Incredible Hulk #5 is actually divided into two stories, “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Hordes of General Fang.” In “Beauty and the Beast,” Tyrannus, exiled for a thousand years underground by Merlin, decides it’s high time to invade the surface world. However, first he needs to kidnap Betty Ross to hold as hostage to prevent the United States from attacking his army. In “The Hordes of General Fang” the Hulk seeks to stop General Fang’s invasion of the peaceful principality of Llhasa.
Probably the biggest takeaway from this issue is the idea that the longer Banner stays as the Hulk the more Hulk’s bestial nature takes over and the less control he has. I like the idea of that and hopefully they actually stick with it for a second. The only other thing going for this issue, aside from the art, is the Hulk dressing up as the abominable snowman, which was just hilarious. Some of the downsides include the Hulk trying to sneak on a plane, a villain in Tyrannus who seems to forget his original goal of trying to conquer the surface world, and a hologram dragon trap that seems like it shouldn’t have worked.
In the end, Incredible Hulk #5 is an okay issue, with some fun exploits, especially with the Hulk taking on a whole army. Unfortunately, both villains leave a lot to be desired. Also, instead of splitting it into two smaller stories they should focus on one longer story with an actual plot.
- Editors: Stan Lee
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
- Writers: Stan Lee
- Pencilers: Jack Kirby
- Inkers: Dick Ayers
- Letterers: Artie Simek