Issue(s): Hulk #285
Much of this issue is a retrospective of his career to date. It's also confirmed that he rejected the Avengers' offer of membership from last issue. But we get a little action when a power core that Stark purchased from a company called Soulstar happens to be where the electric monster called Zzzax was contained.
In the subsequent fight...
...Hulk again finds himself limited by the fact that he can't get mad enough to become strong enough to defeat Zzzax...
...but he makes up for it with his scientific know-how...
...and manages to shoot Zzzax into space.
Meanwhile, Rick Jones is upset that Bereet is capitalizing on the Hulk's fame by premiering a move about him, but Bereet's retort that Rick only gets by on being the Hulk's sidekick cuts him deep.
A little too heavy on Mantlo melodrama, but this is a better than average issue.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: This issue sets up a new status quo for the Hulk where he's working out of a new scientific laboratory in upstate New York. Work on the building begins this issue and due to the magic of Starktech, it's also completed this issue.
Since it's "Stark Industries" and not "Stane Industries" building the lab, this should take place before Iron Man #171-175.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
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