- But they're all gone now. Gone, along with mankind. Gone, because of the ghastly knowledge that came from the creation of the atomic bomb. But the Hulk was spawned in the heart of a nuclear blast. That made him first. First among the Titans. First... and last. Someone has to pay for that knowledge. Someone has to continue to be punished, because there are some crimes that are simply so awful, so beyond forgiveness, that punishment must continue to be exacted. That's what Hell is for, after all. Hell on Earth.
Appearing in "The Last Titan"
- Recorder robot (Only in flashback)
- Leader (Vision)
- Abomination (Vision)
- Spider-Man (Peter Parker) (Only appearance; dies)
- Giant Man (Henry Pym) (Only appearance; dies) (Only in flashback)
- Doctor Strange (Stephen Strange) (Only appearance; dies) (Only in flashback)
- Hercules (Only appearance; dies) (Only in flashback)
- Wasp (Janet Van Dyne) (Only appearance; dies) (Only in flashback)
- X-Men (Only appearance; dies) (Only in flashback)
- Iceman (Bobby Drake) (Only appearance; dies) (Only in flashback)
- Angel (Warren Worthington) (Only appearance; dies) (Only appearance; dies) (Only in flashback)
- Wolverine (Logan) (Only appearance; dies) (Only appearance; dies)
- Storm (Ororo Munroe) (Only appearance; dies) (Only appearance; dies)
- Daredevil (Matt Murdock) (Only appearance; dies) (Only appearance; dies) (Only in flashback)
- Thor (Thor Odinson) (Only appearance; dies) (Only appearance; dies) (Only in flashback)
- Fantastic Four (Only appearance; dies) (Only in flashback)
- Captain America (Steven Rogers) (Only appearance; dies) (Only in flashback)
- Iron Man (Tony Stark) (Only appearance; dies)
- Namor (Namor McKenzie) (Only appearance; dies)
- Doc Samson (Leonard Samson) (Vision)
- She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters) (Vision)
- Betty Ross (Vision)
- General Ross (Vision)
- Jim Wilson (Vision)
- Jarella (Vision)
- Rick Jones (Vision)
- Marlo Chandler (Vision)
- Rebecca Banner (Vision)
- Kree (Mentioned)
- Skrulls (Mentioned)
- Earth-2081 (Reality)
- Costumed Adventurers Memorial Park
Synopsis for "The Last Titan"
The story follows the narrative of Bruce Banner and the Hulk following a war which ended in a violent nuclear holocaust that only he could have survived.
Banner begins the story, talking to a camera left by a robot Recorder belonging to one of The Watchers to record "The Last Days of Earth" as an archival lesson for other planets.
While Banner is forced to drown in sorrow as the last human alive on Earth, wandering for years across the ruins of the old cities and remembering what he can of the world before, the Hulk is angry at Banner, in that with Banner he is still not alone in the World. During one of Banner's walks, he is beset upon some monstrously overgrown cockroaches, mutated by the nuclear fallout, and it is the Hulk who gets up to try and stop them.
When Banner awakens later, he watches a video recording made by the alien camera of the cockroaches eating the Hulk alive before he heals.
The story is mainly fueled by the fact that Banner and the Hulk's desires, even at the end of the world, are still conflicted; whereas Hulk still stubbornly wishes to prove himself the strongest being on Earth, Banner merely wishes to die, attempting suicides that fail when he becomes the Hulk again.
Eventually, Banner falls asleep in an old cave, only to dream of Betty Ross. In the dream, he becomes young again and they begin to make love amongst a paradise. However, when she begins to talk, saying that the two will eventually be 'like gods', Banner awakens violently.
Suffering a painful heart attack, Banner realizes how much his punishment resembles that of Prometheus, the Last Titan; condemned to stay forever alive even while animals devour him. As he dies, the Hulk's persona arises in his mind. Banner pleads with the Hulk, begging him to simply let go of his conflicts, claiming that they are going to a paradise where all their dead friends are, where they will be happy. Hulk throws away this suggestion because, in his eyes, friends have always betrayed him. Amidst a thunderous storm, Hulk proclaims that all he wants is to be left alone.
The next morning, the Hulk somberly sits outside the cave, musing in his inner monologue: "Banner is gone...got rid of him last night." As he remembers the confrontation, he realizes that if he were ever to change back to Banner, he would die also. The Hulk is glad, because he does not need Banner, only for the truly tragic realization to come upon him: "Hulk...strongest one there is. Hulk...only one there is...Hulk feels...cold."
- Reprinted in Giant-Size Hulk #1.
- The reference to the Maestro inside Hulk: The End suggests either the events of "Future Imperfect" actually happened in this continuity/reality or that this particular version of the Hulk has experienced the same set of events as its counterpart in the mainstream 616 continuity.
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