Hey there, everyone, and welcome to the third post in my new Avengerous Tales review series. Before we begin, I think these issues need a wee bit of introduction.
If you’ll recall the end of the last review, Banner’s confidante Rick Jones worried that the Hulk would be upset about his running off to be Captain America’s Replacement Bucky. In Fantastic Four #25, which is an Avengers crossover along with Fantastic Four #26, we find out that ‘upset’ is an understatement, and even as the Avengers fly to New Mexico to try to track the Hulk down, the Hulk bounds off to New York to kick the Avengers’ butts for treating him so badly. Dontcha hate it when you go all the way out to see someone and it turns out they’re not home? That’s what you get for not calling ahead.
In FF #25-#26, in which the Hulk is referred to as “Bob Banner” for no discernable reason*, the Hulk and the Thing spar a little before the Avengers finally show up to try to take responsibility for their ex-member. In the resulting fight, Hulk of course gets away again, but not before thoroughly trashing Tony Stark’s (one day to be Avengers’) mansion. And that’s where Avengers #5 picks up.