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Quote1 I'll show you! I'll show you what happens when you mess with the Hulk! Quote2
-- The Hulk (Rick Jones)

Appearing in "Inconstant Moon"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #331.

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  • Hulkbuster Vehicles

Synopsis for "Inconstant Moon"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #331.

Following his battle with the Nevermind, Rick Jones -- in his Hulk form -- has fled Gamma Base and now rages in the night. When the Hulkbusters begin mobilizing to chase after the Hulk, Bruce Banner offers to expose himself to gamma rays and become the Hulk again so that he can help capture his successor. His wife Betty is shocked by this suggestion and tells him that it is an insane idea. Bruce quickly agrees with her, saying that it is indeed a bad idea. They then turn their attentions to the body of Thaddeus Ross, who sacrificed his life to stop the Nevermind. Clay Quartermain decides to call a local morgue in order to deal with the body, fearing reprisals from his handlers at SHIELD. Clay then sends off the Hulkbusters to hunt down the new Hulk, although Armand is disturbed with LaRoquette's obsession with destroying the creature. Quartermain then puts in a call to a local morgue and after some debate, they agree to pick up the body from Gamma Base. The man in charge of the morgue tells his driver to bring their newest employee, Sterns. The driver is upset by this, because Sterns acts strangely. Overhearing this while sweeping, Sterns begins to grin a sinister smile.

At that moment, the Hulkbusters are searching for the Hulk in one-man fighter craft. They all check in with Gamma Base and report no sightings yet. At the monitor is Banner, who is once more being pressed by his wife to take some time away from Hulk-hunting so they can have some time alone. When Bruce brings up the idea of willingly transforming himself into the Hulk again, Betty is shocked when she learns that Bruce has done this to himself in the past. Betty is upset to hear that the man who claims that his life as the Hulk was such a nightmare would willingly inflict the transformation upon himself, regardless of the circumstances. Before they can argue about this anymore, the Hulkbusters radio in as they are engaged by the Hulk. The gamma-spawned monster attaches himself to Hideko's ship who uses some fancy flying to shake the Hulk off. In a panic, Bruce accidentally lets slip that this Hulk is really Rick Jones, tipping off LaRoquette.

When the morgue technicians arrive at Gamma Base, Bruce returns his attention to his wife who is still mourning the loss of her father. When Bruce tries to console Betty, she angrily tells him to stay away from her. His assurances that things will get better between them are met with skepticism. Seeing the Hulk on a monitor, the man named Sterns believes that it has the power he needs. However, he is soon told by his co-worker to get moving. Sterns complies, but when they get into the ambulance with the cadaver, Sterns bludgeons his co-worker to death with a wrench. With his co-worker dead, Sterns starts up the ambulance and drives off.

Meanwhile, in town, Betty Ross' old flame, Ramon, is at the local police station looking for Betty. When he shows her picture, the desk sergeant tells him that she is recently married, Bruce Banner. When the officer asks Ramon who he is to this woman, Ramon says that he is her husband. Back in the middle of the desert, the Hulk continues his battle with his pursuers. During the clash, the Hulk jumps up and rips his hand through LaRoquette's ship and crushes his ankle. The Hulk is then shot loose by Craig and sent crashing to the ground. Refusing to let his colleagues kill the Hulk, Armand tries to incapacitate the Hulk with an electrified net. The Hulk quickly whips the net into Saunder's ship and then allowing the Hulk to hit it as hard as can, sending it flying towards a butte. Saunders manages to bail out, but he is too low to the ground for his parachute to be effective and lands hard. As the Hulk leaps away, Armande convinces LaRoquette to give up the fight and return to base.

Meanwhile, Bruce Banner has sneaked off to his secret lab in the desert. Having convinced himself that he needs to become the Hulk again in order to reign in Rick Jones, he uses a Gamma Ray Projector to bombard himself with gamma rays once more. The radiation causes him to transform into the gray Hulk once again. Not wishing to be silenced again, the Hulk smashes the device. Seeing his salvation being destroyed, the man known as Sterns protests the destruction of the device. The Hulk grabs the intruder and demands to know who he is and what he is doing. The man reveals that he is actually the Leader and that he has come to restore his lost powers, promising that if the Hulk helps resetore them, he will assist in curing Rick Jones of the Hulk's curse as well.

Appearing in "Dance with the Devil!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #332.

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Synopsis for "Dance with the Devil!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #332.

