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Hulk #44: Review

Jan 2012
Jeff Parker, Patrick Zircher

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Hulk of Arabia Part 3: The Shifting Sands

Review & Comments

4 stars

Hulk #44 Review by (July 12, 2023)

Review: Fighting a giant monster is always a nice way to kick off a comic issue and here we have an impressive one, a manticore. They fight is cool, the banter between the gruff Red Hulk/General Ross and the wry Machine Man is instructive, and the unveiling of the city astonishing. And the climax has the heroes in the enemy’s power for another cliffhanger.

Comments: This is the only issue in this story arc to have an individual title.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hulk #44 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

On their search for Sharzhad, Red Hulk and Machine Man (X-51) have been attacked by a giant manticore. The two struggles against it until Machine Man saws off its stinger and Rulk tears its head off. MM identifies it and notes that its creation is beyond the technology of the area. Rulk smarts from having been bitten by the venomous creature. They discover some military vehicles, likely abandoned by soldiers who encountered the monster. Hulk turns back to Thunderbolt Ross and regenerates from the manticore’s venom. They use the truck to continue their journey, MM learning that Ross is still alive and Ross discovering that X-51’s creator was Dr. Abel Stack whom he met when they wanted to pair a general and a scientist but Ross didn’t like Stack’s robotic program so he chose Bruce Banner, a bomb creator. It didn’t work out. MM reveals that all of Stack’s other robots were murderous psychotics. Then they smash into an invisible force wall. There is a distorting field hiding the area from satellite view as well. MM cancels it and they discover a massive advanced city that was not there a year ago that the environment could not support. Arabian Knight arrives, threatening Red Hulk should he interfere with this nation’s development; Rulk responds, indicating he is only interested in who killed his friend, Will Krugaler. Machine Man intervenes, suggesting they put their feud aside and investigate this phenomenon….

They discover a giant gate, unguarded, and enter. A giant holographic head appears warning them that this city is protected by Dagan Shah. They find a city full of contented people and a massive aircraft, piloted by Haya, a serpent woman, picks them up and brings them to the palace. On their way in, they spy a body encased in crystal that is clearly the Arabian Knight. As the crystalline material begins to engulf Hulk and X-51…and the Arabian Knight who had accompanied them into the city reveals himself to be Dagan Shah, the Sultan Magus….

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Patrick Zircher
Patrick Zircher
Rachelle Rosenberg
Patrick Zircher (Cover Penciler)
Patrick Zircher (Cover Inker)
Andy Troy (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Red Hulk
Red Hulk

(Thunderbolt Ross)
Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross

(Thaddeus Ross)

Plus: Arabian Knight, Dagan Shah (Sultan Magus).

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