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| Image = Richard Jones (Earth-616) from Immortal Hulk Vol 1 17 001.jpg
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| Title = [[Rick Jones]]
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| Image = Richard Jones (Earth-616) from Immortal Hulk Vol 1 22 cover 001.jpg
 
| RealName = [[Rick Jones|Richard Milhouse "Rick" Jones]]
 
| RealName = [[Rick Jones|Richard Milhouse "Rick" Jones]]
| CurrentAlias = Subject B
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| CurrentAlias =
| Aliases = [[A-Bomb]],{{r|Hulk Vol 2 #1}} [[Bucky]],{{r|Captain America #110}} the [[Hulk]],{{r|Incredible Hulk #325}} [[Whisperer]]{{r|Captain America: Sam Wilson #1}}
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| CurrentAliasRef =
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| Aliases = [[A-Bomb]],{{r|Hulk Vol 2 #1}} [[Bucky]],{{r|Captain America #110}} the [[Hulk]],{{r|Incredible Hulk #325}} [[Whisperer]], {{r|Captain America: Sam Wilson #1}} [[Subject B]],{{r|Immortal Hulk Vol 1 17}} [[Abomination]]{{r|Immortal Hulk Vol 1 #18}}
 
| Identity = Secret
 
| Identity = Secret
| Affiliation = Formerly {{M|Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division|S.H.I.E.L.D.}}, {{M|Incredible Hulks|Hulk Family}}, {{M|Avengers}} (honorary member), partner of the [[Bruce Banner (Earth-616)|Hulk]], [[Captain America (Steven Rogers)|Captain America]] and [[Mar-Vell (Earth-616)|Captain Marvel]], {{M|Teen Brigade}}, ally of [[Rom (Earth-616)|Rom]], sponsor of the [[Loners (Earth-616)|Loners]]
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| Affiliation = Formerly {{m|United States Hulk Operations|Shadow Base}} (forced), {{M|Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division|S.H.I.E.L.D.}}, {{M|Incredible Hulks|Hulk Family}}, {{M|Avengers}} (honorary member), partner of the [[Bruce Banner (Earth-616)|Hulk]], [[Captain America (Steven Rogers)|Captain America]] and [[Mar-Vell (Earth-616)|Captain Marvel]], {{M|Teen Brigade}}, ally of [[Rom (Earth-616)|Rom]], financial sponsor of the [[Loners (Earth-616)|Loners]]
| Relatives = [[Marlo Chandler (Earth-616)|Marlo Chandler-Jones]] (wife);<br>
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| Relatives = [[Marlo Chandler (Earth-616)|Marlo Chandler-Jones]] (ex-wife);<br>
[[Richard Jones (Earth-616)#Polly (Earth-616)|Polly]] (aunt);{{r|Incredible Hulk #3}}<br>
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[[Character Index/P#Polly|Polly]] (aunt);{{r|Incredible Hulk #3}}<br>
 
[[Elsa Chandler (Earth-616)|Elsa Chandler]] (mother-in-law);<br>
 
[[Elsa Chandler (Earth-616)|Elsa Chandler]] (mother-in-law);<br>
 
[[Keith Chandler (Earth-616)|Keith Chandler]], [[Ray Chandler (Earth-616)|Ray Chandler]], three unidentified others (brothers-in-law);<br>
 
[[Keith Chandler (Earth-616)|Keith Chandler]], [[Ray Chandler (Earth-616)|Ray Chandler]], three unidentified others (brothers-in-law);<br>
[[Albert Jones (Rick's father) (Earth-616)|Albert Jones]] (father, deceased);{{r|Incredible Hulk #395}}, [[Elizabeth Jones (Earth-616)|Elizabeth Jones]] (mother, deceased);{{r|Incredible Hulk #395}}<br>
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[[Albert Jones (Rick's father) (Earth-616)|Albert Jones]] (father, deceased);{{r|Incredible Hulk #395}}<br>
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[[Elizabeth Jones (Earth-616)|Elizabeth Jones]] (mother, deceased);{{r|Incredible Hulk #395}}<br>
 
[[Jacqueline Shorr (Earth-616)|Jackie Shorr]] (alleged mother; unconfirmed)
 
