Characters Appearing: Betty Ross, Hulk, Pariah, Rick Jones
Issue(s): Hulk #268
This issue is presenting it as if Rick has developed a bond and a sense of loyalty to the Hulk, but the strange ending to last issue also suggests that Rick likes the idea of being able to control the Hulk.
Also, over this issue and last, the Hulk is beginning to understand that he and Bruce Banner are the same individual.
But this issue is mainly about a cowboy who found a possessed rock that killed off an entire town. Rick stumbles across the ghost town while he's driving around thinking (there's a little bit of Rick's backstory, showing how he left his orphanage), and he runs into the ghost of the cowboy, now called Phariah.
The Hulk shows up and smashes the rock, saving Rick. During the course of the fight with Phariah, Banner has the option of letting the ghost drain the Hulk out of him...
...but he refuses. This gives Rick hope that Banner does see the Hulk's value.
Sal Buscema does a nice job with the opening pages of this issue; the story of the cowboy finding the possessed rock is given a grainy washed out look (probably should give some credit to colorist Bob Sharen as well).
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
The title refers to the folk song "They Call the Wind Mariah", later mercilessly inflicted on hordes of grade school kids across the country for years.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | September 11, 2011 8:34 PM
Actually "They Call the Wind Mariah" is from the musical "Paint Your Wagon", which had a film version with Clint Eastwood...which would explain Pariah's Eastwood-esque appearance.
Posted by: Ataru320 | February 8, 2016 4:52 PM
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