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Totally Awesome Hulk #8: Review

Jul 2016
Greg Pak, Alan Davis

Story Name:

Peace in Our Time

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

Totally Awesome Hulk #8 Review by (December 2, 2019)

Review: So, Bruce passes along the mantle of Hulk to his young successor, everyone hugs, and hearts and flowers. Nice issue is better than that sounds as it’s a rather gentle friendship being confirmed and fortified. So that at the very end, Bruce can go out into his new life accompanied by the optimistic title to the story. Uhhhh, wait a second. That title is a slight but common misquote of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s assertion that after negotiations with Adolf Hitler, he had achieved “peace for our time.” And that quote is remembered because Chamberlain was wrong, Hitler had duped him, and World War 2 was only a year away. So, is Greg Pak already hinting that Bruce Banner’s happy life is only a delusion, wishful thinking, bound to turn sour? We know in hindsight that Bruce dies during Civil War II and it seems to have been foreshadowed already. Man, Bruce can’t catch a break. Even from Greg Pak.

Comments: Part two of two parts. Bannered “CIVIL WAR II.” Issues #7-8 take place before CIVIL WAR II #0 and don’t really have anything to do with that epic event—maybe (see the review).


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Totally Awesome Hulk #8 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Amadeus Cho and Maddy Cho track Bruce Banner to Baja California where they find him sick from influenza, which he infected himself with to make sure he was free of the Hulk and his healing powers. The Chos take him to a hidden base in New Mexico, the one Bruce had originally created for himself in the early days of the Hulk, where they nurse him back to health. Visitors arrive: She-Hulk and Rick Jones (bringing beer), invited by Maddy to help Bruce (and, as will soon be revealed, to help Amadeus). Jen and Rick are amazed to find Bruce happy. Amadeus becomes the Hulk and locks himself inside Bruce’s vault and proves to himself that he can punch his way out, which the original could not do; he then jumps off into the distance and Maddy chases him down and sprays a quick-hardening goop on his. She tells Jen and Rick about Amadeus’ blackouts, having invited them, knowing that Amadeus wouldn’t mention it to Bruce. They end up telling him to talk to Bruce. The two men have a talk wherein Bruce pretty much tells Amadeus that he will have his own set of Hulk problems but at least he’s not a monster. Amadeus then comes down with the flu and Bruce tucks him in, heading out for his new life…

Alan Davis
Mark Farmer
Chris Sotomayor
Alan Davis (Cover Penciler)
Mark Farmer (Cover Inker)
Matt Hollingsworth (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Cory Petit.
Editor: Mark Paniccia.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)

(Amadeus Cho)

(Jennifer Walters)

Plus: Maddy Cho (Madame Curie Cho).

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