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Hulk: The End (The Incredible Hulk)

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Chronicling the final days of the Green Goliath Peter David and Dale Keown, creative team on some of the Hulk's most memorable tales, reunite to produce this searing vision of the future in which Bruce Banner, the Incredible Hulk, is the last man on Earth. It's the Hulk's final battle, as "The Last Titan" wrestles his inner-demons in order to discover his place in a dying...more
Hardcover, 152 pages
Published January 30th 2008 by Marvel Comics (first published 2002)
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Nicolo Yu
This trade paperback collects two separate tales of the Hulk in a dystopian setting. Both these stories are written by Peter David and feature two stellar artists in George Perez and Dale Keown. This paperback collection is not my preferred format. Considering the superb quality of the stories within, I’d rather have this in hardcover. David’s tales of the Jade Giant, especially his lengthy run on the monthly title Incredible Hulk and special projects like these two stories are among the best re...more
Gavin
This one pairs up Hulk: Future Imperfect and Hulk: The End. Of the two, the End is the better story, but Future Imperfect is still a decent story, just not having aged as well, with the artwork looking dated. Both are manifestos on the Hulk and how he's nearly indestructible; one set in the Dystopian future, where Hulk finds himself being summoned to help fight the evil Maestro, a character as powerful as Hulk himself; the other focuses on Hulk as the last Human alive on Earth.
Hulk:The End is a...more
P Fosten
I'd originally read 'Future Imperfect' when it came out and remembered enjoying it. Re-reading it now it's slightly less awe inspiring and status quo changing then 20 years ago but is still a solidly written (and impeccably executed artistically by George Perez) super-hero yarn.

'The End' is something else. The Hulk and Banner are the last human alive in a post apocalyptic wasteland, chased by mutated bugs and surviving purely on their ability to absorb radiation. Banner is ageing (200 years old...more
***Dave Hill
This graphic novel collects the David's "Future Imperfect"collaboration with George Perez and his much darker "The End" collaboration with Dale McKeown. Both were previously available in separate volumes.

Unlike many stand-alone tales, "Future Imperfect" is considered canon, and Hulk's fear of eventually becoming the Maestro -- power-mad tyrant over the post-war dregs of humanity -- continue to show up in Hulk lore even today. Perez' art is at its loveliest, and David's grip on the character and...more
Jessica
Boring.

Also mildly offensive, but mostly boring.

The trade paperback has two stories: Future Imperfect and The Last Titan, both by Peter David.

Future Imperfect

It had never before occurred to me that the many dangers the Hulk faced in his life might include rape. I wish it had never occurred to Peter David, either.

Other than that, the tale is a fairly dull, meandering thing. In the future, humanity has faced the one enemy superheroes can't defend against: It has destroyed itself. I bring this up b...more
John Constantine
It should be a 4.5 but goodread is restricting me to 4 or 5, and it's not really a 5 to me.

This is my second reading.

Nice bleak story. With Hulk (and Banner, because he is attached to him; or viceversa) surviving a nuclear war. Banner says he is 200 year old (because of the Hulk) and wants to die. Hulk wants to live, to be the strongest there is, not give satisfaction to his enemies (which are all dead) by dying, and to be left alone. He doesn't care. But Hulk can't live without Banner (because...more
Mathias
This trade contains two stories. Future Imperfect, an older Hulk tale by Peter David, and The Last Titan, also by David.

I preferred the artwork in Future Imperfect but since the CBC was still in effect it suffered from some pretty hokey dialogue. Nothing wrong with the story really, just bad dialogue at no fault of the writer. I give this one on its own three stars as it was pretty well worn territory. Time-travel to stop a dystopian future. The Hulk character just made the well worn plot a bit...more
David
Sep 07, 2008 David rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Hulk!
Shelves: graphic-novels
Hulk not depress. Hulk not worry. Hulk have no concern over future of puny library in America. HULK ANGRY! Hulk outlive puny humans, and silly tight-clad superheroes - Hulk like cockroach - Hulk live on like Samson Agonistes. Hulk like Prometheus, with flying cockroach monster rip out Hulk liver and entrail all day, day after day, and HULK liver grow back, because Hulk can no be hurt. (David more Euripides fanboy, but David see Aeschylus value, thanks Hulk!) You doubters and haters, take note: H...more
Laura
Hulk: The End was recommended to me by the local comic shop owner. Different authors and artists have their own take on the Hulk. And while Peter David is not Jeph Loeb, he does write two dystopian futures of Bruce and the Hulk that I found interesting. Bruce's loneliness, the Hulk's pride, and the depravity of man come up quite frequently. Good stuff! Unfortunately, futuristic swear words, an attempted suicide, and near nudity marr the novel. I cannot in good conscience recommend this graphic n...more
Moatazz
two stories:
1) future imperfect: a rather dull and boring story about how humanity will destroy it self. Yet Hulk of the future, who gained more power cause of the final battle, goes back creat the only liveable city on erth, have to fight his own past self (Rape is included).... characters wasnt really inspiring, those who repledd against the hulk show no character or smartness or leadership or even plans for the future.

2)the last titan:again earth is destroyed, only Hulk survive... a much bet...more
The_Mad_Swede
This hardcover volume collects both Peter David's and George Pérez's Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect # 1–2 and David's and Dale Keown's Incredible Hulk: The End (a.k.a. The Last Titan).

