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Incredible Hulk #9: Review

Feb 2024
Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Danny Earls

Story Name:

Frozen Charlotte Part One

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Incredible Hulk #9 Review by (February 21, 2024)

Review: A nice intro to a new story arc, involving gruesome murders in New Orleans and a scary old lady. The plot is laid out nicely and guest artist Danny Earls is a nice change of pace, his style resembling a grittier Mike Allred. And the scary old lady (Frozen Charlotte, I presume?) is a very intriguing character. Can’t wait to see what happens next.





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Incredible Hulk #9 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

In New Orleans, a young couple heads home from a street celebration. The girl spies an old woman in front of her antiques shop and yells at her to go home; the boy apologizes. When they enter an alley, they are confronted by the old lady, who tells the young man he deserves better than this tallow-faced trollop. The young woman bristles and suddenly she is sliced diagonally into five pieces and falls apart, the boy cowering in terror. The old woman assures him “His hounds’ll not find you now….

Meanwhile, a private detective was writing up a report on a series of gruesome murders as this was taking place….

Bruce Banner and Charlie Tidwell are in New Orleans; they pass through a cemetery and Charlie asks why all the graves are above ground. Bruce explains the water table and the absence of basements in the city. Then he starts to turn into the Hulk; he hands Charlie cash and directions to a hostel and dashes off. As his body distorts in gruesome ways, his wife Betty Ross appears, advising him to give Hulk to the Eldest and they will both have new bodies. She also remarks on how Charlie has an undue influence on him, adding that she is no longer a concern. As Betty turns into Red Harpy and flies off, she tells Bruce that “monsters find each other….”

Meanwhile, Charlie is spotted by a cop who recognizes her from the wanted poster and follows. Charlie ducks into an antiques shop where the old lady greets her and senses she is in trouble. The old lady directs her to hide in the back of the shop while she greets the cop. In the rear of the shop, Charlie is surprised to discover stairs leading down to a basement; she investigates and finds a workshop with bloody human bones on a worktable. She picks up a small doll and it pleads for help. Then the old lady, her body elongated, her eyes glowing, with the cop’s severed head in one hand, assures her she will be safe among all her little angels….



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

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Betty Ross
Betty Ross

(Elizabeth Ross)
Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)
Hulk
Hulk

(Bruce Banner)
Red Harpy
Red Harpy

(Betty Ross)



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