What a great match up! Hulk vs. Rhino! I mean, I know some of you are saying “Who cares about the Rhino?” and I tend to agree with you – but come on! Two brawling powerhouses going toe to toe? Almost as good as Abomination vs. Hulk… almost. This issue starts where #103 leaves off and that’s Bruce Banner being arrested and in prison. The two riff-raffs (yeah, riff raffs, what do you call them? Ruffians?) that made the Rhino suit are hard at work in creating a new suit that has more power and can withstand a lot more punishment. Why? Because the two guys want the Rhino to kidnap Bruce Banner. Yeah, that’s going to go well…
The Rhino catches the van that’s transporting Banner and tears it up stealing Bruce Banner and Betty Ross. Just as a helicopter, flown by the two riff-raffs, touches down and the Rhino is loading the captives in that’s when Rick Jones shows up and drives his car right into the chopper, knocking one of the goons out. He almost knocks Banner out as well – but the Rhino catches him. But hanging out of a helicopter makes Bruce turn into the Hulk. As the helicopter goes out of control the Hulk holds on and helps it safely land. As the Hulk tries to gain his bearings the Rhino comes out with a vengeance. The two begin to battle as the other goon tries to take Betty away. The Hulk easily takes the Rhino out and saves Betty, leaping to the top of the tower and getting her out of harms way.
When the Hulk jumps back down he is faced with the Rhino. The next few pages have the Hulk and Rhino battle pretty brutally. It’s one of the best things to flip through over and over as the Hulk man-handles the Rhino so easily. The Rhino picks up a car and throws it at the Hulk – who catches the car and then slams it over the Rhino’s head! Just plain awesome! The car explodes and the Rhino whines about not being able to see, being trapped and dying – so the Hulk saves him – only to have the Rhino taunt him once again. The Hulk refuses to fight him but the Rhino attacks him from behind. The Hulk gains the upper hand again and pronounces the Rhino dead (which we all know isn’t true-!)
The Hulk returns to Betty only to see Thunderbolt Ross and Talbot have already taken her down from the tower. The Hulk jumps down and takes Betty away.
Great issue with a fight for the ages! Grade: B+