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Indestructible Hulk #16: Review

Jan 2014
Mark Waid, Mahmud Asrar

Story Name:

Humanity Bomb Part One

Review & Comments

4 stars

Indestructible Hulk #16 Review by (July 1, 2019)

Review: Ignore the title! And the cover! The INHUMANITY tie-in doesn't begin until the next issue! Instead we learn about Randall Jessup's dark past, uncover a new energy source (which may never be mentioned again), and see Hulk fight a giant monster in a Mayan pyramid! What more is there to want?



Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Indestructible Hulk #16 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Bruce Banner uses threats of the Hulk to bully SHIELD bean counter Simon Tiptree into diverting some funding to Bruce's new project. Behind on his goal to create something new each week due to his adventures as the Hulk, Bruce comes up with a fusion-powered high-speed rail engine—only to see Tony Stark announcing that he has one. Bruce then devises a tin-crystal battery—and then he hears that Reed Richards has beaten him to it. The next day it's a microscopic implant to deliver medicine—and then he's interrupted by Hank Pym wanting him to look at his version of the thing. A testy Bruce tells Randall Jessup to ask Maria Hill if the Hulk is needed that day so he can work off his frustration. Randall offers Bruce gum as a down-home remedy for stress—and it works. A red alert sounds: unknown energy is radiating from a Meso-American pyramid in Mexico; Maria Hill tells Bruce that he is NOT wanted there.

[While this is in progress we are also shown scenes from Randall Jessup's childhood: his mother bitter over losing her job as a deputy sheriff, abusing the family, finally dying with her husband in a murder-suicide.]

Randall persuades Bruce to use his “invisibility cloaks” to stow away on the SHIELD craft as it heads for Mexico. They take advantage of the pyramid's shifting structure to enter and find themselves in a narrow passage lined with hieroglyphs; the sound of shrieking from further along down the corridor triggers Bruce's transformation into the Hulk (and the gum doesn't help this time). Hulk dashes down the corridor and out into a huge room where SHIELD Agents are battling a giant monster. Randall learns that Agents found the source of the energy—a small glowing ball—but as soon as they touched it, a portal opened up and the monster came through. Realizing that the runes on the walls are connected to the portal, Randall calls to the Hulk to destroy the place. Hulk does....

After being yelled at on orders from Maria Hill, Bruce is sad that he lost the invisibility cloak; Randall shows him that he kept the energy source. And Narrator Bruce tells us that in seven days, Randall Jessup died to save the human race....

[Melinda Leucenstern also appears but didn't make it into the synopsis.]


Preview Pages
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Mahmud Asrar
Mahmud Asrar
Val Staples
Mahmud Asrar (Cover Penciler)
Mahmud Asrar (Cover Inker)
Dave McCaig (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Cory Petit.


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