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Incredible Hulk #140: Review

Jun 1971
Roy Thomas, Herb Trimpe

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The Brute That Shouted Love At the Heart of the Atom

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5 stars

Incredible Hulk #140 Review by (May 1, 2018)

This issue is like an oasis for the Hulk who is used to being feared, misunderstood and attacked. As it should, the story takes place in an unusual location, the microverse. Hulk's might regards him as a hero. He is accepted by the locals who, having green skin, look like him. Hulk in his humbleness is welcome by the royalty, the queen, Jarella, who in favor of his heroic acts, decides to wed him. And she's kind and gorgeous!

The dream-like experience gets better when the Hulk acquires Banner's intellect. And the future king gets adored by the citizens even more after he dismantles a plan to murder the queen.

Finally, the man-monster has the perfect life, even if as an outsider. But it won't last. Sadly, everything turns upside-down, the dream shutters and the everyday nightmare reigns once again.

At the end, the brute merely remembers that exquisite experience. In such cases, being a beast is a blessing.



You're wanted in surgery... as a patient!
Tis only his exterior which is gruff and beast-like.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Incredible Hulk #140 Synopsis by Joakim Wemmergard

Unconscious, Hulk is transferred by Psyklop to an underground lab where the ancient villain shrinks the Hulk with one of his devices to better study him. But Psyklop is interrupted by the Avengers: Captain America, Iron Man, Falcon, Thor, and Goliath!

Busy fighting the Avengers, Psyklop forgets about the Hulk who shrinks to sub-atomic size, reaching the microverse!

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Hulk lands on a strange planet called K'ai, its dwellers are human-like but with green skin like the Hulk's. They greet Hulk as a hero after he defeats giant pig-dogs known as Warthos.

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Hulk is taken to their queen Jarella, and wow, isn't she beautiful to Ol' Greenskin!

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Jarella's wizards, Torla, Holi and Moli cast a spell that allows the Hulk to understand their language. As a side effect, Bruce Banner takes control over the Hulk's form.

Hulk and Jarella fall in love immediately. She even thinks she's found her "green" prince and prepares for the wedding. But that's not good for Lord Visis, her cousin who wants to marry Jarella to become king.

Lord Visis sends his men against the Hulk, but he defeats them easily, and denounces Lord Visis' treason publicly.

The multitude now acclaims the Hulk as their upcoming king!

Suddenly, Psyklop's giant hand appears, grabbing the Hulk, who feels incapable to fight back, and lets himself be pulled.

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Jarella cries the departure of her beloved as Hulk is returned to Earth, to Psyklop's lab, where the green monster regains control over his own body. Hulk defeats the villain easily, and leaves.

Having failed his mission, the Dark Gods punish Psyklop.

Preview Pages
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Herb Trimpe
Sam Grainger
Mimi Gold
Herb Trimpe (Cover Penciler)
Herb Trimpe (Cover Inker)
Marie Severin (Cover Colorist)
Plot: . Letterer: Art Simek.
Editor: Stan Lee.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Sam Wilson)

(Bruce Banner)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)


Plus: Dark Gods, Goliath (Hank Pym), Holi, Moli.

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