Savage Hulk, The #1: Review

Jan 1996
Peter David, Mike McKone

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Story Name:

Courtroom Sequence

Review & Comments

4 stars

Savage Hulk, The #1 Review by (December 1, 2020)

Review: Beneath the truly scary cover is an entertaining selection of Hulk vignettes, tied together with the courtroom scenes. All the tales are well done, with varying degrees of success and none is a loser. 

Comments:Marvel Edge Special”—Cover. The first story is actually a framing device, appearing between the stories, and wrapping up at the end. Judge Leiber is drawn to resemble Stan Lee, of course. “Old Friends” is a retelling of CAPTAIN AMERICA #110. “Vision-Quest” appears to be set at the time of AVENGERS #2. The identity of the female juror flirting with Hulk is left undisclosed.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Savage Hulk, The #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

(Professor) Hulk is in court, defendant in a civil suit brought by 1,397 people suing over his rampages and misdeeds, demanding one billion dollars in judgment; the defense’s argument is that Hulk just wants to be left alone and it is others who instigate the trouble. Judge Leiber has a bad feeling about this, while Betty Ross Banner and Rick Jones watch, along with numerous other Hulk supporters including Peter Parker, Wolverine, and Howard the Duck….

“Old Friends”
Written, penciled, inked, colored, and lettered by Dave Gibbons.
Synopsis: The first witness describes how the Hulk went on a rampage in his neighborhood and the army was called in. Captain America arrives along with Rick Jones and they try to calm Hulk, reminding him that they are his friends—but the situation merely convinces Hulk that Rick and Cap are no longer his friends and he leaps away with a tear in his eye….

“The Power of Bullies”
Writer: William Messner-Loebs. Pencils: Sam Kieth, Dane McCart. Inks: Sam Kieth, Dane McCart, Bill Reinhold. Colors: John Kalisz, Electric Crayon. Letters: Richard Starkings, Comicraft.
Synopsis: The next witness is a guy named Kenny who remembers an incident from his childhood: Hulk was fighting Rhino nearby when Kenny was being bullied. The bullies run from the sight of the unconscious Rhino but Kenny waits to see Hulk. Kenny is not afraid of Hulk and wishes he could be like him because he is fearless; Hulk admits he is afraid of only one person: Banner. Hulk changes back to Bruce Banner and he and Kenny have a long talk that results eventually in Kenny becoming a Nobel Prize winning scientist….

“The Strongest One There Is”
Writer: Scott Lobdell. Pencils: Humberto Ramos. Inks: Bob Wiacek. Colors: Steve Buccellato, Electric Crayon. Letters: Richard Starkings, Comicraft.
Synopsis: Doc Samson is called as witness and he explains that Hulk has a great deal of hostility…which segues into the scene of Hulk brutally beating up his strongest foes including Juggernaut and Abomination then taking on his strongest friends like Thing and Thor, proving he is the strongest one there is—and then we learn that Hulk is in a trance created by Doctor Strange. Strange explains to Valkyrie that he puts Hulk under a spell to work off his aggression; Val refers to it as his fantasies but Strange assures her, it’s no fantasy, Hulk is the strongest one there is….

Writer: B.J. Estes. Pencils: Pascual Ferry. Inks: Al Milgrom. Colors: John Kalisz, Electric Crayon. Letters: Richard Starkings, Comicraft.
Synopsis: Tony Stark is called to the stand to testify to Hulk’s strength versus the Iron Man armor. We’re shown a briefing of high-ranking military officers as to Hulk’s strength. Dr. Sturgeon plays a film of Hulk in action and describes the monster’s various powers; asked for a plan of action, Sturgeon can only reply, “There isn’t one.”

Writer: Peter David. Pencils: Mike McKone. Inks: Mark McKenna. Colors: Electric Crayon. Letters: Richard Starkings, Comicraft.
Synopsis: The next witness, Native American Gilbert Stormflower relates how he was on his vision quest in the desert when Hulk crashed down nearby, followed by Thor. The two Avengers start fighting and destroying various geological landmarks. Iron Man arrives to break it up and tell them the Space Phantom is back. Gilbert decides to abandon his quest and go out for a beer….

Writer: Jeph Loeb. Pencils: Tim Sale. Inks: Tim Sale. Colors: Gregory Wright, Electric Crayon. Letters: Richard Starkings, Comicraft.
Synopsis: An angry businessman relates how he and his wife were terrorized when Hulk broke into their grocery store late one night and took a shot at Hulk with a gun. Peeved, Hulk stomped his foot and brought the building down. They never learned why Hulk had invaded their store…but the reader knows: Hulk hungry….

[Courtroom Sequence (concluded)]
Synopsis: Finally (Professor) Hulk takes the stand and defends himself, saying he is only acting in self-defense. The prosecutor scoffs but then dozens of Hulk’s enemies crash in and madness ensues with Rick and Betty being transformed into Rick Hulk and Harpy. Hulk demands to be left alone—and the resultant spat levels the courthouse. The judge dismisses the charges and sends everyone home.

Hulk versus Thing by Michael Golden. Portraits by Frank Teran and John K. Snyder III both colored by John Kalisz. Hulk and Silver Surfer by Shawn McManus, Bob Smith, Electric Crayon.

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Mike McKone
Mark McKenna
Electric Crayon
Simon Bisley (Cover Penciler)
Adam Kubert (Cover Inker)
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Letterer: Richard Starkings.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Betty Ross
Betty Ross

(Elizabeth Ross)
Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Doc Samson
Doc Samson

(Leonard Samson)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)

(Bruce Banner)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)



(James Howlett)

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