Issue(s): Hulk #195
They go to an amusement park together!
Ok, it's not a children's book Hulk reboot featuring kid Rick Jones (the orphan's name is Rick, though). It's actually a pretty good story where, after the Hulk inevitably causes a ruckus at the amusement park, the Abomination is sent from the Hulkbuster base to capture him.
The Abomination has a bomb in his head, to make him comply. That's fine, but does it have to tick?
My god, that would drive me insane.
Ok, so a big fight through a number of amusement part scenes, where the Abomination is vocal about the fact that he doesn't really want to fight.
During the course of the fight, a blow from the Hulk disables the bomb in the Abomination's head. And so the Abomination quickly and cleverly pivots to making peace with the Hulk and forming an alliance with him. And he makes sure little Ricky doesn't ruin things.
The Hulkbuster base is drawn like a peace symbol in this issue.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Since last issue, the army has been waiting for a confirmable appearance of the Hulk in order to send out the Abomination. I have this occurring after the Hulk leaves the Defenders in Defender #37. In issue #196, it's said that 48 hours have passed since the Hulk and the Abomination were last seen, so i'm placing that issue in a separate entry, although no other Hulk appearances should occur in between.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showAbomination, Betty Ross, Clay Quartermain, Doc Samson, General 'Thunderbolt' Ross, Glenn Talbot, Hulk
I can see why the Abomination is becoming a joke at this point. He generates none of the terror of his original appearance. It should never be the villain who says, "Just listen to me for a minute, please!".
Please? What kind of villain says please?
The idea of a villain who is stronger than the Hulk should make the Abomination one of Marvel's top villains. This is a guy who could probably take on the Avengers by himself. A real waste of a cool villain.
Posted by: Chris | May 25, 2013 9:11 PM
Yeah, Abomination reminds me of The Scorpion in a weird way. Scorpion had a better intro but afterwards he just became a lame strong man, aside from Miller's Marvel Knights. Abomination's intro wasn't that great but there was potential and considering the guy is supposed to be stronger than the Hulk his record is bad, even for forty years of history.
Only time I felt Abomination was given true justice was Bruce Jones' run on Hulk. Funny thing is I've heard that run was awful...but at least the fight between Hulk and Bronsky is brutal. And before that i didn't know he loved his wife.
Posted by: David Banes | January 3, 2014 12:19 AM
Bruce Jones' run on Hulk started out fine, but it just went way too long with the conspiracy idea.
Posted by: ChrisKafka | January 3, 2014 4:30 PM
Hulkbuster base has been shaped like a peace symbol since its first appearance in 145.
Posted by: Andrew | December 30, 2016 6:24 PM
The bomb in the Abomination's head was a bogus. I guess it's important, otherwise Shield and the army would seem Machiavellian.
Posted by: jti88 | January 31, 2017 4:54 AM
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