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Hulk #1: Review

Nov 2021
Donny Cates, Ryan Ottley

Story Name:

Smashtronaut…Part One

Review & Comments

5 stars

Hulk #1 Review by (November 24, 2021)

Review: Anger burns off the page in this new volume for Hulk in his long career and now he’s going to the stars. Remember what happened the last time Hulk went into space? We got the classic PLANET HULK story arc, leading to WORLD WAR HULK! And the issue is fueled by anger, with a very formidable looking Hulk, with Banner’s smarts, dealing with his problems his own way. And the divided mind operates metaphorically but portraying it literally makes for great comics. One of the most auspicious first issues for a series in a long time and I’m excited.

Comments: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2021: AVENGERS/HULK serves as a prologue to this issue, detailing how Hulk stole the components for the starship from A.I.M. Avengers cameos: Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Thor, Thing, Reed Richards, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, She-Hulk, Black Widow. Best Part: The title and credits are back at the beginning of the book.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hulk #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

As Hulk tries to smash through a door Bruce Banner has imprisoned him behind, Betty Ross Banner pleads with Bruce, warning him that the Hulk cannot be contained. Bruce is angry and upset because he knows Hulk is immortal but he is not, so he is going to use the time left before his personality is completely absorbed in the Hulk to explore, pushing the boundaries. He chases Betty out of his head and seats himself in the captain’s chair….

Doctor Strange speaks to the assembled Avengers, warning them about Bruce Banner’s current project. Captain America has Iron Man tracking Hulk now; Strange explains that Bruce is using stolen A.I.M. tech to turn Hulk into a starship, piloted by Bruce….

Iron Man has caught up to Hulk, augmented with space tech, at a Stark armory. Tony has three drone-operated Iron Men by his side to unleash his newest defenses on Hulk. Shellhead fires a capsule containing Adamantium nanoparticle shrapnel which burrows into Hulk’s skin and builds a cage around him. Inside, Bruce ramps up Hulk’s anger by confronting him with infinite armies in his mind. Hulk goes into a rage and tears apart the Adamantium cage and beats up Iron Man, wrecking the armor. What Hulk is after is Tony’s Project A.R.K., a Celestial that creates a gateway to a pocket universe in case Earth needed to be evacuated during the war with the King in Black. Against Tony’s warnings that the gateway is untested, Hulk steps through; Bruce muses that he is no longer controlled by his anger but fueled by it….

Ryan Ottley
Ryan Ottley
Frank Martin
Ryan Ottley (Cover Penciler)
Ryan Ottley (Cover Inker)
Frank Martin (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Cory Petit.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Betty Ross
Betty Ross

(Elizabeth Ross)
Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)

(Bruce Banner)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

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