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Hulk #43: Review

Dec 2011
Jeff Parker, Patrick Zircher

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Story Name:

Hulk of Arabia Part 2

Review & Comments

4 stars

Hulk #43 Review by (July 4, 2023)

Review: Exciting tale manages to work in some political issues involving the US’s non-involvement in foreign affairs, criticized by Arabian Knight as smug interference in foreign affairs while believing in nothing but their own superiority. Arabian Knight is a cool hero we don’t see enough of. And Machine Man is always fun, with a snarky attitude setting him apart from most other robots/androids/Vision but with a set of internal devices that Inspector Gadget would envy. And how to top last issue’s climax? How about a giant mythical monster?

Comments: Arabian Knight was introduced in UNION JACK (2006 series) #1-4; this is his second appearance. The manticore is a legendary beast from Persian mythology; this one is portrayed as a winged lion with a scorpion’s tail. And pretty nasty.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hulk #43 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

In Qatar, War Machine, Valkyrie, and Black Widow of the Secret Avengers have been sent to bring Red Hulk home. There is a battle but War Machine spots someone watching from a rooftop and goes to investigate. Rhodey challenges the interloper who swings a sword which cuts through Rhodey’s armor. It is Arabian Knight, Mideastern protector with a magic sword who orders all of them to leave. There is a brief battle, which ceases when the see several of the new enemy warheads raining down on them—but nothing happens. Steve Rogers appears, revealing the missiles have been disarmed. Steve tells Arabian Knight and the others that the warheads may have a time limit on their effectiveness or can be disarmed remotely. He explains that his concern is with who is supplying this unknown technology to rebel forces in the region, which is also Arabian Knight’s concern....

They all repair to a neutral site, a Qataran warship in the Persian Gulf, where AK reveals the man selling the weapons is Dagan Shah, who has established a place called Sharzhad on the Egypt/Libyan border and forbidden anyone to cross his territory. While the Americans are hampered by having no interests in this conflict, Arabian Knight certainly can put a stop to it and he flies off to face Dagan Shah. Red Hulk insists on learning what happened to his friend while Steve reiterates the USA has no business in the region but they are interrupted by Aaron Stack, Machine Man (a/k/a X-51), who has been researching the warheads and has discovered that they may be alien in nature, possibly Rigellian, the people who once tried to colonize Earth. This changes matters….

Red Hulk and Machine Man (who does not count as an American soldier but as a drone) are dropped into the desert not far from Sharzhad. As they trek toward the city, the ground breaks open, disgorging a giant manticore which attacks them….   

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Patrick Zircher
Patrick Zircher
Rachelle Rosenberg
Patrick Zircher (Cover Penciler)
Patrick Zircher (Cover Inker)
Val Staples (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Red Hulk
Red Hulk

(Thunderbolt Ross)

War Machine
War Machine

(James Rhodes)

Plus: Arabian Knight, Dagan Shah (Sultan Magus).

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