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1984-04-01 00:02:10
Thing #10
1984/Box 20/EiC: Jim Shooter
Captain America #292

Hulk #294

Issue(s): Hulk #294
Published Date: Apr 84
Title: "From out of the night comes... Boomerang!"
Bill Mantlo - Writer
Sal Buscema - Penciler
Gerry Talaoc - Inker

An old former crime boss called Max Stryker (He's Max Stryker in this issue, Max Hammer in issue #295; maybe we could keep better track of our names if we made them less generic) hires Boomerang to kidnap Kate Waynesboro in order to force Bruce Banner to use an experimental gamma treatment on him to cure his cancer.

Banner has just finished his first test with the treatment, on a dog. For now, it only turns the dog green, but we all know how this will turn out.

It's disappointing seeing Wanyesboro in the damsel-in-distress role. Sure, Boomerang is a super-villain (nominally), but Kate is a SHIELD agent and it's been shown that she's got some combat training. I'm not saying that Boomerang shouldn't be able to take a SHIELD agent, but it's better to avoid putting a character like her in the victim role.

Also, it doesn't seem like Mantlo (or his editor Ann Nocenti) properly read the Secret Wars memo. On his way to rescue Kate, Hulk is drawn into the Secret Wars construct.

Secret Wars is meant to last about a week, which is a long time for Boomerang to have to keep a hostage. And as we'll see in #295, no one really acts like the Hulk has been away so long.

Banner continues to be tormented by dreams of losing control of the Hulk. They even hit him while he's daydreaming in the shower.

This issue attempts to deal with an interesting ethical subject, but it's handled poorly. Banner is supposed to be a scientist, and i don't know of any scientist except the evil, mad kind who would perform the first test of a dangerous new method (using the radiation that turned him into the Hulk!) on a suburban family's dog.

Quality Rating: C

Historical Significance Rating: 1

Chronological Placement Considerations: The Hulk leaves for Secret Wars this issue.


Cross-over: N/A

Continuity Implant? N

Reprinted In: N/A

Characters Appearing: Boomerang, Hulk, Kate Waynesboro, Max Hammer

Thing #10
1984/Box 20/EiC: Jim Shooter
Captain America #292


Well, since it's a time-honored tradition in comics for scientists to experiment on themselves (usually because their funding was cut or they were otherwise out of time), experimenting on a dog could be seen as a step up.

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