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Hulk #30: Review

Apr 2011
Jeff Parker, Ed McGuinness

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Marvel Two-in-One

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4.5 stars

Hulk #30 Review by (August 10, 2020)

Review: Hooray! Ed McGuiness is back, the guy who draws the heaviest and most solid looking Hulks of all time, all the better for a comic tale with a lot of punching (oddly Xemnu looks a bit smaller than I remember him but no one cares). Any tale with the Impossible Man is going to be a comical classic and this issue is no exception. There’s a lot of violence but it’s funny violence so no one should get their knickers in a twist; everyone gets what they deserve, especially Kluh who was a major disappointment to his parents and to his creator, Xemnu. Eventually Xemnu will quit contending for the title of Real Hulk but it hasn’t happened yet (see THE IMMORTAL HULK #27-33) The biggest question: Why is the obscure character Woodgod included? He plays no real part in the story and if this was setting up a later development, it never appeared.

Comments: Woodgod was introduced in MARVEL PREMIERE #31 and faced Hulk teamed with Spider-Man and Adam Warlock in MARVEL TEAM-UP #53-55 before bouncing around the MU for several years; this is his final appearance to date (2020). Most of the bad monsters have previously been seen in Marvel’s pre-FF monster comics; one that hasn’t is a Makluan, the same race as Fin Fang Foom. Only appearance of Kluh (as of 2020). The cover refers to Compound Hulk, possibly a gag callback to DC’s Composite Superman, a combination of the Man of Steel and Batman, with the powers of the Legion of Super-Heroes. And the story title is a nod to Marvel’s own Thing team-up book. 


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hulk #30 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Bruce Banner dispatches Red Hulk to the desert where a teleport tube is coming down. It disgorges Woodgod, convergence of myth and science, whose task is to destroy the Hulk. Red gives him a beating and sends him rushing back though the portal. Then the Impossible Man pops up to tell Red that he is announcer for a galactic battle about to commence…and suddenly Xemnu the Titan appears from the tube. This is a rematch arranged by a consortium of gamblers across the galaxy to decide who is the real Hulk and the winner gets the other’s planet for a prize. It turns out that, unlike Green Hulk, Red Hulk is not impervious to Xemnu’s mental commands and the Titan has Red hitting himself. But Green Hulk arrives to join in and Xemnu summons his army of monsters (Zzutak, Taboo, Martian Who Walks Among Us, Creature from Krogarr, Blip, Venusian, Makluan ) to attack the Hulks. Impossible doesn’t like the unfair odds and so turns a Valizian Compounder on the Hulks, which fuses them into a single bisected being, possessing the powers of both Hulks. As the compound Hulk beats up each of the hench-monsters, Xemnu summons his real weapon: Kluh, a version of a gray Hulk who speaks in an elegant manner. The newcomer punches compound Hulk into the sky and as he plummets, Bruce and Ross have to find common ground so they can work together. They find it in their love for Betty. On landing, they punch Kluh’s lights out, then seize the Makluan and use his fiery breath to roast Xemnu, and kick all of the enemies through the tube. Impossible suggests that the compound Hulk would make a lot of money on the galactic fighting circuit but he/they decline. Vehemently. So they are divided and sent back home, deciding never to speak of this again.

“Save the Date Part One”

Writer: Jeff Parker. Pencils: Tim Seeley. Inks: Tim Seeley. Colors: Matt Milla. Letters: Ed Dukeshire.

Synopsis: A-Bomb (Rick Jones) arrives in Yucatan, summoned to investigate something that fell from the sky and burrowed into a mountain; after a kiss for luck from Chibi who called him, he descends into the tunnel and finds a crystal cavern. But then two huge fish monsters, a green one and a red, speaking in an alien tongue, arrive and A-Bomb attacks them. They beat him into unconsciousness and we see that they are She-Hulk and Lyra, and Rick has been deceived by an image inducer….

“Hulk Bubblegum”

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

Synopsis: The Mini-Hulks enter a candy store where they argue about who can blow the biggest bubble with their gum. They all blow huge bubbles that burst and make a mess of the store.

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Ed McGuinness
Dexter Vines
Morry Hollowell
Ed McGuinness (Cover Penciler)
Ed McGuinness (Cover Inker)
Steve Firchow (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)

(Bruce Banner)

(Savage She-Hulk)
Red Hulk
Red Hulk

(Thunderbolt Ross)

(Jennifer Walters)


Plus: Ixchel (Chibi), Mini-Hulks.

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