Incredible Hulk #3 sees General Thunderbolt Ross tricking Rick Jones into luring the Hulk into a rocket under the guise that they needed someone who could handle the G-force (but really it was a plot to get rid of the Hulk). Naturally, since Rick is a true patriot he does just that. This is also the only part of the story that is any good, as things quickly go downhill from there. At least the artwork is pretty good.
Probably my biggest issue is the idea that the ship becomes bathed in radiation, which some how causes the Hulk to be controlled mentally by Rick Jones. In addition, the Hulk now stays the Hulk during the daytime, which isn’t a bad thing. In addition it features the Circus of Crime, which is about as stupid as you imagine it would be. Also, they really need to work on characters just magically showing up at places, such as General Thunderbolt Ross showing up where the Circus of Crime is.
In the end you are not going to be missing anything if you skip this issue of the Incredible Hulk, unless you are a huge Rick Jones fan. With stories like this it’s not wonder the first volume didn’t last that many issues.
- Editor: Stan Lee
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
- Writers: Stan Lee
- Pencilers: Jack Kirby
- Inkers: Dick Ayers