After smashing the device that brought his return, the Hulk now has made a deal with the Leader to restore his powers in exchange for curing Rick Jones of his own transformations. The gray-skinned monster begins to rail against the mind of Bruce Banner, trapped inside his consciousness, demanding that the scientist allow the Hulk's access to his knowledge in order to repair the damaged device. Samuel Sterns, formally the Leader, tells the Hulk that his current rage isn't helping their mutual problems. The Hulk grabs Sterns and asks why he should help, considering their past history. Sterns points out that it is because the Hulk has failed to completely submerge his Bruce Banner persona and he plans on helping him achieve it. The Hulk then asks what happened to Sterns to cause him to change back to human form. Samuel tells him that eventually, the gamma radiation that turned him into the Leader began wearing off and so to was his massive intellect changing. Racing against time, the Leader attempts to find a cure to his problem. However, eventually, his intelligence faded to the point where he couldn't figure out how to cure himself and he forgot how to gain access to his secret laboratories. With his powers completely gone, Sterns became a homeless drifter until he decided to travel to the town closest to Gamma Base until he could get Bruce Banner to help him. Now he threatens to force the Hulk to help, which makes the Hulk begin to laugh out loud.

Meanwhile, back at Gamma Base, Ramon, Betty Banner's former boyfriend demands to be let in to see her. However, the guard at the gate refuses to let him through even though Ramon claims that he is really Betty's husband. When Ramon tries to pull a switchblade on the soldier, he is easily tossed out. Inside, John LaRoquette has been outfitted in a hover chair after Rick Jones crushed his leg. Still wanting to go into action and stop the Hulk, John is told by his teammates Amand Martel and Hideko Takata that he needs to recover from his injuries. However, John is not willing to listen to them and when Martel tries to restrain John, he pulls a gun and threatens that if they interfere with him again, he will kill them. Martel and Takata then check on Doc Samson who is recovering from injuries sustained while possessed by the Nevermind. They tell him about how LaRoquette is going off to find the Hulk again. Seeing that LaRoquette has become unhinged, Samson pulls himself out of his bed, determined to stop him before it is too late. However, Samson is too late as LaRoquette has convinced on the SHIELD agents on guard to let him leave in a massive highly technological tank.

Elsewhere in the desert, Rick Jones is trekking across the desert after his nightime battle with the Hulkbusters. Now in his human form he isn't sure where he is, or where he's going. Recalling what he can of the Hulk's battle, Rick is disturbed that his Hulk persona is starting to become more savage. While at Banner's secret lab, the dawn has saw the return of Bruce Banner, but Bruce is now trapped in the holding cell that he constructed to contain the Hulk so many years ago. Unable to free himself, Bruce assesses the situation from what little he can remember from his time as the Hulk and hopes that Rick Jones comes back and rescues him. However, Bruce's hopes appear to be close to getting dashed as Rick Jones is found by LaRoquette who is willing to kill him in the daylight when he is not the Hulk. As Jones runs for his life, LaRoquette is impeded by the arrival of Doc Samson. Samson easily rips the tanks to shreds, telling John that he will not stand by and watch him kill a harmless young man.

As the sun begins to set, Bruce Banner begins to feel the change into the Hulk and tries to struggle against it. Inside his mind, this struggled represents itself as the Hulk absorbing Banner's body into his. The Hulk seeks to gain Banner's knowledge on the gamma ray device. Although Bruce struggles the best that he can, he cannot stop the transformation, nor prevent the Hulk from learning what he knows. He is then freed by Sterns and the two get down to work. While back at Gamma Base, while Doc Samson continues to chastise John LaRoquette, Betty is told that she has a phone call. She thinks that it is her husband Bruce, but instead she is upset to learn that it's actually her ex-boyfriend Ramon. Betty tells him never to call her again and hangs up, but Ramon refuses to accept defeat so easily.

Later, in the early hours of the morning, the gray Hulk crosses paths with the Rick Jones green Hulk. The Banner-Hulk instigates a fight in order to lure the Jones-Hulk back to the secret lab. There, Sam Sterns is strapped into the device they have made in preparation for their experiment. The gray Hulk manages to subdue his green counterpart and strap him into the machine. He then activates the gamma device which then begins to transfer the gamma radiation in Rick Jones' body and transfer it over to Sam Sterns. While Rick begins to revert back to human form, Sterns begins to transform back into the Leader, but now in a more hideously than ever before. Before the process can complete itself, the Hulk is caught in some energy feedback and before the device can be turned off the entire lab suddenly explodes.

Appearing in "Quality of Life"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #333.

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  • Michael's luck bar

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Synopsis for "Quality of Life"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #333.

In a small town, Blaire White is recovering from another beating put onto her by her husband, Mike White, the local sheriff. As he shaves his face while preparing for the work day, Mike justifies the beating and berates his battered wife. Having had enough, Blaire reaches into the night table and pulls out a revolver. She fantasizes about killing him to stop the abuse, but can't bring herself from pulling the trigger. When Mike emerges from the bathroom and sees his wife with the gun in her hand he dares her to take a shot at him. When she chokes under the pressure he beats his wife some more, questioning her on what is going on inside her head.