[[Jacqueline Shorr (Earth-616)|Jackie Shorr]] (alleged mother; unconfirmed)
 
| Universe = Earth-616
 
| Universe = Earth-616
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| Gender = Male
 
| Gender = Male
 
| Height = 5'9"
 
| Height = 5'9"
| Height2 = 6'8" (as A-Bomb)
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| Height2 = ; [[:Category:Height 6' 8"|6'8"]][[Category:Height 6' 8"]] (as A-Bomb)
 
| Weight = 165 lbs
 
| Weight = 165 lbs
 
| Weight2 = 980 lbs (as A-Bomb)
 
| Weight2 = 980 lbs (as A-Bomb)
 
| Eyes = Brown
 
| Eyes = Brown
| Eyes2 = Yellow (as A-Bomb)
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| Eyes2 = ; [[:Category:Yellow Eyes|Yellow]][[Category:Yellow Eyes]] (as A-Bomb)
 
| Hair = Brown
 
| Hair = Brown
| Hair2 = None (as A-Bomb)
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| Hair2 = ; [[:Category:No Hair|None]][[Category:No Hair]] (as A-Bomb)
 
| UnusualSkinColour = Green
 
| UnusualSkinColour = Green
| UnusualSkinColour2 = ; [[:Category:Blue Skin|Blue]][[Category:Blue Skin]] (as A-Bomb]]
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| UnusualSkinColour2 = ; [[:Category:Blue Skin|Blue]][[Category:Blue Skin]] (as A-Bomb)
| UnusualFeatures = Green and scaly skin, two fingers on each hand, webbed and pointed ears, massively muscled body with proportions considerably beyond those of an ordinary human, many fingers covering his face; formerly while in his A-Bomb form, Jones took on a superhumanly powerful form resembling that of the [[Emil Blonsky (Earth-616)|Abomination]] with blue, armor-like skin, three fingers on each hand, and two toes on each foot.
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| UnusualFeatures = Formerly: as Subject B, Jones had green and scaly skin, three clawed fingers on each hand, webbed and pointed ears, massively muscled body with proportions considerably beyond those of an ordinary human, many fingers covering his face, two faces; while in his A-Bomb form, Jones took on a superhumanly powerful form resembling that of the [[Emil Blonsky (Earth-616)|Abomination]] with blue, armor-like skin, three fingers on each hand, and two toes on each foot.
   
 
| Citizenship = American
 
| Citizenship = American
| MaritalStatus = Married
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| MaritalStatus = Divorced
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| MaritalStatus2 = (marriage ended after his death)
 
| Occupation = Musician, adventurer, author; formerly talk show host
 
| Occupation = Musician, adventurer, author; formerly talk show host
 
| Education = High school dropout
 
| Education = High school dropout
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| Death =
 
| Death =
   
| Quotation = It's too much for me! I've got the most powerful thing in the world under my control, and I don't know what to do with it! But one thing I do know... I don't dare go to sleep again, unless he's locked up back in his dungeon!
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| Quotation = It's too much for me! I've got the most powerful [[Bruce Banner (Earth-616)|thing]] in the world under my control, and I don't know what to do with it! But one thing I do know... I don't dare go to sleep again, unless he's locked up back in his dungeon!
 
| Speaker = [[Richard Jones (Earth-616)|Rick Jones]]
 
| Speaker = [[Richard Jones (Earth-616)|Rick Jones]]
 
| QuoteSource = Incredible Hulk Vol 1 3
 
| QuoteSource = Incredible Hulk Vol 1 3
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===Seperated from Genis===
 
