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1540: Incredible Hulk #156 (v1)

" Holocaust at the Heart of the Atom! "
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Incredible Hulk #156 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Herb Trimpe
Writers: Archie Goodwin
Pencilers: Herb Trimpe
Inkers: Sal Trapani
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: October 1972
Release Date: July 1972
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 282                 Times Rated: 178
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
After taking Hank Pym's serum, Hulk finds himself in the land of Jarella with Bruce Banner's mind. Finding Jarella's kingdom destroyed he must face his greatest fear to save the woman he loves.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  The Hulk
The Hulk last appeared in Incredible Hulk #155 (v1). The Hulk next appears in Marvel Feature #3 (v1).
Supporting Characters
Jarella last appeared in Incredible Hulk #154 (v1). Jarella next appears in Incredible Hulk #202 (v1).
  Glenn Talbot
Glenn Talbot last appeared in Incredible Hulk #155 (v1). Glenn Talbot next appears in Incredible Hulk #157 (v1).
  Betty Ross
Betty Ross last appeared in Incredible Hulk #155 (v1). Betty Ross next appears in Incredible Hulk #157 (v1).
Torla last appeared in Incredible Hulk #148 (v1). Torla next appears in Incredible Hulk #203 (v1).
Holi last appeared in Incredible Hulk #148 (v1). Holi next appears in Incredible Hulk #203 (v1).
Moli last appeared in Incredible Hulk #148 (v1). Moli next appears in Incredible Hulk #203 (v1).
Visis last appeared in Incredible Hulk #148 (v1). Visis next appears in Incredible Hulks: Enigma Force #2. Dies in this issue.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Krylar in the mainstream continuity. Dies in this issue.
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Issue Review
   January 22, 2017
Wow, this is a great comic.
Absolutely jam-packed with story.
A story that moves fast and always engages and delights. It should have run for three issues, at least, but so much happens that it feels as if it did.
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  Drax Says:    
  2013-06-10 22:27:32  
  Herb Trimp sure draw a weird looking Hulk!  

  Xythe Says:    
  2013-09-19 07:47:25  
  Well that was all kinds of awful. I really dislike Bruce-Hulk.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-11 13:23:59  
  That was an enjoyable fantasy. It almost makes you wish for a Hulk the Barbarian series. I guess we get close when Planet Hulk comes around.  

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2015-01-20 04:23:33  
  JSeverin must be on holiday; I never presumed Him to be missed, but he is here. It's like a blast back to early Mikey DeMeo; not too pretty. There are some nice panels, but not many. The main problem here is the story. It's just way too convenient for Hulk to find this needle in millions of haystacks after a few very good comics. I would have liked to have seen the search go on longer, maybe including a bit more clever storytelling. Script has our anti-hero in a mental situation which the writers aren't quite sure how to handle, so Hulk's lines are fairly awkward.(2)  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-02-23 20:24:25  
  You'd think a scientist... An educated man's inner dialogue would know the difference between "your" and you're"  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-04-16 16:43:37  
  He was a scientist, not a linguist!
I thought the story was pretty good overall...but the problem for us reading it now, and I would imagine even reading it back then, is that we know that Hulk is going to come back to the regular world. Because of this rather than getting wrapped up in the narrative or emotions, we're just waiting around for that something to happen that sends him back.

  phogbear Says:    
  2015-11-15 13:39:01  
  I wish Hulk could stay in this world. Either Banner-Hulk or regular Hulk, both work here and they are fun.

This world more interesting then going back to Earth and having him constantly running from the Army. I guess the Defenders need him.

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2016-05-18 15:41:15  
  Aw... I quite like Jarella and Banner together. And it seems Betty has finally moved on.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-10-23 20:43:38  
  3 stars for Banner facing his greatest fear; that the local PX is all out of purple pants!!!

Mawage - I like that the priests' religious book has a picture of the atom on it!!!

Piggyback - Cool scene of the Hulk leading the charge of the Warthos!!!

Despicable - Man, Visis is one cold hearted bastard!!!

Wreckin' Ball - Great image of Hulk destroying Visis' castle!!!

Step Off - I wonder how much damage the Hulk did to Jarella's world when he was leaving???

'Nuff Said - "...Hulk is starting to--GROW!"-Shucking Hulkster

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-04-25 07:16:16  
  Herb Trimpe can be ruined by a bad inker more than artist in the order

There is a long running trope of Hulk finding a world somewhere and falling in love. The crossroads, Planet Hulk, any others?


  Russ Says:    
  2017-04-26 22:59:15  
  The Hulk-Jarella stories on her homeworld are fun. It's really a shame they didn't do more of these over the years. But it does seem like these stories were an early dry run for Planet Hulk.

Warthos are fun animals! Part pig and part dog; I think I've had ex-girlfriends refer to me that way. If the Hulk ever stays on Kai but abdicates, he can run a dog pound. "How much is that Warthos in the window....?"

3 stars. I know the Hulk gets angry a lot, but this is probably the first time I've ever seen him really beside himself!

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-05-15 08:13:58  
  I really wish they would let him hang around on Jarella's world for a bit longer, it's so much more interesting than earth and opens up some actual character development opportunities. But no. Sigh.  

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-12-01 01:11:11  
  You know, as a long-time Edgar Rice Burroughs/Ray Cummings fan, I could read the other-worldly adventures of Bruce Banner/Hulk all the time.

3 stars.

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2018-02-03 14:16:46  
  I really enjoyed this. I liked that Banner's greatest fear is Hulk Unleashed, whereas Hulk isn't afraid of anything. That's kind of a staple of modern Hulk stories, but this early version is excellent.

This *probably* doesn't deserve the 5 starsI gave it, but it gets a boost for the above, as well as the image of a mountain sized Hulk annihilating Visis' stronghold.

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Incredible Hulk: Heart of the Atom
This collection includes Incredible Hulk #140 (v1), Incredible Hulk #148 (v1), Incredible Hulk #156 (v1), Incredible Hulk #202 (v1), Incredible Hulk #203 (v1), Incredible Hulk #205 (v1), Incredible Hulk #206 (v1), Incredible Hulk #207 (v1), Incredible Hulk #246 (v1), Incredible Hulk #247 (v1), Incredible Hulk #248 (v1)
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Date User Name Update
   March 26, 2018 ViolentPhlegm
   February 7, 2018 TStarnes
   August 9, 2015 fragsel Added Moli to the issue.
   August 9, 2015 fragsel Added Holi to the issue.
   August 9, 2015 fragsel Added Torla to the issue.
   August 9, 2015 fragsel Added Krylar to the issue.
   August 9, 2015 fragsel Added Visis to the issue.
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