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Hulk: Destruction #3: Review

Sep 2005
Peter David, ?

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Hulk: Destruction

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3.5 stars

Hulk: Destruction #3 Review by (November 8, 2022)

Review: And now an alternate origin for Mercy to go with the altered Abomination. This is likely the most poignant part of the miniseries, though the lack of a build-up i.e. not knowing her previously prevents her from being as sympathetic as she should have been. No matter, it’s not her story we’re following but Blonsky’s. And we already knew he was a rotter. The art improves a bit, largely in the huge portrait of Devil Hulk which is utterly effective.

Comments: The Marvel Database states that this miniseries is set in Earth-591. Hulk appears only in flashback; Bruce Banner, on the other hand…. Mercy (Abigail Wright) was introduced in INCREDIBLE HULK #338 but spent most of her time in THUNDERBOLTS (2013) also featuring Thunderbolt Ross as Red Hulk; this version is somewhat different. Devil Hulk was introduced in INCREDIBLE HULK (1999 series) #13. Pencils by Jim Muniz and James Raiz. Inks by Mark McKenna and Kevin Conrad.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hulk: Destruction #3 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

As General Thunderbolt Ross and Doc Samson discuss the viability of the Abomination as a US Military operative. Mercy enters through the wall and only Abom can see her. Ross thinks he’s faking madness but Samson connects the word to Abigail Mercy Wright, Ivan Blonsky’s former intelligence chief….

We see what happened all those years ago: Mercy was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and submitted her resignation so she could spend her last days in comfort. Blonsky refused it, telling her about some radical radiation treatments she could undergo. He asked for only one week….

As Ross and Samson talk things over, Mercy reveals to the Abomination that she helps people pass over to the other side or brings them back, including Betty Ross in the latter case. Abom then reveals to Mercy that he killed Betty. When Ross and Samson react, Abom can’t believe they can’t see Mercy….

Flashback: The radiation treatments cured Mercy’s cancer but brought out some mental powers. Blonsky told her that only continued treatments would keep her alive, forcing her to become his pawn. He then ordered her to capture Bruce Banner….

At this point, Abomination concludes that Mercy is some sort of hypnotic trick Samson is playing on him and demands he stop. Ross suspects that it’s Abomination who is playing some sort of trick. Doc Samson continues to study Mercy’s file….

Flashback: Mercy, then looking like a superhero clad in purple armor with matching purple hair, confronted Hulk at a nuclear power plant as the big guy was collecting fuel rods to aid Doc Samson’s attempt at a cure. She hypnotized Hulk into seeing her as what he feared most, which turned out to be Devil Hulk. She attacked…and Hulk defeated her in spite of his fears….

Abomination, enraged, breaks free—and then the janitor, seen working quietly in the background, steps forward, revealing himself to be Bruce Banner. He challenges his longtime enemy to a fight….

Matt Nelson
(Unknown artist) (Cover Penciler)
(Unknown artist) (Cover Inker)
(Unknown artist) (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Rus Wooton.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Emil Blonsky)
Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)
Doc Samson
Doc Samson

(Leonard Samson)

(Bruce Banner)
Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross

(Thaddeus Ross)

Plus: Mercy (Abigail Wright).

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