===Seperated from Genis===
Jones authored a best-selling autobiographical novel on his personal history with superhumans such as the [[Bruce Banner (Earth-616)|Hulk]], [[Steven Rogers (Earth-616)|Captain America]], [[Mar-Vell (Earth-616)|Captain Marvel]] and [[Avengers (Earth-616)|The Avengers]] with a focus on his days as a sidekick, the novel was titled 'Sidekick'.{{r|Alias Vol 1 7}} After the book was published there was [[Richard Jones (Impersonator) (Earth-616)|a man]] impersonating Jones and attempting to make it as a musician.{{r|Alias Vol 1 7|9}}
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Jones authored a best-selling autobiographical novel on his personal history with superhumans such as the [[Bruce Banner (Earth-616)|Hulk]], [[Steven Rogers (Earth-616)|Captain America]], [[Mar-Vell (Earth-616)|Captain Marvel]] and [[Avengers (Earth-616)|The Avengers]] with a focus on his days as a sidekick, the novel was titled 'Sidekick'.{{r|Alias Vol 1 7}} After the book was published there was [[Richard Jones (Impersonator) (Earth-616)|a man]] impersonating Jones and attempting to make it as a musician.{{r|Alias Vol 1 7|9}}
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Rick invested the royalties he earned from the publishing of 'Sidekick' and was rewarded with a substantial windfall. He anonymously offered a former teen superhero support group, [[Loners (Earth-616)|Excelsior]], a one million dollar donation if they could track down the children of the criminal group [[Pride (Earth-616)|The Pride]], who were operating in [[Los Angeles]] as the [[Runaways (Earth-616)|Runaways]] after [[Steven Rogers (Earth-616)|Captain America]] informed him they had left their foster homes. The group ultimately failed to bring the Runaways in but Rick revealed himself as their benefactor and still suggested they turn their support group into a team to help deal with the uprise in superpowered crime in [[California]] that had resulted from the death of the Pride.{{r|Runaways Vol 2 1|6}}
   
 
When the Hulk returned to Earth, Jones attempted to calm him down by telling him about Captain America's death, but when the Hulk almost calmed down, [[Stephen Strange (Earth-616)|Dr. Strange]] invaded the Hulk's mind. Rick later went to Strange's [[Sanctum Sanctorum]], but was attacked by the Hulk's allies.{{Citation}}
 
When the Hulk returned to Earth, Jones attempted to calm him down by telling him about Captain America's death, but when the Hulk almost calmed down, [[Stephen Strange (Earth-616)|Dr. Strange]] invaded the Hulk's mind. Rick later went to Strange's [[Sanctum Sanctorum]], but was attacked by the Hulk's allies.{{Citation}}
   
 
===A-Bomb===
 
===A-Bomb===
[[File:Thaddeus Ross (Earth-616) and Richard Jones (Earth-616) from Hulk Vol 2 3 0001.jpg|thumb|right||200px|Red Hulk vs the A-Bomb]]
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[[File:Thaddeus Ross (Earth-616) and Richard Jones (Earth-616) from Hulk Vol 2 3 0001.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Red Hulk vs the A-Bomb]]
 
Wounded, Rick was transported to the gamma bomb site that gave birth to the original Hulk. After being dropped off, he encountered the [[Thaddeus Ross (Earth-616)|Red Hulk]]. After seeing that he had murdered Emil Blonsky, the [[Emil Blonsky (Earth-616)|Abomination]], Rick was transformed by [[Intelligencia (Earth-616)|Intelligencia]] members the [[Samuel Sterns (Earth-616)|Leader]] and [[George Tarleton (Earth-616)|M.O.D.O.K.]] into a new blue creature who quite resembled the Abomination;{{r|Fall of the Hulks: Red Hulk #3}} calling himself '''A-Bomb'''. In his new form, he was much like the original Hulk incarnation in that he could not remember being anybody else once the transformation was complete, had a temper which flared easily, and simplified speech patterns. He held his own against the Red Hulk for an extended period of time, withstanding all of his blows and injuring him multiple times, which previously nobody had been able to accomplish. The battle was interrupted by several giant android harpies that were specifically designed by United States Military in case Bruce Banner escaped the facility as the Hulk. A-Bomb has proven to hold onto fragments of his memories as Rick Jones because he recognized the harpies all had the face of [[Elizabeth Ross (Earth-616)|Betty Ross]]; Bruce Banner's first love. A-Bomb managed to disable one mid-flight, and they both crashed to Earth. The robot exploded.{{r|Hulk Vol 2 3}}
 
