What can I say but WOW! Parker is re-writing some Marvel history – but in a good way. It’s amazing that everyone writing this storyline can do a fantastic job – except the person who started it… No, no – I will not turn this into a Loeb bashing post… like most of my Hulk posts are today – I will instead focus on the book I am reviewing. So, the Red Hulk enters an A.I.M. base – where he encounters A-Bomb who has been trailing him on Bruce’s behalf. While in the base, and while searching for a doomsday device, they encounter the M.O.D.O.C.K. cloning room. They dissect the clones and harvest the parts in case M.O.D.O.C.K. needs them. Pretty gross and, I might add, awesome!
The find the Doomsday device – which happens to be the Hulk Robot. As they learn about the history we also learn that it was the Mad Thinker who actually created the robot – not the students who claimed they did in the Eternals. What a great addition to the history of this thing! But in trying to destroy the robot – the Red Hulk actually activates the thing! It begins to repeat the incantations that Doom was saying in #606 – and even repeats what A-Bomb and Red Hulk are saying to it then – as well as soaking up cosmic energy from the Red Hulk. It takes on both of the power houses and tosses them around like rag dolls.
The Leader and M.O.D.O.C.K. appear on the screen to tell the Red Hulk that this has been a set-up the whole time. The base blows up – and A-Bomb and Red Hulk head back to see Banner. Banner, who, for the first time, actually seems surprised at the events going on – and isn’t aware of it. It’s a less “in control” Banner than we have seen in the pages of TIH – I’m not sure how to feel about that exactly, but it works for the issue.
As Banner investigates the disc that holds the history of the Hulk robot – a new, awesome, piece of information is dropped – namely that the actual creator of the robot is none other than GALACTUS! Big G used to use an automated program to get planets ready for consumption – but then later turned to creating heralds.
Banner is worried about the amount of power that they have on their side. He is worries they don’t have enough… and that’s when the Red Hulk drops the bomb about Banner having a daughter – namely… Lyra!
So, this issue was full of wonderful surprises! Like I said, Banner wasn’t acting like he has been in recent issues – but the fact that the Hulk robot was created by Galactus? I almost crapped myself! Now, Lyra, as we know, is working with the Leader and M.O.D.O.C.K. – so the Red Hulk actually telling Banner about her and advising that they use her – that could be some sort of trap. Because while the Red Hulk is against the Leader and M.O.D.O.C.K. – I don’t think he;s totally trustworthy not to screw Banner over later. Grade: B