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Hulk Visionaries Peter David Vol 1 6


Quote1 This is your brains. This is my fist. This will be your brains on my fist. Quote2
-- Hulk

Appearing in "Mending Fences"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #373.

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Synopsis for "Mending Fences"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #373.

Deep inside the mind of Bruce Banner, the gray Hulk attempts to force his savage green counterpart back behind the door where the creature has been confined for months. However, the green Hulk does not want to go peacefully, but despite the resistence the gray Hulk manages to lock the green one up. The gray Hulk then calls out for Bruce Banner, wondering how his alter-ego could let the green Hulk free. When he gets no response from Bruce, the gray Hulk he realises that it has got to involve Bruce's wife Betty, as there is no other reason why Bruce would allow himself to get that angry. In the real world, Bruce and Betty continue their heartfelt reunion, remarking on how miraculous it is. Suddenly, security from the train station interrupt, demanding to know why Betty pulled the emergency chord on the train and got out. Not wanting to be detained, Bruce and Betty make a run for it. Spotting a man on a motorcycle, Bruce tosses the man off and tells Betty to get on. When Betty questions Bruce's ability to drive a motorcycle, Bruce tells her that Rick taught him how once. As they speed off, Betty is impressed how quickly he took to riding a motorcycle and tells Bruce that Rick would be proud of him.

Elsewhere, Rick Jones has problems of his own, he is being chased by some authorities and guard dogs. Springing down an alley, Rick manages to get away from his pursuers by hopping a fence.

Back in Connecticuit, police arrive on the scene of the Hulk's battle with Prometheus and are unsure what to make of it. An FBI agents then arrive on the scene and are shown a strange thing: the shed skin of Bruce Banner when he transformed into the green Hulk for the first time in month. They are so enraped in the evidence they barely notice Bruce Banner zipping by on the motorcycle with Betty. Soon, the couple are back at the convent where Betty has spent the last while living at. They are given sanctuary by Sister Mercy who is introduced to Bruce. When Banner explains how he somehow survived the gamma bomb blast, he tells them that the Hulk managed to maintain control for months. When Betty asks what the Hulk was up to during those months, Bruce pretends like he doesn't remember. This doesn't matter to Betty who vows that she and Bruce won't be separated ever again. No sooner is this said does someone outside order Bruce Banner to surrender. Looking outside, they are surprised to find soldiers have set up around the convent. Sister Mercy finds this intrusion to be rude and storms outside. She then begins berating the commanding officer, telling him that Bruce Banner has found sanctuary in her convent and demands that the soldiers leave. When the commander balks at this, Sister Mercy learns that he is Catholic and plays on his Christian guilt, making him feel bad for coming unannounced and terrorising a house of God. Sister Mercy is interrupted by Doc Samson, whose Jewish background makes him quite immune to Sister Mercy's guilt trip. He then tries to explain to the nun that Bruce Banner must be turned over to them.

By this point the sun has begun to set and Bruce transforms into the gray Hulk. When Samson notices this, he warns the soldiers and FBI agents that the Hulk should be loose soon. However, one of the FBI agents points out their reports were that the Hulk was green and savage again. This suddenly makes Doc Samson realise that Bruce Banner suffers from multiple personalities. Everyone is too distracted to notice the Hulk climb out from a manhole and pick up a tank, which he throws at Samson. The soldiers then begin firing, causing Sister Mercy and Betty (inside) to duck for cover as bullets being to fly. The Hulk then leaps up and down, causing enough of a shake to send the soldiers tumbling. One of the troops manages to toss a grenade at the Hulk. Surprisingly the Hulk catches it in his mouth, but he fears that the grenade will cause serious damage if it goes off in his mouth and spits it out before it can explode. Pretending that the blast blinded him, Hulk lures Doc Samson close enough to knock him around. While the two battle it out, Samson begs the Hulk to surrender as he needs help, but the gamma-spawned brute is not willing to listen. The Hulk then knocks out Samson, leaps to the convent to get Betty. Before they leave, Betty apologises to Sister Mercy for all the damage done, but she is forgiven. The Hulk then picks up Betty and they leap away.

Away from any danger, the Hulk and Betty talk about his survival. The Hulk tries to justify his continued survival by likening himself to a monster movie or alcoholism. When Betty asks the Hulk what he had been up to for all the months he was presumed dead, the Hulk tells her that it is none of her business. Betty explains that she doesn't hate him and tells the Hulk that he is afraid of his feelings for her. She tells the Hulk that they will need to learn to live with each other since she plans on being there for Bruce. The Hulk quips about how that could possibly be possible as there is not a twelve step program for gamma-spawned creatures. This causes Betty to laugh as she starts to picutre the Hulk and his various foes sitting on folding chairs talking in a circle. This causes the Hulk to laugh as well and the pair begin to laugh.

Appearing in "No Autographs"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #374.

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Synopsis for "No Autographs"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #374.

