You’re supposed to read this issue first – now, at the end of 605 Skaar is considered a hero – and here they throw him a parade. But Banner sees Betty in the crowd. He jumps off the float – but is unable to find her. Reed is worried that it was some sort of trick – but Bruce knows it was her – it wasn’t a LMD or anything. Bruce teleports to New Mexico to see the Red Hulk. The Red Hulk asks why Bruce isn’t in Latervia – Bruce asks why he isn’t in NY. Then Bruce shoots the Red Hulk in the face with an Old Power Taser. He tells him that he saw Betty – and the Red Hulk tells him to stay focused. They have a few more words – a pretty great conversation – the Red Hulk actually seems smart and menacing – not like in the Loeb book where he just seems one-dimensional and stupid.
So – the Hulk heads to Latervia and on the next page we see the Green Hulk break through the castle wall, attacking Doom. They battle for a few pages – but Doom comes out victorious – and I don’t know about you – but I knew it was the Hulk robot even before I read the issue – but still – Skaar does not. So, as Doom is about to lay a final blow Skaar comes out swinging. Doom and Skaar battle – but Doom throws Skaar’s sword at the Hulk and stops it inches away from his head. Skaar turns his attention from Doom and Doom attacks. Using magic he beats on Skaar and reveals that the Hulk is actually a robot. Skaar reverts back into a child – and Doom is about to kill him when Bruce comes to the rescue.
Bruce surrounds everyone in a Gamma Bubble – making it impossible for Doom to use his machines – which Doom scoffs at because he still has his spells – unless of course he can’t remember them – which he can’t – because the robot Hulk, in which Doom absorbed the cosmic power from – also had a some poison – put there by the Leader – who sent the robot to take out one of the 8 smartest people… Doom being… I don’t know… #7?
The robot Hulk comes back to life to take Doom away. Bruce tries to reach out to child Skaar – but Skaar is still angry. Angry at Bruce – basically for loving Betty so much that he doesn’t care about anyone else. Big Skaar comes back and Bruce tells him they need to go save the Avengers.
I love that Pak came back – I love his writing – I love his character development – I would have his child if he asked… but thanks for the great issue – I love when Doom’s ego gets bruised – and here it gets severed! Grade: B+
There is also a back up story about the Red She Hulk – she fights the actual She Hulk – and the ending has Jen dying – pretty shocking! Check it out!