Meanwhile, in the ruins of Bruce Banner's secret lab, the Hulk pulls himself out of the rubble after an experiment to transfer Rick Jone's gamma radiation into the boy of the Leader ended in a massive explosion. Rick has also survived thanks to the fact that the Hulk shielded his body. When Rick comes around he is surprised to discover that it is night time and he hasn't transformed into the Hulk. Rick is thankful to the Hulk, but when he suggests that they repeat the process with him, the Hulk has not interest in being cured and swats Jones aside. The Hulk does not want to be a weakling like Bruce Banner. Now that the Leader seemingly died in the blast, the Hulk has been cheated out of the promise to eliminate Bruce Banner so the Hulk can lived unrestrained. The Hulk then refuses to return to Gamma Base, and warns Rick against crossing paths with him again and leaps off. Rick then hops into the ambulance that has been left on the scene. Inside he finds the body of the bludgeoned morgue technician and that the gurney carrying the body of Thaddeus Ross is now empty.

The Hulk lands in a nearby town and with sunrise coming up, he seeks to do something to impede the Banner from trying to find a cure during the daylight hours. Spotting a liquor store, the Hulk breaks in and then begins to drink a massive amount of alcohol until the sun begins to come up. When the transformation into Bruce Banner begins Banner finds himself heavily intoxicated and passes out. He is later found by Mike White and his officers who are shocked by the damage done by this puny man. When Bruce is woken up, he tries to explain himself he is too drunk to articulate himself and he passes out again. Banner is then put under arrest. While back at Gamma Base, Rick Jones returns to to find his ride surrounded by SHIELD agents who are aware that he was the "new" Hulk. When Rick is brought into the facility, he tells Betty that Bruce forced himself to transform into the Hulk in order to cure him. This upsets Betty who is furious of all the neglect and secrets that her husband has been keeping from her. When Rick tries to justify it, Betty storms off while Jones is restrained. As she walks away, Hideko gives Betty a note. It's a message from her ex-lover Ramon who tells her to meet him at Chelsie's Bar at 7 pm that evening.

Back in town, Blaire White goes over her photo album and reflects back on her relationship with Mike. She recalls how handsome and strong he was when they first met in high school. Although gentle to all, he refused to be bullied and often defended himself easily thanks to his strong body. She recalls one time when a classmate named Piper tried to get back at Mike by attacking him with a pipe, her future husband managed to disarm his opponent and then used his strength to bend the bar in half. Mike kept the bar as a representation of his great strength. She recalls how they started dating and after high school they got married. After he became sheriff, they tried to have children and discovered that she couldn't carry his child. That's when the abuse started as Mike began taking out his frustrations on his wife. Deciding that she has had enough of the abuse, Blaire decides that it is time to leave and packs a bag. At that moment, Bruce Banner is waking up in a cell with no idea how he got there and feeling hung over. Struggling with his memories, he tries to access those of the Hulk's mind. He begins recalling how the now-powerless Leader sought the Hulk's aid to restore his lost powers. How he intentionally transformed himself into the Hulk. How he now changes into the original gray Hulk and how these transformations now happen every night. He also discovers that the Hulk's persona will overpower him depending on the phase of the moon, and that the Hulk's persona will be strongest during the new moon. Worse, this new version of the Hulk -- more intelligent and more cruel than ever before -- has made it his mission to prevent Bruce Banner from maintaining control ever again.

Coming completely out of his stupor, Bruce demands Mike White let her free and get him back to Gamma Base. White refuses to listen and begins antagonising Bruce by slamming the bent bar of his youth against the bars of Bruce's cell. However, this is just as the sun begins to set and Bruce suddenly transforms into the Hulk. Not liking the mockary of this man, the Hulk breaks out of the cell and begins beating on the sheriff. Their fight takes them out into the street where a crowd gathers, including Mike's wife. The townspeople have come to considered the sheriff a bully and begin cheering for the Hulk. However, when the gamma-spawned monster begins gaining the upper hand, Mike's wife tells him to stop, pointing a gun at him. The Hulk sees how Blaire's face is bruised and leaves her husband to him. Blaire goes to her husband and helps him up. Instead of being greatful, Mike begins to berate his wife for humiliating him in front of the whole town. Fed up again, she points her gun at Mike's head. He dares her to pull the trigger, and surprisingly she does and he is killed instantly. In a state of shock, Blaire insists that she didn't mean to shoot her husband, but the Hulk isn't convinced and leaps away.

Meanwhile, at Christie's Bar, Ramon is waiting for his rendezvous with Betty. To his surprise she actually shows up. Confused as to the thoughts she has about her father, her husband Bruce, and herself, Betty decides that she needs to feel something like she used to. Ramon tells her that's what he does best.

