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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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Kat Stark
Feb 29, 2016 Kat Stark rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, reviewed

Criteria: Any comic with the color green

Hmm...not a bad read but there’s not much here that really wows me.

So the first story is set in the dystopian future where, of course, all the superheroes have died and it’s years and years later. People are dropping like flies due to radiation and Hulk literally comes out of nowhere like the kool aid dude that crashes into your house. One of this first lines is this:





His counterpart rival is Maestro who’s been the head honcho of this weird area where basic
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Nicolo Yu
Feb 22, 2012 Nicolo Yu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: collected-comics
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
Feb 09, 2014 Gavin rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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
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P Fosten
Feb 16, 2013 P Fosten rated it really liked it
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
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Jedhua
Jun 03, 2016 Jedhua rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Book Info: This collection contains The Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect issues #1-2 and Hulk: The End issue #1.

Other Useful Reviews: Gavin's review


Overall Rating: {3.5/5 stars}

Review for Future Imperfect:

{2/5 stars}

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In the decades following a nuclear war that ravaged the Earth, Future Imperfect is a two-part miniseries dealing with the subjugation of humanity by the ruthless dictator Maestro (i.e. a much older and power-hungry version of the Hulk). Set in what appears to be one of the last
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***Dave Hill
Feb 15, 2011 ***Dave Hill rated it really liked it
Shelves: illustrated
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
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Jessica
Jul 20, 2013 Jessica rated it did not like it
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
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John Constantine
Apr 07, 2013 John Constantine rated it really liked it
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
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Mathias
Apr 04, 2013 Mathias rated it really liked it
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
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David
Sep 07, 2008 David rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 09, 2013 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nick
Mar 27, 2015 Nick rated it did not like it
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Matt Anderson
Jan 23, 2015 Matt Anderson rated it really liked it
Collects Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect #1-2 and the Incredible Hulk: The End one-shot

It's hard to put my finger on exactly what it is about these two stories that resonated with me so much, but for some reason, I was really impacted by the emotion of these stories in which Hulk faces his own immortality.

These two stories aren't exactly connected (other than the fact that they are both written by Peter David), but they do tackle similar themes.

"Future Imperfect" is the most well-known story
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Maaz Sheik
Nov 09, 2014 Maaz Sheik rated it liked it
Although i have my exams currently going on, it doesn't stop me from read, well at least not comic books.

This comic book collects two separate tales of the Incredible Hulk in a future dystopian setting.

"Hulk : The End" is a good book. It takes Hulk/Banner to a higher plane, where they become the philosophical treatises on existence, the meaning of life, mortality and so forth. Hulk, is the strongest one there is and won't give up... for either of them.

"Future Imperfect" is a time travel story, w
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Jason
Two incredible stories by a man who spent 12 years with the Hulk. The first, art by George Perez is absolutely incredible. You can see where Planet Hulk gets some of its influence from. I don't know what it is about the Hulk, but he fits in so well in dystopian/fantasy settings. It's probably why writers keep taking him back to those fields. The second is even more intense than the first, and the story, in terms of its impact, is probably slightly better. but I'm not much of a fan of Keown's art ...more
Moatazz
Feb 04, 2014 Moatazz rated it liked it
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
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Devero
Oct 31, 2014 Devero rated it it was amazing
Un gran bel volume che raccoglie due storie di Peter A. David. C'è la miniserie di 2 "Futuro Imperfetto" disegnata dal grandissimo George Perez, in cui il gigante di giada viene portato in un futuro post-olocausto per combattere il se stesso futuro, un tiranno noto come "Il Maestro" che opprime le ultime comunità umane, regredite dopo una guerra nucleare che ha devastato ma non distrutto il mondo. Questa mini è una delle storie migliori su Hulk mai scritte.
Ma non è definitiva come "Hulk: The End
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The_Mad_Swede
Apr 24, 2016 The_Mad_Swede rated it really liked it
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
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Don Weiss
Mar 29, 2013 Don Weiss rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
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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
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Brad
May 19, 2008 Brad rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, marvel
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
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Brent
Feb 06, 2016 Brent rated it liked it
I felt a bit lost in the events leading up to the 'Future Imperfect' story and thought the illustration somewhat corny. But I really liked Rick Jones's curio collections. I really liked the illustration in 'The Last Titan' story with the exception of overly sinewy muscles. The story brings back the Man vs. Beast dichotomy that gets lost when Hulk stops transforming. I also really appreciated the Hulk as Prometheus analogy and thought the artwork depicting this quite exceptional.
Brian
Jul 25, 2014 Brian rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
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.
Sep 12, 2012 M.i. rated it liked it
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
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Lee Bone
Jun 18, 2016 Lee Bone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoughtful

Nice to have brilliant writing alongside superb artistry. I'm a fine artist so think I notice the intricacies of the inking and colouring than most and was mightily impressed with this book. It reminded me of the likes of early 2000AD stories that added real substance to characters. Bravo to writing and drawing in perfect harmony
Thomas Zimm
Apr 25, 2015 Thomas Zimm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Captured the Hulk Perfectly

Art is great
Sorry captured what Hulk and Banner struggled with. If you love the Hulk you have to read the End
Chris Boette
Aug 25, 2015 Chris Boette rated it really liked it
Two completely different stories, which I think serve best to demonstrate either David's growth or range (or both?) as a writer.
Tane
Jun 26, 2015 Tane rated it it was amazing
The best Hulk story I've read - haunting, true to the characters, beautifully written and illustrated.
SA
Jun 07, 2012 SA rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2012
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
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Patrick
Feb 06, 2015 Patrick rated it really liked it
It's ok
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