm, but Superman himself looks just a wee too corn-fed for my tastes.

The corn-fed look, though, works wonders when it's used for the Hulk. The character's figure is like good-ol'-boy Superman--large brow, enormous forearms, wide eyes, and rectangular head--but grotesque, like Fran
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l.
si hay un reparo posible para la "trilogía de colores" de loeb y sale es que son, por momentos, demasiado parecidas. por otro lado, eso bien podría ser un logro de cohesión y completitud*. prefiero pensar lo último.

de hulk: gray me sorprende cómo logra insertarse en un momento brevísimo de la continuidad --a diferencia de spider-man: blue o daredevil: yellow, que tienen mucho más "tiempo" para desarrollarse-- como lo es la primera transformación de bruce banner. (para los que no sepan: el primer
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Mitchell Snow
Mitchell read book.
Story good.
Art pretty.
Book good!
Joel Griswell
Hmm, seems a mixed bag. Loeb/Sale continue their run on looking at classic heroes' origin stories. They succeed in making this story feel very nostalgic, vintage and old-timey. However, in this case, it doesn't seem to really work for me (maybe it's cause I'm only used to the character's more modern edge, like in the films), and I found this old-fashioned world to not really fit with the Hulk. The script is at times brilliant, at times aggravating. The story it set in Doc Samson's office, with B ...more
Jorge Figueroa
Amé con locura y con pasión Spider-Man Blue y las colaboraciones de estos hombres en Batman no me desagradan, pero ahora si me he quedado frío.
No sé si se deba a que ahora se aventuraron en un territorio desconocido y no trabajaron sobre la obra de otros autores, además se fueron al origen de Hulk, cuando el personaje era mucho más básico que lo que vino con Peter David y muchos más.
También, Hulk no es uno de mis personajes favoritos y casi no he leído libros de este personaje, mientras que Spid
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Justyn Rampa
In my eyes, Loeb and Sale are an unstoppable team. Their styles blend so well together that it is always a wonderful experience to read one of their collaborations. This book marks my foray into their color series, which includes Spider-man Blue, Daredevil Yellow, and Hulk Gray.

Loeb and Sale recreate the origin story of the Hulk as it was originally written by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. There is supplemental material in the back of the hardback edition that is fascinating as it actual references o
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Kurt
It is not totally the fault of Loeb and Sale that I didn't like this book. I'm not a Hulk fan, never have been (aside from a few Peter David issues when I first started reading comic books), and I'm particularly uninterested in his early days as a lumbering childlike brute. To the credit of Loeb and Sale, this collection improves upon their work with Daredevil and Spider-Man, in that the story has a purpose, to flesh out the time between the Hulk's first appearance and his second, and to add a p ...more
M
Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale combine to explore the Hulk in this Marvel Colors tales. Bruce Banner stops off to sees psychiatrist and friend Leonard Samson, recounting one of his first transformations into the Hulk. The trip down memory lane explores the relationship triangle between Betty Ross, the Hulk, and General Thunderbolt Ross. Loeb uses the gray-skinned transformation to showcase a muddied world of choices and actions between the two classic foes. Banner, often painted in the more heroic guise ...more
Eric
The problem I have is that I read Loeb and Sale's Batman stories first, the Long Halloween being my first time reading them and a story like that, and I thought it was amazing. So, even though I really liked this story, and Spider-Man: Blue, they do pale in comparison to the Batman stories.

