To the shock of absolutely no one.
So, the identity of the new “Totally Awesome” Hulk has been kept a secret. From interviews with the creative team of Greg Pak and Frank Cho, they described the new Hulk as someone who “loves being the Hulk” and would deal with hubris. Considering the writer of the book, what was described in interviews and that it’s called “Totally Awesome”, everyone immediately guessed that it would be Amadeus Cho, a very popular Hulk supporting character created by Greg Pak.
And lo and behold:
Marvel Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso described in interview that “Amadeus came to mind for a lot of different reasons. One of them is that physically, he’s like Banner: he’s the 98-pound weakling who’s had everything but the physical aspect to make him seem super cool, nd secondarily is that he’s so different from Banner. He shares the monstrous intellect but he’s so different — he’s a teenage kid, who’s hasn’t lived much yet. When Banner inherited the burden of being the Hulk, he was an adult. And I think that it showed in the way that he responded to it. Amadeus is a plucky kid. He’s got a chip on his shoulder, he’s the fifth or sixth smartest guy in the world according to the official rankings, and I think he’s just going to carry himself very differently with that power.”
What I do not understand is why be coy about this reveal? All the various “Who’s the Totally Awesome Hulk?” posters they released for a mystery that people figured out in .3 seconds of the first announcement. At least with something like P.T. in the video games world, we weren’t expecting it to be the announcement for a new, and actually good looking, Silent Hill game.
Having said that, if I wasn’t on a break from Marvel’s arrogance I would very much recommend this. Greg Pak writing one of the best characters of the last decade, one he himself created? Yeah, definitely.
Totally Awesome Hulk #1 will be released in December.