Appearing in "Grave Circumstances"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #334.

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Synopsis for "Grave Circumstances"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #334.

At Miller Heights Cemetery, a man stands at a grave as a green-skinned corpse pulls itself out of the grave. The mystery man refers to this ghoul as Half-Life, telling him that he was late. Half-Life retorts that being late is what he is good at.

Two days later, Bruce Banner has found himself on top of a massive butte in the middle of the desert. Left there by the Hulk in an effort to impede his efforts to try and cure himself. He is spotted by a helicopter and rescued. He is taken to a town 500 miles away from Gamma Base and calls himself in, telling Doc Samson about his attempts to stop the Rick Jones Hulk. He keeps quiet his own reversion back into the Hulk, deciding to keep this a secret until he can use the facilities at Gamma Base to cure himself. As he talks on the phone, he looks at a poster of a bikini-clad woman. He swears that he sees his wife everywhere, little realizing that he is actually looking at a photo of his wife.

In another town, Betty Banner is shocked that she spent the entire evening talking to her ex-boyfriend Ramon until 4 am when he fell asleep. Betty realizes that the ability to talk and express her feelings is something that is missing from her marriage with Bruce. However, despite the fact that Ramon has actually proven that he can be there for her, she cannot just abandon Bruce without having a chance to talk to him and make him see sense. While back at Gamma Base, Doc Samson checks in on Hideko Takata and Armand Martel who are examining Rick Jones. They have determined that there are no traces of gamma radiation in his system and that he is cured of his transformations into the Hulk. Even though Rick has a clean bill of health, he also decides to not tell Samson about how Bruce is turning into the Hulk again. Soon, Bruce Banner returns to Gamma Base. There he is told by one of the guards that some guy came claiming that he is Betty's husband. Banner finds this ridiculous, as the only other man who could make that claim is dead.

While at the morgue that was assigned to recover the body of Thaddeus Ross reels with the death of one of their employees, a new cadaver is brought in. None are aware that this corpse is actually Half-Life. As everyone on Gamma Base relaxes, Bruce recalls how he blurted out the fact that Rick Jones was the new Hulk when they were hunting him. Bruce secretly wonders if this slip was influenced by the Hulk and wonders how his alter-ego could be influencing his thoughts and actions. He later meets up with Rick, Armande, Hideko, and Clay Quartermain and asks them where Betty might be. He learns from Hideko that she got a message from a man named Ramon to meet him at Christie's Bar in town. He demands to know what is going on and leaves, telling everyone else that he will handle it on his own. However, when Bruce gets to a jeep he finds Rick Jones waiting for him, and he refuses to let Bruce go alone. As the pair take off, Doc Samson checks on LaRoquette and Craig Saudners who are still recovering from their injuries during their last battle against the Rick Jones Hulk. LaRoquette explains that they have had their fill, the Hulkbusters were a failure and once they heal up, they're quitting.

Meanwhile, Bruce and Rick have tracked Betty to a sleazy motel. Learning which room she booked into, the go and knock on the door. When Ramon answers it, Bruce shoves him into the room and demands to know where his wife is. Betty tries to intervene, explaining that it's not what it looks like. Ramon then starts beating on Bruce who can just barely defend himself, but Rick steps in and uses the fighting skills he learned from Captain America to incapacitate Ramon. Betty explains that she went to Ramon because Bruce had been neglecting her so much and all she needs it some romance in her life. Bruce decides to finally listen to his wife for once and gets them a room in the hotel so they can have a romantic evening together. At that moment in the morgue, Half-Life emerges and begins his master's scheme. Also at that moment, Rick is in the hotel bar when he notices that it seems as though it's getting darker sooner, the bar tender confirms this explaining that the clocks were turned back for daylights savings the day before. Realising that Bruce doesn't know this, Rick rushes out of the bar to aid his friend.

Up in the hotel room, Bruce and Betty spend a tender moment together as the sun sets. Suddenly Bruce changes into the Hulk right before Betty's eyes. When Rick gets up into the room he finds it trashed and Betty injured and begins calling for a doctor. The Hulk meanwhile leaps into the desert where he chastises Banner for allowing himself to change in front of Betty and the harm he caused. He is suddenly confronted by a dune buggy that crashes. From the wreckeage comes Half-Life. Half-Life attacks the Hulk, explaining that he was the a mere school teacher before he was caught in a gamma bomb blast that turned him into a living corpse that feeds off of gamma rays. As the two battle it out, the Hulk is horrified to learn that the gamma bomb that Banner invented years ago may have been the first, but it is certainly not the last. The Hulk then quickly incapacitates Half-Life by ripping him limb from limb and escapes. He retreats back to Banner's secret lab. At dawn, the Hulk reverts back to Bruce Banner who is horrified to learn that his invention is now being used and tested by the United States Army and vows to put a stop to it.

