The Hulk travels to a Future Imperfect to meet his evil alter ego!

Every Friday we use the powers of Marvel Unlimited to look back at the very first appearance of a major character, place or object that made waves this week.

A blast from the past made his hulking presence felt this week as writer Ed Brisson and artist Mike Deodato launched their first issue of OLD MAN LOGAN. Ever since we first glimpsed the Deodato-drawn cover with Maestro, a future version of Hulk, throwing down with the elder incarnation of Wolverine, we’ve been waiting to see what happened and now it’s finally here! In true Flashback Friday tradition, though, it’s time to hit the rewind button and head back to 1992’s INCREDIBLE HULK: FUTURE IMPERFECT two-issue prestige format series by Peter David and George Perez.

The series kicked off by dropping us into Dystopia, a city about a century in the future in the middle of a wasteland run by the feared Maestro. Janis, however, wanted to put a stop to that, so she and her band of rebels stole Doctor Doom’s time machine and recruited a little help in the form of The Incredible Hulk! At that point, the Jade Giant spent his time running around with Bruce Banner’s intelligence and Hulk’s bulk.

After tangling with some of Maestro’s goons, Hulk met a very old Rick Jones who kept a museum celebrating all of the dead heroes. The former sidekick soon explained that a war had devastated the planet, killing many of the heroes in the process and paving the way for Maestro’s rule. All the radiation and death swirling around after the major conflict drove Hulk a bit crazy, eventually turning him into Maestro. He built some dampeners that allowed people to survive in Dystopia and then basically just used humanity to entertain himself.

Hulk: Future Imperfect (1992) #1

Hulk: Future Imperfect (1992) #1

  • Published: December 10, 1992
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: December 04, 2009
  • Writer: Peter David
  • Penciler: George Perez
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That didn’t sit well with the younger Banner. Maestro won the first battle between the titans, breaking his counterpart from the past’s neck in the process, but keeping him alive to wage further mental warfare. That all played nicely into the plan crafter by Hulk, Janis, and her people which involved tunneling into Maestro’s stronghold and getting the drop on him. The two Hulks tussled once again, this time in Jones museum, so artifacts like Captain America’s shield and Wolverine’s skeleton came into play.

Ultimately, Hulk used his smarts to lure Maestro back towards the time machine, which he used to send the tyrant back to that fateful day when Bruce Banner ran out to save Rick Jones from an exploding gamma bomb. This time, Maestro stood right next to the bomb as it exploded, seemingly killing him in the process.

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Of course, we know that’s not how it works in comics! Maestro first returned in the pages of 1998’s INCREDIBLE HULK #460 by David and Adam Kubert. As Bruce mentally dealt with various important people in his head, Maestro appeared to tell him that his corpse acted as a kind of beacon that kept bringing Banner back to the original bombing location. Each time, Maestro absorbed a bit more of that all-important radiation which helped him return at the end of the issue. In the following chapter, the villain sent his consciousness into a Destroyer that he used to fight Hulk. Ultimately, Bruce used his mind to battle Maestro for control of the Asgardian artifact, which lead to a victory for the good guy!

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It’s the final chapter in our look back at the Green Goliath!

For over 50 years, the Incredible Hulk has been smashing his way through the Marvel Universe and into the hearts of fans. Whether you’ve discovered the tale of Bruce Banner and his other self through comics, TV, or film, get the whole story here…

A new Hulk surprised Spider-Man and She-Hulk in TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #1 as they fought an alien menace called Lady Hellbender. When the green giant revealed himself as Bruce Banner’s genius friend Amadeus Cho, the story of how he cured the scientist of his hulking alter-ego with special nanites began to come out, and by TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #4, the legacy of the Hulk seemed fully in Cho’s hands.

Banner tested his cure in TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #7 by exposing himself to dangerous and stressful situations, but failed to transform into The Hulk. Tony Stark arrived to make sure the original Hulk stayed away, and he left after taking the scientist at his word.

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Civil War II (2016) #3

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Banner’s cousin Jennifer Walters went down hard in CIVIL WAR II #1 from wounds sustained in a battle with Thanos, while a new Inhuman, Ulysses, took possession of the power to see visions of the near future. One of these visions involved The Hulk killing Earth’s heroes in a bloody rage, and in CIVIL WAR II #2, Ulysses relayed that horrible picture to the future victims.

