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Hulk #39: Review

Oct 2011
Jeff Parker, Gabriel Hardman

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Story Name:

The Stand-In

Review & Comments

4 stars

Hulk #39 Review by (December 14, 2022)

Review: The matchup long in the making (well, ten issues) finally arrives and it’s cool. But first we learn quite a bit about Thunderbolt Ross’ childhood and marriage before the biffing starts. Bittersweet prologue (mainly for Henry) gives way to some gentle reverie as we see Ross in a rare happy mood. But this is a comic book and mayhem intrudes, but for a brief time, it was nice.

Comments: Omegex first appeared in issue #29; he arrived on Earth in issue #35 but Red Hulk wasn’t there so he departed.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hulk #39 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

: Flashback to the youth of Thaddeus Ross, playing soldier with his friends until his mother confiscates their BB guns. Most of the guys are happy that with the end of the war, their fathers are coming home but Thad’s father is a career man so he won’t be home until much later. A fighter plane flies overhead and crashes in a nearby clearing; young Henry sees that the dead pilot is his father who wanted to come home early to surprise his son. Red Hulk must explain the matter to Zero/One as they watch the events unfold….

Red Hulk has Annie drive him to his family’s abandoned farm in New Hampshire; they talk about his attacker from the other night. The scientists at Gamma Base have sent pictures of a possible identification, an Indian serial killer called Black Fog. Rulk recognizes him and by his movements links him to Omnisapient Systems. They are being monitored by Zero/One and Jacob Feinman who now know he recognized them. Rulk and Annie enter the house to find water so Rulk can take his inhibitive-stimulant to keep him from changing to his Ross form, which would be fatal. They find a photo of Ross with his vintage airplane and head out to the barn where it resides as Rulk reminisces about his late wife Karen and the time they lived in this house. Then something strange appears in the darkened barn: Omegex. The monster punches Rulk hurling him into the sky. Uravo the Watcher arrives, surprised that Omegex did not kill Annie. The giant robot leaps after Rulk, following him to Bar Harbor, Maine. Red Hulk is disappointed that the fearsome robot was able to knock him only one state over. Rulk returns the punch and Omegex unleashes a tractor beam to pull Red Hulk along with it. They land in Boston, Massachusetts (two states over) and start fighting as the police try to deal with the chaos. Then Black Fog appears and stabs Omegex through the back….

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Gabriel Hardman
Gabriel Hardman
Bettie Breitweiser
Gabriel Hardman (Cover Penciler)
Gabriel Hardman (Cover Inker)
Frank D'Armata (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Red Hulk
Red Hulk

(Thunderbolt Ross)

Plus: Annie, Black Fog, Jacob Feinman, Omegex, Uravo the Watcher, Zero/One (Parul Kurinji).

> Hulk: Book info and issue index

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