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Incredible Hulk #3: Review

Aug 2023
Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Nic Klein

Story Name:

The Old Time Religion Part Two

Review & Comments

4 stars

Incredible Hulk #3 Review by (August 30, 2023)

Review: And that’s it? The first story arc is a mere two issues? And it consists almost entirely of a) Hulk smashing zombies and b) Hulk killing a Lovecraftian nasty? Nic Klein’s art carried us through and made it a cool story but we’ve seen this before. Next issues promises Man-Thing and he at least is not yet a Hulk cliché.  

Comments: Bruce Banner does not appear in this issue. Issue includes a tribute to the late John Romita (Sr.), comic book giant.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Incredible Hulk #3 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

As Bruce Banner is sacrificed at the Red Creek church, he transforms into the Hulk and tears the place apart, smashing the undead congregants. As the place collapses, Hulk grabs Charlie and carries her to safety, dropping her outside. She asks to accompany Hulk and tells him of her desire to be strong. Hulk tells her she is weak, afraid, and puny, like Banner. She screams at his departing figure then the entire mine beneath the church caves in, dropping Charlie into the pit. Hulk leaps in, grabs her, and cushions her fall with his body. The church leader, Sister Sarah, points out the drawings on the wall, telling the story of Brother Deep, whose voice is heard at the church as he lies imprisoned beneath. Brother Deep rises, a multi-eyed, clawed, and tentacled monster. It attacks Hulk and the hero kills it, stabbing at it repeatedly with a spear torn off of a wooden structure. The creature dead, Hulk tears his way back to the surface and walks away. Charlie pursues him but is grabbed by the zombie sheriff; she kicks him in the head until he’s destroyed. So Hulk permits Charlie to join him, warning her not to trust or help Banner because in that case, he’d dump her. She says, “It’s really true, huh? There really are two of you in there.” Hulk responds, “Not much longer….”

Issue concludes with a text article, “The Remembrances of Eldest Udru, ‘Brother Deep,’” a summary of the origin of the mother of Monsters, her rebellion against the One Above All, and the creation and imprisonment of Brother Deep, setting up this story arc. This is presumable the long version of the story told by the drawings on the mine wall.

Nic Klein
Nic Klein
Matthew Wilson
Nic Klein (Cover Penciler)
Nic Klein (Cover Inker)
Nic Klein (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Cory Petit.


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