Captain Marvel flew off in a flash to confront Bruce Banner at his secret lab in CIVIL WAR II #3, with Iron Man only seconds behind her. A debate ensued over whether or not to do something about the scientist before he transformed or wait to see if he would. Banner insisted his days as a Hulk lay behind him, but before anyone could settle upon an answer to the moral question before them, Hawkeye killed the former jade giant with a special arrow.

The Fallen (2016) #1

The Fallen (2016) #1

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Former comrades of The Hulk attended Bruce Banner’s funeral to pay their respects in CIVIL WAR II: THE FALLEN #1, and watch a video will of the scientist’s as Hawkeye awaited his trial for the murder. Clint Barton claimed that Banner himself asked to be put down by the archer should he seem to be on the verge of “hulking out.” In CIVIL WAR II #4, She-Hulk awoke from a death-like coma to learn of both Banner’s death and Hawkeye’s acquittal by a jury.

The ninja Hand clan stole Banner’s lifeless body in UNCANNY AVENGERS #14 to attempt to bring The Hulk back from the dead to aid them. The Avengers Unity Squad battled a resurrected original Hulk in UNCANNY AVENGERS #15, unaware of exactly how much of Bruce Banner’s actual soul still resided in the zombie-like rampaging corpse. In UNCANNY AVENGERS #17, the Hulk’s former allies succeeded in putting his body to rest once and for all.

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Doc Green embarks on his quest to rid the world of gamma-spawned creatures!

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Following a strange side-trip featuring an appearance by Kluh, the “Hulk’s hulk,” in AXIS #4, the infamous green giant returned to his quest as the highly intelligent Doc Green to round up and “cure” all gamma-spawned personages. In HULK #8, he faced down the Red She-Hulk and when he walked away from the encounter, only a depowered Betty Ross existed.

In HULK #9, Doc entertained a visit from not only the X-Men’s resident intangible hero Kitty Pryde, but also the return of his alter-ego, Bruce Banner. The first of his final showdowns with the Red Hulk occurred in HULK #10, a fight that ended in an indecisive answer to which one stood as the strongest of them all. Doc Green next sought out Lyra, the Savage She-Hulk from an alternate future in HULK #11.

Reed and Sue Richards needed help versus the Quiet Man’s army of monsters in FANTASTIC FOUR #643, so despite the presence of a Hulk from Franklin Richards’ “pocket universe,” Doc Green lent a hand to battle the beasts in FANTASTIC FOUR #644 until the youngster could disperse the pocket universe and the alternate Hulk.

Hulk (2014) #8

Hulk (2014) #8

  • Published: November 05, 2014
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: May 04, 2015
  • Rating: Rated T
  • Writer: Gerry Duggan
  • Cover Artist: Mark Bagley
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Doc’s AI program began to cause more headaches than solve problems in HULK #12, which coincided with Iron Fist’s lessons in fighting for the green genius and an issue involving the Gamma Corps. In HULK #13, Doc Green hired the “Merc with a Mouth,” Deadpool, for a very special mission.

Finally, in HULK #14, emerald and scarlet Hulks threw down for what would become their last fracas. Doc Green managed to take his crimson counterpart’s Hulk powers away in HULK #15, leaving only General “Thunderbolt” Ross, awaiting punishment for his crimes as Red Hulk.

After facing his cousin Jennifer Walters and deciding that she could retain her She-Hulk persona in HULK #16, the original Hulk allowed his Doc Green form to fade away, leaving the near-mindless brute of yore…

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The Jade Giant tackles Inhumanity, gamma monsters, and much more!

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The Hulk and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes returned to that planet’s orbit in AVENGERS #23 to find Black Dwarf waiting for them. During the battle, Ronan the Accuser arrived to declare judgment on Thanos’ lackey. Later, after the Mad Titan’s defeat in INFINITY #6, and the release of the Terrigen Mist over the entire planet, Earth’s scientists looked to Bruce Banner to solve the problem in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #16.

Banner began working on the situation in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #17, unaware that one of his assistants, Randall Jessup, held the Inhuman gene within him. Jessup transformed into an Inhuman-Hulk hybrid of sorts in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #18 while his boss fought Iron Man and Beast as the original green giant.

