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Hulk #45: Review

Feb 2012
Jeff Parker, Patrick Zircher

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Story Name:

Hulk of Arabia Part IV

Review & Comments

4 stars

Hulk #45 Review by (July 19, 2023)

Review: And we see some mind-boggling stuff and Dagan Shah’s ties to those lovable Rigellians from THOR (what, no appearance by Tana Nile?). Enjoyable issue explains all the mystery around Dagan Shah and launches us into the next issue when everything is resolved…or is it?

Comments: The Rigellians’ attempt to colonize Earth was foiled by Thor in THOR #129-134.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hulk #45 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

In the amazing city of Sharzhad, Red Hulk and Machine Man (X-51) have been captured by Dagan Shah, the Sultan Magus, and they are slowly being encased in crystal, like the earlier captive Arabian Knight. Shah reads Hulk’s mind and discovers there is no ulterior motive, he really is there to seek retribution for the death of this friend Will Krugaler. Shah is notified of the arrival of the Mideastern delegates to Cairo and he flies to address them, leaving the prisoners in charge of his henchmen, Haya and Scorpion, to complete crystallization. After he is gone, X-51 pops his head off, sending it flying through the air; Scorpion (a human scorpion) chases him and accidentally stings Haya (a snake-woman) to death; X-51 then kills Scorpion and frees Rulk and Arabian Knight, who remains comatose from his bad treatment. X-51 detects possible warheads underground so Rulk smashes his way down….

In Cairo, Dagan Shah grows into a giant, terrifying the conference delegates and reinforcing the idea that Sharzhad will be a major force in the region, shutting down the city grid to force them to acknowledge his supremacy….

Rulk and Machine Man plunge ten miles below the surface before their fall slows down and they come to a lighted area, discovering an enormous “microcosm of a different cosmos.” Rulk hears a recorded message that the pod contains the “compressed knowledge of Rigel,” available for the Colonizers when they arrived on Earth in the form of thousands of blastocysts. But primitive man ate the blastocysts, ending direct colonization. After an interval of thousands of years, the pod moved on to its secondary objective, spreading Rigellian culture. It was then that Dagan Shah, fleeing his captors (at the beginning of issue #42), was made aware of the pod and so it captured his mind but the object failed: Shah retained the power and knowledge of Rigellian technology implanted but his personality was not overwritten to make him a Rigellian, allowing him to terraform the desert and build his city. Rulk knows that the overwriting failed because Shah’s mind and personality were so strong, forged by his struggles. Rulk decides that they already have a Latveria in Europe and don’t need another one in the Mideast so he intends to destroy Dagan Shah. But Dagan Shah arrives with power and smashes Machine Man in half….

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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)

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

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