BrodietheSlayer's Official Comic Book Review Thread Jan 20, 2017 23:12:19 GMT -5 Ultimo Gallos likes this
Post by BrodietheSlayer on Jan 20, 2017 23:12:19 GMT -5
Incredible Hulk # 272
"Weirdsong of the Wen-Di-Go"
Cover Date: June 1982
Writer: Bill Mantlo
Artist: Sal Buscema
Villain: The Wendigo
Guest Star/s: Sasquatch, Rick Jones, Betty Ross, & Bereet
The Hulk returns to Earth from Rocket Raccoon's world, arriving in the Northern part of Canada/US. After reverting back to Banner's form, he seeks shelter and finds it in a nearby cabin, which appears to be abandoned. He soon discovers some dead people inside who have, in fact, been eaten. Horrified, he tries to leave only to find the Wendigo at the entrance to the cabin. The Wendigo nearly succeeds in eating Banner alive, but Sasquatch saves him. While Sasquatch attempts to keep Wendigo at bay, Banner realizes that his fear has not triggered the change into the Hulk. Banner, believing that he may in fact be cured due to recent bombardment of radiation, realizes the desperate need he has for the Hulk's power to survive the Wendigo. He therefore triggers the change through a genuine desire to change. This results in Banner's ability to control Hulk's form. Hulk fights a vicious battle with Wendigo. Sasquatch realizes that the only way to defeat the cannibalistic monster is if they both fight Wendigo together. It's impossible to kill Wendigo, but if he can be subdued long enough, a spell can be generated to destroy the Wendigo curse. The battle ends with Hulk and Sasquatch crushing Wendigo "sandwich" style with the two large trees.
Brodie's View: So, yeah....as promised, I'm going to review a second (smaller) run, now that I'm a decent way into the X-Men run, and that run is going to be Incredible Hulk #272-300 (AKA: The Banner-Hulk run, or the first sustained period where Bruce Banner had gained the ability to control the Hulk, and transform at will). We're going to start this with the Hulk/Banner returning from a few adventures in space (and being exposed to tons of gamma radiation, which is theorized as the reason Banner was able to gain control of the Hulk), including a guest appearance the previous issue by Rocket Raccoon (Yes, THAT Rocket Raccoon). Anyways, Bruce/Hulk is dropped back to Earth, landing smack dab in the Canadian wilderness, and upon finding a cabin full of corpses, Banner finds himself face to face with the Wendigo (a Bigfoot style creature, but one that is a cursed human that committed the act of cannibalism). Now, normally, this would cause Banner's pulse rate to rise, transforming him into the Hulk, but this doesn't happen. Luckily, Sasquatch from Alpha Flight (Canada's super hero team....we'll talk about them more in future X-Men issues) shows up, and begins to battle the Wendigo. Meanwhile, Banner wonders why his transformation to the Hulk hasn't happened, and decides, for the sake of both Sasquatch and himself, to make it happen, and for the first time, wills the transformation into the Incredible Hulk (but still retains his intelligence), and teams up with the Alpha Flight-er against the Wendigo. Once Sasquatch gets over the initial shock of the Hulk speaking as Bruce Banner, he and the Hulk subdue the Wendigo by smashing him with two trees, with the Banner Hulk standing in triumph, but acting a little more like the Savage Hulk in the way of reveling in smashing his enemy down.
So, we find ourselves at the beginning of this run, and it's clear while this is kind of the direction Mantlo wants to go in, but I think it takes him a few issues to decide exactly how to do it, or where he's going with it. However, this is a decent start, and bonus points for including a cool threat like the Wendigo (who also was the villain in Hulk #181....AKA, the first appearance of Wolverine), and a cool guest star with Sasquatch. Plus, and I'm sure I'll mention this often when talking this run, great art by the awesome Sal Buscema (who, for my money, draws the best "Classic" Hulk), and solid writing by Mr. Mantlo (who I kind of dissed during his X-Men fill ins, but he did a great job on this book....some people just don't write teams very well....coughcoughbendiscoughcough). This is a good start to what would later be seen as a classic run.