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Incredible Hulk #196: Review

Feb 1976
Len Wein, Sal Buscema

Story Name:

The Abomination Proclamation

Review & Comments

3 stars


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Incredible Hulk #196 Synopsis by Kevin Hollander
Image from Incredible Hulk #196
Last issue the Abomination tricked the simple-minded Hulk into believing he was his friend. As his friend, he would fight the humans that constantly attack Hulk and ensure that he was left alone.

The Hulk and Abomination arrive at Kennedy Space Center, where the launch of an experimental single-operator rocket named Auto-Star One is scheduled for tomorrow. The gamma creatures quickly defeat the base soldiers. The Abomination announces to the military via the Command Broadcast System (a communication system linking all branches of the military) that they are holding the facility ransom for $100 million dollars in uncut diamonds. Failure to comply within six hours will result in complete destruction of the base.

As the deadline approaches, General Thunderbolt Ross and Doc Samson make a desperate gamble. They broadcast a message from Betty Ross across the C.B.S. in the hope that she can dissuade the Hulk from destroying the base. Her image appears on every screen in the base, begging the Hulk to stop the Abomination. Her words eventually reach the Hulk who turns on the Abomination when he destroys the nearest monitor playing her message. They fight briefly with a temporary victory going to the Abomination.

The Abomination climbs aboard Auto-Star One, planning to use it to escape to South America. Hulk recovers and continues the chase, grabbing the outside of the rocket as it takes off. As they climb into the upper atmosphere, Hulk climbs toward the cockpit. When the Hulk reaches his destination, they are barely out of Earth's atmosphere. When the Hulk tears open the cockpit, Abomination kicks him free, causing him to plummet back to Earth toward Florida.

The damage done by the Hulk causes the rocket to self-destruct with the Abomination still inside.

Also in this story: Clay Quartermain, Ricky.

Preview Pages
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Sal Buscema
Joe Staton
Glynis Wein
Gil Kane (Cover Penciler)
John Romita (Cover Inker)
Letterer: John Costanza.
Editor: Len Wein.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Emil Blonsky)
Betty Ross
Betty Ross

(Elizabeth Ross)
Doc Samson
Doc Samson

(Leonard Samson)

(Bruce Banner)
Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross

(Thaddeus Ross)

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