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Incredible Hulk #271: Review

May 1982
Bill Mantlo, Sal Buscema

Story Name:

Rocket Raccoon!

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

Incredible Hulk #271 Review by (May 15, 2017)
This was the Hulk's 20th anniversary issue, and the debut of Rocket Raccoon, one of the stars of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies!


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Incredible Hulk #271 Synopsis by Julio Molina-Muscara
The Hulk is in another planet. Rocket Raccoon and Wal Russ, two aliens resembling Earth animals that can speak, find Hulk while he's resting (and snoring "like thunder"). Suddenly, a Robomower tank attacks them. Racoon and Russ protect the Hulk, but the incredible green skin giant wakes and tears the vehicle apart. 

Escaping from the Keystone Quadrant Kops (a police group who "preserve law and disorder"), the two "funny talking animals" and Hulk board a starship and flee. Raccoon provides Hulk with food and explains they are the Keystone Quadrant, a star system surrounded by the Galacian Wall. The planet is called Half-Word, part is industrialized and the rest is a farming paradise where Raccoon and Russ come from.

Lylla, Raccoon's girlfriend, calls to inform they are under attack by the Black Bunny Brigade. These assassin black rabbits work for an evil mole called Judson Jakes who is looking for the Gydeon Bible, a book of secrets currently in possession of Raccoon. Jakes group succeeds is getting the book, and hands it to his scientist Uncle Pyko to decipher it. 

Raccoon, Russ and the Hulk attack Jakes at his Spacewheel station, defeating his army of robots known as the Killer Clowns. While Raccoon manages to rescue Lylla from Jakes, Hulk and Pyko meet elsewhere. Pyko learns that the Hulk is from Earth. Hulk longs to return to it, so Pyko sends him back using a teleportation device. 

We later learn that Pyko had read the Gydeon Bible in the past, learning all its secrets. One of those secrets was about the so called "First-Comers" who built the Galacian Wall; they were humans! Pyko had a secret agenda, and the Hulk would interfere with it, that's why he teleported away.

Meanwhile, the Krylorian bird-woman Beeret shows up at the desert cave where Betty Ross was caring for a dying Rick Jones who received a large dose of gamma radiation. Bereet saves Jones using one of her techno art inventions.

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Sal Buscema
Sal Buscema
Al Milgrom (Cover Penciler)


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