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Hulk Smash! #1: Review

Mar 2001
Garth Ennis, John McCrea

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Hulk Smash Part One

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4 stars

Hulk Smash! #1 Review by (April 6, 2022)

Review: We’ve seen hundreds of “Hulk versus the Army” stories and comics and there’s even one in the first Hulk movie. But this one is different. Here, Hulk is not the main character but the catalyst for a story about a man’s coming to understand the responsibility the military has charged him with. Patrick D. Mitchell learns what it takes to be a leader. Pro-military stories come and go as they mirror the zeitgeist so this one falls in the early Bush (2) years when portraying a dedicated soldier sympathetically (i.e. not as a bloodthirsty madman) was acceptable. Kudos to the creators for jumping into the breach. The Hulk looks a bit more cartoony than the humans in this tale but still in the acceptable range. Only debit: the silly covers which make Hulk look like a grumpy old man.

Comments:Marvel Knights.” Part one of two. Letters by Richard Starkings and Wes Abbott. Issue includes 13 pages of advertisements.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hulk Smash! #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Five companies of ground troops and a fleet of tanks are sent after the Hulk in the Nevada desert. When the big Green Guy appears, Lieutenant Patrick D. Mitchell panics and runs for the hills, as Hulk tears into the tanks. Feeling disgraced, Mitchell broods over how he comes from a long line of military men, a graduate of West Point and expected to fulfill his family’s destiny—and has thrown it all away. He believes they were sold out by the Army brass and sent into a hopeless situation. Four Air National Guard planes are sent in. Hulk takes down three of the planes in seconds but the last one is able to drop a load of bombs on Hulk which sends the enraged giant leaping at the plane and tearing it apart. The pilot ejects and lands near Mitchell. He introduces himself as Major Lucas Parker and quickly realizes that Mitchell is a deserter….

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John McCrea
Klaus Janson
Chris Sotomayor
Kevin Nowlan (Cover Penciler)
Kevin Nowlan (Cover Inker)
Kevin Nowlan (Cover Colorist)


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