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Incredible Hulk #130: Review

Aug 1970
Roy Thomas, Herb Trimpe

Story Name:

If I Kill You, I Die

Review & Comments

2 stars


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Incredible Hulk #130 Synopsis by Jeff Grubs
After a rampage that results in the destruction of an airplane, Bruce Banner finds himself at the site of his alma mater, Desert State University. Banner decides to locate his former mentor Dr. Herbert Weller in case the Hulk's prior rampage had damaged the university and its teachers.

Banner approaches one of his former classmates and fellow experts in gamma radiation research, Dr. Raoul Stoddard. After learning that Dr. Weller is alive and well, Banner proposes Stoddard to help him eliminate the Hulk, and Stoddard accepts. The two leave in Stoddard's car to an underground gamma ray research station he and Weller created, unawared of a military spy plane monitoring their movements.

Once in the facility, Banner and Stoddard prepare the necessary gamma devices. As Banner is bathed with radiation, the experience reminded him of when he was exposed to the gamma bomb. When the session ends, Banner is terrified to learn that the device actually separated him from the Hulk, becoming two different individuals!

Hulk, realizing the one he hates the most, Bruce Banner, is standing next to him, threatens to destroy him. Banner flees in Stoddard's car but the Hulk destroys the road in front of him! When the Hulk is about to grab Banner, military planes strike, forcing the monster to turn and face them.

General Thunderbolt Ross is surprised to see both the Hulk and Banner are separated, and rescues the scientist as the Hulk is left fighting.

Hulk, realizing that Banner has escaped him, goes on a rampage. The path of destruction is heading in Ross and Banner direction. So General Ross theorizes that the Hulk is linked to Banner and can sense his whereabouts. 

Banner believes that the only solution is to remerge with the Hulk. Suddenly, the monster breaks into the room. Banner sneaks past the Hulk and drives back to Stoddard's underground research facility who claims he can merge the two, and trap the Hulk forever inside Banner.

But at the last moment, Stoddard realizes that if Banner is really cured, he will go back to being second fiddle on gamma ray research. He grabs a neutrino gun, believing shooting Banner will also destroy the Hulk.

The Hulk smashes through the walls of the facility prompting Stoddard to urge the Hulk to kill Banner like the Hulk wanted. But Bruce tricks the Hulk into thinking it is a trap, compelling him to smash Banner another time. The Hulk leaps away as military soldiers enter the facility and arrest Stoddard leaving Banner and Ross to ponder their next move.

Also in this story: Glenn Talbot, Betty Ross.

Preview Pages
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Herb Trimpe
Herb Trimpe
Herb Trimpe (Cover Penciler)


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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