Writer: Peter David
Art: German Peralta and Dale Keown
Release Date: October 21st, 2020
Who killed the world? Well, you just may figure it out in this week’s issue of MAESTRO #3 by Peter David. You see, The Hulk confronts the Maestro and it’s not who you would predict it to be. And when a covert group of revolutionaries tries to recruit the Hulk to fight beside them, his answer sends ripples through Dystopia. This world will never be the same and neither will the Hulk. Let’s smash into MAESTRO #3 and catch up with some old friends!
If you’re interested in this comic or any of the others mentioned, simply click on the title/link to snag a copy through Amazon.
Readers, let me begin by saying that this issue doesn’t go where you think it’s going. David, Peralta, and Dale Keown take readers down the first true machinations of the MAESTRO. But if I could take a side step for a moment… I loved this take on Hercules! Peralta and Keown draw him like a true Olympian with his immense size and stature that can only be rivaled by the Hulk. Plus, David promotes an aura around him that’s fitting of any Greek God that makes this by far the best appearance of the character I’ve seen in years!
However, digressing back to the HULK, there is a reunion between old friends that are spoiled by the cover. Truthfully, you know it would have had to happen at some point regardless of the cover. Nonetheless, I was hoping for a more emotional reunion than what transpires, which would probably be my biggest beef of the issue. Maybe it’s due to time or issue count, but things speed up quickly with this issue. HULK takes a turn of the worst and shows the first signs of the MAESTRO we remember shining through the cracks. And let me tell you, HULK’s true gamma green colors boldly radiate throughout the pages of this issue as it wraps up. Knowing the prospect, readers see a taste of his future “imperfect” plans taking shape.
Ultimately, my disappointment with this issue was the pacing of the overall story within the issue. I feel like David, Peralta, and Keown jumped to this point rather quickly. As a HULK fan, I wanted to see the character more morally devastated and destroyed. I wanted to see him feel as though he had no choice but to go down the path in FUTURE IMPERFECT. But it seems like his “ice age” and “walkabout” were all he needed to put him over the edge, which to be fair very well could have just been the straw. The HULK has been captured, tested, hunted, tortured, repeatedly killed, tormented, and psychologically annihilated since birth. Truthfully, FUTURE IMPERFECT Hulk should have risen many times before in multiple timelines by now. However, I feel like I just wanted to physically see that real moment where he snaps, kind of like what happens to Anakin Skywalker in STAR WARS. You know it’s gradual but the true moment of no return is the instance you can put your finger on. And I can’t quite put my finger on that moment in MAESTRO… at least not yet or like I thought I would be able too.
This is another stellar issue and frankly, a smashingly outstanding series that I wish was so much longer. Peter David has been quietly making these amazing titles in the background of recent Marvel Comics. If you don’t believe me, look no further than the SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN series that was also fantastic. There is just so much he could do with all of this and see what David has done in the past, as well as with title after title of SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN, my hope is that MAESTRO doesn’t end. Sure, this mini will but I hope that dozen more stories branch off from here. This premise and story are just so rich with promise and ideas that this FUTURE IMPERFECT world could be cultivated into titles and storylines equivalent to DCEASED or even INJUSTICE at DC COMICS. Give David a team like Jonathan Hickman has and let him go to town!! As for this issue, even though it may have progressed quickly, it was still an amazing issue well worth every penny. HULK fans and comic readers alike will love this series. If you’re a comic fan, you need to be reading this.