Characters Appearing: Glow (Triad), Goblin (Triad), Guardian (Triad), Hulk
Issue(s): Hulk #309
They call themselves The Triad. It's suggested that they've only been brought into existence to help the Hulk/Banner deal with his psychological withdrawal. It's probably best to not think of them as actual characters, but elements of Bruce Banner's psyche, i guess representing the Id, Ego, and Super-Ego, respectively.
Issue #309 "proves" that the Hulk is still a thinking creature by placing him on a desert world and showing him persevere to get to an oasis that the Triad doesn't think exists, and smile when he gets there. I'd call that a very slight piece of evidence, but we've seen other clues earlier, and more is coming.
#309 is also Sal Buscema's last issue on Hulk. He's been on the book pretty much non-stop since issue #194, and in my opinion he just kept getting better.
He would have been a great artist to tap for Secret Wars II (although it doesn't look like he and Shooter could have worked together). Or, as these extra-dimensional issues have given him the opportunity to prove, he would've done well on a book like Dr. Strange if they ever wanted to bring that to a monthly status.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
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