Appearing in "The Evil That Men Do!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #335.

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  • Doctor Gunter (Only appearance)[1]
  • Mr James (Only appearance)[1]
  • Mr & Mrs Wagner (Only appearance)[1]

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  • Adria Wagner's house (Only appearance)[1]
  • Gil Jeffers' house (Only appearance)[1]

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Synopsis for "The Evil That Men Do!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #335.

A young woman named Adria Wagner wakes up in the middle of the night with the sense that something is in her room. Looking under her bed, she is shocked when a man in a wide-brimmed hat and long finger nails comes out from under her bed. Her shock is turned into utter horror when this man, this stalker, uses his long fingernails to slash her eyes, blinding her. The girl climbs out her bedroom window and attempts to flee down the street. With her pursuer following behind her the girl meekly calls out for help. That's when Adria Wagner bumps into the Hulk. Unable to see what her would-be savior looks like, she begs him to help her from the monster, a request that the Hulk finds somewhat amusing. The Stalker orders the Hulk to stand aside from the woman or face the consequences. While the girl begs the Hulk to help, the Stalker tries to convince the Hulk that as a creature as hideous as he is, they should destroy something so pretty as the Wagner girl. While the Hulk finds the prospect interesting he decides against it. It's at that moment a police car arrives on the scene and interrupts the exchange. The Stalker suddenly vanishes leaving the Hulk to deal with the cops. As Adria runs to their side, the Hulk laughs at the officers threats. He isn't afraid of them hurting him and demonstrates his strength by punching off the top of a fire hydrant. Convinced that he proved himself to the officers, the Hulk leaps off, warning them that they wouldn't like him when he's angry.

The following morning gas station attendant Gil Jeffers is filling up a customer's gas tank when he learns about what happened to Adria Wagner. Although he expresses that the news it terrible, his overall persona gives the customer the creeps. While at the hospital, a concerned Bruce Banner is posing as a doctor to learn what he can about Adria's attacker. The only thing he can glean is that the Stalker called her "Addy-Addy", a nickname which the weird gas jockey Gil Jeffers used to call her. When the girl asks how someone could be so evil, Banner tries to explain it to her but his words are not as soothing as she'd hope. Bruce then leaves the hospital before he can be caught by the actual staff.

By this time, Gil Jeffers has gotten off work and follows his usual routine: buying a bunch of booze and renting a stack of horror films. He is lost in his thoughts, thinking about how he is a loner and justifying his love to drink and indulge in violent entertainment. The whole time he is unaware that Bruce Banner has been tailing him the whole day and now watches from outside his window. As Gil begins watching a movie based on "Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde" he begins to pass out. As night begins to fall, Banner transforms into the Hulk and witnesses as the Stalker suddenly materializes in the middle of Gil's living room. When the Stalker exits Jeffers house he bumps into the Hulk. Before a fight can break out, the Stalker explains how he terrorizes those he believe are deserving of his wrath. To prove his point, the Stalker convinces the Hulk to take him to a nearby by. There the Stalker points out four men who raped a woman and thanks to their mutual alibies got away with it. The Stalker brags about being able to take all the men at once and the Hulk calls him on his bluff.

The Stalker then goes crashing into the bar and attacks the men, maiming them with his long fingernails. He then invites the Hulk in to partake in the killing, the Hulk contemplates this and decides that he will. However, the Hulk is actually turning his rage toward the Stalker himself, having decided that he doesn't like the man. The Stalker is frightened of the Hulk and tries to flee. As he exits the bar police arrive on the scene and the Stalker steals their car. Frantically trying to flee the scene, he cannot avoid the Hulk when he leaps into the path of the squad car. The Stalker bails out at the last minute and then runs back to Gil's house to try and wake up his host. However, Gil is too drunk to wake up and soon the Hulk catches up. With nowhere to run, the Stalker begs for his life, but it's all for naught as the Hulk rams his fist straight through the phantom killer.

The following day, Bruce Banner is skulking around the hospital again just as Adria Wagner who is being released from the hospital. She has some small hope after her ordeal: there is a new experimental surgery that may allow doctors to restore at least some of her sight. Overhearing that Gil Jeffers is now in the hospital as well. Banner goes up to visit him and finds that Gil is in a catatonic state, having been consumed by his own evil.

Appearing in "X-Tremes!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #336.

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Synopsis for "X-Tremes!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #336.

