When writer Mark Waid isn’t busy chronicling the life of Marvel Comics’ “Daredevil” or working on his own projects such as Legendary Comics’ upcoming graphic novel “Shadow Walk,” the prolific writer can be seen penning the adventures of Bruce Banner and the “Indestructible Hulk.” Conceived with an eye towards making Banner face up to the fact he’ll never be rid of the Hulk, the dualistic hero is now working for S.H.I.E.L.D., allowing the super-agency to direct Hulk/Banner at whatever problems need fixing (or smashing).
With the end of the “Age Of Ultron” event, the Marvel Universe’s timestream has been left in shambles — a problem Banner and the Hulk are called on to fix in Waid’s next story arc with artist Matteo Scalera beginning in “Indestructible Hulk” #11. Things become further complicated in November when Waid teams up with Mahmud Asrar, artist for DC Comics’ “Supergirl” and Marvel’s “Ultimate Comics X-Men,” sending Banner back to the lab in order to create a weapon that may eclipse the Hulk.
Waid spoke with CBR News about the end of “Age Of Ultron” and how it ties into his latest story, Hulk and Banner’s role as agents of T.I.M.E. and the joy of watching the green behemoth punch out dinosaurs.
Looking back even further, before this last arc you worked with artist Walt Simonson and saw Bruce’s whole lab team. Are we going to be introduced to any more of Bruce’s lab mates moving into the future? Will there be any stand-alone issues or spotlights on the people working with Hulk?
That’s actually part of the plan for the post-“Agent of T.I.M.E.” area — to do more stand-alones and one-shots focusing on the characters we haven’t dealt with yet. They all have interesting stories, and as Bruce has said to us in the narrative, each has a secret they believe is a secret: a secret self or a secret side of themselves, like Bruce does. They all believe it’s so secret Bruce doesn’t know about it — and they’re all mistaken. I love peeling back the layers on these characters to see what else is there.
Following the “Agent of T.I.M.E.” story, this November you’ll be working with artist Mahmud Asrar. Were you a fan of his before? Did you bring him onto the story arc, or did Marvel say “We got him,” and you immediately called dibs?
That was more it! He turned in these covers that were phenomenal for the “Agent Of T.I.M.E.” arc and I loved his work, and so did the editor, that it was an easy sell. “Hey, what about this guy?” Yes, please!
Outside of the Bruce/Hulk team do you have a favorite or standout character?
That’s a good question. I don’t have one singular character, but I do like writing Bruce and Maria Hill together. I like their interactions and their grudging alliance with one another, because they really don’t like each other but Maria is stuck with the reality that the nicer you are to Banner, the nicer Hulk will be to you. That is something she has to suck up!
Mark Waid & Matteo Scalera’s “Hulk Agent of T.I.M.E.” story arc begins in “Indestructible Hulk” #11, on sale July 31