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Incredible Hulk #175: Review

May 1974
Roy Thomas, Herb Trimpe

Story Name:

Man-Brute In The Hidden Land!

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3 stars

Incredible Hulk #175 Review by (June 27, 2017)
The idea to shoot Hulk into space to prevent the man monster from destroying it all, which originated the Planet Hulk saga (2006), is not new, and was first used in this very issue written by Roy Thomas (1974). Then, the order was given by Black Bolt, who also (coincidentally?) happened to be among those who decided to shoot the Hulk into space in the mid 2000s...


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Incredible Hulk #175 Synopsis by Julio Molina-Muscara
Hulk falls to Earth as a burning meteorite, target: The Himalayas! Unfortunately for the Inhumans, that's the location of their secret lair. Confusing the Hulk with a war-head missile, Karnak devices a defense plan that involves sacrificing himself, something his colleagues (Crystal, Quicksilver, Gorgon, and ???) are in disagreement with. But it is Black Bolt, king of the Inhumans, who saves the day, flying to and knocking the falling menace, not before recognizing it was the green goliath...

Hulk lands hard in the ground, causing a crater from where Bruce Banner emerges.

Karnak explains Banner about Counter-Earth, Earth's twin planet which rotates exactly on the other side of the sun. It's identical to Earth, in nature, human constructs, even in population, except that there are no super powered beings. The Inhumans would like to move there longing acceptance, and have built a large vessel called the Arc to do so.

While Banner studies the idea of moving there himself (since Betty Ross, his true love interest, is now married to Glenn Talbot), he is attacked by rebel Inhumans (Entos, Mullox, and others) who trigger the transformation.

Quicksilver and the rest try stopping the Hulk to no avail. Only Black Bolt can by using his ultrasonic scream which knocks the Hulk out... Temporarily. The king commands his teammates to place the Hulk in the Arc and shoot him to space or he would destroy their city when he wakes up.

As the Arc flies off to Counter-Earth, Betty is aboard a plane leaving Sydney, convincing herself that she must forget Banner, and focus on her husband Talbot, for everyone's sake.

Preview Pages
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Herb Trimpe
Jack Abel
Petra Goldberg
Herb Trimpe (Cover Penciler)
John Romita (Cover Inker)
Letterer: Art Simek.
Editor: Roy Thomas.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Betty Ross
Betty Ross

(Elizabeth Ross)
Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)

(Bruce Banner)

(Pietro Maximoff)

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