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Hulk #8: Review

Aug 2022
?, Martin Coccolo

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Hulk vs. Thor: Banner of War Part Five of Five

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4 stars

Hulk #8 Review by (August 17, 2022)

Review: The long-delayed conclusion to the epic crossover finally arrives. More over-the-top action more-or-less tells us that Thor is the stronger of the two but Hulk and Thor don’t really fight after the World-Tree is uprooted. Guess we’ll have to table the ongoing question for another day. Meanwhile, Hulk moves on to his next story arc. If there was one big flaw it’s that there are too many people speaking in little boxes, starting with the Watcher who immediately vanishes from the comic. Meanwhile, the reader must look to various context clues to remind ourselves who is speaking to whom in any given narration box. I had some trouble; perhaps you are smarter than me.

Comments: Donny Cates and John Warren Johnson are credited with the script. Issue includes a tribute to the late Tim Sale, comic book artist.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hulk #8 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Story continues from THOR #26.

The Watcher sets the stage for us: today will decide who is stronger: Hulk or Thor. The Hulked-out Thor and the Mjolnir-wielding Hulk are battling to the finish. Odin, with Bruce Banner inside Hulk’s psyche, tells Banner to bring Hulk to Asgard. And so the two combatants land in the Golden Realm, surprising Sif, Beta Ray Bill, and Tony Stark, among many others as the two appear to have exchanged places. Bill points out that Thor is unleashing his fullest power for the first time in a fight with Hulk, having always held back out of compassion for Bruce Banner—and now Thor rips Hulk’s arm off. At Odin’s suggestion, Hulk pushes Thor into Yggdrasil, the World-Tree, allowing its tendrils to hold him fast. But Thor tears his way free and uproots the massive tree, terrifying everyone. Bruce suggests talk rather than violence so Odin, speaking through Hulk’s mouth, assures his son that, despite all his mistakes, he still loves him. This unleashes a massive energy burst that restores Hulk and Thor to normal and also repairs Yggdrasil. Hulk changes into his Starship form and takes off but Sif tells Tony that Hulk is dead. Tony can’t get used to that fact as Thor sends him home via goat-powered sled. Alone, Thor and Sif hope for the best for Hulk and Bruce Banner….

Martin Coccolo
Martin Coccolo
Matthew Wilson
Gary Frank (Cover Penciler)
Gary Frank (Cover Inker)
Brad Anderson (Cover Colorist)
Plot: . Letterer: Cory Petit.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)

(Bruce Banner)



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