Characters Appearing: Betty Ross, Chief Largo, Hulk, Max (mechanic), Speedfreek
Issue(s): Hulk #429, Hulk #431
The topic is abortion. A young woman, Kate, has run away from home because she's pregnant, and is found by the Hulk and Betty. Betty takes Kate to an abortion clinic (while declining to express an opinion on abortion herself), and then an anti-abortion protest escalates, resulting in Kate getting shot in the stomach, killing her and the baby. The shooter turns out to be the young son of an anti-abortion preacher, and the kid tries but fails to kill himself. So everyone is repentant and no one takes responsibility for everything.
I'm probably doing that thing again where i am being unfair by not taking into account how different the climate was at the time, but i see mushy stories like this as being a big part of the reason that the climate was the way it was.
All that said, if you just look at the "topic of the month" as a vehicle for the Hulk to get into some fun fights, these issues deliver. First, we get the big reveal regarding our headless sheriff.
Then he gets into a fight at the abortion protest with the Hulk (aka the still-bandaged "Bob Danner").
Both are, from the other's perspective, surprisingly strong, but - luckily for the Hulk's secret ID - the Hulk significantly weakens when he starts to get angry and transform back into his human form, allowing Chief Largo to beat him.
Later, it turns out that Kate's father was Speedfreek, so the Hulk has to fight him to prevent him from killing the kid who shot her.
Hulk gets badly gutted, and has to use his hand to keep from bleeding out. Which has gory repercussions when his healing factor kicks in.
Nevertheless, the Hulk recovers and beats Speedfreek by throwing a car battery at him. The acid spillout seems to show that Speedfreek's armor isn't adamantium like his blades.
Quality Rating: B+
Chronological Placement Considerations: If you're an Ultraverse truther, Hulk appears in Prime Vs. Incredible Hulk #0 next.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
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