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Incredible Hulk #190: Review

Aug 1975
Len Wein, Herb Trimpe

Story Name:

The Man Who Came Down On A Rainbow

Review & Comments

3 stars


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Incredible Hulk #190 Synopsis by Julio Molina-Muscara
The Hulk is battling a Soviet Armed Force at a security outpost in Siberia. But he realizes that if he were to smash them, more "puny humans" would appear. So, he leaps away, landing waist-deep in snow. He encounters a baby bear and when he holds it, the mother bear attacks him. Hulk begins to fight back but ends up letting the terrified mother escape with her cub.

Later, the Hulk finds a rainbow and travels to its end. Climate is warmer, and Hulk is surprised by a man riding down the rainbow. Named Glorian, he resembles a Greek god with golden skin. He convinces the Hulk to follow him up the rainbow.

Hulk is transported to a small paradisiac planet where he should not feel as an outcast. Hulk explores the pristine land and finds his friend Crackajack (who died in Hulk #182) playing the harmonica. From a spaceship, the Shaper of Worlds (a large alien with the ability to build anything out of dreams) is watching the Hulk with Glorian though a "remote scope." He thanks Glorian for teaching him the reward of giving others, freely and unselfishly.

The next day, Crackajack surprises Hulk by taking him to see none other than the green-skinned Jarella! His former lover from planet K'ai tells the Hulk that nothing will ever come between them.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Betty Ross is upset over the vegetative state of her husband, Glenn Talbot. The doctor informs her and General Thunderbolt Ross that there is nothing science can do for him. Only a miracle would reverse the effects of the ray blast from the Gremlin (shot in Hulk #188).

Back on the Hulk's planet, he, Crackajack and Jarella are abducted by the Toad Men. Hulk puts up a good fight, taking out several with a single hook punch. Hulk is hit with an "infra ray" but quickly recovers and hurls a boulder at them. He then grabs the Toad Man leader and tells the alien to leave them alone or he would "crush him like a bug." But they are blasted from behind with magnetoid guns. The three are carried onto the Toad spaceship and shackled. As they venture into space, the Hulk tearfully watches his new home planet getting smaller and smaller through a viewport.

Preview Pages
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Herb Trimpe
Marie Severin
Herb Trimpe (Cover Penciler)
Letterer: John Costanza.
Editor: Len Wein.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Betty Ross
Betty Ross

(Elizabeth Ross)

(Bruce Banner)

(Shaper of Worlds)
Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross

(Thaddeus Ross)

Plus: Crackajack (Jack Jackson), Glorian.

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