Comics Review: Desolation Row
Jan 25, 2006
Review by RIZAL SOLOMON
PLANET HULK PREVIEW
There was this classic
story written by Peter David and illustrated to perfection by George
Perez called Hulk: Future Imperfect. In it, the present-day Hulk was
brought forward in time by rebels of the future, led by his best friend
Rick Jones, now an old man and part of a resistance.
In this future, World
War 3 had come and gone and decimated the planet. The only superbeing
to survive it is/was the Hulk – who has now become a despotic ruler
called the Maestro.
Thus, in the desolation
of this post-apocalyptic world, the Hulk has become a tyrannical ruler
who brings his version of order and justice to the surviving humans.
It explored previously untapped facets of the Hulk mythos. And remains one of the best Hulk stories.
From WIZARD #142 (Jul 03)
| May 30, 2003 | Wizard's Top 30 Hulk
Wizard picks its gamma-irradiated brain to bring you the 30 Hulk comics
every fan must own!
TOP 5 ESSENTIAL HULK STORIES
written by Todd Casey
3. FUTURE IMPERFECT #1-#2
Hulk is the strongest one there is? Tell that to the Maestro. A tyrannical
future version of the Green Goliath, Maestro took over the world after a nuclear
war left Earth's mightiest heroes dead and civilization in shambles. an aging
Rick Jones brings a young, untainted Hulk from the past to battle his more
powerful future incarnation for the fate of the world... and his own soul.
5 MOST BIZARRE MOMENTS
written by Jake Rossen
BATMAN VS THE INCREDIBLE HULK (DC Special Series #27) (1981)
Hulk smash puny human, etc, etc.... we know the drill. But in this case,
Batman actually lays out the Hulk! The Joker convinces Green Genes that
Batman is their common enemy, sending the Hulk on a destructive rampage. The
Dark Knight laughably tries to use pressure points strikes to bring the monster
down, which only leads to him getting squeezed like a roll of Charmin by
the big, green brute. Then Bats gets smart. With the room filling with
gas, the Caped Crusader lands a well-placed kick that forces Hulk to suck in
air, knocking the beast unconscious. Wayne, you are one crafty (and lucky)
From Avengers Comicboard
| April 8, 2003 | Hulk: FI, Re-Colored
George Perez's Hulk "Future Imperfect" 10 yrs later re-colored !
Posted by Tom smith on Sunday, April 06 2003 at 17:55:16 GMT
In honor of the 10 year anniversary of
what I always consider the greatest Hulk story ever told and my first
project coloring my good pal George's work. I have now re-colored "now
with the computer with all the bells and whistles" my favorite page of
Would this be cool if Marvel would let me re-color the whole mini series this way?
I can dream about it , although it will never happen.
Tom Smith " Hulk FI CAL!"
From Silver Bullet Comics
| February 23, 2003 | Peter David Interview at SBC
Speaking With... Peter David
Sunday, February 23
By Marv Wolfman
MW: What do you consider your most successful works, and why?
PD: Comics? Well, artistically successful, I’d put The Atlantis Chronicles up there. And Future Imperfect with George Perez, and The Last Titan with Dale Keown, which was the last Hulk story. Supergirl 1-50,
I was very pleased with artistically. I really wanted to reach with
that series, to do something probing theology and faith and religion
and the power of purity of the heart. Unfortunately too many readers
just shrugged it off, but the people who really opened themselves up to
it seemed to “get” it and embrace it. Financially? Beyond question, Spider-Man 2099 #1. The only book I’ve written to sell over a million copies.
MW: When you are in charge and other
writers write your characters (novelizations, tv shows, comics), what
are you looking for as the editor as well as the creator?
PD: I had to do that a good deal when Bill Mumy and I were doing Space Cases
for Nickelodeon. In that case, you find yourself doing something that’s
equally creative and damage control. You have to deal with writers who
are trying to grasp not only character nuances, but the realities of
the world you’ve created. So in that case, when a writer submitted a
script that had our ship, the Christa, shooting at someone, we had to
completely rework the story because the ship is established as not
MW: How do you define your relationship up front with your editor / story-editor / producer / the writers who work under you?
PD: That it’s my job to make them, and the show, look as good as possible. During Space Cases there were scripts that required my doing such massive rewrites that technically I could have put my name on them. I never did.
From WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE #137 (Feb 03)
December 19, 2002 | Wizard's Impending Doom
THE BLEAKEST FUTURES IN COMICS
INCREDIBLE HULK: FUTURE IMPERFECT (1993)
Glory, the Hulk is pretty much plenty
depressing enough on his own. Throw him into a barren wasteland of a
future and you might as well read this thing on suicide watch at
Bellevue. Banner gets tossed into the future courtesy of a mohawked
Rick Jones descendant only to find the populace overrun by The Maestro,
a graying, mean, old bastardy future version of himself. Hulk is left
to consider why he becomes such a tool in the future, and it's up to
him to put a stop to his evil self's plans. This involves the Hulk
punching himself in the nads, then transporting him back to the site of
the gamma explosion. Way to go. Also: Ow.