Monday, April 21, 2014

The Indexible Hulk #59

Hulk 102Issue: The Incredible Hulk #102

Title: --This World Not His Own!

Credits: Written by Gary Friedrich, penciled by Marie Severin, inked by George Tuska and Syd Shores, lettered by Artie Simek

Supporting Cast: (in flashback) Rick Jones, General Ross

Villain: The Enchantress, the Executioner, Trolls

Guest-Stars: Odin, Oldar the Oracle, Warriors Three, (in flashback) Thor, Silver Surfer

Plot: In Asgard, while going with the Warriors Three to see Oldar the Oracle, the Hulk jumped over a bottomless chasm, being changed back to Banner partway across by Loki, causing Bruce to plummet ever downwards! Now, as he falls, he's spotted by the Executioner and the Enchantress, who happen to be walking along a narrow path on the wall of the chasm. Recognizing Bruce as a mortal, the Enchantress chooses to save him, as he may have news about Hercules, whom Amora has fallen in love with. The Executioner isn't happy about this, as there's an invasion of Asgard planned and he wants to keep it on track.

Above, the Warriors Three fear Bruce is dead, but decide to continue on to Oldar, and when she's summoned, and spends a few pages narrating the Hulk's origin in verse. At the Executioner's camp, the Enchantress questions Bruce about Herc, but of course he knows nothing. The Executioner is about to behead Bruce when the stress changes Bruce back into the Hulk! The Executioner recognizes Greenskin from their encounter in Tales to Astonish #77, and the two start to fight! Just as the Hulk uses one of his standard ground-shaking blows to knock the Executioner off his feet, the Enchantress orders their troll army to attack, but the Hulk still escapes them.

Now, the roles are reversed, as the Executioner wants to go after the Hulk, while th Enchantress is ready for the invasion of Asgard! The troll legions are ordered to begin their attack on Asgard. Meanwhile, Oldar warns the Warriors Three of the invasion, and rush off to warn the city. Elsewhere, the Hulk makes his way back to the chasm, and starts climbing up.

The troll armies attack, and the call to arms is sounded in Asgard! As the Enchantress casts a spell to aid the trolls, the Hulk emerges from the chasm, and shortly comes upon the scene of the invasion. The Hulk leaps into the troll army, and the Hulk soon starts to open a chasm in the ground to swallow up the troll army, unknowingly aided by Odin. Angered by this, the Enchantress casts a spell on the Hulk, intending to kill him! Downed by this spell, the Hulk is doomed, but Odin decrees that the Hulk shall live, using the power of his scepter.

The Hulk awakens, sees Odin's scepter pointed at him, and assumes the Asgardians a also his enemies. Odin is about to destroy the Hulk in response, but Fandral and Hogun talk Odin into sparing the Hulk! Odin decides instead to send the Hulk away from Asgard... But to where?

Invention Exchange: None

Reprinted In: Marvel Super-Heroes #56, Essential Hulk #2, Warriors Three: Dog Day Afternoon (unnumbered 2011 series)

Notes: If you recall, the previous meeting of the Hulk and the Executioner took place on a future Earth after the Hulk had been struck by Banner's T-Gun and time traveled. We can only assume that at some point in the past, the Executioner himself traveled to the future, and returned after his defeat. This is not mentioned in the comic at all.

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