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Incredible Hulk #159: Review

Jan 1973
Steve Englehart, Herb Trimpe

Story Name:

Two Years Before The Abomination!

Review & Comments

3 stars


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Incredible Hulk #159 Synopsis by Julio Molina-Muscara
Bruce Banner pilots the starship back to Earth while the Leader tries telepathically to recover its control. When the rocket enters the US air space, General Thunderbolt Ross orders missiles fired to destroy it!

One of the missiles hit its target, destroying the UFO. Its occupants fall on a deserted area (Banner turns into the Hulk during his fall, while the Rhino falls unconsciouss.)

One missile hits a section of the desert where the Abomination happened to be buried. The blast wakes up the green beast after two years in a coma!

Seeing the Hulk fall nearby, the Abomination moves to meet his enemy. But the Air Force discovers the Abomination, and traps him using a super prison cell.

When Ross discovers the Hulk was not who they caught, he makes a deal with the Abomination, his freedom in exchange of killing the Hulk!

The villain is taken to the Hulk's location in the desert and an awesome battle commences! None seem to have a clear advantage over the other until the Abomination mentions Betty Ross, distracting the Hulk. Learning she is Hulk's "weak point", the Abomination reveals that Betty is now married to Glenn Talbot, and both are on their way to the Niagara Falls for their honeymoon. Those bad news, plus the Abomination's loud laugh make the Hulk pretty mad, and hits the villain from behind, knocking him out.

Hulk says Betty is his! So he leaps away in search for the Niagara falls!

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Emil Blonsky)
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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