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Incredible Hulk #123: Review

Jan 1970
Roy Thomas, Herb Trimpe

Story Name:

No More The Monster

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Incredible Hulk #123 Review by (February 15, 2010)
Good story, unfortunately the battle with the leader is too short once the savge hulk takes over.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Incredible Hulk #123 Synopsis by Jason Jaroslawsky
In the Baxter Building, Mr. Fantastic Reed Richards and the rest of the Fantastic Four, plus Crystal, have been watching over the Hulk undergoing certain tests in one of Reed's fancy machines. Apparently, Bruce Banner has been cured of uncontrollably turning into his savage self! To prove a point, Bruce forces himself to turn into the Hulk and then back to his human form again. But Reed is still not convinced, and wants to run more tests. But Banner refuses, he wants to get on with his life ASAP and that means being with Betty Ross.

Over the next few days, Betty and Bruce enjoy each others company with the threat of the Hulk no longer hanging over their heads. It would appear true happiness has finally found it's way to Bruce Banner!

Meanwhile, Thunderbolt Ross tells Glenn Talbot that although he is happy for Betty and Bruce, something else gets his prime attention. The military has created a new device called the Tripodal Observation Module or Murder Module for short. Ross worries over evil forces trying to get their hands on it. Therefore, when the Murder Module is transported up north for final testing, Ross would like Banner to become the Hulk again and, in complete control of his monster persona, oversee the safe transportation of the module.

The Leader is watching from afar, plotting to get his hands on the new weapon. Banner receives the telegram from Ross requesting his assistance of the Hulk. Surprisingly, Banner does not turn down the invitation and prepares for the trip "as soon as I pack my green toothbrush".

As the journey unfolds, and Banner with the military set off down the highway in their trucks, the Leader srikes! The villain's aircraft hovers above the Murder Module and with his powerful mental ability plus his Menta-Disk, he creates a magnetic suction that pulls the Murder Module right off the moorings of the military truck.

In the ensuing panic, the Leader shoots a powerful mental beam from his head to make the driver of the truck lose control and veer off a cliff. Bruce turns into the Hulk and saves the helpless driver. Such gave the Leader enough time to set up the Murder Module and he attacks the Hulk with it.

The first thing the Leader tries is a force beam shot right out of the Murder Module, but the Hulk quickly recovers from this only to then encounter some toxic gas released from the module. This gas puts the Hulk out for a minute. But upon recovery, Hulk is more savage than before!

Apparently, the effects of the gas caused the inner savage Hulk to regain control to his body over Banner. The battle then quickly ends when the Hulk tears a leg off the module, grabs the Leader with thoughts of killing him. Banner regains control over the Hulk's form, releasing the villain. As Bruce is left to contemplate what he almost did (murder someone), the Leader flees for his life.

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Herb Trimpe
Herb Trimpe
Herb Trimpe (Cover Penciler)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Betty Ross
Betty Ross

(Elizabeth Ross)
Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)
Hulk
Hulk

(Bruce Banner)
Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic

(Reed Richards)
Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross

(Thaddeus Ross)