Many of us have a soft spot for the big last page reveal, and this one was a doozy.
Peter David’s twelve-year (!) run on The Incredible Hulk is officially and thoroughly taken for granted now, but at the time it was astonishing in its scope. David took what seemed like the standard bearer for one-note characters and made his life completely unpredictable. More than anyone, he put the Hulk Rules in flux, accidentally flummoxing just about every writer who has come after him. The Hulk could be green, gray, smart, employed, and most of all, funny.
And then there was Dale Keown. I would pay top dollar to get him to take another run at the Hulk.
This issue was the culmination of yet another attempt to reconcile Bruce Banner’s multiple personalities. Doc Samson metaphorically got Bruce and all his Hulks together in the same room and made them confront the childhood that made them. When he was finished, we were left with a creature who was the best part of every Hulk with Bruce’s personality. The world would never be the same, for a while.