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Following on from events in 'Planet Hulk', the Green Goliath returns to Earth seeking revenge against the heroes who exiled him to space. No one will be able to withstand his rage, as the Hulk takes on nearly the entire Marvel Universe in his quest for justice!
Paperback, 282 pages
Published February 2008 by Panini UK Ltd / Marvel
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Bookwraiths
Three and a half stars. Love watching the Hulk wipe the floor with all the Marvel heavy weights.
Anne
Jan 27, 2010 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one a lot more than the previous story, Hulk: Planet Hulk. This takes place on earth and involves a bunch of butt-kicking by Hulk and his friends. I know, whodathunkit?! Anyway, Hulk is after Tony Stark, Reed Richards, Black Bolt, and Dr. Strange. Since they were the ones responsible for shooting him into space in the first place, he assumes that the bomb that destroyed his adopted planet (including his wife and unborn child) was somehow rigged to blow by these guys. Um...it makes s ...more
Sesana
Jan 26, 2016 Sesana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superhumans, comics
So this isn't exactly smart comics. It's really just Hulk smashing stuff up good, and also virtually every hero who was active at the time. Mostly kind of dumb, sure. But pretty fun all the same. Planet Hulk was a better story, to be sure, in that there was an actual story there. This is really just smashing. But I didn't expect anything else from a book called World War Hulk. Still, there's a moment near the end where Bruce gets to show what he's really made of, and it's a great moment. Just go ...more
Terence
The Hulk is coming home, but it's not an occasion to celebrate. Hulk had it all, but then it got wiped away in an explosion. Now he's coming for the four men who sent him into space and God help anyway who gets in his way.
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There isn't much to this one, the angrier Hulk gets the stronger he gets and he's never been angrier than he is in World War Hulk. If anyone ever wanted to see The Illuminati members and their teams beat up then this is series for them. It's everyone versus Hulk and his warboun
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Sam Quixote
Mar 09, 2013 Sam Quixote rated it it was ok
Hulk was sent away from Earth in a spaceship by Reed Richards, Tony Stark, Dr Strange, and Black Bolt, because he's too dangerous/unstable. He winds up on an alien planet where he goes from being a gladiator to their king, falling in love and becoming a father (all of these events take place in "Planet Hulk"). That is until the spaceship he arrived in blows up killing a million of his alien chums along with his pregnant wife. Oh Hulk is maaaaaaaaaaaaad. So here he goes, on a new spaceship headed ...more
Jesse A
I enjoyed this one quite a bit more than Planet Hulk. Just alot of Hulk ass kicking.
Michael
Oct 08, 2008 Michael rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2008
So, a quartet of heroes banished the Hulk to a planet where he started out as a slave and worked his way up to ruler. Eventually, he found love and got married only to have the space ship blow up, wiping out his new-found people and his wife. Needless to say, the Hulk's pretty annoyed about all of this and returns to Earth to kick some super-hero posterior and take some names.

And that's where World War Hulk begins. And then you spend the next hundred or so pages with the Hulk battling various M
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Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Meh, I liked Planet Hulk about 20x more. Just felt anti-climactic at the end, and not what I expected from such an epic story.
Kemper
Apr 01, 2009 Kemper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, superhero
This a pretty good Hulk story, but the ending is a mess. Plus, for a book called World War Hulk, all of the fighting is in New York
Paul
Jun 09, 2014 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting something... better.
I had recently read Planet Hulk and was looking forward to jumping into this sequel.

What a let-down.

Nowhere near as good as its predecessor, despite having the same writer.

So Hulk has a spaceship that can travel back to Earth from Sakaar (where'd that come from anyways?). He leads an army to attack Earth... but wait, let's settle for New York's Central Park, making a pit stop on the Moon on the way to kick the bajoo-zass out of whats-his-name from the Inhumans
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Gavin
Ugh. Romita isn't my fave. Everyone looks the same.

Also, the ego of having one of the Punch noises be "GRGGPAKKK"? Really? In a book written by Greg Pak? Wow. Deep.

Also, what a fucking lazy ending...Sentry takes on Hulk, and ends up being so powerful, Hulk has to stop him from destroying the planet.

Banner good, Hulk mad, the illuminati still assholes.

Also, why don't we see Black Bolt get his ass kicked? He just appears dead looking after almost taking out Hulk earlier.

