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Hulk #32: Review

Jun 2011
Jeff Parker, Gabriel Hardman

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Story Name:

The Rising Fog

Review & Comments

4 stars

Hulk #32 Review by (May 17, 2022)

Review: The story of the Black Fog and his return dominates this issue and makes for a promising new villain as well as further explicating what Zero/One is capable of. We also learn what is on Jacob Feinman’s mind, unwilling an assistant to a mad monster he is; as a good guy, he is even more sympathetic, as we learn that he has refused Zero/One’s offers of a skin graft, not wishing to have his humanity compromised. That leaves Red Hulk in a pretty standard action/hero scene which he fulfills nicely. Oh yeah, Fortean is crazy but we knew that already.

Comments: First appearance of Black Fog.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hulk #32 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

In Hyderabad, India, where Dr.P arul Kurinji was raised, she has returned as the human-machine hybrid Zero/One with her unwilling assistant Jacob Feinman. She is searching for a creature remembered from childhood stories, a killer called the Black Fog. Asking around, she is directed to Irfan, who runs an electronic store. Revealing her true form to Irfan, she demands to know the whereabouts of the Black Fog; Irfan says that he was captured and imprisoned years ago. Zero/One demands that Irfan take her to this prison….

Red Hulk lies in a forest in Western Arkansas; he falls asleep and changes back to Thunderbolt Ross and immediately nanites implanted in his brain by General Fortean begin to detonate, forcing him to become Red Hulk again. He curses Fortean and then spies a tornado in the distance….

Zero/One climbs the wall to the prison’s top floor, extending hooks and cables from her arm to haul Jacob and Irfan up after her. Her memories of the serial killer Black Fog are tempered by the exaggerations and fears of her childhood, leading her to picture a huge and monstrous presence. She locates the man in his cell and finds a decrepit, one-armed old man….

In Arkansas, Red Hulk swings into action, carrying a pick-up truck to safety then tracking the tornado heading toward a school. He stands before the storm and gives a mighty clap, which dissipates the storm and saves the town….

Zero/One blasts a hole in the prison wall and orders Jacob and Irfan to bring Black Fog who needs to be repaired and they return to the oil rig base….

General Fortean, aboard the Thunderbolt, sees what Rulk has done and surmises that Red Hulk rescued the town to turn public favor to his side against Fortean, even though a soldier tells him that Rulk could not have predicted the tornado….

The town hails Rulk as a hero but Annie pulls up in a van to take him back to Gamma Base….

While Jacob writes in a journal what he believes the outside world will need to know to defeat Zero/One, the semi-human scientist upgrades Black Fog, recreating his missing arm with her technomorphic alloy and increasing his height and fearsome qualities in line with her childhood memories. The Black Fog, a sinister giant cloaked in black and wielding huge blades, is ordered to hunt down and kill the Red Hulk….    

“Hulk Homework”

Writer: Audrey Loeb. Art: Dario Brizuela. Colors: Dario Brizuela. Letters: Ed Dukeshire.

Synopsis: In school, the Mini-Hulks all claim to have done their homework but their poor performance in math class shows that they lied. They fight and are kept after school by the teacher.

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Gabriel Hardman
Gabriel Hardman
Bettie Breitweiser
Gabriel Hardman (Cover Penciler)
Gabriel Hardman (Cover Inker)
Bettie Breitweiser (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Red Hulk
Red Hulk

(Thunderbolt Ross)
Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross

(Thaddeus Ross)

Plus: Annie, Black Fog, General Fortean (Reginald Fortean), Jacob Feinman, Mini-Hulks, Zero/One (Parul Kurinji).

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