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Indestructible Hulk #11: Review

Sep 2013
Mark Waid, Mateo Scalera

Story Name:

Agent of T.I.M.E, Part One

Review & Comments

Rating:
4.5 stars

Indestructible Hulk #11 Review by (April 30, 2019)

Review: Time travel tales are always fun but when the protagonists are jumping around in time and crossing their own timestreams or facing a bad guy who is messing about with history, things can get unbearably complicated (I'm looking at you, Kang). The best thing to do in that case is to play it for a bit of comedy, which is exactly what Mark Waid has done and I for one am grateful that I'm not writing up more gloomy and miserable comics. So Hulk is going off on a jaunt through time with a mechanical reproduction of Bruce Banner and they end up facing a T-Rex in the Old West! Best bit: Bruce's and Hill's outfits keep changing during their conversation with Zarrko, cycling through a multitude of historic eras.

Comments: “Marvel Now!”--Cover. Loose tie-in to the AGE OF ULTRON comic event (not to be confused with the second Avengers movie). Zarrko was introduced in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #86 and has been mainly an enemy of Thor and the Fantastic Four. The white supremacist group Sons of the Serpent has been running around Marvel ever since AVENGERS #32 in 1966 where they turned out to be Commie dupes; later incarnations were a little less stupid and therefore scarier.





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Indestructible Hulk #11 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

SHIELD Director Maria Hill sends an agent named Goddard into the time-stream in a protective suit but he dies anyway, his body a mishmash of multiple different stages in his life. She decides she needs Bruce Banner...

...who as the Hulk is hitching a ride on the back of an airliner—when they discover that the airport has vanished. Hulk lands on the ground where an equally confused band of Sons of the Serpent is also looking for the airport that is no longer there. Hulk subdues them but they claim the disappearance is not of their doing. Suddenly a WW2-era plane materializes out of nowhere and Hulk has to stop it—but the crew look like they have suddenly aged the through the decades.

With various places and things appearing and disappearing in time, Hill takes Bruce down to the secret splinter group of SHIELD called T.I.M.E. (Temporal Ireggularity Management and Eradication) where Bruce discovers his lab assistants (Daman Veteri, Randall Jessup, Melinda Leucenstern, Patricia Wolman) are working there. Bruce is introduced to their prisoner, Zarrko (Tomorrow Man), who predicted this splintering of time caused by all the temporal adventures of various heroes like the X-Men and the Avengers. Now a group of time travelers called the Chronarchists are messing about in space-time and trying to change history and make it stick. Zarrko has built a suit that will take someone to face the Chronarchists but only one person is tough enough to survive time travel at this moment: the Hulk. Bruce thinks this is ridiculous and suggests they get Red She-Hulk—who doesn't exist in this timestream and is slowly vanishing from Bruce's memory. Zarrko explains that the variations in the Hulk's intelligence and demeanor are the result of this tampering with time and soon he may vanish altogether. Bruce agrees to the adventure, so he suits up in the special timestream armor and all the info he needs is downloaded into his brain. A duplicate of Banner's consciousness is installed in the robot ROB to accompany Hulk, as long as he stays Hulk. Then when they are ready to go, Hill slugs Banner summoning Hulk. “Bruce” and Hulk are sent back to Arizona in the 19th century where a trio of western heroes—Two-Gun Kid, Kid Colt, Rawhide Kid—are running from a tyrannosaurus Rex....


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Mateo Scalera
Mateo Scalera
Val Staples
Mukesh Singh (Cover Penciler)
Mukesh Singh (Cover Inker)
Mukesh Singh (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)
Hulk
Hulk

(Bruce Banner)

Plus: Kid Colt, Rawhide Kid, Sons of the Serpent, Two-Gun Kid.