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Hulk #3: Review

Jan 2022
Donny Cates, Ryan Ottley

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Smashtronaut…Part Three

Review & Comments

4 stars

Hulk #3 Review by (January 19, 2022)

Review: Still cool for the third issue, despite being largely a set-up for an alternate history, leaving us to go “Whoa!” on the final page, though “totalitarian America” has been used quite often at Marvel and everywhere else. The issue does show us the gory aspects of Giant Wolverine’s demise and the sight of the mutated Hulks is a holdover from the IMMORTAL HULK era when body horror was an integral part. Still. Nicely written and Ottley’s art is great.

Comments: Federico Blee contributed to the colors.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hulk #3 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Bruce Banner recalls the El Paso incident, a bar full of carnage in flames, and meditates on how Hulk can always find forgiveness while Bruce never forgets, blaming Hulk for the tragedy…and he has a vision of a giant Black Hulk crushing his head….

Starship Hulk has been drawn into a pocket universe where he meets another Bruce Banner. He hurls Banner against a wall and demands an explanation; Banner is amazed to see an “abomination” with the ability to reason and speak. That word offends Bruce and he introduces himself as another Robert Bruce Banner. Bruce is then notified by his ship’s computer that the engine is in danger of overheating, as Hulk has torn off giant Wolverine’s hand and is killing him with his own claws. Bruce shuts the engine down, leaving Hulk frustrated but Hulk also has a vision of a giant Black Hulk….

Bruce explains how he became the Hulk. Alternate Banner has a different story: in his world, the Gamma bomb was an immense success and Banner dreamed of the good he could do with Gamma technology. But the bomb was used by a totalitarian United States to conquer and control the world. Out of guilt, Banner has hidden himself away, seeking a way to atone for that evil. The bombs led to Hulk-like mutants all over the world, referred to as abominations. The monsters now inhabit the Void where Banner found Hulk. And Banner reveals this was all done by the orders of his father-in-law, President Ross….

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)

(Bruce Banner)

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