Incredible Hulk Annual # 7 (1978)
Writer / Co-Plotter: Roger Stern
Penciller / Co-Plotter: John Byrne
Inker: Bob Layton
Letterer: Jim Novak
Colorist: Janice Cohen
This week, I’ll take a look at Incredible Hulk Annual # 7 which features a story done by the all-star creative team of Roger Stern, John Byrne, and Bob Layton.
The Hulk, along with The Angel and Iceman, is suddenly attacked by Master Mold (A classic X-Men villain who was created by Bolivar Trask to create an army of sentinels for the sole purpose of controlling the mutant population); It isn’t long before the latter captures both Angel and Iceman then flies away so The Hulk gets a ride on Master Mold’s foot, but after reaching the Master Mold’s space station planetoid is where all three of our heroes finds themselves prisoners….. and it’s at that point of the annual is where the action gets even more intense.
This annual was an absolute joy to read and cemented both Stern and Byrne as amazing storytellers; Not only that, but they also work very well together thanks in part to their excelling co-plotting; Even though this felt like an X-Men story guest-starring The Hulk, the pacing and all-out action really made this annual felt like a big-budget action movie. Plus, I should also point out that during this time Is when Byrne’s artwork was vibrant on every page (His now-legendary run on “Uncanny X-Men” is living proof of that) and it’s the beauty of Bob Layton’s inks that really brought out the wonders in Byrne’s pencils (Even though Byrne himself went on record to say that he wasn’t a fan of Layton’s inking on this annual); Incredible Hulk Annual # 7 delivers big on not only the story and action, it’s also a true testament of how great annuals are when it’s got a stellar creative team working on it, thereby making it a standout in the bronze era of comics.
That’s it for me.
I’ll be back next week with another review so thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time