However, this is still a really good Hulk story; good as an origin tale and a inner-look at Bruce Banner. It works at retelling Hulk's dated first issues, and working some modern mythos into the original tale.
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Lindsay
My first "comic book"! So that lays the foundation for the rest of this review. As an origins story, it's quite short and likely to encapsulate facts that you comic nerds already know. What's cool about Hulk Gray, beyond it's pretty lovely art, is that it takes you into the mind and thought process of Bruce Banner/Hulk. I really "feel" for Bruce and Hulk after having read this.
Bryson Kopf
This was one of those "Color" series books that Loeb and Sale did in the 2000s that I missed as Hulk is not always a favorite character. I thought this was actually a pretty well plotted flashback to the earliest days of the Hulk, when his skin was grey, not the green that so many folks associate with the big guy. This is a book that really pays off in the end, so it is worth sticking through some of the rougher dialogue and odd plot twists. The frame for this story is a therapy session that Bru ...more
Alejandro
Relectura del origen de Hulk/Banner, estructurada por un diálogo entre Bruce Banner y Dr. Samson que aporta matices a la ya clásica historia por todos conocida.
Como otras obras de Loeb/Sale funciona perfectamente como obra introductoria al personaje, destacándose el apartado gráfico que es simplemente espectacular.
Earl
I guess the Loeb-Sale combination really worked for this issue. I think that Bruce Banner/Hulk is the perfect character for this particular narrative style, more of a graphic stream of consciousness coupled with captivating art. Better than the previous Loeb series I've read? Definitely.
Matt Chic
i was on the train the other day, and the dude next to me asked if he could read one of the comics i brought. i gave him this one and he loved it. he hadn't read comics since he was a kid, and i know he wasn't bullshitting me either about liking it either--which is awesome. he'd reference certain panels, or layouts, or how the storytelling technique of putting 'voice overs' of bruce and samson's conversation over the flashbacks was a really cool move. fuck yeah dude.

and that's how you know you g
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Corey
Sep 30, 2014 Corey added it
Great retelling of the origin story by an excellent team. OK for kids too, besides a little blood on Betty Ross's forehead and an accidentally murdered bunny (Hulk sorry.). My seven year old daughter is reading it next.
Richard Noble
absolutely Fab reworking of the hulk origin story. the art and writing are both brilliant. the hulk's resemblance to the Frankenstein monster is particularly ace...
Allen Setzer
I've always been a big fan of the Hulk due to the tragic circumstance in life. Yeah, him being a powerhouse that can destroy anything and nothing can stop him is cool. It's the human element of the character that makes him so great and Hulk: Gray portrays that perfectly. Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale are a great team with their combined talents of making great imagery and writing provide great emotion. Just like another of their collaborations, Spider-man: Blue, Hulk: Grey is a heart-wrenching tale tha ...more
John Wiswell
Sep 19, 2007 John Wiswell rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Comics fans
Loeb re-tells the Hulk's origins, restoring him to his original gray and breaking very little new ground. Perhaps you'll be interested to see his first fight against a superhero, or want to see his angst for Betty drawn by a new artist. The art carries the book, there is no question in that - through a masterful use of color, almost every page would look fine on a coffee table. It's just a shame that it isn't shaped into anything novel like the [i]Daredevil: Yellow[/i] project, but instead very ...more
Zach Danielson
Not as good as Spider-Man: Blue or Daredevil: Yellow, which were written by the same team. There was a decent frame with Bruce Banner's psychiatrist friend, a couple good sequences between Hulk and Betty, and I liked the melancholy ending, but the story didn't seem worthy of six full issues. It would have been better if it were half the length.
Mona  G.
I really feel bad about Hulk. But then, that's life.
bookme4life
Hulk: Gray was a complete surprise, or nearly so. It wasn't a surprise in that Loeb & Sale produced a top notch work. The surprise came from the fact that I'm not a fan of the Hulk -- never have been and never cared to be. He's just not interesting to me. But in this story he not only became interesting, he was also sympathetic and dare I say even a little heart-breaking. I don't know how this work will do with Hulk fans who already have a background to contend with. Coming from a mostly bla ...more
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Joseph "Jeph" Loeb III is an Emmy and WGA nominated American film and television writer, producer and award-winning comic book writer. Loeb was a Co-Executive Producer on the NBC hit show Heroes, and formerly a producer/writer on the TV series Smallville and Lost.

A four-time Eisner Award winner and five-time Wizard Fan Awards winner (see below), Loeb's comic book career includes work on many major
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