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Incredible Hulk #166: Review

Aug 1973
Steve Englehart, Herb Trimpe

Story Name:

The Destroyer From the Dynamo!

Review & Comments

4 stars

Incredible Hulk #166 Review by (February 15, 2010)
First appearance of Zzzax in a Hulk comic. An absolute Hulk classic with a momoth confrontation, quirky twists and Zzzax, who is cute enough to hug, but just wrecks devestation. (Not nearly done justice in the film interpretation.) At one point in the story Zzzax ignores Hulk which makes him so mad he almost loses complete control. Great quotes "My pipe is my trademark mister, lead on!" Col. John D. Armbuster.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Incredible Hulk #166 Synopsis by Grae Burton
The Hulk emerges on the New York City waterfront, having swum half the Atlantic. He falls asleep in a warehouse and shifts back into Bruce Banner form. 

Meanwhile, at a nearby power station, some anarchists attack causing ruptures, and releasing a fusion of energies which forms itself into Zzzax, an electrical being that absorbs energy, and is made out of electrical energy. 

On the upper West side, ex-Avenger Hawkeye sees what is happening on TV and swings out his window to the rescue. Banner awakens from a nightmare, finding himself in another one! He is discovered and zapped by Zzzax who sets about to "feazzt!" on Banner's energy.

While in Russia, Colonel John Armbruster and Major Glenn Talbot mount a rescue mission for General Thunderbolt Ross.

In New York, Hawkeye attacks Zzzax in the nick of time, giving Banner the chance to shift back into Hulk state. They battle pulping chunks of the Big Apple.

Back in Russia, the rescue mission is a success and Ross escapes.

Meanwhile in New York, the Hulk and Zzzax battle. Hawkeye tries to get involved but it's clear he is out of his league. Zzzax grabs him and throws him into the New York harbour. This gives Hawkeye an idea which helps him short Zzzax out and save the day. However, when he gets out of the water, he discovers that all the credit has been given to the Hulk, who quickly exits.

Finally in Russia, Talbot is shot during the escape. His team leaves him for dead, but it is later revealed that he is still alive.

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)
Colonel Armbruster
Colonel Armbruster

(John D. Armbruster)

(Clint Barton)

(Bruce Banner)
Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross

(Thaddeus Ross)

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