Appearing in "When Monsters Meet!"
- The Crawling Unknown (Death)
- United States of America
Synopsis for "When Monsters Meet!"
After confessing his love of Jarella, Bruce Banner finds himself stranded in the desert by a heart broken Betty Ross and Glenn Talbot. Banner becomes so angry he turns into the Hulk and the Hulk follows after his two friends. He watches at Glenn stops the jeep and the two give into a moment of passion and share a kiss. Witnessing this, the heart broken Hulk walks quietly away.
Meanwhile, in Washington D.C., General Ross is before a Senate committee to protest the funding cuts being put upon Project: Greenskin. While Senator Roger Dutton wants the funding to go toward more worthy causes, Senator Morton Clegstead is pushing in support of Project: Greenskin. When the hearing cannot make a conclusion they retire for the day, and Clegstead returns home. There he almost faints, and as it turns out he is suffering from a rare form of cancer and hopes that the information learned at Project: Greenskin from the Hulk could find him a cure.
His doctor, Lathrop has been able to smuggle out a sample of Bruce Banner's blood taken from his last incarceration at Project: Greenskin. He pressures Lathrop to fore go any animal testing and inject him with the formula he created in the hopes that it might cure his cancer.
Meanwhile, Bruce Banner has been traveling the rails and finds a newspaper that identifies that Henry Pym is going to be giving a speech at George Washington University and decides to go there to see if his old colleague can help him shrink down to size and return to Jarella's world. Arriving at the auditorium he learns from the janitor that the event had been canceled. When the janitor begins to hassle Bruce, he gets upset enough to cause him to transform into the Hulk and go on a rampage through Washington D.C.
As General Ross mobilizes an army to face the Hulk, Senator Clegstead finds the news the perfect opportunity to prove his claim and will solidify his bid to run for president. With Lathrop leading him to his car, Clegstead boasts about his position and is overheard by Dutton who confronts him. The two come to blows and Clegstead finds that he has superior strength, however, it comes at a price: his hand has become horribly mutated. As Lathrop drives away, Clegstead mutates into a gigantic cancerous mass that consumes him.
Their car crashes right in the middle of a military stand off with the Hulk, spewing the mass that was once the diseased Clegstead out onto the street where it begins consuming everything on the spot. The Hulk attacks the mass but finds that whatever he does only cause him pain as the mass attempts to consume him. The Hulk finally defeats the creature by ramming a metal pole into it. When lightning strikes the pole it incinerates the creature and in all the confusion the Hulk makes an escape.
General Ross is confronted by Senator Dutton who explains to him that he came across Lathrop's notes that indicate that curing the Hulk may provide great medical breakthroughs that are the benefit to everyone and agrees to motion that Operation: Greenskin's funding be continued.
Appearing in "But Who Will Judge the Hulk?"
- J. Jonah Jameson
- Black Widow
- Peter Parker
- Richard Nixon (Topical reference)
- S.H.I.E.L.D. agents
- Spiro Agnew (Topical reference)
- United States of America
- Captain America's Shield
- Captain America's Uniform
- Life Model Decoys
- Daredevil's Billy Club
Synopsis for "But Who Will Judge the Hulk?"
The Hulkbusters have tracked the Hulk to the middle of the Nevada Desert, and as General Ross, Nick Fury and Captain America watch on the Hulk is incapacitated by the Hulkbusters gear. With the Hulk captured, Ross calls into the President to inform him the dirty deed has been done. When the Hulk relaxes enough to revert back into Bruce Banner, Ross orders that Banner be tranquilized around the clock as they prepare him for his coming court trail.
In San Francisco, Matt Murdock gets a call asking to represent Bruce Banner during his trial. Although this will turn out to be his most difficult case yet, Murdock accepts it and takes the next plane out to Las Vegas. While in New York the news of the Hulk's capture rowels up the Thing who is egged on by the Human Torch before they are broken up by Mr. Fantastic. Reed informs them that he intends on going to the trail to plead on Banner's behalf in that he is not responsible for what he has done as the Hulk.
On the flight to court, Matt Murdock has a private counsel with Bruce Banner, who wants to be found guilty believing that the electric chair would be a mercy compared to his continued existence as the Hulk. Concerned about his client's state of mind, he asks that General Ross reduce a number of sedatives that Banner is being subjected too. When Ross refuses, Matt threatens to call the Attorney General and have the case overturned because the government is violating Bruce Banner's rights and Ross finally concedes.
As the plane is about to arrive in New York, the Fantastic Four, J. Jonah Jameson, and Peter Parker all arrive to watch as the plane lands. While aboard the plane, Banner realizes that he has had the sedatives reduced, and begins to panic. Murdock's attempts to calm Banner down fail and he transforms into the Hulk. However, before the Hulk can cause any damage, Murdock is able to calm the beast down until the plane safely lands.
When Ross orders Matt to get out of the plane and let the military handle the problem the Hulk goes into a frenzy, believing that Murdock had lied to him. Smashing out of the plane the Hulk has the army and the Fantastic Four outside waiting to engage him.
This story is continued next issue...
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