Future Imperfect is a time travel story, where the green intelligent Banner Hulk of David's famous run is taken to a post-apocalyptic, bleak dystopian future by a group of freedom fighters. The mission at hand... defeating the cruel and powerful tyrant of this dreadful world – the Maestro, who is a creature very...more
Don Weiss
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, s...more
Mike
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 intellig...more
Brad
The Hulk gets to jump around in two post-atomic futures. In the first, a dystopian megalopolis is ruled by The Maestro, who just happens to be a angry, giant green guy, just like our (anti-)hero. In the second, the Hulk/Bruce Banner's the only human left, and is angry and depressed about it.
Peter David's the Hulk's signature writer, and he does well with both these stories. They both have their flaws. In the first story, David's futuristic vernacular substitutions are really annoying; in the fut...more
Brian
It was okay. The story is interesting, but the art and dialogue are heavily dated and really took me out of the experience. I was surprised, actually, that the dialogue was so rough considering how great Peter David usually is with his text. "The Last Titan" is much more interesting than "Future Imperfect," but I can certainly see how both would've been well received when released. They just don't hold up particularly well in my opinion.
M.i.
Hulk the end is made up of two stories. In future imperfect, Hulk has turned into a tyrant called Maestro, with no one to challenge him, a bunch of time travelers from that era venture into the past to bring back a younger version of Hulk to challenge Maestro.

In the last Titan, we see Hulk/Bruce Banner being the last person on earth. Its a pretty somber portrayal of both characters as they struggle with the fact that they are the only remaining members of mankind inhabiting the planet. Whilst Br...more
SA
Peter David gives about the best Hulk there is out there in the Marvel Universe (barring The Mighty Avengers cartoon or the Avengers movie, which do it about six billion times better than anything I've read, why the bleep is that?) and this is what you point to first--Hulk getting what he wants, to be alone at the end of the world, and Bruce Banner self-pitying himself along for the ride.

I don't know. Like, this book is better than most of what's out there, but it's still not the Hulk I want to...more
Luiz Fernando
Hulk - Future Imperfect (1992) shows interesting moments, but it's not brilliant. The End (2002) explores the Creature x Man conflict, but nothing we haven't seen before. A fun read, and that's it.
Daniel Kukwa
Hulk fans will no doubt enjoy the "Future Imperfect" storyline...but with all due respect, I skipped that one for the REAL meat of "The End": the tragic, post-apocalyptic Earth, where the Hulk & Banner are the last survivors of humanity. This is dark tragedy at its finest -- final, ultimate struggle for the soul -- with a climax that is terrifying in its beauty. One of Peter David's best written works, with some exquisite artwork, and a final panel that will leave you as cold as the Hulk.
Benn-e-reads
The artistic quality was through the roof. Awe-inspiring.
Barry
So boring and so trite. The connection of Hulk to Nuclear Age anxiety--pretty sure a boosted idea--is the only thing that kept this anthology from getting one star. Peter David is almost entirely lazy, and the artwork is pretty good but nothing too exciting. I read this collection to understand how The Hulk has been around for so long, and I'm not sure I've found my answer.

Also, why the glib rape scenes in Future Imperfect? Gross, David.
Gayle Francis Moffet
Strong art, strong writing, and strong lettering. Not the Bruce-n-Hulk relationship I prefer. In fact, it made me a bit smashy myself, but it's an interesting, well-written read that's good to look at, and while I'm tempted to skew the stars lower because self-loathing-never-come-to-any-agreement-on-each-other Hulk and Bruce are not my bag, it's one of the ways it does get written, and it's written well.
Serial  Saudi_00
This was the first peter david book i ever read and maybe hulk . Future imperfect was a blast , really , until hulk first face off with mistro and i am all hooked . Now i see where ideas of old man logan came from .

The end was a vary strong hulk story , and if i know any better , i would say its one of the best out there . but i just only started getting to the character .

James
Sep 06, 2008 James rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Back to the Future but not Timcop.
The first story Future Imperfect shows a great tale of the Hulk turning into a tyranical despot while battling his former heroic self. The second story: The End shows the Hulk finally getting his wish to be alone. Its told very well and really touches on the hulks history and reasons for being how he is.
Ronald
This was a very good comic book. There were two stories of life in a post-apocalyptic world with the Hulk. The first two part story was the better story. If only because the obvious Road Warrior style dialog. I had forgotten how good a writer Peter Daved could be.
Henry
There are only two people who write an excellent Hulk: Greg Pak and Peter David. This tale is one of Peter David's finest Hulk stories, and it originally began as a prose tale in the anthology book Ultimate Hulk. Highly recommended for Hulk fans.
Mark
The Hulk travels to the future to fight himself.

A series from the 1990's set in the far future complete with mohawks and futuresque slang.

The illustrations are a bit dated but should appeal to Hulk fans.


Notes
Rick Jones makes an appearance.
Michael
Future Imperfect is a great narrative of the Hulk turning out the way we would, if Banner were not involved. This is the writer of the Hulk writing his story only as the Hulk's could be told. Good stuff.
Brian
I read this because of interest in the new upcoming film. I thought it was kind of dumb. The implications of time travel (ala Lost) were kind of interesting, thought.
Nic
This is an awesome comic that doesn't just go through the life of the Hulk but it also shows you the evolution of art in comics. A definite read.
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