- Issue: #1
- Release date: 2020
- Series date: 2020-
If you’ve never heard of Maestro Hulk or didn’t even realize there was a bad Hulk/Bruce Banner, then you’re in for a treat.
The introduction page is great because it lays out what the reader is about to get into. “We know what turned Bruce Banner into the Hulk. But what turned Hulk into the Maestro?”
The issue thrusts the reader right into a mind-melting situation from the very first page. Bruce Banner – as the Hulk – is sitting down at the dinner table with his wife and two sons. He thinks to himself “how could this get any better?”
But what he doesn’t realize is that it’s all a simulation. None of it is real. Not his wife, his kids, not the house, or even the dinner table. It’s all a computer simulation.
Banner starts to question his surroundings when one of his green-skinned sons says to him that everyone is dead. Naming Betty -his wife-, Rick, & Thaddeus.
When Banner tries to ask his wife what the hell he is talking about. The simulation malfunctions and Betty throws out an “HTTP 404” error code.
From there Hulk just keeps trying to find a way out of this simulation. I don’t want to go into it anymore since it will be spoiled, and I think you should read it yourself.
But this comic has quickly become one of my all-time favorites. It’s easy to read. The colors are vivid and strong.
It’s been a while since I’ve read a real “page-turner” of a comic book. Or even one that isn’t predictable. But Maestro #1 is a page-turner and is completely unpredictable. I literally could not put it down, I wanted to see what the hell Banner has gotten himself into, and how he got there, and why.
There are also some very cool appearances in this issue as well including, The Avengers (but are they just a simulation too?), M.O.D.O.K (I forgot just how creepy yet awesome this guy looks), and some others.
Maestro #1 was amazing. My rating is a 9/10. The visuals and read are really good. I highly recommend it.
I will be reading the full series of Maestro and doing more reviews for it and all sorts of other comics. So keep checking back for more!
- Writer: Peter David
- Penciler: German Peralta, Dale Keown
- Cover Artist: Dale Keown