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Incredible Hulk #5: Review

Oct 2023
Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Travel Foreman

Story Name:

Riddle of the Man-Thing Part Two

Review & Comments

3.5 stars

Incredible Hulk #5 Review by (October 18, 2023)

Review: The first story wraps up rather abruptly (and briefly) with Hulk killing yet another monster, sort of like IMMORTAL HULK LITE and sort of like the series’ first story arc. Here we are at only issue #5 and we’re already following a formula. Monster arises. Bruce and Charlie talk about Hulk. Charlie’s in danger so Hulk changes his mind about getting involved and smashes the monster. This ish features a coda with Red Harpy reminding us of the title’s premise so we don’t forget there’s an overarching plot here. And Man-Thing had very little to do; he’s here so that Ted Sallis can tell Hulk what’s going on and little else (beyond providing a cool moment when Manny swallows Bruce and Hulk punches his way out in issue #4, that is).

The Power Man story is much nicer but who would look for it in the back of a Hulk issue?

Comments: Issue includes a text article on the history of the Swamp Witch.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Incredible Hulk #5 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Man-Thing/Ted Sallis has brought Hulk into the Nexus of Realities and pleads for his help in defeating the Swamp Witch, once the spirit of a murdered girl, now a hateful and angry monster luring people to their deaths in the swamp. Hulk refuses to help, tearing Sallis in half but Sallis reminds him of the girl he came with and asks Hulk if he will let her die….ulk’s help in destoryoning the

Meanwhile, the Swamp Witch has seized Charlie after luring her close with a tentacle that resembled her dead younger brother Earl and is about to drop her into its maw when help arrives. Hulk and Man-Thing have come and Hulk tears the monster apart with a little help from Manny. Once it is dead, Hulk sees Charlie weeping over the false brother, consumed by guilt. Then Hulk transforms back into Bruce Banner as Betty Ross appears before him. Charlie calls it an illusion but Betty establishes her reality by turning into the Red Harpy. She is speaking on behalf of the Eldest who wants the Hulk. Once she has him, she will give Bruce and Betty new, normal bodies. Bruce asks why the Eldest wants Hulk but Betty points out that Hulk is slowly erasing the Banner personality and he may not have much time left, before she flies away….


“Power Man No More”
Writer: Vita Ayala. Art: Alitha E. Martinez. Colors: Matthew Wilson. Letters: Travis Lanham.
Synopsis: As the story opens, Power Man (Victor Alvarez) is fighting the Hulk and mostly losing, having been in the area when Hulk fought the Red Creek monsters (issue #3) and so tracked down the fugitive monster….

Afterwards, Bruce Banner and Victor chat around the campfire as Charlie sleeps, sharing their history of lost identities. Bruce has come to realize there is no dividing line between himself and Hulk, he is just a void the big green guy fills. Victor’s power comes from absorbing other people’s chi and with it their memories and he has taken the name of another hero. The two part on friendly terms and Victor resumes his original errand: visiting his father’s grave. He tells his dad that he will give up trying to fill someone else’s shoes and set out on his own….

Travel Foreman
Travel Foreman
Matthew Wilson
Nic Klein (Cover Penciler)
Nic Klein (Cover Inker)
Nic Klein (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Travis Lanham.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)

(Bruce Banner)
Red Harpy
Red Harpy

(Betty Ross)

Plus: Power Man (Victor Alvarez).

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