Issue(s): Hulk #232, Hulk #233, Hulk #234, Hulk #235, Hulk #236, Hulk #237
Issue #232 is a big battle issue, with the Hulk fighting Animus and Moonstone...
...Cap rescuing the Falcon and going after Kligger, and Marvel Man... ummm... waking up from getting smacked by the Hulk. Moonstone flees when Marvel Man wakes up...
...Animus converts back to her Vamp persona and goes comatose when the Hulk smashes her club, Kligger chooses to be killed by Jackson rather than be captured...
... and Jackson himself flees down an escape hatch, pursued by a very angry Hulk. Jim is very excited to learn that his uncle is the Falcon. Basically it's a big fun fight issue, and i continue to enjoy the way the Hulk is depicted as a real monster, not just another super-hero.
Issue #233 picks up with the Hulk pursuing Jackson. He really is a terror, relentlessly sticking behind Jackson no matter what he tries.
Marvel Man follows the Hulk.
The Hulk rescues Fred, who had been trapped in his van in a Corporation warehouse. Then Marvel Man shows up, trying to stop the Hulk from rampaging after Jackson and let SHEILD take care of it, but the Hulk knocks him right through the wall.
The reaction from the crowd gets Marvel Man thinking about changing his name. He'll soon change to Quasar and take over security for Project Pegasus.
With Quasar having slowed the Hulk down enough to let Jackson get away, the Hulk agrees to continue his journey with Fred. Fred takes him to a students collective in a house in Berkley.
Meanwhile, the non-corrupt Senator that arrived at Gamma Base to inspect it with Kligger decides to continue with the inspection despite word of Kligger's true allegiances. And Betty and Glenn formalize their divorce.
One of the students at Berkley is Trish Starr, who the Hulk remembers from an encounter with the Defenders. Trish recounts her history, which is pretty interesting and it's kind of a shame nothing was ever really done with her. She's supposed to be a super genius like her uncle; i'd like to see her take on the Egghead mantle. Anyway, the Hulk remembers rescuing her.
While Trish and Fred are fine with the Hulk, the other Berkley hippies aren't happy that he's eating all their food and potentially dangerous.
One of them turns out to be a mole for the Corporation, and he contacts Jackson, who enacts a plot that makes the Hulk think that Machine Man has kidnapped Trish. After wrapping up some plot points from Jack Kirby's run on Machine Man (thanks to the death of Senator Stivak, i.e., Kligger, Senator Miles Brickman declares an indefinite suspension on the investigation of whether or not X-51 has rights, and remands him to the custody of Peter Spaulding. Reporter Tracy Warner is on the scene to witness the hearing and she congratulates Machine Man), the next two issues are a massive battle between the Hulk and X-51.
The Hulk eventually heads after Jackson again, with Machine Man following in his wake, helping people survive the path of destruction the Hulk leaves. Hulk eventually winds up on the Corporation's skyscraper, and tosses Jackson off the top of the building. The Machine Man rescues Trish and prevents Jackson from dying while the Hulk destroys the entire building. Machine Man then uses a mesmerizing effect to hypnotize the Hulk and then... launches him into space!
A little unfocused but still pretty good. The Hulk's single-minded hunting of Jackson is very cool, and Stern handles the aspect of the hippies no longer living up to their ideals and being intolerant of the Hulk nicely as well. And of course, lots of nice fight scenes and destruction.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Continues directly from Captain America #230. Hulk #233 occurs more or less concurrently with Captain America #231, as both series deal with the aftermath of the Alcatraz fight. Machine Man's appearances take place in between Jack Kirby and Wolfman/Ditkos runs on Machine Man (i.e., between Machine Man #9-10). The Hulk has been launched into space at the end of this arc and will next appear in Hulk annual #8, so he shouldn't appear anywhere in between.
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
Inbound References (5): show
Bob Layton was announced as new permanent inker with #233, but that didn't happen.
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