BrodietheSlayer's Official Comic Book Review Thread Jan 25, 2017 2:06:59 GMT -5 Ultimo Gallos likes this
Post by BrodietheSlayer on Jan 25, 2017 2:06:59 GMT -5
Incredible Hulk # 282
Cover Date: April, 1983
Writer: Bill Mantlo
Artist: Sal Buscema
Villain: The Leader, Arsenal: The Living Weapon
Guest Stars: The Avengers: (Captain America, Iron Man, She Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, The Wasp, Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau)), Rick Jones, Bereet, Betty Ross, & General Thunderbolt Ross
The story opens with the Leader sitting at his computer aboard Omnivac, his orbiting space station, plotting ways to conquer the world, now that he believes the newly intelligent Hulk, finally under the control of Bruce Banner, is no longer a threat. Back at the Empire Hotel, Tony Stark is informed by the management that Bruce Banner and his friends can no longer stay at the hotel after it was trashed in last issue's battle with the Leader. They relocate to Avengers Mansion to avoid more civil destruction. There, Bruce Banner helps Iron Man search for Ommivac, using Stark's Omnifunctional Detection Device. Banner's Krylorian lover Bereet requests permission to film scenes for a documentary she is making on the Hulk. Iron Man refuses because there is no security clearance for cameras in Avengers Mansion. Bereet storms out in a huff and meets Jennifer Walters aka the She-Hulk in the hallway. Jen tries to be friendly but Bereet gives her the brush off. Meanwhile in the Bahamas, Betty Ross is sunbaking on the beach in a bikini trying to forget Bruce Banner. Her father General Thunderbolt Ross, on the beach in full military uniform, tells her that Banner remains a monster and should be forgotten once and for all. He embraces his daughter and they both shed a tear. Meanwhile back at Avengers Mansion Bruce and his cousin the She-Hulk are in deep conversation. Bruce asks Jen for forgiveness for turning her into a monster, but she tells him that she does not consider herself a monster and likes being the She-Hulk, as she is no longer the victim she once was. Her origin is retold. A former lawyer, Jennifer Walters was gunned down and laid close to death until a gamma-radiated blood transfusion from Bruce saved her, but also transformed her into the savage She-Hulk. She considers herself now "an aggressive, positive force for good"; she likes being green and fighting supervillains and only has gratitude for what Bruce did. She tells Bruce that she does not consider herself or Bruce to be monsters and reassures him of her support. Suddenly, Jarvis is heard crying out in pain. Bruce, now with the power to transform into the Hulk at will, morphs into the Hulk and heads off to see what is happening, just as Stark's Omnifunctional Detection Device locates Omnivac. Arsenal the Living Weapon has emerged from the deepest sublevels of Avengers Mansion (see Trivia Notes below for background on the Living Arsenal). The She-Hulk is attacked by the Living Arsenal and she wonders whether Bruce still has the rage that the Hulk had formerly now that he has control over his transformation. That question is answered in the affirmative as Banner gets angry and fights the living Arsenal with the Hulk's full power, until he destroys him. Banner discovers that the fight has been set up by the She-Hulk and her fellow Avengers, who suddenly appear, to prove to him that if he fights with Hulk's heart instead of Banner's head he can still be unstoppable. Iron Man informs the Hulk that the Leader has been located and the Hulk calls the Avengers to join him and go after the mad genius. "Next Month: Follow the Leader!"
Brodie's View: This issue is pretty cool for various reasons. On one hand, it gets rid of unnecessary side characters like Rick Jones, who had been hanging around the book for a while at this point. Don't get me wrong, I've always dug Rick Jones, but this was pretty much the perfect point of the story for him to get out at. We wouldn't see him again in the pages of The Hulk until John Byrne's run a couple of years later. As for Bereet....well, her participation was no longer necessary in any kind of way, especially with the direction the book would take in the second half of the 280's and beyond. We would see her a couple more times in the next few issues, and then she wouldn't show up again until Starlord was kicking her out of his ship near the beginning of the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY movie. Pretty fitting end for a mostly forgettable character. On the other hand, we get The Avengers for the next few issues (Yay!!!), and we get the first chance for Bruce Banner to converse with his cousin, Jennifer Walters, The She Hulk, since the events that led to her becoming such. It was nice that, for the most part, this was mostly the Two Hulk's issue, as there were things that really needed to be said between the two characters, and Mantlo handles this all quite nicely. Jennifer is trying to get Bruce to be at ease at being The Hulk (Yet without losing the Savage edge needed to defeat The Leader), as she is being She Hulk (Unfortunately, I don't think Jennifer ever quite got that her cousin was extremely messed up in the head, which is why he never had it as easy being green as she mostly did). The two Hulks encounter an old Avengers villain, Arsenal, a robot driven to serve the needs of a mistress that is no longer alive, but, being damaged, is on a dead set mission to still try and serve her by destroying all in its path. Of course, this is all just a set up for The Hulk to be able to harness his anger, and do what he needs to do to his enemy, after getting so totally owned by The Leader in the last issue. The Hulk does, and at the end of the battle, Jen and the rest of The Avengers join him with information that they have located The Leader in space, and setting up the second battle between the two (with The Avengers acting as back up this time). Whoot Whoo!!!
Yeah, I really dug this issue, and, once again, it accomplished what it needed to accomplish: make the Banner Hulk regain the "Eye of the Tiger" he needed to defeat The Leader, while also re-connecting with family. It's really kind of too bad The Hulk didn't end up rejoining the Avengers at the end of this little story, as one can only imagine what that team could do with TWO Hulks plus a Thor and Iron Man on the power side. OUCH!!! I'm so glad Sal Buscema is back on pencils for this one, as it was great seeing him draw two Hulks PLUS The other Avengers.....and he's not done yet, as we get Two More Issues of this super team vs. The Lethal Leader. Action as YOU demanded it, True Believers.....this is what comics are all about!