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Hulk: Destruction #4: Review

Oct 2005
Peter David, ?

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Hulk: Destruction

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3.5 stars

Hulk: Destruction #4 Review by (November 15, 2022)

Review: And that’s that. Hulk takes down the Abomination yet again and things seem copacetic once more. But there are sinister government dealings afoot. And maybe I was starting to get used to the grotesque art…er, probably not.

Comments: The Marvel Database states that this miniseries is set in Earth-591. Kim Jong-il was supreme leader of North Korea from 1994-2011, at least in our world; he is the father of Kim Jong-un, who succeeded him and is the current leader of that nation (2022). Pencils by Jim Muniz and James Raiz. Inks by Mark McKenna and Kevin Conrad.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hulk: Destruction #4 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Bruce Banner turns into the Hulk and fights the Abomination. As Doc Samson hurries General Thunderbolt Ross to safety (“It’s the Hulk against the Abomination, Samson. There’s no such thing as ‘safety!’”) Samson recalls the first meeting of these two foes….

It took place on a crowded New York Bridge. They smacked each other with cars, while Abom mocked Hulk for not having the intelligence to match his power. Then Abom threw Hulk into a tanker truck of oil, following it with a car battery and igniting an explosion. Abom gloated but only for as long as it took Hulk to jump out of the flames and carry him over the side of the bridge and into the river….

As the two antagonists smash each other in the present, Doc Samson wonders what Abomination meant by “Mercy” (last issue). Then Mercy (Abigail Wright) appears to Samson, startling him and confusing Ross who cannot see her. Mercy tells Samson that she brought Bruce Banner there because the Abomination needs to die and only the Hulk can “get the job done….”

Flashback: On the river bottom, the battle continued, Abom trying to strangle Hulk with a discarded anchor chain. Hulk threw Abom out of the water to the reservoir and Abom demanded they end it there...

…but they didn’t and now Hulk and Abomination are fighting in the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and Hulk holds his foe’s head under the water. Both Ross and Mercy tell Hulk to let Abom die while Doc Samson tries to stop him. Ross says that Blonsky needs to be put down like a dog. Hulk ponders, then says, “Hulk likes dogs” and releases his foe. As the army binds Abomination, Hulk leaps off and Samson points out that Blonsky is more of a monster than Bruce Banner ever could be….

The Secretary tells Ross that he was right, that the Abomination is too unstable to make a government operative and he will be quietly disposed of. Then the Secretary visits Abomination in his cell and shows him a file on Kim Jong-il, leader of North Korea….

Impacto Studios Carlos Lopez
(Unknown artist) (Cover Penciler)
(Unknown artist) (Cover Inker)
(Unknown artist) (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Randy Gentile.


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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