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Incredible Hulk #205: Review

Nov 1976
Len Wein, Sal Buscema

Story Name:

Do Not Forsake Me

Review & Comments

4.5 stars



But Hulk has hate, robot... And hate is all Hulk needs!

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Incredible Hulk #205 Synopsis by Julio Molina-Muscara

Bruce Banner takes Jarella for a walk in the city of Santa Fe. They go shopping, dining, trying to leave their problems behind.

Meanwhile, a man whose identity is not revealed has reactivated the Crypto-Man, a powerful robot (last seen in the pages of Thor #174) he plans using for criminal activities and make up a name for himself that way.

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He starts by sending the robot to a branch of Bank of Mexico. As the mechanical powerhouse exits the bank with a loot, he stumbles upon Jarella and Banner. Believing she could be mighty like the Hulk due to her green skin, the robot's master programs the Crypto-Man to siphon her strength.

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Sensing immediate danger, Banner turns into the Hulk and punches the robot soundly.

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Crypto-Man throws the Hulk a car which he ditches. But, it crashes on a wall which starts to collapse. An innocent kid will get buried. Jarella jumps to save the kid, pushing him away from the massive debris. But she takes the whole of it.

When Hulk realizes what has just happened, he desperately goes to aid Jarella, forgetting about the fight. But the robot follows in closely and hits him from behind.

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Hulk's anger increases to seldom seen levels, and although the robot's master fed his creature with immense amounts of additional power, Hulk breaks the Crypto-Man apart with a final mighty blow. The power feedback causes an explosion in the master's lab, causing his demise.

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Hulk returns to Jarella. She's barely alive. Speaking softly, she thinks perhaps it's best that way before passing out.

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Hulk rushes her to Gamma Base where Doc Samson and his team try to save her. Unfortunately, they fail. Jarella is dead.

Hulk takes it badly and starts breaking the base apart. Betty Ross calms the monster. Refusing to believe Jarella's case is a lost one, he leaps away to find Doctor Strange, hoping magic could do what science cannot.

Also in this story: Thunderbolt Ross, Glenn Talbot.

Preview Pages
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Sal Buscema
Joe Staton
Glynis Oliver
Herb Trimpe (Cover Penciler)
Dan Adkins (Cover Inker)
Letterer: John Costanza.
Editor: Len Wein.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Betty Ross
Betty Ross

(Elizabeth Ross)
Doc Samson
Doc Samson

(Leonard Samson)

(Bruce Banner)
Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross

(Thaddeus Ross)

Plus: Crypto-Man.

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