One of the reasons I think they chose John Romita Jr. to draw the anticlimactic World War Hulk is because he drew one of the greatest battles in Hulk history. Let me give you the set-up: Betty Ross is dead from gamma radiation poisoning. For a while now Bruce has blamed himself – thinking it was his fault – thinking that Betty spending years being exposed the Hulk has finally sent her to the grave. But then, then he learns that it was in fact the Abomination that killed Betty Ross. Hulk is finally unleashed. In a page turning, brutal, over the top battle matching blow for blow the Hulk and Abomination continued to battle page after page after page.
Hulk continues to beat the hell out of Abomination – and then punches him so hard he breaks his face – BREAKS HIS FACE!:
This was such a landmark fight that Marvel Legends, when releasing an Abomination figure, released a variant with a broken, bloody face based on this issue. It even came with a reprint of this issue. AND when 7-11 released a Hulk comic for the latest movie – they chose this issue! That’s what I’m talking about!
This page depicts the end of the issue – where Bruce shows just what a monster he can be. He imprisons Abomination in a room and replays a video of him saying good-bye to his wife over and over – for him to watch and go crazy with for the rest of his life. That is until he was released and sent after Hulk 25 or so issues later… but this was one of the best endings ever. And how Banner just turns and walks out the door. Classic!