Indestructible Hulk (2012) #16

Indestructible Hulk (2012) #16

  • Published: November 27, 2013
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: May 26, 2014
  • Rating: Rated T
  • Writer: Mark Waid
  • Cover Artist: Mahmud Asrar
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The group called the Enclave abducted Jessup after Banner helped him change back to normal in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #19, and The Hulk leapt at rescuing him from his kidnappers in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #20. Afterward, Banner left S.H.I.E.L.D., unhappy with their treatment of him and his assistants.

The Hulk joined with the Avengers to confront The Orb in ORIGINAL SIN #2, and when the costumed criminal set off a strange bomb that revealed hidden secrets in ORIGINAL SIN #3, the jade giant flew into a rage when he learned Tony Stark stood responsible for the accident that turned Banner into his hulking alter-ego. Later, Hulk joined with Wolverine to interrogate the captured Orb, got blasted by The Punisher in ORIGINAL SIN #4, and crash-landed on the Moon in ORIGINAL SIN #7.

Hulk (2014) #1

Hulk (2014) #1

  • Published: April 16, 2014
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 13, 2014
  • Rating: Rated T
  • Writer: Mark Waid
  • Cover Artist: Jerome Opena
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An unknown assailant shot the scientist in HULK #1, targeting a sensitive area of Banner’s brain that would cripple him mentally, but not force the transformation into The Hulk. The Abomination returned from the dead in HULK #2, and after surgery, Hulk battled the Avengers in HULK #3. Tony Stark used the Extremis Virus to cure Banner in HULK #4, but when it increased his intelligence, Bruce tweaked Extremis to create a new, smart Hulk persona nicknamed “Doc Green.”

Doc Green’s first task in HULK #5 involved tracking down everybody who ever “suffered” from gamma ray exposure, including his oldest friend, Rick Jones. After “curing” Rick in HULK #6, Doc Green set his sights on his son Skaar in HULK #7.

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Bruce Banner makes a deal with S.H.I.E.L.D., tumbles through time, and travels beyond Infinity with

For over 50 years, the Incredible Hulk has been smashing his way through the Marvel Universe and into the hearts of fans. Whether you’ve discovered the tale of Bruce Banner and his other self through comics, TV, or film, get the whole story here…

The Hulk joined the Avengers on a mission to Mars in AVENGERS #1 to confront the terraforming of the planet by an alien called Ex Nihilo and his associates. The green giant found himself mentally subjugated by an alien woman named Abyss, who pitted him against Thor. In AVENGERS #2, the controlled Hulk watched as Ex Nihilo examined his captives, while on Earth, Captain America assembled a new team to rescue the heroes.

The Hulk fought the powerful Hyperion on Mars in AVENGERS #3, but Abyss freed him from her control when Captain Universe intervened and made a deal with Ex Nihilo. Back on Earth, Bruce Banner made a deal of his own with S.H.I.E.L.D. in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #1 for his services and those of his emerald-hued alter ego.

Iron Man took exception to Hulk’s new role in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #2, but the jade giant kept on smashing for S.H.I.E.L.D. in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #3 when he took on A.I.M. and the Quintronic Man over a volcano. The Hulk joined with the Avengers once again in AVENGERS #5 to aid the Shi’ar Empire versus an alien armada on the run from a cosmic menace.

Banner sent The Hulk off with S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to recover an item from lost Lemuria in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #4, and clashed with the Atlantean warlord Attuma over it in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #5. After a so-called “white event” in AVENGERS #7, Hulk helped his teammates track down Starbrand. When the new hero’s powers activated in AVENGERS #8, he threw the green behemoth into orbit, prompting Captain Marvel to save him by pushing Hulk back down to Earth and smashing into his opponent.

Indestructible Hulk (2012) #1

Indestructible Hulk (2012) #1

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Banner led a team of his S.H.I.E.L.D. lab assistants through a portal to fabled Jotunheim in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #6 where they met with Frost Giants and the mighty Thor. The thunder god teamed with Hulk to fight the giants in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #7, and bid him a farewell in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #8 after the fight ended.

Starbrand returned to fight Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in AVENGERS #9, but Hulk and the others turned their attention to Ex Nihilo’s sentience bombs landing all over the planet. Bruce Banner traveled to Canada in AVENGERS #10 and encountered a strange effect there from a bomb that “evolved” him temporarily into his future self as The Maestro.