In the town of Bunkport, Utah, Rick Jones is being chased by the locals. He manages to get away from his pursuers and when he rounds a corner and runs into what appears to be the Thing. Rick explains that he came here to sign his new book, "Sidekick" when the people in town got all weird on him. When Rick puzzles over the Thing's form his would-be savior knocks him out with a single blow. Suddenly, the "Thing" transforms into an innocuous looking little girl.

Elsewhere, Betty Banner is purchasing a copy of Rick's book, after some idle chit-chat with the clerk he warns her to be careful walking alone at night. No sooner is Betty outside is she jumped by some muggers who steal her purse. They don't get very far when the Hulk steps in to intervene. The Hulk makes short work of the crooks and leaves them for the police by wrapping a lamp post around them. On a rooftop shortly thereafter, the Hulk reads some of Rick's book, particularly a chapter about Rick's time in the orphanage and about how he can't remember what his parents look like. The Hulk scoffs at this, thinking that Rick was lucky considering the upbringing he had. When Betty asks what Bruce means, he tells her to forget it. Betty then suggests they track Rick down as he is on a book tour. The Hulk tells her he doesn't need help, Betty snaps back that if he doesn't want help he should just leave. This leads to a tense moment of silence, but the Hulk finally gives in. Looking at the map of Rick's book tour, Betty has determined his current stop is the town of Bunkport, Utah.

Meanwhile, Rick Jones is woken when a bucket of water is splashed on his face. He finds himself tied up in a room and is confronted by... himself! Or, rather the Rick Jones who wandered out into the middle of the gamma bomb test that created the Hulk, lo those many years ago. The younger Rick Jones then begins slapping the elder around, berating him for going out on the gamma test site on a dare, intentionally endangering Bruce Banner. Rick finally caves in and admits that he blames himself for ruining Bruce Banner's life. The following morning, Bruce Banner wakes up in a forest with his wife snuggled up next to him. When Betty wakes up he tells her that they need to get moving. When she tells him they should get some more rest since she was up late talking to the Hulk. Bruce snaps at Betty, telling her that he doesn't car what the Hulk does and does not do when he is in control and tells her they should get going. Betty is worried and wonders if Bruce had slept at all.

Back at the room, Rick is confronted by a version of himself dressed up like Bucky. This version accuses Rick of abandoning everyone he worked alongside Captain America, to Captain Marvel, to Rom the Spaceknight, to Betty. Beaten black and blue and with a fractured rib, Rick admits that he has used everyone who crosses his paths and begs for the beating to stop. The Buck-Rick Jones is joined by the younger, and they examine his body finding him unconscious. They are then joined by their master who scolds them for mentioning the name of the late Mar-Vell, but it is all part of their plan. Soon, Bruce and Betty arrive in Buckport and are surprised that the town is practically deserted, making them wonder why Rick would come here on his book tour. They go to the local bookstore where they are told that Jones never showed up. This angers Bruce, who suspects that something fishy is going on but can't figure out what. When they leave the bookstore, Betty confronts Bruce over his outbursts. He tells her that he is juggle three personalities in his mind and could be going crazy.

In the bar the interrogation continues, his captors have now assumed the forms of Rom, Captain America, the Hulk, and Captain Marvel and continue bombarding him with questions. In mid-communication, they change into the various forms Rick Jones has adopted over the years: young Rick Jones, Bucky, and the two Hulk forms that Rick has adopted at one time or another. They demand to know who Rick Jones really is, and Jones tells them that he doesn't know anymore. Meanwhile, Betty and Bruce go to the police station to report Rick missing. When the police can't help, Bruce begins to lose his temper again, and Betty drags him out before they get arrested. It's then that they are approached by a little girl who tells them that Rick is being held prisoner in a nearby room. While back at the room, the interrogators believe that they have completely broken Rick Jones' mind. The Bucky-Jones stays behind to get the answers they are looking for. However, Rick had been faking it the whole time, having broke free of his bonds, he jumps the Bucky-Jones and steals his costume. Exiting the room, he is shocked by what he sees in the other room.

Outside of the building, the little girl takes Betty and Bruce where Rick is being held captive. As they try to enter the building, the "little girl" sheds her form and knocks Bruce out. Betty turns around and finds herself face-to-face with the Super-Skrull.

Appearing in "Night of the Living Skrulls"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #375.

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Synopsis for "Night of the Living Skrulls"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #375.

While on his book tour, Rick Jones has been captured and interrogated by the Skrulls. Jumping one of his captors, Rick stole his Bucky costume in order to blend in with the others. When he is spotted by some of the Skrulls in charge, Rick makes up the excuse that he is "stuck" in human form. Before they can question him further, security informs the commanding officer that the Super-Skrull is attacking two humans outside of their secret hideout. They learn that these two humans, Bruce Banner and his wife Betty, had been seeking Rick out since they arrived in town. The Skrull commander tells them that they will not be complete with Rick Jones until they find a way to tap the power he used during the Kree-Skrull War. Rick tries to explain to them that the only way Rick was able to access that power was thanks to the interference of the Supreme Intelligence of the Kree. Still thinking that he is speaking with one of subordinates, the Skrull asks Rick why he would question his orders.

