Marvel Entertainment has official (finally) revealed that the “Totally Awesome Hulk” is none other than Amadeus Cho, the brilliant former sidekick of Bruce Banner and Hercules.
The announcement follows a series of silhouetted teasers, seemingly meant as red herrings to throw suspicious fans off the scent.
Cho is a brilliant genius who found a kindred spirit in Bruce Banner. Cho taking the lead in the new Hulk series, which is written by Greg Pak and drawn by Frank Cho, marks the first Marvel series in history to feature a Korean-American lead character, writer, and artist.
“I actually co-created Amadeus back in the day, 10 years ago — it’s coming out around the 10th anniversary of the character’s first appearance,” Pak tells Entertainment Weekly. “And Takeshi Miyazawa was the artist and I was the writer, and we introduced this Korean-American kid into the Marvel Universe. It’s been a blast to write ever since. We did a lot of stuff with him over the years in the Hulk universe. This is also a character, by the way, who has a long history with Banner and the Hulk. He basically started out as Hulk’s number one fan because he’s a crazy teenager with as little impulse control as the Hulk, so he kind of identified with him. But the character always meant a huge amount to me. When I had the opportunity to create this new character, I realized there aren’t specifically that many Asian-American characters at this time in the Marvel Universe, and it was sort of a niche. I also wanted to write a character who talks a lot. I was writing a lot of Hulk stuff, I was writing very closed-lip surly characters. But it’s been tremendous. I go to cons and people come up to me dressed as Amadeus Cho, and that blows my mind. And then the character’s also been picked up in some of the cartoons that Marvel puts out, and in one of the DVD movies they did. It’s kind of tremendous when anything you work on kind of resonates with people and goes on to be used by other creators as well.”
Totally Awesome Hulk #1 will be released upon the world in December. Check out Frank Cho’s preview art and covers in the gallery below.