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Incredible Hulk #13: Review

Sep 2012
Jason Aaron, Jefte Palo

Story Name:

Hulk: United Part 1

Review & Comments

4 stars

Incredible Hulk #13 Review by (January 22, 2019)

Review: Nice issue fills in all of the unseen details of the “Stay Angry” arc and brings us up to date for the series finale. Again, Jason Aaron comes up with a hilariously absurdist way to dump a lot of exposition on us while still adding a bit of psychological insight to the protagonists. My only quibble is that the Mad Squad, very formidable earlier in this series, comes off a bit silly here, especially Amanda von Doom with her frizzy hair.

Comments: Part one of three parts.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Incredible Hulk #13 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

After being killed by the Gamma bomb (issue #6), Bruce Banner remembers darkness until he was freed by Hulk relaxing after a wild lovemaking session with Red She-Hulk (issue #7.1). Banner then arrived at a Las Vegas casino dressed only in over-sized purple pants and proceeded to play roulette until he had amassed a fortune. With the money he assembled what he needed for his next mission, which would begin in Mexico on the trail of a drug dealer named Pit Bull...the tale picks up one week later (after the events of the “Stay Angry” arc, issues #8-12) with Banner staggering through the Antarctic waste and rescued by a team he had hired earlier. After the medical team saves his life and removes the insectoid mechanical device, Banner speaks with the blind doctor who leads the team, asking what he should do next; the philosophical doctor advises him to find his way home....

A heavily armed Banner then goes to Latveria where he confronts Doctor Doom (really just a series of Doombots), demanding to know why he separated Hulk and Banner. Doom replies that it was to prove a point, namely, that without the Hulk, Banner is a madman, an extremist, and a failure. Banner decapitates Doom with a chainsaw and discovers that he was speaking to another Doombot. The Doombots remind him of the various objects he had Hulk gather in the Stay Angry arc and wants to know if he has what it takes to put them all together....

Three weeks later, Banner is confident that he has created the drug he was searching for, restrains himself, and transforms into the Hulk. A recorded message brings us to the end of previous issue, informing Hulk that Banner has found a cure for the Hulk. Banner's recording goes on to apologize to Hulk and admits that being the Hulk was what has kept Banner sane all these year. Then he mentions that Doom used them, asking Hulk to seek revenge.... Then the Mad Squad (Amanda von Doom, Mr. Gor, BRAIN) bursts in and finds the Hulk preparing to go smash Doctor Doom....

Preview Pages
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Jefte Palo
Jefte Palo
Frank Martin
Greg Land (Cover Penciler)
Greg Land (Cover Inker)
Frank Martin (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)
Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom

(Victor Von Doom)

(Bruce Banner)
Red She-Hulk
Red She-Hulk

(Betty Ross)

Plus: Amanda Von Doom, BRAIN, Mad Squad, Mr. Gor.

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