Outside, Banner is recovering from the blow he suffered from the Super-Skrull. Needing the power of the Hulk, Bruce reaches into his mind and tries to coax the gray Hulk into coming out. There, the gray Hulk is using all his strength to keep the green Hulk contained in the mental block put up by Bruce. The gray Hulk explains to Bruce that he cannot come out during the day as Mr. Hyde theorized because Bruce is ashamed of the Hulk. While the gray Hulk tries to convince Banner to let go of this shame as the green Hulk continues to pound on the door keeping him block. This causes Banner to keel over in pain as his three personalities struggle with each other. The Super-Skrull takes this opportunity to mock Betty by explaining how he cheated death during the most recent Kree-Skrull War. He tells of how the Silver Surfer dropped him on an alien world thinking him dead, however, his Skrull healing abilities allowed him to survive. When he was later recovered by some of the Badoon they learned of his survival the hard way.

Back inside the Skrull base, the commanding officer demands to know why Rick Jones is questioning his orders. Rick explains that killing Bruce and Betty won't shock Rick into using his powers. As such, the Super-Skrull is ordered to take the Banners prisoner. However, the Super-Skrull is tired of taking orders and decides to kill the humans anyway. With Betty's life at risk, Bruce gives in an accepts the Hulk, allowing his gray-skinned alter-ego out in the daylight. The transformation from Banner into the Hulk comes as a shock to the Super-Skrull who believes that the Hulk was dead. When the Hulk begins to battle the Super-Skrull, Rick Jones blows his cover by cheering on the for the Hulk. As Rick makes a break for it, the Hulk and the Super-Skrull continue to fight it out. The Skrull commander tries to trick Rick by assuming the form of Captain America and offering his aid, but Rick sees right through it and tosses the Skrull over a railing. The Skrull drops his disguise and grows some wings to recover from the fall, but Rick still manages to get away.

Meanwhile, outside, the Hulk notices that the Super-Skrull can only use one of his powers at a time. To take advantage of this, the Hulk impales the Super-Skrull with a metal rod, forcing him to use the elasticity powers of Mr. Fantastic to keep himself alive. The Hulk then knocks him out with a single blow. While back aboard the Skrull ship, Rick manages to get to the control and activates a lift off sequence. The ship takes off from the ground underneath the Hulk, Betty and the Super-Skrull. The Super-Skrull tries to resume his battle, but the Hulk hits him so hard it breaks through the ship and into the ractor core powering it. With the ship about to explode, the Hulk laps off with Betty in their arms. After the ship explodes, Bruce reverts back to human form and they fear that Rick died in the blast. However, they are soon delighted to see that he somehow bailed out with a parachute at the last possible minute. Happy to see Betty and Bruce back together, Rick takes them back to his apartment. At that very moment, a woman is knocking on Rick's apartment door. Rick's neighbor tells the woman that Rick is home and asks who is calling. The woman introduces herself as Marlo Chandler, Rick's girlfriend.

Appearing in "Personality Conflict"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #376.

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Synopsis for "Personality Conflict"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #376.

Following their battle with the Skrulls, Bruce Banner, his wife Betty, and Rick Jones have managed to hitch a ride back to Reno in the back of a truck. Banner finds himself unable to sleep because the two personas of the Hulk continue to fight it out inside his mind. The argument in his mind takes a strange turn when his hands suddenly change into that of the gray Hulk. Bruce screams up and tries to contain this, waking up Rick. Bruce then explains to Rick that the gray and green personas of the Hulk are warring in his mind, but he assures Rick that everything is fine and tells him to go back to sleep. In town, Rick's girlfriend Marlo Chandler tries to reach him, but gets his answering machine instead. While at the Mount, Prometheus has returned to his fellows in the Pantheon to report his attempts to capture the Hulk. He explains that his car, the Argo, was only equipped to deal with the gray Hulk, not the green Hulk that he fought. Since the green Hulk is much more powerful, Prometheus couldn't possible capture their foe. Suddenly, the meeting is interrupted by the Pantheon's leader Agamemnon who asks Prometheus what they should do next. Prometheus tells his leader that they should continue trying to recruit the Hulk as it would benefit them all greatly.

Inside Bruce Banner's mind, Banner and the gray Hulk stand before the door that acts as a mental block keeping the green Hulk contained. However, the green Hulk continues to smash at the door. The gray Hulk is fed up of his green counterpart and opens the door and dives in. While the two fight it out, Bruce shuts the door. However, the onslaught causes him to scream out in the waking world. This alerts Betty and Rick who run up to the room where Bruce has been resting. When they wake him, he tells his two friend that he contained both Hulks inside his mind and hopes they will both kill each other so he will be rid of them forever. As Betty goes to her husband's side, Rick decides to give them some privacy.

