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Incredible Hulk #176: Review

Jun 1974
Gerry Conway, Herb Trimpe

Story Name:

Crisis On Counter-Earth!

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3.5 stars

Incredible Hulk #176 Review by (February 15, 2010)
First appearance of Adam Warlock in a Hulk comic.



There is no place Hulk can go... Nowhere he can rest. If soldiers always want to fight, then Hulk will...

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Incredible Hulk #176 Synopsis by Julio Molina-Muscara
Hulk finally arrives to Counter-Earth, and turns into Bruce Banner before a rescue team finds him in the Arc ship, and takes him to a hospital. When Bruce wakes up, a Colonel explains to him that he must be Doctor Banner's impostor. Our planet's Banner has a nervous breakdown and turns into his green alter ego who rampages his way to freedom.

Meanwhile, protestors in front of the White House (in Counter-Earth) are requesting Adam Warlock to be liberated. But the US President seems less than troubled, and calls a team to speak about the Hulk's presence.

We discover that the high mandate is in fact the Man-Beast, a canine-looking-humanoid created by the High Evolutionary (the man-god who conceived the twin planet).

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Man-Beast hates his creator after he exiled him and his peers for being imperfect creations. And he also wants to destroy Warlock who has been his prisoner for two weeks (under the watching eye of his lackey Lizhardus).

Suddenly, Hulk lands near the Washington memorial monument, and making a hole on a side, gets in and climbs to the top to rest.

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But soldiers won't let him, firing their weapons to bring down the man monster.

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The Man-Beast men (Cobrah, Weezhil, Barachuudar, among others) attack the Hulk and knock him out with a gas-delivering mask. Hulk turns into his human self.

And as the villains capture Banner, a Rigellian android (sent by the High Evolutionary) knocks Lizhardus and frees Adam Warlock from his prison cell.

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)

(Bruce Banner)

Plus: Barachuudar, Cobrah, Lizhardus, Weezhil.

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