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Fear Itself: Hulk vs. Dracula #1: Review

Sep 2011
Victor Gischler, Ryan Stegman

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Hulk vs. Dracula Part 1

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4 stars

Fear Itself: Hulk vs. Dracula #1 Review by (February 23, 2021)

Review: An unlikely matchup: Hulk versus Dracula. The original TOMB OF DRACULA wisely avoided crossing the Lord of the Undead with the usual Marvel heroes (Dr Strange once; Drac’s meeting with Spidey took place in one of the latter’s issues). But now, Dracula is no longer the arrogant and humorless monster created by Bram Stoker but your typical Marvel-era ruler, powerful and with the standard sardonic sense of humor. As such he fits right into anything these days with this particular item before us as a good example. Hulk, possessed by the spirit of Nul, Breaker of Worlds (wasn’t Hulk already the Worldbreaker? Now he’s even worse) is in Smash mode even more than usual and covered with a pattern of glowing lines. This Hulk has no motive beyond destruction and fear and, as such, he is not the protagonist so much as the event that all the real characters need to respond to. Which leaves either Dracula or Raizo Kodo as the protagonists; the problem there is that they are bad guys (well, Kodo is more of an anti-hero) and under normal circumstances we really don’t want them to win. But these aren’t normal circumstances so we want Hulk to lose, preferably after smashing as many vampires and monsters as he can. And he does: the scenes of “Hulk smash!” are all fun, as the designated heroes, the Forgiven, get smashed around. It’s only at the end, as Hulk comes back to his senses that we begin to feel concern for him and he leaps out of the comic into the regular MU, leaving Drac and his pack behind.

Comments: Tie-in to FEAR ITSELF. Story follows directly from FEAR ITSELF #5. Dracula’s son Janus was introduced in TOMB OF DRACULA #54. Raizo Kodo previously appeared in THRONE OF BLOOD #1 and X-MEN (2010 series) #11. First appearance of the Forgiven.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Fear Itself: Hulk vs. Dracula #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Hulk, transformed into Nul, Breaker of Worlds, has been hit by Thor hard enough to hurl him from New York to Romania. Dracula, whose capital is nearby, sends an envoy to try to negotiate peace with Hulk. Hulk slaughters them all. Observers transmit the news to Dracula who learns all he needs to know—that the Hulk is their problem to deal with. Legate assembles a fighting force; Dracula’s son, Janus Tepes, tells all he knows about Hulk and the Fear Itself event. They call out the Charniputra, a flying gargoyle breed of vampire, to attack Hulk and he destroys them all and follows it up by shooting down the spotters’ aircraft with a handful of rocks….

Then Dracula’s vampire enemy Raizo Kodo arrives with his followers, the Forgiven, and proposes they put aside their differences and work together to defeat the common threat. Dracula has them thrown in the dungeon. Janus privately suggests to his father that Kodo may be right; for now, Dracula has ordered an airdrop of a multitude o f monsters to take on Hulk….

Ryan Stegman
Mike Babinski
Frank Martin
Gabriele Dell'Otto (Cover Penciler)
Gabriele Dell'Otto (Cover Inker)
Gabriele Dell'Otto (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Clayton Cowles.


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(Bruce Banner)

Plus: Forgiven, Janus Tepes (Son of Dracula), Raizo Kodo.

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