Rampage (UK) #12 (Story 1)


"Rampage" was a UK teen pop-culture magazine published by Panini Magazines from late 2004 to early 2007. I missed these when they first came out, but I'm doing my best to track down back-issues.

The content was predominantly a garish mix of enthusiastic product marketing for toys, movies, and video games. But each issue also featured new Marvel stories written and illustrated by UK creators. Spider-Man frequently appeared in the stories, as well as being referenced in much of the filler material.

Spider-Man is on the cover of issue #12, but he doesn't appear in either of the two stories. Let's review them both anyhow, starting with this 6-page Hulk tale written by well-known writer Roger Stern.

Story 'A Mighty, Raging Fury!'

  Rampage (UK) #12 (Story 1)
Summary: 05-Oct-2005 (Spider-Man on Cover, Hulk Story)
Publisher: Panini Magazines
Editor: Tom O'Malley
Writer: Roger Stern
Pencils: John Royle
Inker: Dylan Teague
Lettering: Peri Godbold
Colorist: James Offredi

Bruce Banner is shopping in a general store, deep in the Midwest desert, when it is robbed by a couple of pistol-toting punks. Banner becomes the Hulk and pummels the robbers.

When the sheriff turns up, the storekeeper (an attractive young woman, naturally) persuades Hulk to go, instead of beating up the local law-enforcers.

Hulk flees, falls asleep, and wakes as Banner to find the self-same sheriff standing over him. Banner is pulled in for vagrancy and spends the night in a cell. As he falls asleep in a simple bed, the sheriff is talking about his earlier encounter with the Hulk.

General Comments

A simple tale that turns neatly back upon itself.

Overall Rating

Just the basics, done competently.

Three webs.