Some time later, as Rick is making a meal for his guests, Marlo Chandler arrives and heads up to Rick's apartment. Rick meanwhile, is telling Bruce and Betty how he met his new girlfriend while doing a gig in Las Vegas at the Coliseum. Bruce plays dumb and hopes that Rick isn't talking about who he thinks he is talking about. This hope gets quashed when Marlo enters the room. Marlo instantly recognizes Bruce, which comes to a shock to both Rick and Betty. Betty is instantly upset by this sudden revelation. Meanwhile, not far away, Doc Samson pulls up to a service station and asks for directions to Rick Jones' apartment. While inside Banner's mind, the two Hulks continue to fight it out. In the real world, Marlo explains that she met "Bruce Bancroft" through her relationship with Joe Fixit. As they start piecing it all together, Bruce insists that it wasn't him. Suddenly, when they all realize that Marlo was dating the Hulk in Vegas, the two Hulks break free from the mental block in Bruce's mind. Screaming that it wasn't him in Vegas, Bruce suddenly begins transforming into the Hulk.

However, the transformation is incomplete and one of the hands of the green Hulk clamps on Bruce's throat and begins trying to choke him. Bruce then smashes out of the apartment and out into the street. Inside his mind, Bruce tries to get the two Hulk's to stop fighting but they knock him aside. In the real world, this manifests as Banner shifting between strange amalgamations of himself, and the green and gray Hulks. He goes smashing into a nearby store while he tries to choke himself to death. Meanwhile, Rick, Betty, and Marlo rush out to try and see what they can do to help. When Marlo confirms that Betty is married to Banner, she asks her how she can handle it. Betty responds by telling her she takes it a day at a time. By this time, the police have arrived and try to shoot the strange creature that Banner has become, but their bullets have no effect on him. Inside his mind, Bruce tries to get the gray Hulk to stop. However, the gray Hulk tells Banner that he has to make a choice. Bruce tells his alter-egos that there is no more sides, they all need to work together.

Outside, Betty and the others force their way past the police to get to Bruce. Betty pleads to her husband to assert his control. Inside Banner's mind, Bruce has had enough and attacks the two Hulks, who is surprisingly able to bowl them both over. In the real world, Bruce suddenly collapses and reverts back to human form. When Marlo asks what they should do next, they are confronted by Doc Samson who tells his allies that they need to get to work.

Appearing in "Honey, I Shrunk the Hulk"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #377.

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Synopsis for "Honey, I Shrunk the Hulk"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #377.

With the fragments of Bruce Banner's multiple personalities at war with each other, Doc Samson has begun working to cure Banner of this affliction. In a deep hypnotic state with his patient, it looks as though Doc Samson is in a session with Bruce and both of his Hulk personas. However, the gray Hulk wants nothing to do with the green Hulk and vice versa. When the two try to fight, however, they harmlessly pass through each other. Samson tells the two Hulks that they need to work together in order to save the life of their host. The two Hulks find that has been constructed in their session. Suddenly, they hear someone shout out the word monster, getting the attention of Banner and both of the Hulks.

The scene playing out before them is when Bruce was a young boy at Christmas and was found by his father opening his gifts early. However, this time, in the place of Bruce's father Brian Banner, is a massive monstrous creature. Bruce unleashes both the Hulks at this new monster, but it snaps the green Hulk's back and disembowels the gray Hulk. Doc Samson tells Banner to stand up to the monster, but Bruce has slipped into a reclusive state ending this scenario. Doc Samson snaps them out of their hypnotic state as he fears that Bruce might be withdrawing even deeper into himself. His assistant, the Ringmaster of the Circus of Crime, admits that although he has used his hypnotic disks to enthrall an entire audience he has never seen a challenge like this. However, he has agreed to help Samson as a means of making amends for his past life of crime.

Bruce Banner is put under hypnosis again and he and his Hulk personas are made to watch the day in which Bruce's mother Rebecca tried to flee her abusive husband with Bruce. They watch as Rebecca Banner packs pags for them and tries to make it to the family car with Bruce. They are stopped again by the monster that is standing in for Bruce's father in these memories. When the creature tries to kill Rebecca, the two Hulks try to stop him but are seemingly incinerated. The monster then smashes Rebecca into the pavement, killing her. Doc Samson asks Bruce how should he react to the sight of his mother's death. Bruce goes to his younger self and tells the boy to emote, to feel something. When the boy is too stubborn to show emotion, Bruce slaps his younger self across the face. This causes the young Banner briefly turns into a Hulk. The Banner child then asks his older self if he is happy.

In the real world, Betty Banner and Marlo Chandler are in the hospital waiting room waiting for results from Doc Samson's session with Bruce. Betty asks Marlo what her relationship was with her husband. Marlo insists that they were just friends, but when Betty asks who Joe Fixit was to her. When Marlo doesn't answer, Betty figures it out. While Betty fumes over this, Marlo reminds her what Doc Samson told them about Bruce having Multiple Personality Disorder and how he promised to cure him for good. When Marlo asks if she should go, Betty breaks down in tears, confiding that even after all this time she has known Bruce, she has never known who he really is. When Rick Jones enters the room, but sees the emotional scene playing out and decides to give the two women some privacy.

