On the heels of the announcement that Al EwingRam V, and Bryan Hitch are picking up the reins of Venom from outgoing writer Donny Cates and artist Ryan Stegman, Marvel has announced the next project for the lethal protector’s former scribe. Donny Cates will team with artists Ryan Ottley and Frank Martin for a new Hulk ongoing series, picking up after the conclusion of Ewing’s acclaimed Immortal Hulk, which wraps its run in September.

The first taste of Cates and Ottley’s run on the jade giant will come in August, with the Free Comic Book Day 2021 Avengers/Hulk special. Here’s how Marvel describes Donny Cates and Ryan Ottley’s forthcoming Hulk run:

This unstoppable team of some of the industry’s greatest talent will helm a bold new era of HULK that begins when Bruce Banner discovers a radical way to control the monster within. Could this mark the final end of the green goliath? Or will the extreme solution create something new – with massive consequences? Prepare to dive deep into the very core of Hulk’s rage in this thrilling epic that will explore this iconic character’s incredible—and  destructive—legacy in a way no one has dared to before.

Given both creators’ penchant for over-the-top action, Donny Cates and Ryan Ottley’s Hulk will likely represent a departure from the horror-tinged Hulk readers have seen from Ewing and artist Joe Bennett in the pages of Immortal Hulk. Check out preview art from their first issue, as well as the full text of the announcement, below, and look for Hulk #1 to arrive later this year.

New York, NY— June 2, 2021 —  Al Ewing’s groundbreaking Immortal Hulk saga will reach its climactic conclusion later this year, but the strongest there is won’t stay down for long… This November, the Hulk will return in an all-new ongoing series by acclaimed writer Donny Cates, known for his revolutionary work on Venom and Thor, and superstar artist Ryan Ottley of Amazing Spider-Man and Invincible!

This unstoppable team of some of the industry’s greatest talent will helm a bold new era of HULK that begins when Bruce Banner discovers a radical way to control the monster within. Could this mark the final end of the green goliath? Or will the extreme solution create something new – with massive consequences? Prepare to dive deep into the very core of Hulk’s rage in this thrilling epic that will explore this iconic character’s incredible—and  destructive—legacy in a way no one has dared to before.

“Marvel just gave me the keys to the strongest one there is,” Cates said. “Haha… oh boy. You guys are just not ready for this. You’re about to find out what happens when Ryan Ottley and I get angry….and guess what? Well…pretty sure you’re gonna like us a lot when we’re angry.”

Fans can get their first glimpse at what’s in store in this year’s Free Comic Book Day title, FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2021: AVENGERS/HULK, available at participating comics shops on August 14th. In the meantime, check out the main cover and stay tuned for more information on this explosive upcoming era of HULK! For more information, visit Marvel.com.

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