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Incredible Hulk #609: Review

May 2010
Greg Pak, Paul Pelletier

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4 stars


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Incredible Hulk #609 Synopsis by Julio Molina-Muscara
Bruce Banner is connected to the Intelligencia table (along with the other smartest men, including Reed Richards and Victor Von Doom), made believe to be living in a "perfect" world where he's happily married to Betty Ross. They have two kids, Skip and Laurie; even his relationship with Thunderbolt Ross is a good one. And Bruce is known a hero for having killed the Hulk (!). 

But Bruce senses that this happy life is not real; so does Doom, who is able to summon a gauntlet from his Dr. Doom armor and gives it to Banner in hopes to set them free. But Banner gives it back, he's too comfortable living a lie. Doom uses his gauntlet on Skip, turning him into Skaar who begins tearing things appart. It is his "mother", Betty, who shoots him dead with the same weapon Bruce used to kill the Hulk. So, Banner activates Doom's gauntlet to wake him and everyone elses up from that virtual reality world.

And back in the "real world", Doom jumps at the chance to control the smartest men's minds, who're all still connected to the table. But he cannot, tricked by Banner. 

Earlier, A-Bomb and Skaar fought the Hulked-Out marines who marched against the White House. A-Bomb (Rick Jones) realized that they needed Banner's smarts to succeed, and in finding him on board of the Intelligencia Hellicarrier, A-Bomb was able to hold an angry Red She-Hulk sent to  kill Banner. 

It's when Skaar appears and impales the Red She-Hulk, who turns into Betty Ross in Bruce Banner's arms.

Story #2

Act I: The Night Is For Vengeance

Writer: Scott Reed. Penciler: Miguel Munera. Inker: Jeffrey Huet. Colorist: John Rauch.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Axeman Bone wants to avenge his daughter's murder, Lihla, by chopping off the head of her killer: Hiro-Kala, son of the Hulk. Although Hiro understands and accepts that he deserves to die, he avoids Axeman, and runs away. Axeman follows Hiro to a chasm. Both jump into it.

Preview Pages
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Paul Pelletier
Danny Miki
Frank D'Armata
John Romita Jr. (Cover Penciler)
Letterer: Simon Bowland.
Editor: Mark Paniccia.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Betty Ross
Betty Ross

(Elizabeth Ross)
Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)
Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom

(Victor Von Doom)

(Bruce Banner)
Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic

(Reed Richards)
Red She-Hulk
Red She-Hulk

(Betty Ross)

Plus: Intelligencia.

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