Meanwhile, the therapy session goes on, and Bruce and his alter-egos explore his romantic life. Starting his romance with Susan Jacobson in college. One night while they were kissing, Susan complained that Bruce doesn't show any emotion. When he tried, the persona of the gray Hulk took over and he pushed it too far. Disturbed by the situation, Susan broke things off with Bruce and stormed out. Doc Samson stands in and points out that Bruce seems to have problems with strong emotions like passion. Bruce explains that his focus on his studies were safe from these emotions that he had little control over. Also kept him safe from the memories of his mother's grave. They are suddenly taken there and are attacked by the monster again. It once again incapacitates the two Hulks, leaving Bruce to face it alone. It's when Bruce comes to terms with his emotions and give into them that the monster begins shrinking.

When Bruce finally comes to terms with the guilt he felt over his mother's death, the creature transforms into the form of his father. This form then crumbles away giving way to the form of his mother. Rebecca Banner tells her children that it is over. That they don't need to fight anymore and that they need to work together. Following the guidance of their mother, the two Hulks and Bruce merge together. In the real world, Bruce suddenly begins to transform into the Hulk once again. While out in the waiting room, Rick limps over his leg, complaining about how a kid kicked him in the shin. Betty gets fed up and goes to see how her husband is doing. That's when the Hulk -- green once more and larger than ever before -- opens the door and tells his wife that he's finally home.

Appearing in "Rhino Plastered"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #378.

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Synopsis for "Rhino Plastered"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #378.

While Doc Samson is treating Bruce Banner's affliction, Rick Jones pays a visit to the children's ward of the hospital. There he breaks up a fight between two children and offers to tell them a story about his friend the Hulk...

Rick explains that this was during a time that he, Clay Quartermain, and the Hulk were traveling across the country. At that time, the Hulk's old villain, the Rhino, had hit a low point. Homeless and without friends, he frightens everybody away because he cannot take off his costume. Fed up, the Rhino decides to hold up a bank when suddenly he spots the Hulk getting into a van and instantly cowers, as the Hulk has defeated him so many times in the past. Deciding to do something low key, the Rhino gets the idea to steal the Santa costume from someone collecting donations from the poor. Later in the day, Bruce Banner, Clay Quartermain and Rick Jones passes by the Rhino without recognizing him. He then uses his clout to convince them to give money.

Soon, the Rhino is approached by the owner of a mall who needs a replacement Santa after the man they hired fell down drunk. The Rhino is reluctant but is brought to tears when he hears the children cheering for him, the first time people wanted him in his entire life. Those cheers turn into laughter when the Rhino sits in the Santa chair and it breaks under his weight. Soon a makeshift chair is made and the Rhino begins seeing the children. When one particularly greedy child realizes he's talking to the real Rhino, the villain warns the boy to keep his mouth shut. However, as the boy's father pulls the boy away he tries to tell her that "Santa" is really the Rhino. This is overheard by Bruce, Rick and Clay who are shocked to hear it. Eventually, the demands of the children causes the Rhino to lose his temper and shout at the children. At that point, Bruce had slipped away to the bathroom as it is getting close to sunset.

By the time the Hulk comes out of the bathroom, the Rhino's cover is blown by a kid who yanks his beard off. The Hulk catches the boy when the Rhino throws him across the mall. The two come to blows, trashing the various stores. They are briefly stopped when a woman offers them cookies, but the Rhino hates the fact that they have macadamia nuts in them and the fight continues. The fight suddenly comes to a halt when a little girls asks "Santa" why he is fighting, fearing that Santa might be fake considering this man is acting naughty. Seeing the girl is almost in tears, the Rhino and the Hulk both decide to stop fighting and start working the Santa booth so the little girl can have a happy Christmas....

... When Rick finishes his story he asks the kids what they think. One of the boys thinks the story was stupid and kicks Rick in the shin. As he limps away, Rick wonders why he even bothers.

Appearing in "Hit and Myth"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #379.

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Synopsis for "Hit and Myth"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #379.

At the Mount, Paris seeks out his Pantheon teammate Delphi about her thoughts on the Hulk. She tells him to keep his hands to himself but confirms that her visions show that the Hulk will join them. Paris is not happy about this but Delphi says nobody is. He then asks if they will survive this development, especially their teammate Ulysses. Delphi confirms that they will, much to his chagrin about Ulysses.

Meanwhile, in a Reno bar, the brand new incredible Hulk comes in with his friend Doc Samson as well as his old foe the Ringmaster and orders drinks for the house. As they enter the bar they are unaware that they are being watched by two members of the Pantheon. Inside, the Hulk and his allies have a seat and order drinks. Samson expresses his concerns that perhaps Bruce needs to go back to the hospital. However, the Hulk thinks that he is doing fine, pointing out that Samson should celebrate the fact that he finally succeeded in curing the Hulk of his multiple personality disorder. Suddenly, their evening is interrupted when some local tough guys come in and take issue with the Hulk and his friends sitting in their favorite seat. When the Ringmaster offers to use hypnosis to convince them to leave him alone, the Hulk tells him that they should talk it over. When the Hulk refuses to sit elsewhere and threatens to get rough if they press the matter. When the leader of the gang refuses to back down, the Hulk stands up and picks the man up with one arm, frightening him sufficiently to give up on the issue.

