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Incredible Hulk #4: Review

Nov 1962
Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

Story Name:

The Monster And The Machine

Review & Comments

3.5 stars

Incredible Hulk #4 Review by (February 15, 2010)
Comments: First timers: (a) A gamma ray machine is used to cause the Banner/Hulk metamorphosis; (b) Hulk leaps in an impressive fashion; (c) uses his trademark thunderclap while fighting.

Incredible Hulk #4 Review by (March 15, 2010)
Comments: Hulk is still able to fly in the first story of this comic. But he cannot in the second. No explanation is given as to why Hulk lost that ability.

Comments: Comic / Movie parallelisms. In The Gladiator from Outer Space story, the Army attacks Hulk with sonic waves and he throws metal debris to an upcoming helicopter. Such is very similar to what happened during the fight sequence at the University campus in The Incredible Hulk movie from 2008.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Incredible Hulk #4 Synopsis by Julio Molina-Muscara
Image from Incredible Hulk #4

Betty Ross is worried about Bruce Banner and asks her father, General Thunderbolt Ross (who is testing the iceberg missile he intends to use to capture the Hulk) to look for the scientist or Rick Jones. Betty believes that Jones knows the Hulk's secret. Ross hears his daughter, and commands his men to find Jones immediately.

The US Forces find Jones, but the Hulk escapes flying away (?!)

Soon after, Hulk saves a school bus from hitting a train. Then, he visits a movie set where he scares everyone away. Finally, he eats a whole pot of food. Men approach him with nets and rifles, but Hulk uses his thunderclap (for the first time) to knock them out, and again, flies away.

Jones, kept by the Army, mentally summons the Hulk to his rescue. Hulk flies by, grabs Rick, and takes him to the cave lab.

Hulk has not turned into Banner since he fell from the sky in a rocket (last issue). So Jones uses a gamma ray machine to successfully revert Hulk into Banner.

Banner adjusts the gamma device to trigger his transformations artificially. As a side effect, Banner becomes in control of the Hulk's form!

With Banner's intelligence, Hulk saves a group of kids from a burning cabin. But the locals get scared and shoot him. Hulk grabs Jones and leaves.

In the cave lab, Hulk uses radiation to trigger the transformation. Exhausted, Banner lays to rest, realizing how hard it is to control a "raging goliath."

Story #2

The Gladiator From Outer Space

Writer: Stan Lee. Penciler: Jack Kirby. Inker: Dick Ayers. Letterer: Art Simek.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

A threat from space called Mongu shows up on TV offering to fight against Earth's best fighter. Bruce Banner uses his gamma ray machine to turn himself into the Hulk and goes after Mongu. In this state, Banner is not able to control the Hulk's form 100 percent since the Hulk personality also shows up. When the Hulk arrives at the battle spot, he discovers that it's a trap from the Russian army under the command of Boris Monguski. The Reds who want to study the Hulk and create an army of them to conquer the world. Jade Jaws defeats the Reds but they finally manage to escape. Hulk leaves and the American soldiers show up. Misunderstanding the whole thing, the Americans blame the Hulk for the false threat. Meanwhile, Betty Ross thinks about her secret love, Bruce Banner.

Preview Pages
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Jack Kirby
Dick Ayers
Jack Kirby (Cover Penciler)
Dick Ayers (Cover Inker)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Betty Ross
Betty Ross

(Elizabeth Ross)
Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)

(Bruce Banner)

Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross

(Thaddeus Ross)

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