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Hulk #13: Review

Mar 2015
Gerry Duggan, Mark Bagley

Story Name:

The Omega Hulk Chapter Nine

Review & Comments

Rating:
4.5 stars

Hulk #13 Review by (September 9, 2019)

Review: This issue has a number of highlights: Some fun interplay between Doc Green and Deadpool; the latter character always promises to go over the top but he is rather restrained here which is why Doc trusts him to carry out a job. There's Doc's bitter confession to Daman and Randall, showing him in a vulnerable light which is very rare with a Hulk. His face-off with the Leader and the fight with the latter's monster. And the prospect of a lot of action in the next issue. The only bit that didn't work for me was Steve Rogers as a grumpy old man, though I suppose it is justified under the circumstances. Otherwise a very cool issue.

Comments: Steve Rogers lost his super-soldier powers in CAPTAIN AMERICA (2012 series) #21 and regained them in CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #7. The Leader has been red since THUNDERBOLTS Vol. 2 #2. Deadpool doesn't want to become Hulkpool but this has already happened in HULKED OUT HEROES #1-2; maybe he knows from experience. There's a joke reference to Damage Control, Marvel's clean-up company for super-messes.





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hulk #13 Synopsis by Julio Molina-Muscara

Moments before the Gamma bomb blast that would change his life, Bruce Banner has a telephone conversation giving his opinions on artificial intelligence. It scares him but he is certain AI will never exhibit creativity...

...and his contact is revealed to be the Hulk a/k/a Doc Green, calling from the future. Doc then goes to a bar for a meeting with Steve Rogers, the aged former Captain America. Steve wants Hulk to stay away from Jennifer Walters, the She-Hulk on Green's list of Gamma people to be depowered, underlining his point with an electrically-charged cane....

Out west, Deadpool is searching for Red Hulk, hired by Doc Green. D'pool calls Steve Rogers to report on Doc's activities....

Doc's assistants Daman Veteri and Randall Jessup continue to search various realities for Lyra and Doc has to rescue them from a tentacled monster they accidentally call up. He admits to making mistakes and releases the guys from any obligation to him....

Doc Green shows up at the Leader's secret lab but the villain has already anticipated this call, having created a huge mutate to fight him. Doc easily defeats the monster and injects Leader with the antidote restoring him to being ordinary Samuel Sterns. Later, it is revealed that the Hulk AI, now calling himself Gammon, had earlier provided the Leader with countermeasures and Sterns is restored to his original green form....

Doc Green steps though a portal to meet with Deadpool who has tracked Red Hulk/Thunderbolt Ross to Yucca Mountain, America's largest reservoir of nuclear waste. Doc makes a call to Rick Jones, knowing that his AI will hear him; he offers a deal: if Gammon will reveal the whereabouts of Lyra, Doc will leave him alone. Doc then explains Deadpool's next task: handing him a bullet and telling him to fire it into Red Hulk's eye or ear; it will prevent him from absorbing radiation and growing stronger. Doc then crashes into the building and picks a fight with Red Hulk....


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Mark Bagley
Drew Hennessy
Jason Keith
Mark Bagley (Cover Penciler)
Drew Hennessy (Cover Inker)
Brad Anderson (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)
Doc Green
Doc Green

(Hulk)
Red Hulk
Red Hulk

(Thunderbolt Ross)
Steve Rogers
Steve Rogers

(Old self)



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