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Hulk #41: Review

Nov 2011
Jeff Parker, Gabriel Hardman

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The Omegex Part 3: Finally

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4 stars

Hulk #41 Review by (December 27, 2022)

Review: What the Dickens? Are we reading a Christmas issue? No? Then why does Zero/One act as the Ghost of Christmas Past for Ebenezer Rulk showing him the story of his life? We learn a lot about Ross but it doesn’t sway the mean digital lady so Earth is doomed, right? Well, maybe not. The hero destroys the invincible villain by accident, the Watcher shows himself to be a sly dog, and Rulk recovers his ability to turn into Ross. Cool wrap up and no one says, “God bless us, every one.”

Comments: Final appearance of Omegex. Final appearance as of 2022 of Uravo the Watcher. Zero/One next appears in issue #47. Issue includes a reprint of “Moment of Silence: a True Story” from MOMENT OF SILENCE #1 (Feb 2002) to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the USA.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hulk #41 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Red Hulk finds himself seconds away from death, killed by Omegex, and he is reliving his past as General Thunderbolt Ross, courtesy of Zero/One. He sees his endless, fruitless pursuit of the Hulk and his daughter’s love for Bruce Banner in what Zero/One calls cyclical loss as she cannot understand why Red Hulk would want to return to an inferior state of humanity. She continues to study him as he demands to be sent back to his death. They board her ship as she must replenish her energy and her assistant Jacob Feinman hands Rulk a note saying that he must convince her that humanity matters or else she will destroy most of the population. She has judged him a failure; he tells her to look back father and she returns them to his family’s farm. They review his birth with a father who, as a career officer, was rarely home so Thad was raised by his mother. They jump to his childhood interest in the military, too, his mother’s affair with a local man who acted as father to the boy, the death of his pal Henry’s father in a plane crash (seen at the beginning of issue #39) leading to his interest in aviation, his learning to fly and purchase of an old airplane, explained as following in Henry’s father’s footsteps since Henry, who had suffered a breakdown, could not. Then comes his marriage to Karen and the birth of Betty, then Karen’s death from cancer. The gamma experiment that created the Hulk, Ross’ ironic training of Reginald Fortean to hunt the Hulk and now he is sworn to kill Red Hulk, and implanted nano-mines in Rulk’s brain to explode when he returned to his human form. Zero/One alters them, allowing them to be expelled from Rulk’s body naturally. Through this all, Zero/One maintains that the Red Hulk body is superior to Ross’ human body. And then Omegex locates them in the field out of time. Rulk asks Zero/One for help but she declines as she is in no danger. Uravo the Watcher arrives with Annie to observe with Uravo promising to keep Annie safe in the battle. As Omegex overpowers Rulk, Uatu the Watcher also shows up to see the end. Rulk determines that if he is going to die he will die as a man, and he resumes his Thaddeus Ross form. Omegex stands for a minute…and then dissolves into nothing. Uatu explains that when Omegex could no longer detect Red Hulk, it assumed it had destroyed its target and therefore shut down. Ross points out to Zero/One that he defeated his enemy by becoming human but this does not change her conclusions. As she boards her ship, Jacob Feinman hands Annie his journal and they leave. Uatu privately tells Uravo that he engineered this all to destroy Omegex when it reappeared; if his plan had failed, only one death, Red Hulk’s, would have occurred but all went well. And he defends his interference in history as ensuring that the human race would continue to give him something to watch….   

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Gabriel Hardman
Gabriel Hardman
Elizabeth Breitweiser
Gabriel Hardman (Cover Penciler)
Gabriel Hardman (Cover Inker)
Bettie Breitweiser (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Red Hulk
Red Hulk

(Thunderbolt Ross)
Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross

(Thaddeus Ross)

Plus: Annie, Jacob Feinman, Omegex, Uravo the Watcher, Zero/One (Parul Kurinji).

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