At Gamma Base, Clay Quartermain receives the SHIELD council who express their displeasure with the way Quarterman has been handling the Hulk situation. Clay tries to explain that they managed to cure Rick Jones of his transformations into the Hulk. Still, the council feels that Bruce Banner has become too much of a liability and so they order Quartermain to eliminate him. Despite his orders, Clay Quartermain cannot bring himself to do it. Meanwhile in the town of Sparta, Illinois, the Hulk rages in an alleyway as he feels the daytime reversion back into the Bruce Banner. His last show of strength wrecks the structural integrity of one of the buildings. On person watching this transpire is Dick Tarrance, who lives in the apartment building next door. Watching as the Hulk changes into Bruce Banner, he thinks that he is witnessing a mutant. Recalling how X-Factor are hunting mutants, he figures there might be a quick buck to make by turning in this "mutant". As such, Terrance drags Banner into his meager apartment before the building collapses. With Banner knocked out from the transformation, Dick then places in a call to X-Factor.

At X-Factor headquarters in New York City, Cyclops and Marvel Girl and running Iceman through a training session to try and help him regain control of his ice powers. However, when he tries to create a simple snowball, he instead creates a massive chunk of ice, which Cyclops and Marvel Girl deflect and pulverise with their collective mutant powers. It's then that their ward, the mutant girl named Skids, enters the room and tells them that they got a call from someone reporting a mutant in Illinois. X-Factor decides to mobilize and investigate. When they offer Iceman a chance to stay behind since his powers are unreliable, Bobby refuses to do so, thinking he can handle the job without issue.

By this time, Banner has woken up and he and Dick have gotten to talking. Terrance discovers that the man he has turned into the "mutant hunters" is actually not a bad guy and begins to feel guilty. Suddenly there is a knock at the door and Dick rushes to it. Instead of X-Factor, it is actually his girlfriend Melanie. She needs to talk and after making up a quick exuse that Bruce is his "cousin", he goes out for a walk with his girlfriend. Eventually, Melanie explains to Dick that she had run a pregnancy test and has discovered that she is pregnant. When she asks him what they should do, he tells her that they should keep the baby, even though their jobs can't afford it. With a new mouth to feed on the way, Dick realises that he is going to have to swallow his guilt and turn Bruce in anyway. Back at Dick's apartment, Bruce calls in to Gamma Base to talk to Clay Quartermain. Suspecting that something is wrong, Bruce asks to talk to Rick Jones. Rick is put on the phone but he has five SHIELD agents standing all around him. To try and tip Bruce off, Rick calls him "Bob" during the conversation. The ploy works and when Clay asks Bruce where he is, he tells Quartermain that he is in Seattle. While in St. Louis Airport, X-Factor arrives in the state and begin loading their gear up into a rented van. As they make their way to Sparta, Iceman and Marvel Girl express their displeasure of pretending to be mutant hunters because it has made people believe that they are like the Gestapo, hunting and terminating mutants when they are really providing support and rehabilitation. Cyclops listens to their concerns and agrees that after this mission they should work at softening their public image.

Later, when Dick gets home he finds that Bruce has left the apartment. Banner is taking a walk to try and sort out his thoughts and decides what to do about the situation about Gamma Base. It's at that time that the members of X-Factor pay a visit to the home of Dick Terrance. He tells them that the mutant he called about went somewhere but he doesn't know where. When Iceman decides to take a look around, he recognises Bruce Banner and begins calling out to him. From a distance, Bruce confuses Bobby Drake's X-Factor jumpsuit for a SHIELD uniform and makes a break for it. Seeing this the rest of X-Factor chase after Banner in their rented van, wondering why he is running from them. Banner manages to sprint past a train crossing as the freighter is passing by. This happens just as the sun is beginning to set, turning into the Hulk, the gamma-spawned monster lifts up a railcar and throws it at the van pursuing him. The members of X-Factor get out unscathed thanks to Jean's telekinetic powers. The Hulk then tries to leap awaybut he's blasted by Cyclops and is sent crashing into the Spartan Printing Company building. Deciding this situation needs more than X-Factor, the group doff their mutant hunting uniforms and puts on their X-Terminator costumes. This helps in that when they catch up with the Hulk he recognises them as former members of the X-Men. The Hulk attacks them, and the X-Terminators can only keep the Hulk at bay as he is far too strong and cunning to be stopped. Eventually, the mutants have no choice but to full incapacitate the Hulk by letting Iceman cut loose with his powers trapping the Hulk in a huge chunk of ice. With the Hulk subdued, Cyclops decides that they best contact SHIELD, even though the idea doesn't sit very well with him. When news reaches Clay Quartermain at Gamma Base, he reports this to the SHIELD council who are delighted by the news and order him to eliminate the Hulk once and for all.

Appearing in "Crossroads"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #337.

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Synopsis for "Crossroads"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #337.

After getting injured by the Hulk, Betty Banner has decided to leave with her ex-boyfriend Ramon. As she packs up a bag at the hospital, she decides to leave Bruce a note telling him how she feels. However, as they leave the room a draft knocks the note off a table under a cart.