Wounded, Rick was transported to the gamma bomb site that gave birth to the original Hulk. After being dropped off, he encountered the [[Thaddeus Ross (Earth-616)|Red Hulk]]. After seeing that he had murdered Emil Blonsky, the [[Emil Blonsky (Earth-616)|Abomination]], Rick was transformed by [[Intelligencia (Earth-616)|Intelligencia]] members the [[Samuel Sterns (Earth-616)|Leader]] and [[George Tarleton (Earth-616)|M.O.D.O.K.]] into a new blue creature who quite resembled the Abomination;{{r|Fall of the Hulks: Red Hulk #3}} calling himself '''A-Bomb'''. In his new form, he was much like the original Hulk incarnation in that he could not remember being anybody else once the transformation was complete, had a temper which flared easily, and simplified speech patterns. He held his own against the Red Hulk for an extended period of time, withstanding all of his blows and injuring him multiple times, which previously nobody had been able to accomplish. The battle was interrupted by several giant android harpies that were specifically designed by United States Military in case Bruce Banner escaped the facility as the Hulk. A-Bomb has proven to hold onto fragments of his memories as Rick Jones because he recognized the harpies all had the face of [[Elizabeth Ross (Earth-616)|Betty Ross]]; Bruce Banner's first love. A-Bomb managed to disable one mid-flight, and they both crashed to Earth. The robot exploded.{{r|Hulk Vol 2 3}}
   
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Even though the New Avengers had rescued Rick, he doubted their true intentions due to the track record of the previous iteration of A.I.M.{{r|New Avengers Vol 4 9}} This lack of trust prompted Rick to refuse to flee from [[Hydrobase|Avengers Island]] through a portal to the [[Savage Land]] when S.H.I.E.L.D. forces invaded the facilities. Instead, Rick remained hidden in the island,{{r|New Avengers Vol 4 10}} and eventually escaped unnoticed by the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents confiscating it. Rick was tracked down by Captain America,{{r|Avengers Standoff: Assault On Pleasant Hill Omega #1}} and offered amnesty for his crimes as the Whisperer at the cost of being forced to work for S.H.I.E.L.D. as tech support and aid Captain America in his missions to fight [[Hydra (Earth-616)|Hydra]].{{r|Captain America: Steve Rogers #1}} Unbeknownst to anybody, Captain America had secretly been replaced by [[Steven Rogers (Earth-61311)|a twisted and evil version of himself]] by the sentient [[Cosmic Cube]] [[Kobik (Earth-616)|Kobik]].{{r|Captain America: Steve Rogers Vol 1 2}} Rogers used Rick's position in S.H.I.E.L.D. to trick him into handing him the codes to the [[Planetary Defense Shield]],{{r|Captain America: Steve Rogers Vol 1 16}} allowing Rogers to strand many heroes in space behind the Defense Shield while at the mercy of invading [[Chitauri]] to help pave the way for Hydra's takeover of the United States.{{r|Secret Empire Vol 1 0}}
 
Even though the New Avengers had rescued Rick, he doubted their true intentions due to the track record of the previous iteration of A.I.M.{{r|New Avengers Vol 4 9}} This lack of trust prompted Rick to refuse to flee from [[Hydrobase|Avengers Island]] through a portal to the [[Savage Land]] when S.H.I.E.L.D. forces invaded the facilities. Instead, Rick remained hidden in the island,{{r|New Avengers Vol 4 10}} and eventually escaped unnoticed by the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents confiscating it. Rick was tracked down by Captain America,{{r|Avengers Standoff: Assault On Pleasant Hill Omega #1}} and offered amnesty for his crimes as the Whisperer at the cost of being forced to work for S.H.I.E.L.D. as tech support and aid Captain America in his missions to fight [[Hydra (Earth-616)|Hydra]].{{r|Captain America: Steve Rogers #1}} Unbeknownst to anybody, Captain America had secretly been replaced by [[Steven Rogers (Earth-61311)|a twisted and evil version of himself]] by the sentient [[Cosmic Cube]] [[Kobik (Earth-616)|Kobik]].{{r|Captain America: Steve Rogers Vol 1 2}} Rogers used Rick's position in S.H.I.E.L.D. to trick him into handing him the codes to the [[Planetary Defense Shield]],{{r|Captain America: Steve Rogers Vol 1 16}} allowing Rogers to strand many heroes in space behind the Defense Shield while at the mercy of invading [[Chitauri]] to help pave the way for Hydra's takeover of the United States.{{r|Secret Empire Vol 1 0}}
   
