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Hulk #8: Review

Nov 2014
Gerry Duggan, Mark Bagley

Story Name:

The Omega Hulk Chapter Four

Review & Comments

Rating:
4.5 stars

Hulk #8 Review by (August 8, 2019)

Review: Aaaand now we find that it was Betty Ross Banner behind Bruce's murder in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #20. Rick has now come to terms with the loss of his A-Bomb powers and  sees it as a blessing. Betty is going to be harder to convince as she is the one with the most twisted relationship to Hulk which usually means several pages of violence and property damage. And everything sort of works out. Relationships can be complicated.

Comments: Doc Samson was killed in INCREDIBLE HULK #610 and reappears in CIVIL WAR II #0. Betty returns—though not exactly as Red She-Hulk in THE IMMORTAL HULK #14 and following. Final appearance of Melinda Leucenstern as of 2019.




 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hulk #8 Synopsis by Julio Molina-Muscara
The Incredible Hulk (AKA Doc Green) visits Doc Samson's grave. He pulls his coffin out to confirm he's actually there. Hulk does not use his syringe on him, leaves a flower, and reburries Samson before returning to the Behive.

Dr. Leucenstern is upset with the Hulk; he added extra programming to his curing nanites. The Hulk does not reveal his purpose. But he does have a good reason to be upset with Leucernstern and yells: "Why did YOU shoot Banner twice in the back of the head??"

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Leucenstern reveals that the Order of the S.H.I.E.L.D. recruited her for the job. And it was Betty Ross who gave the order!

Later that day, Betty and Rick Jones are dining at her house. Betty learns that Doc Green de-powered Rick Jones and discovered she was behind Banner's assassination attempt. Betty explains Rick that the Terranometer, a "doomsday warning" device used by the Order of the S.H.I.E.L.D., stated that Bruce Banner was going to be responsible for an extinction-level event. She hired someone to kill Banner. And she felt no regrets.

Doc Green shows up. Betty turns into the Red She-Hulk and attacks. The Hulk does not fight back, and a few moments later, she turns back into Betty. Rick had placed the Hulk's cure into her food. She is now de-powered.

Hulk realized the Zombie Abomination (who he and the Avengers fought in #2, #3 and #4) was the Order of the SHIELD's back up plan in case a mindless Hulk survived the shots.

Betty says the Terranometer no longer throws Banner's name. The Hulk thanks her for "saving the world" and freeing him. Betty asks for Banner's whereabouts, and the Hulk replies he is gone. The Hulk returns to the Behive through a portal. Betty believes she has created a monster.

The two other scientists working for the Hulk (Randall Jessup and Damon Veteri) tell him that the Red Hulk's sensors are nearly ready and that Leucenstern is gone. The Hulk growls in rage but only breaks a pencil to liberate it. Finally, he sits on top of a roof to meditate.

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