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Savage Hulk #1: Review

Jun 2014
Alan Davis, Alan Davis

Story Name:

The Man Within

Review & Comments

4 stars

Savage Hulk #1 Review by (April 28, 2021)

Review: Alan Davis uses the “final” issue of the original X-Men’s run as a springboard for a tale of compassion among outcasts. Professor Xavier identifies with Bruce Banner’s plight and desires to help him. Such things usually backfire but Xavier isn’t genre-savvy enough to realize that. Besides, it’s only 1970; we were all innocents then. So, this first issue mainly sets up the conflicts for the rest of the story though a few moments stand out, such as Hulk watching the stars on a desert night. And I have always had a fondness for Alan Davis’ art.

Comments: Story follows the events of UNCANNY X-MEN #66 (1970).


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Savage Hulk #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The Leader solves the mystery of how a planetoid missed collision with Earth while Hulk was battling the X-Men: it was the doing of Professor Charles Xavier. And now his scheme is set….

In the Nevada desert, Hulk is being bombarded by the Hulkbusters’ most powerful weapons; he overcomes them all and leaps away to live in peace. Hulk sits and stares at the stars until he returns to his Bruce Banner form….

Professor X is studying the device created by Bruce Banner to treat mental exhaustion. Having used it to recover from trauma, he realizes that Bruce developed it to deal with his own problems with Hulk. It had always failed for Bruce and Professor X thinks it must require a telepathic component. The use of the machine has created a psychic link between Xavier and Hulk and he can’t rest until he has done all he can to free Banner from the Hulk….

The X-Men locate the desert lab they have recently visited and move in, setting the place up to treat Bruce. Xavier increases Marvel Girl’s telepathic focus so she can more easily sedate Hulk. Cyclops, Havok, Angel, Iceman with Jean go off to locate Hulk while the others (Xavier, Beast, Polaris) stay behind to finalize preparations. But they are watched by a lizard who is clearly a mechanical spy device….

Bruce is found searching through a dumpster for clothing by a kindly old fellow named Jeb, who invites him back to his camper for supper. During the meal, violent military sounds in the background agitate Bruce who advises Jeb and his wife Dorothy to leave quickly….

The X-Men detect a strong Gamma reading heading toward them, pursued by the military. They prepare to meet the Hulk but end up facing the Abomination….

Preview Pages
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Alan Davis
Mark Farmer
Matt Hollingsworth
Alan Davis (Cover Penciler)
Mark Farmer (Cover Inker)
Val Staples (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Warren Worthington)

(Hank McCoy)
Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)

(Scott Summers)

(Bruce Banner)
Marvel Girl
Marvel Girl

(Jean Grey)

(Lorna Dane)
Professor X
Professor X

(Charles Xavier)

Plus: Havok (Alex Summers).

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