Hulk annual #12
Issue(s): Hulk annual #12
The Hulk, seen as the prophesied savior of the greens...
...helps them overthrow the reds.
He then returns home, but when he checks in on the alien planet, he sees that the greens are now oppressing the reds as bad as the reds used to oppress the greens.
This is the sort of Strange Tale that would have been told in about 5 pages back in the Silver Age. Nothing wrong with the concept, but it's a bit weak for a double-sized annual. It does help further the theme that Banner isn't interested in using the Hulk's power to be a super-hero or otherwise change the world because he can't be sure of the consequences, though.
And it's nice to see Herb Trimpe return to the character he drew for so many years (but Sal Buscema is still my favorite Hulk artist).
It's amazing how often the Hulk winds up on a planet of green and/or red people with sword & sorcery trappings (there's even a gladiatorial battle in this issue).
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Banner is set up in his new lab, so this takes place after Hulk #285.
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
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