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Hulk: Destruction #2: Review

Aug 2005
Peter David, ?

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Hulk: Destruction

Review & Comments

3.5 stars

Hulk: Destruction #2 Review by (October 26, 2022)

Review: The gruesome art still occupies the page count as the Abomination tries to argue for his superiority over the Hulk. Again the writing is superior (come on, it’s Peter David, were you expecting hack work?) but the art is hard to look at.

Comments: The Marvel Database states that this miniseries is set in Earth-591. Hulk appears only in flashback—but keep an eye on the janitor. The Abomination’s origin, as seen in TALES TO ASTONISH #90, is said here to have been a cover story promulgated by the US Military, even “fictionalized in a comic book.” The details of TV host Johnny Carson’s three marriages are accurate. Blonsky also refers to music legend Wayne Newton. Pencils by Jim Muniz and James Raiz. Inks by Mark McKenna, Kevin Conrad, and John Stanisci.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hulk: Destruction #2 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Doc Samson and General Thunderbolt Ross visit the Abomination in his cell. Samson informs him that he is being considered for military operative for the Army. Abomination laughs his head off. Samson says he is there to give Abom a psychiatric evaluation so Abom gloats over having killed Ross’ daughter Betty. Ross draws a handgun and threatens to shoot the monster through the eye…but he thinks better of it. Abom blames all that’s he’s done on Bruce Banner, suggesting Banner could kill himself to atone for his sins. But instead, Banner keeps trying to cure himself…and that’s what led to the creation of the Abomination….

Years ago, the Army Division he commanded tried to capture Banner at a secret lab; Hulk came out and wrecked the tanks. Ross and Ivan Blonsky surveyed the field after the battle and Blonsky spotted a container glowing green. Against Ross’ warning he picked it up and was exposed to gamma radiation and eventually he mutated into the Abomination. This story was later covered up by the military. Ross accuses Abom of being obsessed with destroying the Hulk; Abom turns it right back, accusing Ross of doing the same and being jealous that only the Abom could go toe-to-toe with Hulk. While the art shows the first battle between Hulk and Abomination, Abom argues that his purpose in life was to destroy the Hulk as a benefit to mankind. Ross scoffs so Abom insults his dead daughter again. Abom says that the Army wants to believe itself the strongest on Earth but it will always be second to the Hulk. In that first battle, the Army beat the Abomination but Hulk destroyed the tanks. Abom claims superior intelligence so Ross asks why, if Abom is superior, Hulk always wins. Abom attributes it to luck…and now it’s Ross’ turn to laugh….

Matt Nelson
(Unknown artist) (Cover Penciler)
(Unknown artist) (Cover Inker)
(Unknown artist) (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Randy Gentile.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Emil Blonsky)
Doc Samson
Doc Samson

(Leonard Samson)

(Bruce Banner)
Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross

(Thaddeus Ross)

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