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Hulk #1: Review

Apr 2014
Mark Waid, Mark Bagley

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Who Shot the Hulk #1

Review & Comments

3 stars

Hulk #1 Review by (June 18, 2014)

Comments: When Bruce Banner is found by Hill and Coulson, he is writing with his left hand; Banner is right handed.

Additional stuff by Peter Silvestro:

Review: Mark Waid is the MAN! A fascinating, unusual tale of the Hulk sees him though the eyes of Dr Aaron Carpenter, college-mate of Banner's, now wondering if he could have prevented any of this. And I've loved the art of Mark Bagley since ULTIMATE SPIDEY #1 and look forward to more of it here.

Comments: “All-New Marvel Now!”--Cover. Story continues directly from THE INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #20. First appearance of Dr Aaron Carpenter who has a history with Bruce Banner, though not the Hulk. The fake SHIELD agents are actually members of the Brotherhood of the Shield, an ancient order recruited to protect Earth (which won't be revealed for a few issues); they first appeared in SHIELD #1 in 2010, created by Jonathan Hickman and Dustin Weaver. The “hitwoman” is later (issue #8) revealed to be Melinda Leucenstern, one of Bruce's lab associates from the previous series. Comments: When Bruce Banner is found by Hill and Coulson, he is writing with his left hand; Banner is right handed.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hulk #1 Synopsis by Julio Molina-Muscara
Following the events from Indestructible Hulk #20 (which ended when Bruce Banner is shot in the back of his head), Banner is unconsciouss and sedated in an operating room. His skull, half open, is waiting for a miracle: Three bullets allocated in his brain need to be removed without killing him. None but Dr. Aaron Carpenter, the best brain surgeon in the planet, may be able to heal him. 

SHIELD agents bring Carpenter to the operating room. The Doctor knew Banner from college. He wonders if he could have done something back in the day to prevent Bruce from ever turning into the hurricane of destruction the Hulk has been.

When Carpenter is almost done with the procedure, the agents ask him to place a device in Banner's brain which will allow them to trigger the transformations. "They would use the Hulk as a weapon", Carpenter deduced, and learning the men in black suits were really fake SHIELD agents, Carpenter decides to kill Banner in the table instead. But Banner wakes up in the nick of time, grabbing the doctor's hand. Carpenter realizes the Anesthesiologist stopped delivering anesthesia to save Banner.

When Banner turns into the Hulk, the agents fill the room with toxic gas. It has no effect on the Hulk, but is killing the medical staff. Hulk makes a big hole in the wall to free them, and leaps away. But his brain hurts beyond any tolerance, even his, and collapses in a nearby city.

Two weeks later, SHIELD agents Maria Hill and Coulson arrive at a clinic that has a patient who meets Bruce Banner's description. Fortunately it is in fact Banner, and he's alive, but he has suffered extreme (and "irreversable") brain damage, causing him to lose his brilliant intelligence.

Preview Pages
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Mark Bagley
Andrew Hennessy
Jason Keith
Letterer: Cory Petit.


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