By Marc Strom If you thought your family reunions didn't go well, you should try having the Hulk as your patriarch. Debuting next winter, the all-new HULK FAMILY one-shot will contain four short stories featuring a different member of the Green Goliath's extended supporting cast, written by the likes of Greg Pak, Paul Tobin and Fred Van Lente, with art by Jheremy Raapack, Benton Jew, Jonboy Meyers and more! "There will be a Hulk/She-Hulk story and tales featuring Skaar: Son of Hulk, Scorpion and the genetic offspring of Hulk and Thundra from HULK: RAGING THUNDER," editor Mark Paniccia lists off. And for fans of the new Scorpion—whose exact relationship with Bruce Banner and his gamma-irradiated allies remains shrouded in mystery—Paniccia promises that some more light will be shed on the character.
"I can't say that we'll answer the question of whether or not Carmilla Black is related to Bruce Banner, but the connection will be explored by [her] creator Fred Van Lente," he teases.
The idea of a one-shot focusing on the Hulk's various relatives—and potential relatives—has interested Paniccia for a while now.
"We try to do around four Hulk specials a year," the editor explains. "HULK FAMILY is a title we've played around with a lot and we finally decided to pull the trigger. We felt it would be a great place for readers to be introduced to some of the newer aspects of the Hulk mythos."
Fans can expect more specials in the future, guarantees Paniccia—though his lips remain sealed regarding what those will consist of.
"We've got another special planned for early next year," he reveals. "I don't want to spill the beans just yet but we'll be visiting some very interesting places from Hulk's past that I think will surprise the pants off of fans!"
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