The ‘Original Sin’ of Iron Man and Hulk

Posted: May 27, 2014 by Brie Young in Comicology - Comic Books, General, Marvel
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Coming up this summer– the showdown between Hulk and Iron Man. Four issues of Original Sin #3.1-3.4, co written by Hulk writer Mark Waid and Iron Man writer Kieron Gillen, deal with the revelation that Stark potentially designed the gamma bomb…. you know, the one that turned Bruce Banner into the Hulk.There’s some thirty plus years of Banner’s personal guilt trips gone down the drain.

Original Sin sounds fundamentally like a whodunit. Maybe Tony created the bomb but technically is he responsible for the detonation and what it did to Banner? Perhaps. Yet in the Planet Hulk story line, the relationship between the characters are all ready shaky as Hulk was resistant to forgive Iron Man for blasting him off into space. Fans are rightfully guessing that the whole gamma bomb thing will undoubtedly hurt the fragile relationship.

There are extensively mixed reviews about Original Sin series and some claim Iron man is the scapegoat for the sins of Marvel’s beloved characters. Others  lament that the past three years have been hard to be a Hulk fan. After the reboot of the Incredible Hulk and the separation of Banner from Hulk, then the Indestructible Hulk the pace and narrative of the story lines is going downhill.

Furthermore, with Mark Waid leaving Hulk to Gerry Duggan, there is a feeling of unease in the Hulk world. But more importantly, can Stark and Banner’s bromance survive?

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