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Hulk #29: Review

Jan 2011
Jeff Parker, Gabriel Hardman

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Scorched Earth Part 4: Exit Strategy

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4 stars

Hulk #29 Review by (August 4, 2020)

Review: And they wrap it all up with a bang, teaming Red with Green—though Blue is still fairly useless—for some monster bashing and machine wrecking. And then we find out that the real result will be more trouble since that’s what keeps superhero comics going. Should be fun. Anyway, Red Hulk gets his solo series moving though there is still the problem that we don’t like him much—and it’s mainly Green’s guest appearance that gets us through. And it’s the same deal with the next issue.

Comments: The first story is mistakenly labeled Part 4 when it is Part 5. First appearance/origin of M.O.D.O.K. Superior; he returns in INCREDIBLE HULKS ANNUAL and then issue #36-38. Story two marks the first appearance of Omegex who will arrive on Earth in issue #39, with a few intermediate stops along the way. Bettie Breitweiser and Jim Charalampidis share coloring duties on the first story.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hulk #29 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

On Monster Island, A-Bomb has been incapacitated by a mysterious yellow goo, leaving an unpowered Thunderbolt Ross to fight the predators on their tail. Just when it seems he’s done for, Green Hulk arrives to rescue him; this causes Ross to blaze up into anger, transforming him into Red Hulk. The Hulks beat down the monsters, pick up Rick, and head for the volcano which is the control center for the creatures. They are attacked by flying monsters that shoot flames from their tails; Hulk tells Red that Bruce Banner lied to him when he told him he had taken away Red’s power to absorb energy so Red grabs them for a power up. The monsters’ attacks also burned the yellow parasites out of A-Bomb’s armor but he is still unable to join them. The Hulks punch their way into the volcano to find the Scorched Earth supercomputer literally made up of several brains from clones of M.O.D.O.K. and run by a band of LMDs. Hulk leaps at it but he is depowered and falls into the huge brain jar. Red draws the power off the brain jar and smashes it, Rick finally arriving to rescue Bruce. Bruce explains to Red Hulk that his ability to absorb energy will burn him out and eventually result in him having to choose to be either Red or Ross permanently. Red doesn’t like that answer….

In a hidden location, LMDs complete the real purpose of the Scorched Earth program: distracting the heroes from the creation of the new MODOK Superior….

“Things Best Left Unseen Part II”

Writer: Jeff Parker. Art: Ben Oliver. Colors: Frank Martin. Letters: Ed Dukeshire.

Synopsis: On the forbidden Red Hole of Dargalla, Uravo the Watcher has discovered her missing colleague Uatu who shows her the bodies of explorers who have died seeking the Red Hole. Uravo knows the history of the Red Hole: the Dargallans had defeated the Kryihd who, in retaliation, imploded one of their own planets to create the Red Hole which absorbed the life force to create the Omegex, a living weapon to destroy the Dargallans. Before they all died, they in turn sabotaged the monster so that instead of being deconstructed when it returned to its point of origin, the Omegex would be recreated to destroy the Kryihd. And now, after untold eons, the Omegex is about to be created once more. They unsync so that the monster cannot detect them and destroy the Watchers’ planet. But Omegex does detect the residue left by Red Hulk when he hit Uatu and so it heads for Earth…. 

“Hulk Carnival”

Writer: Audrey Loeb. Art: Dario Brizuela. Colors: Dario Brizuela. Letters: ?

Synopsis: The Mini-Hulks go on the Ferris Wheel at the carnival but their attempts to spot the snack stand from up high cause their car to break loose, bounce, and crash into the snack stand.

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Barberoids 1 cover original artwork on ebay

Gabriel Hardman
Gabriel Hardman
Ed McGuinness (Cover Penciler)
Ed McGuinness (Cover Inker)
Steve Firchow (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)

(Bruce Banner)
Red Hulk
Red Hulk

(Thunderbolt Ross)

Plus: Mini-Hulks, MODOK Superior, Omegex, Uravo the Watcher.

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