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Incredible Hulk #167: Review

Sep 1973
Steve Englehart, Herb Trimpe

Story Name:

To Destroy The Monster!

Review & Comments

4 stars


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Incredible Hulk #167 Synopsis by Julio Molina-Muscara
Rescued from Russia (last issue, TIH2-166), Thunderbolt Ross arrives at JFK, undercover in civilian clothes. A happy reunion with Betty Ross follows, but it is suddenly ruined when she learns that her husband Glenn Talbot died during the rescue mission (*we know Talbot is only injured, but he was left for dead, also last issue). 

Such tragic news cause Betty to suffer a fit of rage, hitting her father on the face, blaming him for everything. Soon after, she passes away in shock in the arms of Colonel John Armbruster. Betty is hospitalized for her well being. 

A secret agent from A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics) witnessed it all, and informs MODOK, the organization's leader, who devises a plan involving Betty to destroy his unbeatable enemy: The Hulk!

Meanwhile, Jim Wilson has found the Hulk who finally calms down after several days and turns into Bruce Banner. Jim tells his friend about Betty's breakdown. Feeling guilty, Banner goes to see her at the hospital. But she's very unhappy to see Banner, yelling "I HATE YOU" while blasting her arms onto him. Unfortunately, the transformation into the Hulk occurs!

But the green monster soon realizes that Betty is right, and leaves in angst. A nurse, an agent of A.I.M., informs what happened to MODOK. Using a giant robotic armor, the villain goes to the hospital at night and hypnotizes Betty in her weak state to consolidate her hatred against the Hulk.

Several miles away, our favorite green-skinned goliath meditates on what just happened and picks up flowers to make Betty "like" him again. As he returns to the sanatorium, he finds MODOK in his gigantic armor, and the logical battle follows!

At first, MODOK is confident in the power of his armor. But eventually, Hulk proves once more why he's the strongest one there is! 

Defeated in hand combat, MODOK flies away, but is thrilled nonetheless because the "instrument of his revenge is already preparing itself!"

Preview Pages
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Herb Trimpe
Jack Abel
Petra Goldberg
Herb Trimpe (Cover Penciler)
Letterer: John Costanza.
Editor: Roy Thomas.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Betty Ross
Betty Ross

(Elizabeth Ross)
Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)
Colonel Armbruster
Colonel Armbruster

(John D. Armbruster)

(Bruce Banner)
Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross

(Thaddeus Ross)

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