After Rogers came out as a member of Hydra and took over the United States, Rick was taken into protective custody. While in Hydra custody, Rick hacked into Hydra's network and obtain files that belonged to Hydra scientist [[Erik Selvig (Earth-616)|Erik Selvig]] that would reveal the truth about Rogers. Rick sent the data over to hacker [[Rayshaun Lucas (Earth-616)|Rayshaun Lucas]]. When Hydra found out about Rick's actions, he was arrested and thrown in jail. Rogers met with Rick in his prison cell and tried to convince Rick to tell him what data he had taken. Rick refused to cooperate and was convinced that Rogers was being brainwashed into believing he was a Hydra agent. Under pressure from the [[High Council of Hydra (Earth-616)|High Council of Hydra]] to get tough on Hydra's enemies, Rogers decided to make an example of Rick and had him executed by firing squad on live television. Before being shot, Rick shouted out, "Avengers Assemble!"{{r|Secret Empire Vol 1 1}}
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After Rogers came out as a member of Hydra and took over the United States, Rick was taken into protective custody. While in Hydra custody, Rick hacked into Hydra's network and obtain files that belonged to Hydra scientist [[Erik Selvig (Earth-616)|Erik Selvig]] that would reveal the truth about Rogers. Rick sent the data over to hacker [[Rayshaun Lucas (Earth-616)|Rayshaun Lucas]]. When Hydra found out about Rick's actions, he was arrested and thrown in jail. Rogers met with Rick in his prison cell and tried to convince Rick to tell him what data he had taken. Rick refused to cooperate and was convinced that Rogers was being brainwashed into believing he was a Hydra agent. Under pressure from the [[High Council of Hydra (Earth-616)|High Council of Hydra]] to get tough on Hydra's enemies, Rogers decided to make an example of Rick and had him executed by firing squad on live television. Before being shot, Rick shouted out, "Avengers Assemble!"{{r|Secret Empire Vol 1 1}} Rick was buried in [[Severin Memorial Cemetery]].{{r|Immortal Hulk Vol 1 15}}
   
 
===Damned===
 
===Damned===
After his death, his husk of a body seemingly appeared in the Below-Place to meet Hulk and Jackie McGee. Hulk remarked that the body in front of them didn't have have a soul, and instead was an [[Qlippoth|empty shell]] that could only repeat old lines from the time when Bruce Banner first became the Hulk. For an unknown reason, some semblance of the "real" Rick Jones manifested though the empty husk and he transformed into an emaciated version of A-bomb to aid the Hulk against a horde of demons summoned by the [[One Below All (Multiverse)]], but he was quickly overwhelmed and shredded to pieces. It was later revealed to be a manifestation from the One Below All to torment the Hulk.{{r|Immortal Hulk Vol 1 11|13}}
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After his death, his husk of a body seemingly appeared in the Below-Place to meet Hulk and Jackie McGee. Hulk remarked that the body in front of them didn't have have a soul, and instead was an [[Qlippoth|empty shell]] that could only repeat old lines from the time when Bruce Banner first became the Hulk. For an unknown reason, some semblance of the "real" Rick Jones manifested through the empty husk and he transformed into an emaciated version of A-bomb to aid the Hulk against a horde of demons summoned by the [[One Below All (Multiverse)|One Below All]], but he was quickly overwhelmed and shredded to pieces. It was later revealed to be a manifestation from the One Below All to torment the Hulk.{{r|Immortal Hulk Vol 1 11|13}}
   
===Project Abomination===
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===Subject B===
Bruce Banner and Doc Samson later visit the grave of Rick Jones only to discover that his corpse was stolen from its grave.{{r|Immortal Hulk Vol 1 15}} It was taken by the [[United States Hulk Operations (Earth-616)|U.S. Hulk Operations]] who had devised a plan to use the corpse of Rick Jones as the frame for a new weapon against the Hulk after the numerous previous attempts have failed, using the leftover and highly radioactive remains of the original Abomination. This procedure encased the corpse in a cocoon,{{r|Immortal Hulk Vol 1 16}} bringing Jones back to life and rapidly evolving him into a nightmarish and horrific beast whose appearance was a combination of A-Bomb form and Abomination's.{{r|Immortal Hulk Vol 1 17}}
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[[File:Richard Jones (Earth-616) from Immortal Hulk Vol 1 17 001.jpg|thumb|right|200px]]
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Rick's body was disinterred by agents of [[United States Hulk Operations (Earth-616)|Shadow Base]] and brought to [[Area 51|Shadow Base]] where a team of scientists led by [[Charlene McGowan (Earth-616)|Dr. Charlene McGowan]] used it as "scaffolding" for a shell of [[Gamma-Activated Tissue]] recovered from the remains of Emil Blonsky, the original Abomination. The procedure encased the corpse in a cocoon, bringing Jones back to life, and rapidly evolving him into a nightmarish and horrific beast with an appearance similar to that of Abomination's, but with several rows of finger-like mandibles almost completely concealing a head with two human faces, both contorted in agony.
   
