- I tend to see transformations in terms of anger, but what drives Rick is guilt. He can't convice himself that isn't responsible for the Hulk. Even though I made the bomb. It's all on me. Now he runs towards every big threat, always recreating that day, solving it over and over. Is that healthy? I don't know that I'm qualified to say. I'm a physicist. All I know is he's going to do it whether I want him to or not...and it makes him happy. There's got to be room for a happy Hulk somewhere, right?
Appearing in "Inferno"
- Incredible Hulks
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Synopsis for "Inferno"
As the Hulks return to Earth after saving both it and K'ai, Skaar invites his father to get back inside the ship. Then suddenly, they receive an astral warning from Doctor Strange about the Chaos King. Already he has unleashed apocalypse upon the Earth. The Hulks return to New York, where they find various people, including a Hulked-Out Lyra unconscious and quickly work ground control.
A-Bomb deduces that when Strange mentioned that Death herself has fled, meaning no one can die. And he remembers how his wife Marlo was possessed by Death. Then suddenly, they are ambushed by demons led by Abomination. He fights against A-Bomb. Though Death has been banished, Abomination decides to tear off A-Bomb's shell. He attacks the Hulks, demanding to know where Marlo is.
Luckily, they have a timely save from Strange. As they hide in the Empire State Building, Strange explains to everyone that Marlo still has a spark of Death within her, which can be used to end the lives of all on Earth. When A-Bomb whispers to Hulk that Marlo's in Phoenix, Strange is revealed to have been possessed by Zom.
Appearing in "How I Became the Bomb"
- Disgruntled employee (Only appearance; dies)
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Synopsis for "How I Became the Bomb"
With a hostage situation at the Los Angeles International Airport, A-Bomb is dispatched to try and defuse the situation. Meanwhile, Bruce Banner watches a video put together by Rick that details the origins of his A-Bomb powers and how his powers work. It discusses how he was transformed by the Leader and MODOK using DNA taken from the Abomination spliced with the camoflauge abilities of the cuttlefish and chameleon.
Meanwhile, Rick manages to get into the air traffic control booth and learns that the man holding people hostage is a disgruntled employee. When A-Bomb tries to convince him to disarm the bomb and surrender, the man reveals that he is the bomb and he is set to blow. With moments to spare, A-Bomb tosses the hostage taker into the air where he explodes without harming anyone.
Witnessing this, Banner is convinced that Rick will be a welcome addition to the team that he is putting together.
A CHAOS WAR TIE-IN!
Bring out your dead -- and the Hulks will smash them! When the King of Chaos and Darkness unleashes his horrors upon Planet Earth, Doctor Strange calls on the strongest team there is to save life itself. A Chaos War tie-in featuring the return of the most horrifying Hulk villain in Hades -- and fan-favorite "Fall of the Hulks" and "World War Hulks" penciller Paul Pelletier! Plus an all-new backup showcasing one of Hulk's Allies!
- Korg recognizes Doctor Strange as the mage who summoned Zom during the Hulk's attack on New York. The entity known as Zom merged with Doctor Strange during the events of World War Hulk after having his hands broken by the Hulk. Since then, Strange has kept Zom mentally suppressed until now. These events occurred in World War Hulk #3–4.
- Doctor Strange states that he was stripped of his title of Sorcerer Supreme. That happened in New Avengers #54. Strange eventually reclaims this title in New Avengers (Vol. 2) #34.
- The Hulk is angry at Strange because he exiled him from Earth on two occasions. The first was when Strange exiled the Hulk to the Crossroads Dimension from Incredible Hulk #300 to 313. The second time was when Strange and the Illuminati exiled the Hulk to Sakaar from Incredible Hulk (Vol. 2) #91–105.
- The Abomination was seen murdered by the Red Hulk in flashback as retaliation for the death of Betty. Betty had died of radiation poisoning in Incredible Hulk #466, although he was resurrected in Fall of the Hulks: Alpha #1. The Red Hulk shot the Abomination to death in Hulk (Vol. 2) #1
- A-Bomb mentions how Death has been banished. That happened in Chaos War #2.
- Rick mentions a few facts about his wife Marlo:
- Rick's video recaps the origin of the Hulk from Incredible Hulk #1, as well as his transformation into A-Bomb which was explained in Fall of the Hulks: Red Hulk #3.
- Based on the Marvel Legacy renumbering infographic, this issue is actually Incredible Hulk Vol 1 617. A different editorial count resulted in its publication as Incredible Hulks Vol 1 #618.
- First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
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