Review: The Incredible Hulk Annual #7

Incredible Hulk Annual #7 cover
Cover by John Byrne and Bob Layton

The Incredible Hulk Annual #7
Published and © by Marvel, 1978

Title: “The Evil That Is Cast …”
Synopsis: Angel and Iceman must team with the Hulk after a Sentinel Master Mold crashes the former X-Men’s double date.

Writers (co-plotters): Roger Stern and John Byrne
Writer: Stern
Penciler: Byrne
Inker: Bob Layton

Review: The former staffers of the fanzine Contemporary Pictorial Literature reteam as pros on this done-in-one treat form Marvel. And while John Byrne has been famously dismissive of Bob Layton’s inking (see below), fans of both men’s work should find this issue to be a splendid visual treat. Story wise, the Hulk feels like a guest star in his own annual as this one is two parts X-Men and one part Champions. But the CPL Gang, including writer Roger Stern, packs a lot of fun into this single issue, from a Doc Samson guest appearance to the Sentinel Master Mold.

Grade: A-

Second opinion: Recommended by The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition), 2003.

Cool factor: John Byrne drawing Sentinels? ’Nuff said.

Character quotable: “The Hulk doesn’t sneak. The Hulk smashes!” – The Hulk, no ninja he

A word from the artist: “It’s kind of difficult to put into words why I don’t like Bob Laytons’s inking. This is going to sound really silly, but I actually feel physically ill when I look at Bob’s stuff. I really do. It’s like everything is greasy and slimy.” – John Byrne, in The Comics Journal #57, July 1980

Editor’s note: This review was written Oct. 15, 2021.

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