Watching from the bar are Ulysses, Atalanta and Hector of the Pantheon. Hector asks if they should make their move, but Ulysses tells him to wait and see how this situation plays out. The Hulk meanwhile turns to Samson and tells him that he handle the situation calmly. While back at Rick Jones' apartment, Betty reads the chapter in Rick's book about her relationship with Bruce. She thinks that Rick's entry is full of it, but Rick tells her it's all hindsight. When he asks why they aren't at the bar celebrating with Bruce and the others, she explains that she needs time to process everything that happened. She thinks about when she first saw Bruce after Samson cured him. She was shocked because she didn't expect his new massive form or his attitude. She told Bruce that she needed time and wanted to take things slow. Marlo doesn't understand what the issue is. Betty explains that the Bruce Banner she fell in love with was a quiet intellectual and this version of the Hulk is nothing like that. In the middle of their conversation, Rick spots the two members of the Pantheon lurking in the alley way and suspects there is trouble. He tells Betty and Marlo wait there while he goes and checks it out.

At that moment, Prometheus arrives in his Argo and reports into the Mount. It's then that Ulysses and his allies approach the Hulk, and introduces himself and his associates. They begin talking about the ineffectiveness of various super-hero groups. When Samson goes to the washroom, they continue trying to convince the Hulk that there is a group that exists that can make the world a better place. However, in the middle of the Pantheon's sales pitch, Rick Jones comes rushing to the bar shouting at the Hulk to be careful. Seeing Rick, Prometheus activates a trip line from the Argo. Seeing Rick take a dive, the Hulk gets up to help him, but Ulysses warns him not to go outside. The Hulk knocks Ulysses aside, and when Atalanta tries to latch onto him, he pushes her aside as well. Seeing this from across the street, the dimwitted powerhouse known as Ajax gets angry after seeing Atalanta getting hurt and charges at the Hulk vowing to kill him. Achilles tries to get Ajax to hold back, but it doesn't work.

As the Hulk and Ajax duke it out, Ulysses tells the others that they need to contain the situation. Activating his energy sword and shield, Ulysses then enters the fray. Meanwhile, the Hulk has managed to knock Ajax into the sky. As he prepares to fight back, Atalanta strikes him with energy arrows. This slows down the Hulk, but he is still able to pick up Ajax and throw him at the rest of the Pantheon. They manage to dodge out of the way, sending Ajax flying into Doc Samson, who just got out of the washroom. While Ajax starts beating up on Doc Samson, Betty and Marlo watch from the balcony of Rick's apartment. When Marla asks what they should do, Betty tells her they should stay out of it. The Hulk meanwhile fights off Hector and Ulysses. When Prometheus tries to shoot at the Hulk, one of the bullets bounced off the Hulk's hide and strike Rick in the shoulder. That's when Achilles comes into attack the Hulk, boasting about how he is invulnerable. However, when the Hulk strikes him in the fact, Achilles is shocked to discover that his nose has started to bleed. The rest of the Pantheon attack the Hulk all out at once, and eventually the Hulk is knocked out thanks to electrified coils fired from Prometheus' Argo vehicle. The last thing the Hulk sees before he passes out is that Rick was injured and Betty and Marlo carrying him away.

The trio watch as the Hulk is carried onto a plane that takes off. They ask Doc Samson to do something, but it is too late. As the Pantheon recovers from their fight they are unaware that the Hulk is only pretending to be knocked unconcious as he wants to know who they are and what they want from him.

Appearing in "Crazy Eight"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #380.

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Synopsis for "Crazy Eight"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #380.

The female assassin named Crazy Eight is on death row and getting her last meal. She rejects it and asks for a pizza instead and demands that Doc Samson be present when she is executed. The guard looking after her tells Crazy Eight that a crowd of people have come to celebrate her impending death. Among those gathered is Beth Hartwell, the daughter of the late Senator Ray Hatwell, Crazy Eight's last victims.

Meanwhile, outside a bar in Reno, Nevada, Doc Samson, Rick Jones, Betty Banner, and Marlo Chandler are recovering after the Hulk was kidnapped by the Pantheon. Rick is still bleeding from a bullet wound but refuses to go to the hospital. Still, regardless of the circumstances, Betty Banner lashes out at Doc Samson, furious because the man that Doc Samson "cured" is not the Bruce Banner that moves her. Betty eventually gets fed up and tells Doc Samson to stop meddling in her life. She then drags Rick off to a hospital.

Soon Doc Samson and the Ringmaster are confronted by Nick Fury, director of SHIELD. After the Ringmaster is sent back to prison, Fury takes Samson in his helicopter where he demands to know why he got the Ringmaster out of jail. Samson explains that he used the criminal to help cure the mind of the Hulk but he was recently captured by the Pantheon. When Samson asks Fury who the Pantheon is, Fury tells him that is classified. He then explains that he is bringing Samson at the state penitentiary to witness Crazy Eight's execution.

