Issue(s): Hulk #361
Luckily for the Maggia, Iron Man happens upon the scene and blasts the Hulk away.
The Maggia then try to hire Iron Man to take out the Hulk permanently. Iron Man scoffs at the idea, saying that if he knew who the Hulk was attacking, he would have never stopped to respond to the Hulk's rampage in the first place. But when they offer to give him information on who killed Whitney Frost, he considers it, and tells them to contact him the next day if they can meet his price.
The whole thing turns out to be a clever ruse, though. The Hulk and Iron Man are actually working together.
We jump back in time a bit to see Bruce Banner showing up at Stark Enterprises...
...and Bruce and Tony exchanging sob stories for a bit.
Tony agrees to use his resources to help look for Betty, who Bruce thinks must have given birth by now. Tony also has an idea about how they can "aim that loose cannon of yours" by going after the Maggia. As Bruce and the Hulk debate the idea of helping Iron Man, we see Bruce physically transforming back and forth, in a particularly gruesome scene.
The transformations end with the Hulk in charge. He tells Iron Man that his dialogues with Bruce are only physical like that "when I got a lot on my mind".
We jump forward again to see Iron Man having received the Maggia's communication and agreeing to meet, and the Hulk springing the trap.
AIM and Hydra show up too.
So Iron Man doesn't get to capture Madame Masque, but he and the Hulk do bust a lot of bad guys.
In the end, Tony doesn't tell Bruce about the miscarriage.
We're kind of in a transitional period for the Hulk book now that the Vegas status quo is over, and a crossover with Iron Man is a fun way to spend that period. But it's not all fun: the visualization of the back-and-forth between Hulk and Banner is bizarre (in a good way), and there's also the implied instability that Tony sees in Bruce, since he's withholding the info on his baby. I continue to have mixed feelings about Jeff Purves' art. I love his Hulk but i love his human characters a lot less.
Quality Rating: B+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Takes place soon after Iron Man #247.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
This issue confirms that the Maggia had Cloot on call whenever they needed him. This raises the question of why they never used him against the heroes before Vegas arc. It's irrelevant, since later writers ignored the idea that there was a supernatural aspect to the Maggia, which was probably for the best.
Posted by: Michael | October 27, 2014 1:55 PM
was reading this in real-time as a 10 year old kid and just loved it.. the grey Hulk was "my Hulk" and I remember loving that splash page. Marie Severin inking Jeff Purves did wonders for Purve's art, I think.
Posted by: George Gordon | October 27, 2014 6:58 PM
I agree, George - Marie really made Purves' Hulk work. Terry Austin also did a great job with Joe as well as the Thing in #350.
Posted by: Vin the Comics Guy | May 31, 2015 7:31 PM
Cloot was probably a recent hire for the Maggia, and given his nature a fair-weather one at that.
Posted by: D09 | September 25, 2017 2:26 AM
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