Just no thoughts at all. Th
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Elijah Kinch Spector
Dec 09, 2008 Elijah Kinch Spector rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Big, bombastic, and crazy like it should be, but honestly it doesn't live up to Planet Hulk. Then again, living up to Planet Hulk would be damn near impossible working within normal Marvel continuity: the beauty of Planet Hulk was that it was so far away it could do whatever it wanted, but when Hulk comes back to Earth, the story becomes a bit restrained by what's allowed. Nonetheless, good stuff. Read it along with the Incredible Hercules book that ties in, though, because more of the emotional ...more
Arun Divakar
The Hulk hasn’t been my idea of a hero. The onscreen portrayals by Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo of Bruce Banner have been very enjoyable in terms of the vulnerability that pushes them over to become the rampaging green monster. A slightly long look at the character makes him seem more of a fulfillment of a naive expectation of what a hero ought to be all about. This is a world where every problem is dealt a swift punch to the face until it’s teeth fall out. World War Hulk to me has been one of ...more
Vojtěch
Aug 19, 2015 Vojtěch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hulk tak nasranej, jak jsem ho ještě nepoznal. A i když je to pouhá jedna velká bitka, tak to byla sakra epická bitka. Fakt boží! :D
Jedhua
Other Useful Reviews: Sam Quixote's review, Paul's review, Hrishi's review

Book Info: This collection contains World War Hulk issues #1-5.


This was perhaps worse than I remember it being the first time around. Believe me, I was tempted to give it 2.5 stars, just as I had done for Planet Hulk . But it's like this book didn't even try to be good, and I think Marvel knew it would be a success no matter what.

First and foremost, Pak used some horrible pacing. Just awful. Relentless and predictable,
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Dustin
This book really highlights why I wish they would have left the character on the alien planet of the previous year's storyline for another year or two.
Short version: hulk was shot into space because Marvel didn't want to have to deal with him during the Civil War storyline. While on the alien planet Hulk has some really awesome Conan and Spartacus style adventures and ends up in charge of the place (I personally would have stretched the adventure part out for another year before he gained contr
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Stephen
May 12, 2015 Stephen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
God, but this story was dull.

Having made his way back to Earth, Hulk enacts his revenge upon the ones who sent him away in the first place - Black Bolt, Mr Fantastic, Doctor Strange and Iron Man.

This story was just... predictable. Dull. I forced myself to read the entire thing, and wasn't remotely surprised or enthralled by any of it. To be honest, I probably could have guessed how it would end based on hearing the premise.

So: Hulk attacks New York, lots of fighting happens, he briefly defeats e
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Matt Anderson
Sep 18, 2015 Matt Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Collects World War Hulk issues #1-5

Here's the quick premise of this book: The Hulk was seen as too dangerous for Earth, so some of the heroes decided it would be better to send him to a planet of his own. Before this book even starts, the Hulk had already been shot into space and has now figured out a way to return. He is back for revenge, so tons of these pages are just the Hulk fighting and rampaging. There are quite a few pages where this is no dialogue because there is so much fighting happe
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Martin
Aug 29, 2013 Martin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: used-to-own, reviewed
As far as "Events" go, this is bottom-drawer stuff. I apologise to all you die-hard Hulk fans out there, but this story is inferior to The Incredible Hulk: Planet Hulk in absolutely every respect, from story to art. First of all, Hulk is wrong when he believes some Earth-based heroes (Iron Man, Mr. Fantastic, Dr. Strange, and Black Bolt) are responsible for the spaceship explosion at the end of the "Planet Hulk" storyline. But of course he doesn't know that and so goes on a rampage and takes the ...more
John Wiswell
Jan 24, 2008 John Wiswell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Comics readers
A significant step down from Greg Pak's stunning science fiction odyssey in Planet Hulk, World War Hulk takes elements of the former story and sets them in conflict with the famous Marvel universe. I should have been an easy story with a dozen earth-shattering battles, yet almost every conflict seems to end too quickly and with neither drama nor accuracy to the abilities of the earthly characters. Even the alien characters seem far more powerful (and often, far more shallow) than they did in Pla ...more
Andrew Huey
Jul 05, 2014 Andrew Huey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
I bought this on Comixology a few years ago, when it was on sale. I finally got around to reading it today. I hadn't read any of the Greg Pak Hulk stuff, but I've heard good things about it, so I was curious.