At that moment in Sparta, Illinois, the members of the X-Factor have defeated the Hulk by sealing him a massive chunk of ice. While they are waiting for SHIELD agents to collect the Hulk, Cyclops uses his optic blast to cut a hole in the ice so the Hulk can breath. Cyclops reflects over the past few hours that led to their battle with the Hulk, and is still uneasy about contacting SHIELD to collect the Hulk. Meanwhile, Clay Quartermain is leading a SHIELD crew to collect the Hulk. On board his ship are Samuel LaRoquette and Craig Saunders who insist to tag along even though they are still recovering from a previous battle with a Hulk. Quartermain tells them that their mission is to kill the Hulk, even if he is in the form of Bruce Banner. Regardless of these orders, Clay Quartermain does not like them and wonders how Bruce, or his wife Betty, would feel if they knew what his orders were.

Back in Illinois, the three members of X-Factor wonder if they should stick around and wait for SHIELD or to flee given their vigilante status when posing as the X-Terminators. Soon Quartermain and his soldiers arrive to pick up the Hulk. Clay thanks Cyclops for his help, but quickly stops Saunders before he can shoot the Hulk at point blank range. When Craig questions why they aren't killing him right away, this blows their mission parameters in front of the mutants. Not willing to be party to murder, Cyclops questions this, and Quartermain offers them to accompany them back to Gamma Base to be part of the debriefing with Nick Fury. The X-Terminators agree and they are soon accompanying SHIELD back to base. Iceman remains in the cargo hold with the Hulk, ensuring that the brute remains in the deep freeze while being transported back to New Mexico. Iceman doesn't feel that killing the Hulk is the right thing to do, knowing that Bruce Banner is trapped somewhere inside the creature.

at Gamma Base, Rick Jones confides his feelings about Banner being revealed to be the Hulk again to Doc Samson. Samson tells the young man that it was bound to come out sooner or later. When the Hulk is being transported on base, he suddenly breaks free because Iceman forgot to properly freeze him. Soon the Hulk is fighting it out with agents of SHIELD as well as the members of the X-Terminators. The combined efforts of the soldiers, Doc Samson, and the team of mutants is sufficient enough to knock the Hulk out again. When the Hulk is contained in bonds, the SHIELD Council is informed of his capture and order Quartermain to eliminate the Hulk once and for all. Elsewhere, the Hulk explains to X-Factor and Doc Samson that the government has created more gamma bombs and have begun testing them and that he must track them down and destroy the weapons. Meanwhile, Sam LaRoquette goes to Agent Trump, the second-in-command at Gamma Base because Quartermain has gone missing. He expresses his lack of satisfaction about keeping the Hulk alive and having mutants on the facility, Trump agrees and orders his soldiers to apprehend everyone.

Seeing that they are going to be silenced, X-Factor frees the Hulk and with his aid fight their way out alongside Rick Jones, Doc Samson, Armand Martel and Hideko Takata. When they get outside, the sun begins to rise triggering the Hulk's reversion to Bruce Banner. It's at this point that Agent Trump and his men surround them. Before they can eliminate everyone there is a sudden explosion, destroying one of the buildings on Gamma Base. Suddenly, Clay Quartermain pulls up in a high-tech van. Clay explains that he had a change of heart about eliminating the Hulk and has rigged Gamma Base to explode to cover their escape. After dropping the members of X-Factor off, Clay, Rick, Armand and Hideko discuss their next move. The last two members fo the Hulkbusters decide to go their separate ways and pursue a relationship with each other. Banner, Jones and Quartermain then agree to work together to find the gamma bombs and shut them down. Bruce then asks what happened to Betty. As Rick and Clay struggle figure out what to say next, back at the hospital Betty's note is found by a cleaning lady who things it is trash and throws it out.

Back at the ruins of Gamma Base, Doc Samson emerges from the rubble. Looking around he sees that the entire facility is in shambles and remarks that it has been such a waste.

Appearing in "Mercy Killing"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #338.

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Synopsis for "Mercy Killing"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #338.

Bruce Banner, Rick Jones, and Clay Quartermain are on the run from SHIELD. Bruce can't recall the events that got them to that point. A woman appears to him in a dream. She proclaims herself to be an angel of mercy. She helps people with particularly burdensome problems by killing them. During a stopover in a diner, Clay has an altercation with an angry trucker. Outside, Bruce is deep in thought when the high tech RV they've been traveling in starts to run him over. It's being driven by the woman from his dream. Bruce grabs onto the underside of the RV and is dragged. Rick manages to jump aboard to stop the vehicle only to find that no one is behind the wheel.

