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Incredible Hulk #155: Review

Sep 1972
Archie Goodwin, Herb Trimpe

Story Name:

Destination: Nightmare

Review & Comments

4.5 stars


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Incredible Hulk #155 Synopsis by Julio Molina-Muscara
Bruce Banner continues to reduce its size until he reaches a world with a city that looks like NYC, but it is in ruins, in war! Planes with swastikas bombard the city, so Banner turns into the Hulk and counterattacks. This brings in German soldiers with tanks. But as Hulk throws a tank on top of them, they turn into some kind of lizards. Hulk realizes that this is not Jarella's world. Yet, he sides with American soldiers (the same ones he fights on real Earth!) to fight the Germans.

Meanwhile, Hank Pym states on National TV that Banner is either dead or lost in the microverse. This brings Betty Ross to tears, and finds comfort in Glenn Talbot's arms.

Back in the subatomic planet, the German's leader, Otto Kronsteig, is informed of how the "green golem" Hulk and the Americans are defeating his forces. According to Kronsteig, such cannot be since the Shaper promised him to make his dream of Germany winning WWII a reality!

Note: We see in flashbacks how Kronsteig created a reduction serum for Doctor Doom, who tested it on him, sending Otto to the microverse where he met the Shaper.

As Hulk and his American partners attack Kronsteig's base, the Shaper grants the fuhrer great muscularity becoming Captain Axis, a champion enough to face the Hulk! Yet Kronsteig never dreamed of such an opponent. What he cannot dream, the Shaper cannot become reality. Kronsteig gets weaker, and his dream vanishes.

Such makes the Shaper mad! He makes copies of Thunderbolt Ross, Talbot, Betty, Jim Wilson, even Jarella, to conquer the Hulk. But the brute attacks them, he wants the real deal only!

Beaten, the Shaper unleashes his power onto the Hulk, causing him to vanish even deeper into the microverse. And then he departs in his metallic moon, leaving the lizard-like beings (who took the shapes of soldiers and whatever else the Shaper found in Kronsteig's dream) on their own to rebuild their planet.

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Betty Ross
Betty Ross

(Elizabeth Ross)
Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)
Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom

(Victor Von Doom)

(Bruce Banner)

(Shaper of Worlds)

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