Next up, let’s talk about books that remind me of the Incredible Hulk.
Who is the Hulk?
Hulk’s story is so classically Jekyll and Hyde, no further recommendations are even needed (just kidding, more below). Bruce Banner’s work on gamma radiation in conjunction with the idea of a “super soldier” (think Captain America) created the hero we know today as the Hulk. Before the events of Avengers Endgame, we see Banner and Hulk struggle for dominance over their shared body. Theirs is a story of identity crisis and the line between hero and monster.
- Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne – not what you’d expect? Hear me out on this one. Dineas, our Hulk character, has to go undercover in enemy territory. But, in order to maintain his cover, he ingests a poison that erases his memories. Like Banner and Hulk, Dineas struggles to reconcile both pieces of who he is. With his memories and without. Livia Blackburne does an excellent job illustrating this inner struggle.
- Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte – I’m full of surprises today, but this is another one you should just trust me on. Like Bruce Banner, Keralie in Four Dead Queens is ashamed of her past. No spoilers, but the events in this book strongly parallel Hulk’s own discovery of who he really is — and, if he is really the monster he thinks he is.
- Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean – In this story, our main character, Mari, is able to transform into an actual monster (just like Hulk). Her story focuses on accepting herself and the realization that she’s not entirely human or yokai. Like Bruce Banner and Hulk, Mari has to learn to accept the girl and the demon as they are both parts of who she is.
- Iron Man
- Captain America
- Black Widow