Samson recalls how the District Attorney hired him to analyze Crazy Eight after she was a series of murders including the death of a US Senator. She was later captured and brought to jail by Wonder Man. When he interviewed her in prison she first tried to seduce him, then gave him a series of contradictory stories to explain her psychotic behavior. Finally, she talks about how angry she was that the police and press got her symbol wrong when they confused the symbol for infinity as a "crazy eight". Ultimately, in court, Doc Samson testified that Crazy Eight was full cognizant of the difference between right and wrong and would never be repentant of her actions. It was because of this testimony Crazy Eight was found guilty and sentenced to death.

When Doc Samson visits Crazy Eight on death row, they have a moment alone so she can talk. Crazy Eight still doesn't give him a straight answer about why she murdered the Senator. When Doc Samson goes to the execution room he finds that only Beth Hartwell sitting in the chairs. Suddenly there is a commotion in the other room. Ther Crazy Eight has had second thoughts about her impending execution and is trying to make an escape. Doc Samson subdues her and forces Crazy Eight into the electric chair. When they strap her into the electric chair, Samson quietly tells her that he is sorry. He then watches as she gets executed. After Crazy Eight is confirmed to be dead, Beth Hartwell begins to cry, saying it should have been her in the electric chair. She shows him a photo of her and Crazy Eight when they were teenagers. Doc Samson puts together that Beth was in an abusive relationship. Because of her husband's position of power there was nothing she could do. She hired Crazy Eight to murder her husband to stop the cycle of abuse.

Heartbroken by this, Doc Samson rushes out of the prison and headlong into the people celebrating Crazy Eight's execution. When one of the revelers asks if Crazy Eight squealed when she died. Samson loses his temper and almost attacks the man. He stops himself and tells him that she didn't. Grabbing his mug of beer, Doc Samson uses it to draw the symbol for infinity and walks away.

Appearing in "Exposition"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #381.

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Synopsis for "Exposition"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #381.

The Hulk has allowed the Pantheon to capture him and he is pretending to be unconscious so he can learn who they are and what they want with him. Ajax is happy to see that Atalanta is not seriously hurt in their battle. Hector then scolds Achilles for not keeping Ajax reigned in during the fight as it could have led to innocent people getting hurt. Achilles doesn't car as he is still upset that the Hulk somehow hurt him when he is supposed to be invulnerable. Ajax shouts at them, telling them that Atalanta could have been hurt and that is all that matters before breaking down in tears. Witnessing this, the Hulk is taken aback about how something so powerful could be so simple minded and he again wonders who the Pantheon could be.

Back in Reno, Rick Jones has the damage to his apartment appraised. Seeing that Betty is still in a mood after the Hulk was captured, Rick tries to comfort her with the idea that he will be back. Betty decides that she cannot impose on Rick while she waits, but Rick assures her that his place is normal. Marlo proves otherwise when she opens his closet and Rom's former armor comes toppling out. When Rick asks Betty where she plans on going, Marlo tells them that she needs a new roommate. The suggestion strikes both Rick and Betty silent. Meanwhile, the Pantheon ship is approaching the Mount. As Ulysses pilots the plane to the secret opening to their hanger, Paris decides to play a game of chicken with his brother opening the door with just barely enough time for the ship to clear it. Although they manage to land, the doors end up ripping the wings off the plane. The Hulk uses the rough landing to break free from his bonds unnoticed. The members of the Pantheon emerge unscathed, the Hulk takes this opportunity to show that he is free and he demands some answers.

In Reno, Marlo points out that she and Betty have something in common: they both need a place to stay. Since Marlo's roommate is moving out and she cannot afford her place alone, she offers Betty the opportunity to move in. Betty reminds Marlo that she is married, but Chandler points out that the Hulk disappears for weeks on end. When Betty admits that she doesn't have a life outside of the Hulk, Marlo tells her that it's about time that she does. Back at the Mount, the Hulk is fed up with the Pantheon dodging his questions and he lashes out at Ulysses. This causes Ajax to leap into the battle. The Hulk tosses Ajax aside and is blasted by troops who arrive with Parix. Recovering from the blast he is attacked by Ulysses and his energy weapons. The Hulk fights them all to a stand-still. That's when the Pantheon's leader, Agamemnon appears in a massive holographic projection and orders everyone to stand down. Agamemnon shrinks his image down to size and when the Hulk asks if he is the same Agamemnon of legend, the elderly man does nothing to confirm nor deny the claim. He then offers to provide the Hulk with all the answers he would like by offering to show him around the Mount.

