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Peter David back on the Maestro.
I’m actually currently re-reading the Peter David Gray Hulk run, which is one of my all-time favorites. The series eventually sees the gray and green personas combine with Banner forming the Professor Hulk (or what I like to call the superhero Hulk). Peter David and George Perez did a side project at the time with Future Imperfect that saw the Hulk flung into the future to battle his future-self, a nuclear-radiated older tyrannical Hulk.
If you haven’t read the books, Future Imperfect is a great series. One particular page stands out, and that’s the Maestro’s Trophy Room (see above). It’s a collection of various heroes and villains artifacts, powers and objects. I remember finding it stunning at the time.
Now with Marvel’s latest event, Secret Wars, which is rehashing and rebooting older stories and events, comes Peter David back on the Maestro with Secret Wars: Future Imperfect (art by Greg Land).
Marvel actually first teased this over four months ago.
Check out the cover and details, which is an obvious homage to Perez’s Trophy Room, with mention the Maestro will be battling The Thing as well as David’s X-Factor:
Can anyone stop the Maestro? That’s the question this June as the oppressive lord of Dystopia enters the Battleworld fray in FUTURE IMPERFECT #1! Writer Peter David returns to the nuclear-ravaged wastelands he made famous. And artist Greg Land joins him for an explosive all-new Secret Wars tale!
In the domain of Dystopia, the Hulk stands triumphant over the world’s heroes and villains. Now calling himself the Maestro and lording over all of Dystopia – his gamma-fisted tyranny knows no bounds! Yet the spark of rebellion still lives within these borders. A small, but fierce band of rebels still remains, willing give all in the name of freedom, even if it means their lives! Time to find out if Hulk really is the strongest one there is?
“It’s really fun to see the Maestro back and the dude is on his home turf so any challengers are going to have a distinct disadvantage when it comes to smash time,” says Series Editor Mark Paniccia. “Some characters from Peter David’s X-FACTOR are going toe-to-toe with Maestro but there’s a great battle coming up with an ever lovin’ surprise character that promises to give lovers of superhero fights a coast-to-coast grin!”
With their backs to the wall, Ruby Summers and the rebels will seek out anyone who can stand against Maestro’s power. How does Odin factor into their strategy? What character in Maestro’s weight class will face off with him? And will the members of X-Factor survive the first issue? Those answers and more lie in the bombastic, action-packed pages of FUTURE IMPERFECT #1 this June!
FUTURE IMPERFECT #1
Written by PETER DAVID
Art & Cover by GREG LAND
Variant Cover by DALE KEOWN
On Sale in June!