Incredible Hulk #2 sees the Earth be invaded by the Toad Men from outer space for no apparent reason that I can tell of. Equipped with the latest magnetic technology, the Toad Men seek to find the smartest Earthling so that they may learn of the Earth’s defenses before launching their attack. Naturally, this causes them to lock onto Bruce Banner and capture him for interrogation aboard one of their spaceships. Unfortunately for the Toad Men they get more than they bargained for in the process.
While the Toad Men are a perfectly serviceable threat, if a bit heavily reliant on magnetic technology, they certainly aren’t as cool as the Skrulls. Also, it would’ve been nice if the Toad Men had been given a motivation or a purpose for attacking the Earth. In addition to the invasion, the theme of the Hulk being hunted and Banner’s quest to contain him continues in this issue as well. Although I must say it is really lacking a reason to hunt the Hulk, especially since he hasn’t really done anything to anyone.
In the end Incredible Hulk #2 has some pretty nice artwork and a decent story that is brought down by not being fully fleshed out and a flawed ending. Still it’s worth a read if you’re a fan of the Hulk and want to see him plow through a ton of soldiers and Toad Men (which is actually pretty funny considering how small they are).
- Editor: Stan Lee
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko
- Writers: Stan Lee
- Pencilers: Jack Kirby
- Inkers: Steve Ditko
- Letterers: Artie Simek