| Powers = '''Destiny Force:''' On rare occasions, and through unusual circumstances, Jones has been able to tap into a mysterious, near-limitless energy sources known as the [[Destiny Force]]. The Destiny Force is believed to be inherent in all humanity. Jones has used this power to alter reality in the past by bringing figures from his own imagination to life or even figures from different times of existence. He has proven able to render thousands of Kree and Skrull warriors immobile with a thought, single-handedly overcome the Atlantean army, augment all of his own physical attributes, heal himself after sustaining life threatening energies and levitate. The full limits of the Destiny Force, its overall nature, why only Jones has been able to harness it at only certain times, all these are currently unknown.{{Citation}}
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Rick was sent to attack the Hulk, who was hiding out in a motel in [[Reno (Nevada)|Reno]], [[Nevada]] while Shadow Base monitored everything through a camera placed inside Rick's head. After killing two innocent bystanders, the Hulk confronted him and initially mistook him for the Abomination, but the Hulk eventually realized that it was Rick when he saw his two faces each speaking short, tortured sentences.{{r|Immortal Hulk Vol 1 14|18}}
   
'''Enhanced Learning Capabilities:''' As a consequence of being depowered from his A-Bomb form, Rick's brain was changed. According to himself, he was now able to pick new skills up lightning-fast.{{r|Avengers Standoff: Assault On Pleasant Hill Alpha #1}}
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Hulk chose to continue fighting Jones regardless of his condition. However, Jones unleashed a highly corrosive acid that could not only dissolve the Hulk's flesh but also negate his ability to heal. After dissolving the Hulk's limbs, Betty Ross, in her new Harpy form, unexpectedly appeared with reporter [[Jacqueline McGee (Earth-616)|Jackie McGee]] and ripped open the Hulk's body to consume his heart.{{r|Immortal Hulk Vol 1 19}}
   
'''Transformation:''' After having the Abomination's tissue grafted to his corpse, Jones was resurrected into a new, transformed state. The abilities of this new form are unrevealed for now.{{r|Immortal Hulk Vol 1 16|17}}
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Rick then attacked Betty, but he was punched by Hulk whose heart being removed jump-started Hulk's healing factor, allowing him to come back to life and heal from his injuries. Betty next ripped Rick's stomach so he could no longer generate acid. When the Shadow Base came in with two [[War-Wagon|War-Wagons]], Hulk got Jackie to safety while Betty fought Rick. After fighting Rick in the air, Betty dropped Rick onto one of the War-Wagons, badly damaging it. The War-Wagon was then punched by Hulk into the other one, destroying them both. After that, Hulk ripped open Rick, revealing that his new form was actually a shell containing his human form. Hulk, Betty, and Jackie then fled with Rick in tow.{{r|Immortal Hulk Vol 1 20}}
   
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All four went into hiding to avoid getting caught by Shadow Base. For days, Rick remained emaciated and motionless except uttering a few broken words. He eventually awakened and was restored to normal after giving off a burst of gamma energy. He revealed to his friends that he remembered everything Shadow Base did to him and where its headquarters was, [[Area 51]]. Later, Rick, Hulk, Betty, and Jackie invaded the base and confronted [[Reginald Fortean (Earth-616)|General Fortean]] and his men.{{r|Immortal Hulk Vol 1 22}}
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| body =
 
