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Incredible Hulk #709: Review

Oct 2017
Greg Pak, Greg Land

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Return to Planet Hulk Part I

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

Incredible Hulk #709 Review by (November 28, 2017)
Comments: First issue under the Marvel Legacy banner, restoring the original numbering system. Issue contains Marvel Primer Pages, a three page summary of Hulk's career (both Banner and Cho) written by Robbie Thompson, art by Joe Bennett, Belardino Brabo, and Andy Troy. The original Planet Hulk story arc was in INCREDIBLE HULK (1999 series) #92-105.

Review: Nice intro to the new series sees Amadeus Cho as having to follow in the footsteps of the Banner Hulk by returning to the site of one of his greatest victories—but Amadeus is no Bruce and it looks like he'll be having some trouble unleashing the Hulk to do what must be done. The grim Mad Max setting adds to the challenge by constantly surprising Hulk with the grim and brutal world he has entered. Plus there's just the basic entertainment value of watching Hulk smash—and there are a lot of people here who I would see smashed.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Incredible Hulk #709 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
Story continues from TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #23.

To try to gain control over the Hulk, Amadeus Cho exiles himself to a satellite to run tests on himself. There, he receives a distress call from Sakaar, begging the Green Scar to come to their aid. He quickly takes off in a ship heading through a wormhole to Sakaar, changing into Hulk on the way. Crash landing on the planet, Hulk is immediately shot by a dart. He is facing a motley crew of wanderers riding damaged vehicles who are revealed to be the Clan Doka'abi led by Headman Bahng. Priestess Maeera explains that the dart filled him with talkbots that enable him to speak and understand the local language (well, that was convenient). They do not believe his protests that he is not the same Hulk as before and they show him that they are surrounded by the armies of the Warlord who conquered the world after the Green Scar departed. And now, if the Clan would remain free, they need a champion to fight for them in the Gauntlet. Notifying the Warlord's flunky Lickspit that they have a champion, they spend some time putting together a suit of armor made of various pieces left by dead warriors of the Clan. Maeera prays for the Worldbreaker though Amadeus doesn't like that title. And he is presented with his last meal, though he ends up giving it to some hungry children....

At sunset, Hulk enters the arena. The opening ceremony involves consecrating the battleground by beheading three true believers, to Hulk's shock. The Gauntlet begins and immediately Hulk is fighting warriors mounted on flying engines and steel-tentacled monsters which are attacking the Doka'abi spectators as well. Hulk suddenly blacks out and sees Amadeus as driving a car when the Hulk breaks out of the trunk and seizes the wheel to do what must be done. Unleashed, the ferocious Hulk becomes the Worldbreaker....

Greg Land
Jay Leisten
Frank D'Armata
Greg Land (Cover Penciler)
Jay Leisten (Cover Inker)
Frank D'Armata (Cover Colorist)


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(Amadeus Cho)

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