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The Incredible Hulk: Planet Hulk

(Hulk/Incredible Hulk (1999) #15)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  12,129 ratings  ·  551 reviews
Savage alien planet. Oppressed barbarian tribes. Corrupt emperor. Deadly woman warrior. Gladiators and slaves. Battle axes and hand blasters. Monsters and heroes... and the Incredible Hulk! Let the smashing commence! This deluxe hardcover collects the entire Planet Hulk saga, plus extras! Collects Incredible Hulk #92-105, Giant Size Hulk #1 and the "Mastermind Excello" sto ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 27th 2007 by Marvel (first published June 13th 2007)
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This TPB collects the comic book issues #92-105 of “The Incredible Hulk”, also “Planet Hulk: Gladiator Guidebook” and some material from “Giant-Size Hulk #1” and “Amazing Fantasy #15 (Vol.2)”.

Creative Team:

Writer: Greg Pak

Illustrators: Carlo Pagulayan, Aaron Lopresti, Gary Frank & Takeshi Miyazawa


The group known, in the Marvel Universe, as The Illuminati: Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Namor, Dr. Strange and Black Bolt, decided t
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Because Thor: Ragnarok.


Re-read 2017
3.5 stars


Well, it's been 8 years since I originally read this one. sigh
And I was hoping now that I have a few more comics under my belt I may feel differently about this all-important Hulk storyline.
Eh. Not really.
It was still basically a chore to get through.


Ok, it's not bad. But I had to remind myself that I had promised to read this thing every time I opened it back up. To me, this just didn't do much to make Hulk relatable or
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it

Rereading in preparation for Thor: Ragnorok.

Here's where the Illuminati start causing trouble. They decide the Hulk is too dangerous and blast his ass to outer space. They meant to send him to an uninhabited planet where he could chase bunny rabbits through fields all day, but his ship gets sucked into a wormhole and dumps him out on Sakaar instead. For some reason, society is a more brutal version of Roman civilization. Hulk becomes a slave and fights as a gladiator and we all know how that is
Jan Philipzig
Book blurb: Betrayed by Earth’s heroes and exiled into outer space, the man-monster Hulk has landed on the distant planet Sakaar, ruled by the tyrannical Red King. Sold into slavery, Hulk becomes the Green Scar, the planet’s mightiest gladiator – but his new masters get more than they bargained for when he forges a bond of brotherhood with his fellow fighters…

Considering this is the story of a cosmic uprising, things felt surprisingly bland to me. Sure, there is no shortage of battles and explos
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Planet Hulk is the Roman Empire meets the Marvel Universe, with Hulk on a planet of gladiators, slaves, prostitutes, and myriad killer aliens. When Hulk not smash, it explores totalitarianism versus rebellion, love versus hate, monsters versus heroes.
Sam Quixote
The Illuminati banished Hulk to a remote alien planet called Sakaar far away from Earth where he would no longer have to worry about hurting anyone or being hurt back. He would finally have peace and might find happiness there. Yeah, right! Tony Stark and co. were wrong - Sakaar is ruled over by a cruel Red King who enslaves Hulk to be the star attraction in his bloodsport. But these aliens have never come across anyone quite like Hulk before…

Billed as the quintessential Hulk storyline, Planet
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I admit, I read this saga after watched "Thor: Ragnarok" Movie. The Hulk as a gladiator, teaming with Warbound. The other Warbound that appeared in the movie was Korg.

This story in general more like a Planetary Adventure than Super-hero story. The warbound seems inspired by Spartacus story. The story is predictable and I prefer to treat the story finished after the main bad guy of Planet Hulk Saga defeated.

But as in common DC/Marvel stories, there are fillers and foreshadowing for next saga. If
May 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every so often, there comes a tale -- with equal parts passion and pathos, with equal parts pride and prejudice -- that not only redefines what a character has meant throughout the already visited pages upon pages of illustrated storylines but also re-establishes the hero as a dominant force for storytellers, readers, the company's universe, and (arguably) the entire comic book industry. PLANET HULK is such a masterpiece.

It's difficult to talk about the adventure without giving too many element
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
Actually a 3.5, rounding up. I'm actually, legitimately surprised that I liked this book as much as I did. When I saw what a major chunk this book was, I skeptical that a Hulk book could hold my attention for that long. I read it in one sitting. The first couple of issues were admittedly a little slow going, but once I got into the swing of things I was highly entertained. Sure, it was probably all just an excuse to shoehorn a well-known character into a totally different kind of story, but Hulk ...more
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, marvel-comics
I was very impressed with this.

I consider myself a Hulk fan (like, I've always liked the two 21st century movies despite recognizing that they kind of suck. Yeah, I think I even liked the 2003 one). I read World War Hulk last year and enjoyed it. I probably should have read this one first, but whatever. It's still cohesive.

Anyway, I watched the animated film version of this book two months ago and really liked it. That benefited me here because this starts after Hulk has already been stranded on
Great premise, good story, okay art, and rushed ending. I enjoyed it, but not as much as I should have due to pacing problems. Glad I read it though.
Jesse A
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another meh.

