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Incredible Hulk #157: Review

Nov 1972
Steve Englehart, Herb Trimpe

Story Name:

Name Thy Vengeance: Rhino!

Review & Comments

4 stars

Incredible Hulk #157 Review by (February 15, 2010)
An excellent example of Hulk's sadness and loneliness, not his anger driving his state change


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Incredible Hulk #157 Synopsis by Grae Burton
Dazed and confused, the Hulk finds himself inside a sewage drain in the Hudson River in New Jersey (note: He arrived back to Earth unexpectedly from the microscopic world of his love Jarella, see last issue, Incredible Hulk #156). Though his memories are vague, he feels a loss in his heart. Hulk ventures forth unaware that he is being observed by a mysterious presence orbiting the planet in a space craft called Omnivac. The presence sends out a shuttle toward our world.

Meanwhile, on Project Greenskin base, New Mexico, Betty Ross and Major Glenn Talbot rehearse their upcoming wedding ceremony (!) Guest Jim Wilson can't help but feel like he is betraying Bruce Banner. Making up excuses, he gets on the first plane back to Jersey.

In an institution on the West coast, a mountainous John Doe comma patient is awakened by a mysterious force and driven to escape. The zombie-like patient is picked up by the shuttle, and taken to Omnivac where the presence is revealed to be the Leader! And the patient is the Rhino! The Leader succeeds in transferring his mind into the Rhino, taking full control over the strongman.

In Jersey, Hulk takes his sadness out off the Hudson River and rampages on the bridge. Fortunately, Jim finds him on time to sooth the monster, turning into Bruce Banner. But it's not long before the Rhino shows up, and the Hulk is back!

Hulk and the Rhino (controlled by the Leader) battle destroying a factory works until the Rhino escapes in a shuttle, tricking the Hulk into following him (against Jim's advice.) Jim alerts General Thunderbolt Ross of the Hulk's presense. Ross holds the Hulk's return info from his daughter Betty.

Preview Pages
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Herb Trimpe
Sal Trapani
Herb Trimpe (Cover Penciler)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Betty Ross
Betty Ross

(Elizabeth Ross)
Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)

(Bruce Banner)
Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross

(Thaddeus Ross)

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