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Hulk: Nightmerica #5: Review

Mar 2004
Robin Laws, Brian Ashmore

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[Nightmerica Part 5]

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3.5 stars

Hulk: Nightmerica #5 Review by (February 7, 2023)

Review: Hulk seems a bit paranoid as well as slow; he spends all of this time explaining how he is going to kill Chrissie that, like a regular villain monologuing, he never gets to it. He spends most of the first several pages threatening the mutates (and rejecting them as “freaks”) before he falls asleep. As I’ve said, the character seems way off. And what’s with Bruce being so casual about a cure? We know he has reason to be pessimistic but he comes off as way too disinterested here. And he’s back to looking like Ed Helms.

Anyway, the road trip comes to an end and we are ushered into a darkened mad lab and Deadbird is revived and the bad guys arrive and we lead into the final issue promising a confrontation.

Comments: Captain Action was a late 1960s action figure with a unique angle: one could buy masks and costumes to have him dress up as famous pop culture heroes from Marvel (Spider-Man, Captain America, Sgt. Fury), DC (Superman, Batman, Aquaman), and others (Lone Ranger, the Phantom, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Green Hornet and more). Stu refers to it but a mistake on the letterer’s part has Stu saying he has “a rare Captain America costume for the Captain America action figure.” It should be “Captain Action” the second time. And it wasn’t all that rare: I had one.   


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hulk: Nightmerica #5 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Hulk is mad now and ready to attack Chrissie whom he no longer trusts. Mrs. Gray, who has a mental rapport with vehicles, is able to draw the RV with Deadbird and Stu to them. Stu and Deadbird try to calm Hulk down but he hates freaks and threatens them too; Mrs. Gray tries too. Chrissie finally manages to talk him down and he falls asleep….

Bruce Banner wakes up to find from the others that he has been asleep for thirty hours. Deadbird explains that he has contacted Eduardo (Intergalactic) and he thinks Bruce’s cure is feasible. Eduardo has also found them a sanctuary, their old base, Nightmerica. But Deadbird is beginning to fall apart, having gone too long without a recharge….

They drive to St. Petersburg, Maryland, the RV breaking down for good. They walk the rest of the way (only a mile) until they reach a barbed wire fence. Stu walks right through, snapping the wires while Bruce aids Deadbird who is sinking fast, a wing falling off. They reach the darkened building and enter, calling out for Eduardo. Eduardo appears, a young man with a mask wired to his face and his head hooked up to auxiliary brains. He has prepared Deadbird’s morphogenic field generator. Deadbird is placed inside and the machine switched on; moments later, he is the healthiest he has been in years. Stu shows Bruce his room which is a shrine to Captain America, filled with posters, comics, toys, and other goodies. Chrissie talks to Bruce and he announces his intention to leave as soon as possible as he would only be putting them in danger. Eduardo and Deadbird show Bruce to the morphogenic field generator and with a casual “What’ve I got to lose?” he enters the machine and the switch is thrown. At that moment, Mohamed Simensky and his troops, along with Stealth, burst in….

Brian Ashmore
Brian Ashmore
Brian Ashmore
Brian Ashmore (Cover Penciler)
Brian Ashmore (Cover Inker)
Brian Ashmore (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Randy Gentile.


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