He explains that the Mount is a utopian society that is trying to make the world a better place. He shows them abandoned and orphaned children who were taken in by the Pantheon, it's state of the art technology and medical facilities, and its internal farming system. He also shows their massive armory and the nerve center where the Pantheon monitors all the happenings in the world. Agamemnon then explains that he is immortal, the son of a mortal woman and a God. He has used his powers to build the Pantheon as a think tank organization to right the wrongs in the world and offers the Hulk membership in their group. When the Hulk dismisses the offer, Agamemnon shows him images of the destruction he has wrought as the Hulk and asks him if he wants to atone for them. When the Hulk tells Agamemnon that he was pardoned from all his previous rampages, Agamemnon asks about the rampages he has caused since. He then asks the Hulk if the Hulk wants to do something with his life.

Appearing in "Moving On"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #382.

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  • Hulk (Joins the Pantheon)

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  • Jack
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Synopsis for "Moving On"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #382.

Trying to figure out how he was able to be harmed fighting the Hulk, Achilles has himself bombarded with lasers to test his durability. Everything turns out fine until the Hulk enters the room. Everyone is surprised by his new outfit, which just barely fits. While the Hulk talks about his tours of the Mount, Achilles is bombarded with gas. To the shock of everybody, the gas starts harming him. With the room incapable of being ventilated before Achilles suffocates, the Hulk smashes into the training room and pulls Achilles out of danger and rushes him to the infirmary.

While back at Rick Jones' apartment in Reno, the debate goes on about the idea of Betty Banner moving in with Marlo. Betty admits that she has a problem that Marlo had a relationship with the Hulk during his time as Joe Fixit. However, when Marlo challenges Betty by calling her a stiff who waits around for her husband between slugfests, Betty bets she can get a job and prove herself a sufficient roommate. Back at the Mount, Ulysses scolds Paris for almost making him crash their plane when he first brought the Hulk to their headquarters. Their argument is interrupted when the Hulk arrives. Ulysses thanks him for saving Achilles but scolds him for the damage caused while doing it. The Hulk picks up Ulysses and slams him against the wall and warns him to watch his tone when speaking to him. Paris is impressed by the Hulk and introduces himself. He explains that after examining Achilles they discovered that the reason why his invulnerability has been acting strangely is because of the Hulk. For some reason, the gamma radiation in the Hulk's body affects Achilles invulnerability. He also explains that most of the high-ranking members of the Pantheon are all related by blood through Agamemnon and as such have superhuman abilities of their own through birth. Suddenly, the Hulk is attacked by Ajax, who is still angry at the Hulk for fighting Atalanta when the Pantheon first confronted him.

Back in Reno, Betty Banner is settling in at Marlo's place, and the two women begin talking over drinks. Betty admits she is envious of Marlo's figure, figuring she had to fight off men with a stick. She talks about how she first met Bruce Banner when he started working on the gamma bomb and how her father, Thaddeus Ross wasn't happy about it. Marlo admits that Bruce was so guarded in Vegas and asks Betty what he's really like. Betty admits that following his most recent transformation, she doesn't really know anymore. At the Mount, the battle between the Hulk and Ajax continues. The fight takes them to the Mount's indoor forest where Atalanta gets in the middle of the fight. She convinces the simple minded Ajax that the Hulk is their friend and Ajax instantly changes his behavior toward the newcomer. Ulysses explains to the Hulk that Ajax is confined to his armor because his massive frame would crush him to death if he didn't. He also has an obsessive devotion to Atalanta. When Ulysses tries to introduce the Hulk to Delphi, she walks past them without giving them a moments notice.

Meanwhile, in New York City, actress Nadia Dornova exits a theater where she is performing the play "Metamorphosis" to greet her fans. As she signs autographs, Nadia spots the man who has been following her and tells her bodyguard Sergi to do something about it. Sergi tries to approach the man, secretly the Hulk's old friend the Abomination, who flees and disappears without a trace. Back at the Mount, Ulysses show the Hulk the Pantheon's current project. He is taken to an infirmary where hundreds of people have are being treated for horrible burns caused by napalm. Ulysses explains that the napalm, purchased from the United States, was used against them by their own government. Ulysses explains that the Pantheon are going to stop this atrocity from continuing and asks the Hulk if they can count on his support. The Hulk agrees that he will help.

Back in Reno, Betty and Marlo are drunk and laughing at old stories about the Hulk. When they start talking about Betty getting a new wardrobe, she also mentions how she hates her hair. Marlo decides that they should cut and dye Betty's hair. While back at the Mount, Delphi checks her water pool to see glimpses of the future. First, she sees the image of the Hulk accepting the invitation to join the Pantheon. The image then changes to a picture of the Hulk covered with blood laughing like a madman.

Solicit Synopsis

A third of the way into his remarkable run, Peter David introduced one of his most influential contributions to the Hulk's career: the Pantheon! David's dynamic demigods hit the scene just as the Hulk's finally getting his head together, no matter how many personalities are inside it! It's a circus in there, and what's a circus without...a Ringmaster? Plus: a Skrull invasion (another one?); Christmas with the Rhino; and the short, tragic career of Crazy Eight! Guest-starring Doc Samson and Nick Fury! Collecting INCREDIBLE HULK #373-382.

Notes

Reprints: Incredible Hulk Vol 1 #373-382

See Also

Footnotes

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



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