This Is What They Think About You

March 21st, 2010 by | Tags: , , , ,

Mark Millar’s much-ballyhooed Ultimate Avengers is introducing two new characters to the Ultimate universe: “Nerd Hulk,” which is pretty self-explanatory, and something he’s been calling “African-American Hulk.”

CBR just released advance solicits for the June Ultimate books, which covers Ultimate Avengers 2, Ultimate Spider-Man, and Ultimate X. Check out the Ultimate Avengers 2 solicitation:

Written by MARK MILLAR
Pencils & Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
Nick Fury’s Avengers have assembled: Black Widow, The Punisher, a new Hulk, War Machine and Hawkeye are souped-up and ready to face Hell…literally. Evil’s emissary comes in the form of The Ghostrider, a mysterious new villain sent to collect Satan’s debts: human lives. But how do you fight the devil and his men? With big guns and even bigger cojones. Who lives, who survives? Who knows? But it’ll be one hellish ride!! Join superstars MARK MILLAR and LEINIL FRANCIS YU in another heart-pumping adventure!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

And the cover image:

Well, there’s your “African-American Hulk.”

I mean, honestly? Where is this guy from, 1987?

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15 comments to “This Is What They Think About You”

  1. So… That Mark Millar guy… TOTALLY not a little racist, right? I mean between this and Kick-Ass he’s raised both my eyebrows.

  2. the blacker hulk gets, the stronger hulk gets!

  3. “Woooooooooooooow.” –Flavor Flav

  4. Isn’t that just.. Blade?

    Only beefier?


    They need to drug his milk in order to turn him back to his human form.

  6. Straight out of 2002, I think: http://nsa06.casimages.com/img/2009/04/11/090411120317127467.jpg

  7. I’m also slightly bothered by the Ultimate GR being just as supernatural and paranormal as the old one, and looking identical to him…and the Punisher as the new Cap?

  8. “ballyhooed” is a funny word

  9. ‘African-American’ Hulk seems a bit of a mouthful – if you’ve gone that far, ‘Black Hulk’ surely isn’t any more or less offensive?

    Personally, I’m past worrying about such things in Millar books – for a smart, liberal guy, he sure does write dumb misanthropic shit a lot more than he writes anything else, but it’s fun misanthropic shit, so I just sit back and enjoy it for what it is.

  10. I’m not familiar with the Ultimate Verse, but the first thing I thought of was Luke Cage. If there isn’t one, maybe they just mashed Luke with a Hulk origin for his Ultimate debut?

  11. So “african american hulk” is basically Ultimate Rage (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rage_(comics))?

  12. “Man, you come right out of a comic book.”

  13. Since reading this site’s review of Kick Ass, I’ve had a growing suspicion that Mark Millar uses his job as a comic book writer as an outlet to express his contempt for comics and everybody who reads them.

  14. @Discount Lad: Actually, Millar already did Luke Cage in Ultimates 2 – back then he was just a non-powered throwaway gag, and nowadays he’s a Satan-powered(?) villain for Jeph Loeb’s Ultimates book.

    @AlLoggins: Apparently “African American” is part of the gag – the character’s actually British, and as such gets annoyed when his teammates call him African American.

    Anyone know if the “Nerd Hulk” is the same character as the “Camp [i.e. effeminate] Hulk” he’s mentioned before? Or is that Banner’s predecessor that’s coming up?

  15. @Max Barnard: I wouldn’t call him racist so much as willing to play the lowest common denominator card constantly. The interracial stuff in Kick-Ass, all of Wanted, Ultimates, etc etc.

    @Gregg: The difference there is that the covers were either homages to various rap albums or meant to evoke the Blaxploitation era of fiction. That served a thematic purpose and helped contextualize the story.

    @PeterV: If only. He needs a lucha mask and to be about 14 years old before that happens, though.