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Hulk #12: Review

Feb 2023
Ryan Ottley, Ryan Ottley

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Hulk Planet…Part Four

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4.5 stars

Hulk #12 Review by (February 15, 2023)

Review: Hulk’s psychology goes out of whack with his followers on Hulk Planet as well as Doc Samson and Dr. Strange on Earth trying to help him. But with Brian Banner in control, nothing can help. Increasingly nightmarish trauma afflicts our heroes and he’ll see what happens next time. Complex characterization made literal via the metaphor of a Starship (yes, a literal metaphor. Wanna make something of it?) is increasingly paying off.

Comments:  Plot by Ryan Ottley and Donny Cates. Doc Samson and Sasquatch have been stuck in each other’s bodies since IMMORTAL HULK #40. It is revealed that Bruce’s Doc Samson therapy program really does link to Samson, not just an AI version of him, which is not the impression we had earlier.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hulk #12 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Hulk has finally found a place where he can be happy being himself. Monolith suggests he can stay forever if they remove the Bruce Banner persona from his mind. Hulk declines, rather rudely….

Bruce visits his Doc Samson therapy protocol, worried about the Titan lurking in his mind, ready to erupt at any time. Samson suggests dismantling the Mind Palace and going back to normal but Bruce refuses, feeling in control of himself for the first time. But is he in control? In his deeper psyche, Hulk is being beaten by the much larger Titan. Samson suggests it is time he face his demon, in the form of his abusive father, Brian Banner. Samson guides him toward the father and he ends up on the Starship bridge to discover all of the other Banners in the crew have been slaughtered. Bruce closes the Samson Protocol….

Monolith enters Hulk’s room, offering to help and finds him preparing to leave the planet, concerned that he is endangering the place by remaining as Titan grows stronger. She informs him of the nuclear devices implanted in his brain; Bruce/Hulk reveals that he put them there so that when Bruce dies the Hulk will not live on forever but will be killed (he hopes). Hulk then flies off but Pave and Brutal restrain him and drag him to the operating room to cut the Bruce Infection out of him. Inside Bruce’s psyche, Titan is growing and Bruce only has time to send an SOS before he is seized and beaten by Brian Banner, who takes control of the Starship….

Receiving the SOS on Earth, Doc Samson (in Sasquatch’s body) contacts Doctor Strange at the Strange Academy, asking for help in rescuing Bruce—and Samson discovers that Strange is not the one who created the Mind Palace as he had assumed….

Brian Banner increases Hulk’s power levels while Bruce is able to keep Hulk calm, leading to Brian’s frustration. As surgery ensues on the now-quiet Hulk, Brian pushes the power level to Nine, shattering the controls and resulting in a massive explosion destroying the city….

Ryan Ottley
Cliff Rathburn
Marte Gracia
Ryan Ottley (Cover Penciler)
Ryan Ottley (Cover Inker)
Marte Gracia (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Cory Petit.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)
Doc Samson
Doc Samson

(Leonard Samson)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)

(Bruce Banner)

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