In the meantime, SHIELD has picked up the tracking signal from the device placed on the stolen RV. Bruce, Rick, and Clay go to a hospital looking for Betty. She is no longer there, having left the day before with someone named Ramon. Bruce doesn't remember how Betty ended up in the hospital and he fears that it was his fault. The mysterious woman reappears in the hospital. Bruce narrowly escapes being killed. Meanwhile, in Washington D.C., Senator Tidewater is approached by a shadowy man who claims to be an admirer of the Senator's. It is hinted that the shadowy man is the Leader. Night falls and Bruce turns into the Hulk. Rick tries to strike a bargain with the Hulk based on their mutual interest in finding some Gamma bombs, mass manufactured by the government. Just then, the woman appears again to put the Hulk/Bruce out of his misery. She explains herself as being a missionary from another planet before she again tries to kill the Hulk with energy she fires from her hand.

Meanwhile, SHIELD agents home in on the tracking device, only its attached to the 18-wheeler being driven by the angry trucker from the diner. The trucker has mere seconds to bail out before the SHIELD agents fire upon his trailer, destroying it. They find only toilet paper inside. The Hulk redirects the woman's energy back at her. She loses form and turns her into a pile of goo. The Hulk and the goo pile fight it out with the Hulk finding himself being immersed by it. The Hulk smashes into a gas station and is doused by the leaking gasoline. He ignites a flare and burns the goo completely off of him, presumably destroying it completely. The Hulk takes Rick up on his offer on the basis that Bruce will need protection. They continue on their journey. The story wraps with the trucker hauling his decrepit trailer, grumbling about the turn for the worse that his life has taken. He stops to pick up a hitchhiker, a woman... The angel of mercy.

Appearing in "Native Son"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #339.

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Synopsis for "Native Son"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #339.

Bruce Banner, Rick Jones, and Clay Quartermain have made it to Boulder, Colorado. Clay confronts Bruce with his past, the abuse he suffered at the hands of his father. Bruce is angered and doesn't want to talk about it. Clay theorizes that the Hulk is a result of that abuse.

Betty is in New Orleans, living in an apartment with Ramon. She mentions how she is feeling sick and goes to take a shower. Night comes, and Bruce turns into the Hulk. Rick finds it interesting that the Hulk seems to be more interested in finding Betty than finding the Gamma bombs. The Hulk is angered that Rick tries to psychoanalyze him by telling the Hulk that he's the emotions Bruce keeps bottled up, including jealousy and passion.

In D.C., the shadowy man introduces himself to a general. This time, the man is more definitively revealed to be the Leader. The Leader brings the general under his mental control. The Leader is interested in learning more about the Gamma bomb project.

Clay takes the Hulk and Rick to a SHIELD safe house in Boulder. He hopes to gain access to the SHIELD computer database from there. A father and his young son are living in the house. The father hearing Hulk and co. break in confronts them with a pistol. The father is quickly overpowered by the Hulk. In reality, the father is a SHIELD agent posing as the boy's father. Clay recollects that the boy's name is Alex Woolcot. Alex doesn't remember his real father a scientist who developed an incineration ray. His real father's brilliance had been matched only by his abusiveness. Alex had an accident with the incineration ray and absorbed its properties. With those powers, he inadvertently killed his own father. Alex lost his memory after SHIELD agents made an unsuccessful and unauthorized attempt on his life. Alex became a basket case after everything that had happened to him. SHIELD created a new home life for him to try to restore his sanity.

In the present, Clay is unsuccessful at accessing the SHIELD database but is able to gather information on Betty's whereabouts. Alex's power activates itself and he accidentally zaps the Hulk. The Hulk is angered and wants to get back at the boy. Rick tries unsuccessfully to reason with the Hulk. Meanwhile, in New Orleans, Ramon breaks into the bathroom to find the water running and Betty not there. The Hulk tracks Alex to a nearby carnival and into a fun house. The Hulk smashes his way through the mirrors to get to Alex. He's about to pummel Alex when he is struck by memories of his own father's abuse. The boy sobs as he remembers having killed his real father and at the realization that he is about to be killed too. Rather than hit Alex, the Hulk finds himself consoling him. The Hulk returns Alex to the house. Alex decides that he will continue to live at the house and accept the SHIELD agent as his father. Later, Rick takes notice when the Hulk calls Rick by his first name.

Solicit Synopsis

Peter David's 100-plus-issue run on INCREDIBLE HULK remains one of the character's most popular periods. Now, see how it all began in David's first string of Hulk stories as the gray-skinned goliath - or is that the sardonic strongman? - leaps into action against horrors from the grave, the stars and the house next door! Featuring the revitalization of one of the Hulk's longtime foes, the Leader! Guest-starring the original X-Men!

Notes

Reprints: Incredible Hulk #331-339

See Also

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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