IMG_7227In which Peter David adds a whole bunch of flesh to Bill Mantlo’s skeletal framework of young Banner being abused by a child.

It’s a great use of psychology in comics, but also an unusual one.  Most of the time, psychotherapy in comics is a one-and-done issue in which a character offers a big reveal while lying on the couch.  PAD’s Hulk, which explores the idea of subconconsience quite a bit, posits the idea that Banner’s daddy issues affected the way that the gamma power manifested in him, creating a literal split personality of which the two personalities cannot coexist.  One is a mad, purely emotional beast.  The other is an uptight scientist who can’t succeed despite his own brilliance because his inner child’s rage is constantly blocking him.

Great comics.

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