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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  4,074 ratings  ·  141 reviews
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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Anne
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
Sam Quixote
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
Michael
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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Elijah Kinch Spector
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
Kemper
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
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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Paul
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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Karl Kindt
Great use of the character, other major characters, and the history of the Hulk series.
Natasha Larry
"Uh, oh mommy...Hulk gonna smash!"-my daughter about this book
Prasidh Ramson
I was quite intrigued when I heard about this story arc during one of Empire magazine's podcasts - as a potential Marvel movie. When Comixology.com recently had the entire World War Hulk series on sale - I jumped at the chance!

In brief, Tony Stark (Ironman) and others (Fantastic Four, Black Bolt et al.) trick the Hulk And banish him to Sakaar - a distant planet. In a separate story arc, the Hulk becomes a more fearsome warrior, is made a king, marries and is about to become a father. Events on t
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Holden Attradies
I went into this expecting to be wowed, which is almost always a set up for disappointment. Maybe it was because I haven't read Planet Hulk yet, but I kind of felt that the intro presented in this edition (which, I must say, is a fantastic presentation of this work, even if the story it's self is lacking) covered everything I needed to know and provided me with the emotional backing what's Hulk's deal.

The story was just to centered on hulk beating hero after hero which became very repetitive. A
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Mark Plaid
It seems Dr. Strange, Black Bolt, Iron Man, and Mr. Fantastic decided to shoot their good buddy Hulk into space onto a planet called Sakaar for his, and the planet Earth's, own good. Monsters just about as bad as the Hulk inhabit Sakaar. While there, they force the Hulk into slavery and make him a gladiator. However, one thing leads to another and he becomes the leader of the planet. But, some kind of explosion that kills millions of people on Sakaar including the Hulk's new wife and their unbor ...more
Marcelo
A story without heroes, only villains. No hope, just tragedy. That's not common in comic book. Greg Pak keeps up the impressive work he made in The Incredible Hulk: Planet Hulk. Also, I've loved seeing John Romita's Jr. work again, after years and years away from comic books (me, not Romita).

Even knowing that our world's heroes aren't guilty of what happened to Hulk in Planet Hulk, it's hard not to share the Green Goliath 's hatred. I caught myself wishing to see Reed Richard, Tony Stark, Dr. St
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John Wiswell
Jan 24, 2008 John Wiswell rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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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Kenyatta Garcia
The Hulk at his worst. Dr. Strange at his most powerful. Iron Man devoid of armor and still ultimately as annoying as his partner, Reed Richards in this semi-soul searching action-adventure quest into the notion of justice, accountability and responsibility. Unfortunately the notions of moral evil are put aside so we can watch Hulk smash and see Sentry overcome his fears. But, it was worth it if you're into entertainment and the visual aspects of comics. Where the writing fails the drawing comes ...more
M
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
Jaime
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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Nate Morse
So post civil-war heroes of Iron Man, Richard Reed, Dr. Strange and Blackbolt figure that the Hulk is a loose cannon and is going go eventually Smash everything he see's. Their solution is to blast Hulk into space and hope he doesn't come back. Not exactly a great plan there. Anyway, Hulk comes back more pissed then ever and goes on a pummeling spree of the top names Marvel Comics. While the plot is not the most complex, it did reference the fact that the past 20-30 years of comics pretty much h ...more
Jerome Statema
This wasn't the book I thought it was, but it wasn't the book's fault and it was still a great story. I just need to go purchase the story that leads up to this one. If you think you've seen the Hulk pissed off before, you've seen nothing yet, and neither had the rest of the Marvel Universe.
Silas
I knew this was a big event, but didn't know a lot except that the Hulk beat a bunch of other heroes up. As it turns out, that was pretty much it. You got to see the Hulk and some other characters (presumably from Planet Hulk) beat up several super hero teams. This involved a good bit less plot and a good deal more splash pages than other big crossover events that I have read recently. I guess they were decent fights that showed a lot of collateral damage, but I guess I just hoped for more chara ...more
Joe
This is probably one of my favorite Hulk stories.It's just flat out brutal.Every punch is like an atom bomb going off in this book.Not only is the action epic but it's got emotion in it as well.I kinda saw a big act of betrayal from reading Planet Hulk coming but man it wasn't any less ruthless feeling when it happened.Had some really good social commentary on how sometimes others force us into roles they want us to become and how power and anger can so easily corrupt even the best of us.I was a ...more
Tom
HULK SMASH. CROSSOVERS COMPLICATE MATTERS.
Mike Thomas
This was a fabulous read, the sequel to Planet Hulk, in which a group of superheroes including Dr Strange and Iron Man, thinking the Hulk is a danger to the entire planet, trick him into getting into a spaceship and blasting him off to a distant uninhabited planet, with plenty of vegetation for food, to live out the rest of his life in peace. Obviously something goes wrong and he ends up on a planet teeming with life, he becomes a gladiator of sorts and eventually leads the planet with his new w ...more
Andy Wixon
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Darin
Oct 18, 2010 Darin rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: comic book fans
Shelves: comics
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Iain
Feb 06, 2013 Iain rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
'Event' comics suffer from particular difficulties in being forced to tick particular boxes: the need to shoe-horn in cameos for the high-profile company properties, the need for spectacular multi-page fight scenes in every issue, and usually the need to farm out all your sub-plots to tie-in books. So it is with this volume, which is a shame, because the potential was there for so much more.

In addition to these, though, the book suffers from a lack of space. There simply isn't enough space to g
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John-Michael
Okay, yeah, I get it. After the heady Civil War, Marvel set itself up for a 'Summer Spectacular' type of box-office buster story-line. I would probably have been okay with it, if the idea isn't fraught with constant problems. I really can't blame this book for the bad writing in Ghost Rider, but I also can't praise it for the great writing in Front Line (Damn, that book better become a regular title. Through both story lines, it completely stole the show). What I can blame it for is a complete l ...more
Martin
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
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