Reread: I liked this one quite a bit more the 2nd time around.
This kind of feels like it was over hyped but it was still really good. (view spoiler) ...more
Lukas Sumper
Seeing thor ragnarok I had to read the inspiration for it and altho the source material has several things that were better than the movie I still can't overlook the flaws in the execution of this book. The story and concept are genius but I probably had different expectations for it to pan out, without spoiler my 2 biggest problems with it are: 1. It had way more dialouge than what I've expected of "Hulk ending up on an alien planet", I mean how cool could it've been - hulk comunicating in anim ...more
Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress)
Loved this way more than I thought I would. The art was absolutely beautiful and the story line was actually very developed. Very impressed.
Michael Legge
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's perfect. A man so angry with the world he's been forced into that he decides to destroy everything. I REALLY FUCKING RELATE TO THIS.
Jan 03, 2017 added it
Phenomenal "Hulk Carter of Mars" pastiche. Most of my serious Hulk reading came from the "Hulk trapped at the crossroads" storyline and the David years, so I like me some madcap weird Hulk, and this delivers. I love how Pak gently inverts the traditional Hulk model—I'm used to thinking of Hulk as the furious beast Banner keeps inside, but Pak zeroes in on Banner as the empathetic, human inner core Hulk hides beneath all the anger and smashing.

Which in turn makes me wonder who Hulk is. He's not t
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! So I marked this as read but I'm shocked to see that I have not reviewed it! So I like the hulk, but their aren't really any comic stories of his that I have really found, good! This however is fantastic! So the premise is simple, the hero's send hulk off planet, not in the way you think, that want to send him to a isolated planet, where he can just live in peace; his ship however goes off course to a planet ruled by a dictator, Hulk then becomes a gladiator in an arena where he fights ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I saw the animated movie first and that's what perked my interest in this book. I loved the idea of Hulk as the hero and the savior. In the Avengers world, he's consider the big gun weapon who's hard to control. He was betrayed by his companions and marooned on a planet that was on surface inhospitable.

He's the ultimate unlikely hero, and very noble and tragic, in fact.

In this story, the reader gets to see a more thoughtful Hulk who is valued for more than just the havoc he can wreak. His blo
Marc Jentzsch
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fantastic. Sword and sorcery with the Hulk!

There are a few problems that will cause some dissonance for those unfamiliar with the full breadth of the ins and outs of the way the Hulk works. Admittedly I was in this camp, but just rolled with it. The idea of the Hulk being less than a giant irradiated ball of rage grows on you a little. Though I still don't quite understand how the Hulk himself could be so...un-angry so much. Yeah. Need to go read up on that.

The setup was well-done, and if you ha
Aug 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Interesting concept, and I'll say that for someone who hasn't read much Hulk (and isn't super likely to) it was nowhere near awful. I will also add, however, that I was bored and skimming during some parts of this "epic" story. Yeah, right. As IF I believe that Hulk would allow himself to be used as a Gladiator, even for as long as he did. It was nice to see a Hulk who could speak beyond monosyallables, and to see him viewing Banner as not just a nuisance, but basically his own personal supervil ...more
David Dalton
What a large collection, from Hulk #92 to #105, plus other stories. I finally got a chance to catch up on the Planet Hulk storyline (via my kindle fire), thanks to the KOLL program (saved $12). Lots of outer space action and a very sad ending........Gee Marvel, you couldn't allow the Hulk more than a few days of happiness?

Must to tough to write stories about someone as powerful as the Hulk. Yet it worked for the Planet Hulk storyline. Why not milk it for a longer period?
This graphic novel was fun and had good artwork, but-



Jul 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: used-to-own, reviewed
Hulk is such a powerful character, especially when handled right. Reed Richards and Tony Stark know this, and with Marvel's Civil War looming right around the corner, they think it's best if Hulk doesn't get to choose a side (fearing, I guess, that they would have to fight against him), so they fix it so that he gets sent to a far away planet where he would get to live in peace. But would you know it, "something" happens that alters the flight path of his spaceship and he ends up on a world wher ...more
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Fun, 3.5 stars rounded up.

Gets better as it continues.

Interesting how they bring in enemies from Earth past, Brood, Krog, etc.

Red King is a one-dimensional baddie, lame.

This was more important to set up World War Hulk, and build his anger towards Reed, Tony, Bolt, and Strange.

Strange is the biggest betrayal, from the Defenders days.
Also, another Defender shows up...Mr. Norin Radd. Aka The Silver Surfer.

But there's some cool stuff, like Hulk holding a planet together via the tectonic plates.
Callie *Fights Censorship*
Long before reading this I saw the animated film, which in my opinion is better. For starters it had Beta Ray Bill!

The flow of this comic was a little awkward for me. It felt very choppy with conflicts being resolved very quickly and deaths occurring so quickly it felt like we just glanced over them.

Otherwise it's a great story. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't seen the movie first.
Apr 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Another huge story from the Civil War timeline as the Illuminati's underhandedness sends the Hulk off into outer space. The epic sees a weakened Hulk arrive on a planet of men and monsters and charts his rise for slavery, how his War Bound team became and their ongoing battle with the world's ruler the Red King. The massive prelude to World War Hulk. I read Incredible Hulk #88 - #105. Easily one of the best Hulk stories I've read. 7 out of 12.
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This story deals with Hulk's betrayal by the heroes of Earth, and how he was able to build a family on a new world. The story is quite sad though. I was really touched by the loss that Hulk experiences. It's no wonder that he is so angry.
Bernie Gourley
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised by the story arc and character development in this volume – which is to say it had both and they were well crafted. I often have a problem with comic books -- in particular (and on-going series of any kind, in general,) and that’s that they often fail to be satisfying as self-contained stories. So much effort is put into keeping one reading that the climax and resolution – such as they are – feel like minor speed-bumps on the way to somewhere else. That wasn’t the case ...more
Dávid Novotný
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Story of Planet Hulk is not really original one. Some parts are from Spartacus, some from Dune, and maybe you'll find another ones. But is pretty well written and keeps you hooked up even though you probably know where it is going. Some parts are hasty, and it could use little more of world building. And ending is kind of cheap, but over and all it was pretty good, and I enjoyed it even though Hulk is not my favorite character.
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