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Incredible Hulk #126: Review

Apr 1970
Roy Thomas, Herb Trimpe

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Where Stalks the Night-Crawler!

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3 stars


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Incredible Hulk #126 Synopsis by Julio Molina-Muscara
An unconscious Bruce Banner is carried by a group of strangers to a dark mansion. When Banner wakes up, he discovers the Hulk has been selected to serve the Undying Ones. Immobilized with gas, Banner is put through a ritual that sends him to the Negative Zone. The fanatics want the Hulk to kill the Night-Crawler, an enemy of the Undying Ones. Without him, the Undying Ones would access our planet with ease. The Night Crawler sees Banner who is fighting back the transformation.

Meanwhile on Earth, one of the Undying Ones servants, Barbara, is in disagreement with the ritual. As a result, she is vanished to the negative dimension as well. When the Night-Crawler recognizes her outfit belongs to the Undying Ones, he tries to kill her. So Banner turns into the Hulk and a brawl begins.

The Crawler uses his sceptre of shadow to fill his cosmos with darkness. Unable to see, Hulk is pushed to a precipice and drifts helpless. But he stops his fall by holding onto a floating island. Desperately, the green goliath hits the island with all his might, causing heat and light, adversely affecting the darkness effect, returning light to the negative realm.

Barbara brakes the Crawler's sceptre with an energy stone, the only thing capable of breaking such formidable weapon.

Hulk rescues the girl from the villain who attacks the Hulk using sonic waves. Hulk then resorts to his powerful clap to disperse the waves and causes the negative zone to rip apart.

Understanding the whole issue, the Night-Crawler holds the Hulk and Barbara within his immortal aura and travels to the universe of the Undying Ones. There, the Nameless One, leader of the Undying Ones, has Doctor Strange imprisioned. They are waiting for a star line up to return to Earth and rule it again as they seemingly did millennia ago.

The Night-Crawler blames the Nameless Ones for the destruction of his cosmos since the Hulk was just a pawn in their scheme, and attacks his hordes. This gives Barbara time to switch places with Doctor Strange. She sacrifices to pay for helping the demons capture Banner.

Casting a spell, Doctor Strange returns with the Hulk to Earth before the demons can prevent this. Hulk turns back to Banner, and leaves Doctor Strange in his Sanctum Sanctorum.

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Herb Trimpe
Herb Trimpe
Herb Trimpe (Cover Penciler)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)

(Bruce Banner)

Plus: Undying Ones.

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