Daredevil lent a helping hand to Hulk in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #9 and stopped him from killing a criminal. Together, the blind hero and the jade giant tracked arms dealers back to Baron Zemo in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #10, but Hulk suffered blindness from one of the villain’s weapons before being saved by the Man Without Fear. Later, The Hulk investigated an accident with a S.H.I.E.L.D. time portal in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #11, a situation that set him on an adventure through time with Western heroes in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #12 and the Black Knight in old Camelot in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #13. Eventually, in order to save all of time itself, he journeyed back to his own origins at the gamma bomb site in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #14.

Captain America enlisted Banner to work on the problem of the rampant evolution brought on by Ex Nihilo’s devices in AVENGERS #14. Unfortunately, the stress of it all forced the scientist to Hulk-out in AVENGERS #16. Afterward, he joined with the Avengers to bring the alien and his crew over to the heroes’ side in AVENGERS #17 to present a joint force to leave Earth in INFINITY #1 to confront the approaching Builder fleet in outer space.

The Avengers suffered defeat from the Builders in AVENGERS #18, but they rallied in INFINITY #2 to cause some damage to Builder ships. The Hulk in particular smashed his way through a supposed “world killer” in INFINITY #3 and fought Thanos’ lackey Black Dwarf in AVENGERS #22. Following the destruction, the Avengers headed back to Earth in INFINITY #5 when they heard news of Thanos’ invasion of their home world.

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The Avengers, the Guardians of the galaxy and more stop by to lend a hand!

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Finding himself mysteriously separated from The Hulk, Bruce Banner became unduly fascinated with creating new monsters in INCREDIBLE HULK #2. Elsewhere, a woman named Amanda Von Doom approached Hulk to join her Mad Squad, a team dedicated to ridding the world of mad scientists. When Banner’s boar monsters attacked the Hulk’s cave home in INCREDIBLE HULK #3, the green giant decided to join Amanda’s group.

The Mad Squad traveled to Banner’s remote island in INCREDIBLE HULK #4, where they discovered the scientist’s gamma bomb. During a confrontation with his now-insane alter-ego, Hulk revealed in INCREDIBLE HULK #5 that Doctor Doom separated the two. Banner attacked Hulk with high-tech weapons in INCREDIBLE HULK #6, but when Amanda activated the bomb, the jade giant forced Banner to stay for its explosion.

Incredible Hulk (2011) #2

Incredible Hulk (2011) #2

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With his former alter-ego now seemingly dead, Hulk renewed his strange romance with Red She-Hulk after they fought violently in INCREDIBLE HULK #7.1. Later, the green behemoth transformed back into an elated Bruce Banner. Realizing he needed to stay angry to not allow Banner to resurface again, Hulk began to pick fights in INCREDIBLE HULK #8, first with The Punisher and a drug cartel, then Atlanteans in INCREDIBLE HULK #9, Kraven the Hunter in INCREDIBLE HULK #10, a lost city of sasquatches in INCREDIBLE HULK #11, and ultimately his old sparring partners Wolverine and The Thing in INCREDIBLE HULK #12.

Finally, forming an alliance with Bruce Banner in his mind, The Hulk took his fight to his real tormentor, Doctor Doom, in INCREDIBLE HULK #13. He faced off against the Mad Squad, who stood in his way in INCREDIBLE HULK #14, and threw down with Doom himself in INCREDIBLE HULK #15 to battle for his peace of mind.

Alone in the desert, Hulk found himself attacked by a new Aquarius in AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #1. Divining the villain’s intention to waylay a U.S. Army caravan, the green giant bounded off to Stark Tower in AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #2 to get answers. The answer arrived in the form of an Ultimate Nullifier that the Avengers realized the new Zodiac coveted, but before Hulk could accept Captain America’s invitation to join his team, the Zodiac attacked.

