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Incredible Hulk #187: Review

May 1975
Len Wein, Herb Trimpe

Story Name:

There's A Gremlin In The Works

Review & Comments

Rating:
3 stars

Incredible Hulk #187 Review by (February 15, 2010)
This issue contains the yearly postal statement revealing the Hulks circulation to be 371,000 and paid circulation to be 203,000. The subscription ad in this issue advertised a 12 issue Hulk subscription for $3.50. An ad in the book advertises a 24x36 inch Hulk poster for 2.00 + postage. It is of the oft used commercial image of a running Hulk with an open right hand and a fisted left hand. You know the one.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Incredible Hulk #187 Synopsis by Peter Kowalchick
Bruce Banner and General Thunderbolt Ross overlook the destruction of Hulkbuster base by the Devastator in the previous issue. Ross is pleased despite the destruction because Banner has not turned into the Hulk since. The pair climb aboard a SHIELD helicopter and meet with Betty Ross, Nick Fury, and Clay Quartermain along with some unnamed military leaders, the group discusses the liberation of Glenn Talbot from a Soviet Siberian Fortress codenamed Bitterfrost. After several hours General Ross and Betty have a moment outside. The next day Ross tells Banner he can not accompany the rescue team Banner plans to stowaway and sneaks into the rear of the plane near the weapons pod, while Ross, Quartermain, and the others review the plan. Bruce does this out of nobility to Betty, as he wants her to be happy with her new husband, Glenn Talbot. The plane is soon spotted by the Gremlin, a Soviet villain scientist who fires missiles at it. The plane takes evasive action and drops its weapons pod to gain speed. Bruce is ejected with it and turns into the Hulk while falling and manages to land on his feet. The plane manages to avoid further damage and lands near the castle. The agents led by Ross and Quartermain sneak into the castle and stand to be captured until the Hulk wanders to the castle. The Gremlin sound the alarm while a seemingly drugged Glenn Talbot is rescued by Ross and Quartermain The Hulk engages the Soviet army and is unhurt, throwing a large boulder at the Gremlin who calls in his Super Troopers, an armor-clad squadron of troops. The Hulk beats them until they employ electro-stasis rifles and render the Hulk unconscious. Ross and Quartermains team is in the process of escaping the castle when Ross hands the newly freed Talbot a pistol for self defense. Talbot then points it at Ross and arrests him while proclaiming himself as Gregori Kronski, and the Gremlin as his beloved master.

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Herb Trimpe
Joe Staton
Herb Trimpe (Cover Penciler)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Betty Ross
Betty Ross

(Elizabeth Ross)
Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross

(Thaddeus Ross)