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Savage Hulk #3: Review

Aug 2014
Alan Davis, Alan Davis

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The Man Within: Part Three

Review & Comments

4 stars

Savage Hulk #3 Review by (May 18, 2021)

Review: Precursor to THE IMMORTAL HULK likewise plays around in Bruce Banner’s mindscape, meeting all the incarnations of Hulk and a bunch of villains, and everything is being manipulated, etc. The big difference is that Alan Davis gets it all over with in a single issue for some insights into Bruce’s character. Al Ewing seems to be going for a longevity award but that’s another story. Here we aren’t sure who’s in charge: Bruce? Xavier? And what’s it all about? And who was dreaming of a Jean Gray She-Hulk for all of this to go crazy? Maybe we just learned something embarrassing about Professor X? 

Comments: The mob of mental enemies attacking Xavier/Hulk include Rhino, Sandman, Space Parasite, Silver Surfer, Sir Ram, Absorbing Man, Abomination, Sub-Mariner, Executioner (Skurge), Thor, Thing, Leader, Humanoids, Moloids, and an armored guy I don’t recognize. And Bruce faces visions of various Green Hulks, plus Gray Hulk and Devil Hulk.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Savage Hulk #3 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

In the X-Men’s attempt to cure Bruce Banner of being the Hulk, Professor X has inadvertently channeled the Gamma power into Marvel Girl and she becomes a She-Hulk while the entire cavern goes chaotic. Xavier tries to calm her down but he is forestalled by the combined might of the others (Cyclops, Havok, Beast, Angel, Iceman, Polaris). She informs her mentor that she is no out-of-control savage but a newborn experiencing increased powers for the first time. And she gives herself a sexy new costume, complete with Polaris’ headdress. She also tells Xavier she resents being tested and treated like his pawn, which the others also echo. Then the wall comes crashing down and an army of the Leader’s robot servitors comes in and the X-Men are in a mad melee with the mechanical monsters. Bruce tries to rush Xavier to safety while X gives the X-Men a telepathic command to urge them to retreat. But Bruce hears this too—leading Xavier to realize that this isn’t reality: he is in Bruce Banner’s mind. Xavier stands up and walks—and finds himself at the site of the original Gamma bomb that created the Hulk. Bruce comes rushing toward him, trying to push him into the trench but the bomb detonates, bathing Xavier in radiation and turning him into a Hulk. Then a multitude of Hulk enemies arrives, all beating on him at once, last of all Hulk himself knocking him to the ground. Then Bruce Banner appears to him as a child, suggesting that Xavier might be doing all of this to himself. Meanwhile, adult Banner is a giant, fighting off all of the Hulk incarnations. Then all goes white and Xavier finds Bruce who realizes that, as Hulk gets stronger when challenged, Bruce’s intellect is similarly increasing. He suggests Xavier get back to the X-Men as he suspects he is incorporating “external stimuli” into his mindscape. Translation: the invasion of Leader’s mechanical minions was real. Xavier awakens to find the X-Men prisoners—and he himself has a bomb affixed to his chest. And Bruce Banner is now a Gamma battery as the Leader prepares to drain him….

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 III)

(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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