The Hulk and the Avengers battled the villainous group on a S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier in AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #3, a skirmish that ended with the emerald behemoth killing Leo and Thanos arriving to interrupt the proceedings. Angered that Earth’s Mightiest Heroes interrupted his own plans to scoop up the Nullifier, he mind-controlled Hulk to fight his teammates in AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #4. Iron Man blew up the helicarrier to stop Thanos and the whole team later welcomed help from the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Avengers Assemble (2012) #1

Avengers Assemble (2012) #1

  • Published: March 14, 2012
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 01, 2013
  • Rating: Rated T+
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While everyone compared notes in AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #5, Captain America used Hulk to coerce information from the army. Knowing then that Thanos possessed a Cosmic Cube, both teams headed into space to stop him in AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #6, but the alien Badoon attacked them under the Mad Titan’s orders and they found themselves ejected into cold space for their troubles.

After being rescued by Black Widow in AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #7, Hulk joined with Thor to take the fight back to the Badoon. Thanos appeared again with his Cube and banished the Avengers to the Cancerverse. In AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #8, Hulk and the others joined forces with the Elders of the Universe to race back to Earth and confront Thanos there. Able to destroy the Mad Titan’s incomplete Cube, the Avengers won the day and watched as the Elders took the beaten Thanos away for incarceration.

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The jade giant and his family enlist in the Chaos War, face Fear Itself, and more!

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On the far-off planet K’ai, Bruce Banner and his son Skaar reeled from what they’d discovered in INCREDIBLE HULKS #616: Hulk’s other son, Hiro-Kala, intended to drive the entire world into Earth to stop an ancient power. With the help of the Worldmind, Banner and Skaar stopped him in INCREDIBLE HULKS #617 and returned to Earth, though the scientist suffered from the loss of his offspring.

The two landed in the middle of the Chaos War in INCREDIBLE HULKS #618, and found themselves immediately opposing a menace called Mikaboshi and his lackey, the Hulk’s old foe Abomination. Rick Jones’ wife Marlo brought back deceased friends in INCREDIBLE HULKS #619 to aid the cause, but all seemed dark when Bruce’s late father appeared as a giant monster to terrorize him. While Marlo and the others fought Abomination and Mikaboshi in INCREDIBLE HULKS #620, Hulk ended his long-standing battle with his father once and for all.

Following that, Hulk fought his way through Olympus in INCREDIBLE HULKS #621 to enlist Zeus’ help in the Chaos War, but when the king of the gods put down the jade giant in INCREDIBLE HULKS #622, it fell to Hercules and other allies to save him. Meanwhile, in the Savage Land, a member of Hulk’s Warbound, Miek, plotted revenge against his former leader.

Incredible Hulks (2009) #618

Incredible Hulks (2009) #618

  • Published: December 08, 2010
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 08, 2013
  • Rating: A
  • Writer: Greg Pak
  • Penciler: Paul Pelletier
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Hulk and Skaar traveled to the Savage Land in INCREDIBLE HULKS #623 to join with Ka-Zar against Miek, but the confrontation proved overwhelming in INCREDIBLE HULKS #624. In a final clash between himself and The Hulk in INCREDIBLE HULKS #625, the alien Miek lost his life.

Hulk’s genius friend Amadeus Cho declared Betty’s powers as Red She-Hulk to be unstable in INCREDIBLE HULKS #626, so Bruce flew off to Rome to confront her, only to discover her new alliance with his old enemy Tyrannus. Betty and the underworld tyrant sought Pandora’s Box in INCREDIBLE HULKS #627, but a dangerous group known as the Knights of Rome threw up a bulwark to stop them from seizing it. During the fighting in INCREDIBLE HULKS #628, Hulk and Betty rekindled their love for each other, but after the Knights fell in combat in INCREDIBLE HULKS #629, Red She-Hulk returned to Tyrannus and left Banner behind once more.

After years of being subjected to his “puny” host, Hulk demanded to be prominent in INCREDIBLE HULKS #630, and when a wishing well from the gods presented itself, he believed he’d receive his desire. Banner’s friend tried to bring him up and out of the green giant in INCREDIBLE HULKS #631, but the Hulk’s attention swung to monsters to be fought, including Lord Armageddon in INCREDIBLE HULKS #632.

Incredible Hulks (2009) #630

Incredible Hulks (2009) #630

  • Published: June 08, 2011
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: February 24, 2012
  • Rating: A
  • Writer: Greg Pak
  • Penciller: Paul Pelletier
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The mystical, otherworldly Umar seduced the Hulk into dealing with the Mindless Ones in INCREDIBLE HULKS #633, and so Worldbreaker Hulk smashed them all in INCREDIBLE HULKS #634. In the end, a normal Hulk squared off against Red She-Hulk in the Dark Dimension in INCREDIBLE HULKS #635, bringing about the end of an era for them both.

