Comparisons with Other Hulk Cartoons
On a trip to Notre Dame, Paris, Bruce attends the evening meeting of
the Academy of Science, where a fellow scientist offers Bruce a possible
cure. Betty is there to meet the Minister of Finance to help store a
shipment of gold, some of which will be delivered to the U.S. Government.
A fiendish descendant of Quasimodo, the Hunchback of Notre Dame has plans
for the cure and the gold shipment and kidnaps Betty. She is able to escape
when the Hulk battles Quasimodo. Later, Betty rendevous with the Minister and
Bruce runs into Quasimodo who asks him for the formula that might cure
him. Bruce agrees, and Quasimodo takes the formula with no immediate effect.
Thinking it was a trick, Quasimodo unleashes the mutant bat Salvatore on
Bruce while he goes after Betty and the gold shipment. The Hulk breaks free
from the bat and chases after Quasimodo who sabotages the subway train with
Betty and the Minister in it. The formula then works on Quasimodo who tells
the Hulk to stop the runaway train. The Hulk prevails and turns back into
Bruce, who is thanked by the grateful Quasimodo.
What would otherwise be a lackluster episode, Bruce's sacrifice at the
end is what makes this noteworthy. Bruce's unique condition allows him
to be human most of the time, but Quasimodo is a monster all of the time.
The battles are pretty good, but with a title like "When Monsters Meet,"
I expected a little more...or at least adifferent monster like the
Abomination or the Thing.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame - The great-great-great-great-great-grandson
of the original Quasimodo. He is also a (gamma?) mutated creature of great
strength who retains his intelligence. Interestingly enough, his
attitude is not unlike that of the Grey Hulk. He also has a giant bat called
Salvatore as a partner. Hmmm...one of the gamma-spawned Outcasts of the
comic book series perhaps?
The Incredible Bruce Banner:
Bruce does a pretty good job facing man-to-bat against Salvatore. Not only
does he prevent himself from being eaten, he's able to grab a cliff after
free-falling about 20 feet!