Incredible Hulk #4 thankfully sees a reversal from the pervious issue, with Rick Jones strapping the Hulk to a machine that reverses the connection of him being able to mentally control the Hulk. Man was that awful idea. However, this issue now sees the Hulk be able to have Banner’s mind and, as far as I can tell, only transform via the machine. In addition, this issue also sees Mongu challenging the Earth’s mightiest champion to combat, which naturally the Hulk answers the call for.
Overall, in terms of story progression, I’m glad to see the Rick Jones angle of being able to control the Hulk be over, but at the same time I’m not too sure I like where this new angle is going. In addition, the battle with Mongu was disappointing, but the panels depicting the Hulk catch the grenade and burrow under the aircraft was pretty badass.
In the end Incredible Hulk is an average issue that really demonstrates just how many changes the Hulk has undergone in regards to what triggers his transformations and the dichotomy between Banner and the Hulk.
- Editor: Stan Lee
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
- Writers: Stan Lee
- Pencilers: Jack Kirby
- Inkers: Dick Ayers
- Letterers: Artie Simek