Marvel Corrects, Details INCREDIBLE HULK LEGACY Original Numbering

Incredible Hulk #709
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Updated July 6, 2017: Marvel has released a timeline showing how it arrived at the Legacy numbering for The Incredible Hulk - which also corrects the previously reported Legacy number of Incredible Hulk #708 (see below). Instead, Incredible Hulk will now resume its classic numbering with #709.

Here's Marvel showing their math:
 
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Original Story: Writer Greg Pak will continue his ongoing run with Amadeus Cho from Totally Awesome Hulk to the renamed-and-renumbered The Incredible Hulk #708, as part of Marvel Legacy, according to ComicBook. Pak will be joined by his recent Weapon X collaborator Greg Land in a new arc which will send Cho to Sakaar - the setting of Pak's memorable "Planet Hulk" arc.

"Since this is comics, it makes sense that eventually we'd revisit the 'Planet Hulk' storyline in some way or another, right?" Pak said. "But no, I never dreamed it would happen quite in this way, and I'm loving it! This has been a kind of banner year for me in terms of 'Planet Hulk' - I also had the chance to write the prose novel of 'Planet Hulk' that comes out in October, so I've had this world back in my head and heart for months now. 'Planet Hulk' remains one of the most fun things I've ever worked on in comics, so I'm thrilled with every chance to return."

Cho actually appeared in the original "Planet Hulk" storyline, albiet on Earth trying to learn what the Illuminati had done with his friend Bruce Banner.

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"I'm having a particular blast digging into the world in this unexpected way. Amadeus was actually one of the few Marvel heroes besides Banner and the Illuminati who had any involvement in the original 'Planet Hulk' storyline at all -- he fought Reed Richards to find out what had happened to the Hulk and eventually sided with the Hulk during World War Hulk," explained Pak. "So it makes sense that Amadeus should be the one to return to Sakaar for an adventure of his own. He's a cocky kid who's always so certain of his own take on things and he had such strong opinions about what happened to Banner during 'Planet Hulk;' now that he's about to experience something similar, we've got a great chance to see how he'll react differently and what he'll learn."

Incredible Hulk's "Return to Planet Hulk" storyline begins with Cho-as-Hulk landing in Fillia - a distant country on Sakaar referenced in the original "Planet Hulk" storyline.

"Spoiler alert: Throughout the original 'Planet Hulk' storyline, we referred periodically to Fillia, the distant nation that Sakaar's Red King always seemed to be at war with," Paksaid. "In 'Return to Planet Hulk,' Amadeus finds himself in the middle of Fillia, which is now a bleak wasteland, bombed into barbarism by the Red King's war. A group of desperate survivors who know about the legend of the Green Scar have reached out across the universe seeking the Hulk - and they find Amadeus. I don't want to spoil the story too much, but he finds a desperate people under impossible attack from an implacable enemy, and we'll see if he's got the right kind of monster inside to help them."

Banner's Hulk was marooned on Sakaar but thrived due to the savageness the green goliath possessed, but Cho's 'Totally Awesome' Hulk doesn't have that kind of bite - and it will make a big difference according to Pak.

"During the original 'Planet Hulk,' the Hulk found himself for the first time on a world so brutal and oppressed that his strength and righteous rage were seen as virtues. It was the story of a monster becoming a hero. Amadeus, on the other hand, has been a different kind of Hulk," said Pak. "He didn't think of being the Hulk as a curse or a monster within; he was a cocky kid who thought he was gonna save the world as the best Hulk ever. So we'll see if that's still his same state of mind as he enters this story -- and we'll see if that kind of happy warrior Hulk even has what it takes to save the world on Planet Sakaar."

Here is the solicitation for the first issue, due out sometime this fall.

INCREDIBLE HULK #708
Written by GREG PAK
Penciled by GREG LAND
Cover by GREG LAND
RETURN TO PLANET HULK!
Continuing directly out of the pages of MARVEL LEGACY #1 and the transformative events of GENERATIONS!
When Amadeus Cho picks up a distress signal from a distant planet he’s shocked to find out it’s from SAKAAR. As the Totally Awesome Hulk, he’s been trying to avert the curse of anger that haunted Bruce Banner. But SAKAAR is a place for warriors and gladiators…a place where the Hulk fought brutally in the Imperial Arena…who is calling Cho for help?

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