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Hulk #27: Review

Nov 2010
Jeff Parker, Gabriel Hardman

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Scorched Earth Part 3: Pressure

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4 stars

Hulk #27 Review by (July 20, 2020)

Review: Scorched Earth looks like a pretty cool event, with various heroes trying to stop Earth-threatening disasters around the world. It looks like it could have made for a nice crossover event as we know the Avengers, Cap, Thor, Iron Man, Thing, Thunderbolts, and the Agents of Atlas were involved. So how did it end up as only a six-issue story arc in a Hulk title? No idea. Anyway, seeing Red Hulk in action in a black hole and on the ocean bottom is pretty cool as well as the prospect of a savage beating by Namor next issue. And we find that Ross is still bitter over everything but also that he maintains a keen tactical mind in his plan to stop the undersea threat, manipulating Namor into doing the hard part. Remember, Namor is only a little bit more sympathetic than Thunderbolt Ross for a lot of his lengthy comic book run.

Comments: Bruce refers to Red Hulk hitting the Watcher; it took place in issue #4 of this series.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hulk #27 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Red Hulk is about to be pulled into a black hole, explained in detail by the Watcher. Red loses his grip and falls in, experiencing major events in his life in random order—then suddenly Thor snatches him out of danger and returns them both to Earth. Steve Rogers and Thor depart for their next mission while Red Hulk returns to Gamma Base, Bruce Banner criticizing him for not thanking Thor for saving his life….

The next day at breakfast, one of the LMD staff suggests that Bruce sit and eat with General Ross, seeing as they are the only two humans on base. They end up bickering about Betty and how to handle the “Scorched Earth” program. The alarm summons them both back to work….

Soon, Steve Rogers is accompanying Ross into the Pacific Ocean for a meeting with King Namor, the Sub-Mariner. Steve and Namor go over the matter: two foreign objects are tunneling under the sea floor, headed for a methane deposit from different angles. When the two meet in the methane all oxygen on Earth will burn. Red Hulk and Namor head to the scene where the first, looking like a glowing semi-transparent worm, is breaking through. Red recognizes them as creations of Klaw and Namor forces his way inside it to locate the control device—but the device turns out to be an illusion. Then the second one breaks through and Namor is forced to literally keep them apart by his arms’ length; while he is doing this, Red enters each monster and destroys the real control devices upon which the monsters disappear. Red plugs up the holes they dug and with the threat over, Namor proceeds to try to kill Red Hulk, one-time ally to the Leader and M.O.D.O.K. who are the ones responsible for the near destruction of Earth….

“Mysterious Island”

Writer: Jeff Parker. Pencils: Mark Robinson. Inks: Terry Pallot. Colors: Antonio Fabela. Letters: Ed Dukeshire.

Synopsis: In a boat following the sea monster back where it came from, A-Bomb (Rick Jones) fantasizes about being a hero to the inhabitants of a grunge bar, when he is interrupted by a call from Bruce Banner. Bruce warns that the monster is pulling him down a whirlpool which Rick is unable to prevent—but they surface in a hidden pool in the center of an uncharted island full of giant creatures. Bruce recognizes it as Monster Island (what else?); Rick scopes the place out and realizes that the monsters are all heading for the whirlpool, which is the only way off the island which is surrounded by a massive storm wall. Bruce detects a low-frequency signal leading the monsters to escape. Bruce tells Rick he has to destroy whatever is transmitting the signal—but A-Bomb has been snagged by some nasty barnacle-like parasites on a monster’s back….

“Hulk Bakery”

Writer: Audrey Loeb. Art: Dario Brizuela. Colors: Dario Brizuela. Letters: ?

Synopsis: Green Mini-Hulk takes a job in a bakery; the other two Mini-Hulks show up and Red Hulk takes so long deciding on what to eat that an angry crowd backs up in the shop. So Red Hulk is given the job instead.

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Gabriel Hardman
Gabriel Hardman
Bettie Breitweiser
Ed McGuinness (Cover Penciler)
Ed McGuinness (Cover Inker)
Chris Sotomayor (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)
Red Hulk
Red Hulk

(Thunderbolt Ross)



Plus: Mini-Hulks.

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