The Hulk became possessed by a strange hammer from the skies in FEAR ITSELF #1. Now called Nul and under the command of Odin’s brother The Serpent, he battled the mighty Thor in FEAR ITSELF #4 alongside a transformed Ben Grimm, and even managed to seriously wound the thunder god in FEAR ITSELF #5. Through the efforts of Tony Stark and other heroes, Hulk found himself freed from Nul’s influence in FEAR ITSELF #7. He subsequently freed himself from Bruce Banner, somehow forcing an actual bodily separation from his alter ego.

Once again alone, Hulk hid out in an unknown, underground Moloid village in INCREDIBLE HULK #1, until called into the light to fight a new menace…

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The original Hulk returns to incite the Intelligencia as Fall of the Hulks leads to World War Hulks!

For over 50 years, the Incredible Hulk has been smashing his way through the Marvel Universe and into the hearts of fans. Whether you’ve discovered the tale of Bruce Banner and his other self through comics, TV, or film, get the whole story here…

Bruce Banner cured Marlo Chandler of being The Harpy in INCREDIBLE HULK #604, and then he and Skaar heard news of Mole Man’s monsters ripping up New York City. Traveling there, Banner set Skaar up to fight the beasts in INCREDIBLE HULK #605, and the young alien became a hero with average citizens afterward.

Banner convinced Red Hulk to kill General “Thunderbolt” Ross in FALL OF THE HULKS: GAMMA #1 and later attended the funeral. When the scientist sought out Red Hulk for an alliance in FALL OF THE HULKS: RED HULK #1, he learned of a daughter he didn’t know. After the scarlet brute fought The Thing in HULK #19, he and Banner set their sites on the Intelligencia, a cabal of genius criminals, in INCREDIBLE HULK #606, and Banner schemed with the Avengers to take down his crimson counterpart.

With a hand-picked team of Avengers in INCREDIBLE HULK #607, Bruce Banner battled the Intelligencia to rescue Betty Ross, whom he believed to be their prisoner. After meeting up with Red Hulk again in INCREDIBLE HULK #608, he failed to free the geniuses his foes held and instead fell prey to their devices. Banner escaped in INCREDIBLE HULK #609 with the unlikely help of Doctor Doom and discovered, to his chagrin, Betty to be the mysterious Red She-Hulk.

Fall of the Hulks Gamma (2009) #1

Fall of the Hulks Gamma (2009) #1

  • Published: December 23, 2009
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: March 25, 2011
  • Writer: Jeph Loeb
  • Penciller: John Romita
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Doc Samson sacrificed his life in INCREDIBLE HULK #610 to confront “hulked-out” heroes created by the Intelligencia, but Banner absorbed all their ill-gained energies to once again transform into the one, the only, the original Hulk. Finally in the presence of his true father, Skaar steeled himself to kill his target. Hulk and son battled viciously in INCREDIBLE HULK #611, but when the jade giant drew his hand back to deliver a fatal blow, he thought better of it and Banner and Skaar reconciled their differences.

When the dust from the battle cleared in INCREDIBLE HULKS #612, Betty announced her desire to move on and not return to Bruce’s side. Captain America came calling in INCREDIBLE HULKS #613 to inform Banner of a mission to the planet K’ai he needed Hulk for, but Skaar insisted his father refuse. He then revealed the planet’s menace: his twin brother Hiro-Kala.

Banner and his son made plans to travel to K’ai in INCREDIBLE HULKS #614, and eventually landed there to confront Hiro-Kala in INCREDIBLE HULKS #615.

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The Green Goliath rejoins the Avengers, Red Hulk runs wild, plus meet Skaar!

For over 50 years, the Incredible Hulk has been smashing his way through the Marvel Universe and into the hearts of fans. Whether you’ve discovered the tale of Bruce Banner and his other self through comics, TV, or film, get the whole story here…

The powerful Sentry and Ms. Marvel confronted The Hulk in Las Vegas in HULK #8 as the green giant tried to solve the mystery of a plague of Wendigos. Meanwhile, She-Hulk and her Lady Liberators stood their ground against Red Hulk in HULK #9.