'''Physical Transformation:''' After being exposed to a weapon powered by gamma radiation designed for use against the Hulk, Jones was mutated by the radiation. As a result, Jones can transform into a superhuman form that resembles the Abomination. Jones has demonstrated the ability to transform at will and, when doing so, gains an additional 4 feet 3 inches in height and 1,835 pounds of muscle, bone and connective tissue to his frame. Jones' skin takes on a scaly sort of appearance, his eyes change color and his hair disappears. As of being cured of radiation by Doc Green, he is no longer able to do this.{{r|Hulk Vol 3 6}}
 
   
*'''Superhuman Strength:''' While transformed into A-Bomb, Jones' musculature, connective tissues and skeletal structure are augmented to levels far beyond those of ordinary humans. As a result, his strength is augmented to great superhuman levels. At his peak, he possesses sufficient superhuman strength to be listed at exactly class 100.{{Citation}}
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While Hulk and Gamma Flight battled Fortean and his troops, Rick, Betty, and Jackie tracked down where gamma mutate [[Delbert Frye (Earth-616)|Del Frye]] was being kept by the Hulk Operations. After entering the room, they found a team of scientists. Head scientist Dr. McGowan tearfully accepted responsibility for everything that had happened to Rick and Frye, which convinced Rick to spare her life.{{r|Immortal Hulk Vol 1 23}}
   
* '''Suspended Aging:''' For all intents and purposes A-Bomb does not age. Due to his great healing factor that regenerates his cells, and with the gamma energy and Destiny force that empowers him, A-Bomb does not age at all.{{Citation}}
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| Powers = '''Destiny Force:''' On rare occasions, and through unusual circumstances, Jones has been able to tap into a mysterious, near-limitless energy source known as the [[Destiny Force]]. The Destiny Force is believed to be inherent in all humanity. Jones has used this power to alter reality in the past by bringing figures from his own imagination to life or even figures from different times of existence. He has proven able to render thousands of Kree and Skrull warriors immobile with a thought, single-handedly overcome the Atlantean army, augment all of his own physical attributes, heal himself after sustaining life threatening energies, and levitate. The full limits of the Destiny Force, its overall nature, and why only Jones has been able to harness it at only certain times, all these are currently unknown.{{Citation}}
   
*'''Superhuman Stamina:''' Jones' musculature as A-Bomb is more efficient than that of an ordinary human. As a result, his muscles produce less fatigue toxins during physical activity than those of normal humans. Though the exact limit of his stamina isn't known, he can at least exert himself for several hours without fatigue impairing his overall capabilities.{{Citation}}
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'''Enhanced Learning Capabilities:''' As a consequence of being depowered from his A-Bomb form, Rick's brain was changed. According to himself, he was now able to pick new skills up lightning-fast.{{r|Avengers Standoff: Assault On Pleasant Hill Alpha #1}}
   
*'''Superhuman Durability:''' As A-Bomb, Jones' superhuman body is much tougher and more resistant to injury than that of an ordinary human. Since Jones' ability to transform into his superhuman form is a recent development, the full limits of his resistance to injury isn't known. However, his hide is exceptionally tough and can withstand repeated blows by a foe as physically powerful as the [[Thunderbolt Ross|Red Hulk]] without sustaining injury. His body can also withstand falls from great heights and exposure to temperature extremes without being damaged. He has also demonstrated that his hide is bulletproof as Red Hulk tried to use a mini-gun from on him but it merely tickles A-Bomb.{{Citation}}
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'''Gamma Mutation:''' After being free from the Gamma-Activated Tissue, Rick developed some new powers:
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* '''Energy Projection:''' Rick is able to release gamma energy at will. The full extent of the ability and how much control of it he has are unrevealed. He is able to release energy from his hands intense enough to melt through a thick, steel door.{{r|Immortal Hulk Vol 1 22|23}}
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* '''Flight:''' Rick is able to fly through the air through unknown means.{{r|Immortal Hulk Vol 1 23}}
   
