In 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.