The cosmic Grandmaster offered to resurrect Hulk’s lost love Jarella in HULK #10 if he’d participate in a match against Red Hulk. Hulk picked his former Defenders teammates as allies, while Red chose Baron Mordo, Terrax, and Tiger Shark as his “Offenders.” When the two teams threw down in HULK #11, Red Hulk speared Hulk with a trident and killed him. Afterward, the Grandmaster revived Hulk and the Defenders in HULK #12 and sent him and Red on their way.

Loki, posing as The Scarlet Witch, gathered up The Hulk in MIGHTY AVENGERS #21 for a spot on a new team led by Hank Pym and later goaded him into fighting Iron Man in MIGHTY AVENGERS #22. Regardless, the jade giant still helped to battle the demonic Chthon in MIGHTY AVENGERS #23.

Incredible Hulks (2009) #600

Incredible Hulks (2009) #600

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The Red Hulk’s true identity as General “Thunderbolt” Ross stood revealed in INCREDIBLE HULK #600 when he attempted to stop reporter Ben Urich from publishing a story on him. Bruce Banner wanted to be free from The Hulk forever in HULK #13, but Norman Osborn complicated matters by sending the war god Ares to deal with him.

Now on Earth, the Hulk’s son Skaar met up with Hulk’s old crew the Warbound in SKAAR: SON OF HULK #11, but the green-hued warrior only cared about finding his father to kill him. Hulk and son finally clashed in SKAAR: SON OF HULK #12, but Hulk’s memories of his time on Skaar’s world remained dim, prompting his son to delay his revenge.

Earth’s super heroes searched for Bruce Banner in INCREDIBLE HULK #601, but the scientist decided he wanted to get to know his son and train him to fight The Hulk when his alter-ego returned. In INCREDIBLE HULK #602 Skaar’s education included a head-on collision with the Juggernaut, a confrontation orchestrated by Banner. Later, Banner and Wolverine stood on the sidelines as their sons, Skaar and Daken, fought in a bar in INCREDIBLE HULK #603.

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Meet the Red Hulk—and nothing will ever be the same!

For over 50 years, the Incredible Hulk has been smashing his way through the Marvel Universe and into the hearts of fans. Whether you’ve discovered the tale of Bruce Banner and his other self through comics, TV, or film, get the whole story here…

With his revenge on Earth’s heroes for shooting him into space crumbling around him, Hulk faced off against the most powerful man on the planet, The Sentry, in WORLD WAR HULK #5. After the battle, he began leaking radiation, forcing Tony Stark to bombard the green menace from space satellites, which triggered the Hulk’s transformation back to Bruce Banner.

Not long after, the Hulk’s old foe The Abomination turned up dead in HULK #1, so General “Thunderbolt” Ross and Doc Samson opened up a murder investigation. Banner, in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody after the Hulk’s bid for world domination, knew nothing about it.

A mysterious crimson-hued Red Hulk appeared in HULK #2 and attacked a S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier. Elsewhere, the Hulk’s longtime friend Rick Jones changed into a blue-skinned being called A-Bomb and sought out Red Hulk for a fight in HULK #3. When Rick failed to stop the new menace, Banner transformed into the original Hulk and escaped from incarceration.

Hulk (2008) #1

Hulk (2008) #1

  • Published: January 04, 2008
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: May 10, 2011
  • Rating: T+
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One of the cosmic voyeurs known as the Watchers appeared on Earth to witness the titanic throw down between Hulk and Red Hulk in HULK #4. When that failed to stop the new behemoth, the mighty Thor tried his hand at hammering him in HULK #5, with Iron Man, She-Hulk, Ares, The Human Torch, The Thing, and Namor waiting in the wings for their turn.

Hulk finally beat Red Hulk in HULK #6, but the mystery of the newcomer’s true identity remained a closely guarded secret, known only to the scarlet-skinned brute himself. Later, the red terror won a battle against She-Hulk in KING-SIZE HULK #1, so in HULK #7 the green giantess formed a team of Lady Liberators—herself, Valkyrie, and Thundra—to exact revenge for the beating while Hulk tried to investigate a crop of Wendigos in Las Vegas.

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