Monday, 22 August 2011
X1C (v2) #5: "Smash"
("Condition red! Condition red! It's green! Wait... I mean he's green! It's red! The condition is! Red! So red! Totally red! OH MY GOD IT'S SO GREEN!")
I guess three whole issues was long enough without a guest spot, then.
There's really not a lot to be said about this issue; it's basically just all one long fight scene, punctuated by Hulk's "teenage sidekick" Rick making the odd reasonable point. The Hulk doesn't really seem to be in character, from what little I've read of his adventures during this period (mainly UXM #66), but I can see why Parker made the change - having his wise-cracking teenagers try to beat up something only one stage up from a super-powered green refrigerator might look a bit like bullying.
I can't decide whether Xavier's inability to control the Hulk due to constant interruptions from the military is a sly dig at the army's capacity for getting in its own way, or just a crappy hand-wave to explain why the fight doesn't end more or less immediately. I have enough faith in Parker to suspect the former, though.
This story takes place in approximately real time.
Aside from the X-Men's unfamiliarity with the Hulk, which means this issue must take place before UXM #66 (which we'd assume anyway), there's nothing to date this story at all, so we'll stick it into continuity as early as possible.
Sunday 30th July, 1978.
Ethiopia launches a massive offensive against Eritrean guerrillas during the eighteen year of the Eritrean War of Independence.
"All I ever do is catch X-Men" - Angel.