Issue(s): Hulk #228, Hulk #229
Seeing an outburst by Thunderbolt Ross on the news, a Dr. Karla Sofen calls to volunteer her services. Like Samson, she is a psychiatrist and Samson is familiar with her work ("I still remember the stir you caused at the Utrecht Conference. I can't tell you how happy I am to work with another psychiatric black sheep!").
Sofen is actually the second Moonstone, and she's working for The Corporation, a shadowy organization that has been featured in Captain America and Machine-Man. She's searching for high tech equipment like the "Gammavator" While she's raiding the lab, the Hulk wanders in.
Moonstone is physically fairly powerful. She's certainly more innovative with her powers than the original Moonstone that fought Captain America. But her real edge is psychological. She uses various voices and phrases to manipulate the Hulk, confusing and angering him.
This makes the rest of Gamma Base assume that he's on a typical rampage, and they turn against him. She messes with General Ross as well, forcing him into a nervous breakdown.
The Hulk leaps away from Gamma Base after Ross passes out.
The way Moonstone manages to manipulate everyone on Gamma Base is handled very well. I also want to reiterate that Sal Buscema is probably my favorite Hulk artist.
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
Inbound References (4): show
Betty Ross, Clay Quartermain, Doc Samson, General 'Thunderbolt' Ross, Hulk, Jim Wilson, Moonstone (Karla Sofen), Spad McCraken
The "Bad Moon" title is from a Creedence Clearwater Revival song.
When Moonstone II first appeared in Captain America #192(as only "Karla") she was wearing a brown bodysuit along with gloves, mask, neckpiece, bandoliers,and a holstered gun. When that issue was reprinted in b&w in Essential Captain America #5, it was obvious that artist Frank Robbins had drawn her completely naked except for the accessory things. The colorist was the one who put the costume on. Matter of fact, she seemed to have nothing on below the waist except for the strategically placed holster(and a convenient word balloon in a rear view).
The title for #229 is a riff on Robert Heinlein's 1968 novel, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.
Have to love Dr. Karla. So incredibly evil. Sad that they watered her down in T-Bolts. (That said, Robbins drawing her like a porn character is just tacky. Ugh.)
I read these issues yesterday and I got to admit I am very impressed with Moonstone. Arrogant, crafty, tough she's quite the impressive super villain.
I disagree she was watered down in Thunderbolts. They eventually messed her up somewhat, eventually, later in the book, when the origins of the stone started.
She was great at manipulating Blackout. And she was featured prominently in the "Siege Of Avengers Mansion" storyline.
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