This book is exactly what you'd expect from the description. The Hulk returns from space, and beats up on everybody. It's pretty much just five issues of that. There's some nuance to it, but not much. If you like this sort of thing, here it is. And, I guess, if you were reading Pak's run on
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Trish
Feb 21, 2015 Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much more enjoyable than Planet Hulk. We are with Hulk as he comes back to seek vengeance on those he blames for everything.

The two "what ifs" at the end were a bit pointless and crap to be honest.
Cem Binboğa
Sep 22, 2015 Cem Binboğa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic
Hulk artık daha öfkeli ve tek istediği şey intikam.
David Caldwell
The Hulk was shot into space by Dr. Strange, Iron Man, Black Bolt, Mister Fantastic. (The rest of the Illuminati, Professor X and Namor do not appear in this collection.) After rising to the position of world leader, a tragedy sends an enraged Hulk back to the Earth. Along with the Warbound, the Hulk plans on making those he holds responsible to pay for what they have done. He stops at the Moon to fight Black Bolt and then proceeds to New York to face the other three. The Hulk basically fights e ...more
M
May 24, 2014 M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Greg Pak brings the Hulk home to Earth after his Illuminati exile in this volume. Having lost a chance at peace with the death of his wife on Sakaar, an enraged Hulk leads his fellow Warbound into a collision course with the men who stranded him. A opening defeat of Black Bolt on the moon signals the Hulk's revenge tactics; a Hulkbuster-suited Tony Stark, gadgeted Reed Richards and mystically-possessed Stephen Strange soon fall to the Green Goliath. Turning Manhattan into an arena, the Hulk prep ...more
Austin Gullett
So, I have super mixed feelings about World War Hulk. Technically speaking, you could interpret this as the final chapter of Civil War. The Illuminati's--Tony Stark, Reed Richards, King Black Bolt of the Inhumans, and Steven Strange (Namor was the dissenting vote)-- decision to shoot the Hulk into space immediately precluded Civil War as a way to stave off harsher government action against heroes and reform the public image of superheroes. Planet Hulk runs parallel to Civil War in terms of Marve ...more
J'aime
I’m not sure what compelled me to buy this since the reviews all pretty much sum it up as: Hulk beats up every hero until someone calms him down. They weren't wrong. I guess I was hoping there’d be something in here, some mea culpa from the four men responsible for shipping him off into space. And while there was a reckoning of sorts, there were too many incongruities for the story to work.

The book is mainly just a sequence of battles until the Sentry swoops in and the two battle until both of
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Devi
Jan 24, 2016 Devi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the fascinating Planet Hulk, World War Hulk is...well, quite frankly, a huge letdown.

After the ending of Planet Hulk, Hulk is back on Earth and enraged at Black Bolt, Iron Man, Mr. Fantastic and Dr. Strange, looking to get revenge on them all--and any hero who stands in his way. It's not a bad story, but 5 issues clearly becomes far too long for it. Each issue can easily be summed up such:

-The heroes try to stop the Hulk. They fail.
-The Sentry stands in his house. Somebody reminds us that
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L.A.
May 12, 2015 L.A. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's probably helpful if you've already read Planet Hulk before this, but Pak gives you enough flashback material here that you can still pick it up and make sense of the storyline - your reading experience will most likely be richer with PH under your belt, is all.

Hulk is back from exile to take revenge on the former friends who have hurt him, and he is super-nuclear pissed. Like, angrier than we've ever seen the Hulk before, and NOTHING seems to be able to stop him. I must confess, given his r
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Arno Callens
Jul 28, 2016 Arno Callens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marvel-comics
(This is a collective review for World War Hulk, and the corresponding issues of Incredible Hulk. Seeing as both series were written by Greg Pak, and are the only ones worth/necessary reading for the event, it felt more logic to combine them. I've also added World War Hulk Prologue: Worldbreaker, as it's the only tie-in that actually contributes to the story.)

World War Hulk was Marvel's first big event post-Civil War. As such it tried to divide its audience once again into two camps: pro-Hulk or
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Greg Pak is an award-winning Korean American comic book writer and filmmaker currently writing “Batman/Superman” and “Action Comics” for DC Comics. Pak wrote the "Princess Who Saved Herself" children's book and the “Code Monkey Save World” graphic novel based on the songs of Jonathan Coulton and co-wrote (with Fred Van Lente) the acclaimed “Make Comics Like the Pros” how-to book. Pak's other work ...more
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