*'''Self Sustenance:''' A-Bomb does not need air, water, food, or sleep to survive.{{Citation}}
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* '''Physical Transformation:''' After been knocked into a nutrient bath being used to merge the then-separated Bruce Banner and the Hulk,{{r|Incredible Hulk Vol 1 324}} Rick Jones would transform into a gamma-powered monster at nightfall, just as Banner’s transformations had originally occurred.{{r|Incredible Hulk Vol 1 325}} The full parameters of his powers were never established, and he no longer has access to them after the Leader had the gamma radiation drained from Jones in order to reignite his own lost powers.{{r|Incredible Hulk Vol 1 332}}
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** '''Superhuman Strength:'''
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** '''Superhuman Speed:'''
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** '''Superhuman Leaping:'''
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** '''Superhuman Stamina:'''
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** '''Superhuman Durability:'''
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** '''Regenerative Healing Factor:'''
   
*'''Camouflage:''' He also has a camouflage ability, being able to turn nearly invisible to match his environment.{{Citation}}}}
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'''A-Bomb:'''
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* '''Physical Transformation:''' After being exposed to a weapon powered by gamma radiation designed for use against the Hulk, Jones was mutated by the radiation. As a result, Jones can transform into a superhuman form that resembles the Abomination. Jones has demonstrated the ability to transform at will and, when doing so, gains an additional 4 feet 3 inches in height and 1,835 pounds of muscle, bone and connective tissue to his frame. Jones' skin takes on a scaly sort of appearance, his eyes change color and his hair disappears. As of being cured of radiation by Doc Green, he is no longer able to do this.{{r|Hulk Vol 3 6}}
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** '''Superhuman Strength:''' While transformed into A-Bomb, Jones' musculature, connective tissues and skeletal structure are augmented to levels far beyond those of ordinary humans. As a result, his strength is augmented to great superhuman levels. At his peak, he possesses sufficient superhuman strength to be listed at exactly class 100.{{Citation}}
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** '''Suspended Aging:''' For all intents and purposes A-Bomb does not age. Due to his great healing factor that regenerates his cells, and with the gamma energy and Destiny force that empowers him, A-Bomb does not age at all.{{Citation}}
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** '''Superhuman Stamina:''' Jones' musculature as A-Bomb is more efficient than that of an ordinary human. As a result, his muscles produce less fatigue toxins during physical activity than those of normal humans. Though the exact limit of his stamina isn't known, he can at least exert himself for several hours without fatigue impairing his overall capabilities.{{Citation}}
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** '''Superhuman Durability:''' As A-Bomb, Jones' superhuman body is much tougher and more resistant to injury than that of an ordinary human. Since Jones' ability to transform into his superhuman form is a recent development, the full limits of his resistance to injury isn't known. However, his hide is exceptionally tough and can withstand repeated blows by a foe as physically powerful as the Red Hulk without sustaining injury. His body can also withstand falls from great heights and exposure to temperature extremes without being damaged. He has also demonstrated that his hide is bulletproof as Red Hulk tried to use a mini-gun from on him but it merely tickles A-Bomb.{{Citation}}
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** '''Self Sustenance:''' A-Bomb does not need air, water, food, or sleep to survive.{{Citation}}
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** '''Camouflage:''' He also has a camouflage ability, being able to turn nearly invisible to match his environment.{{Citation}}
   
| Abilities = Jones is an accomplished gymnast and hand to hand combatant. Jones has a thorough knowledge of Judo and Karate and has even had some training from [[Captain America (Steven Rogers)|Captain America]] himself. He also has exceptional musical talent and has proven himself to be a skilled songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player.
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* '''Transformation:''' After having the Abomination's tissue grafted to his corpse, Jones was resurrected into a new, transformed state.{{r|Immortal Hulk Vol 1 16|17}} He lost these powers when the Abomination tissue grafted to him was removed by Hulk.{{r|Immortal Hulk Vol 1 20}}
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** '''Superhuman Strength:''' He possesses an unknown level of super strength, but it's enough to for him crush a taxi and match the strength of the Hulk.{{r|Immortal Hulk Vol 1 18}}
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** '''Superhuman Durability:''' He also appears to have a high level of durability as he was able to withstand a punch from Hulk and not appear to have any injuries.{{r|Immortal Hulk Vol 1 18}}
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** '''Regeneration:''' According to one of his operators, Rick is able to recover from grievous injuries, even lost organs.{{r|Immortal Hulk Vol 1 20}}
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** '''Claws:''' Rick has a claw on each one of his fingers sharp enough to scratch even the Hulk.{{r|Immortal Hulk Vol 1 18}}
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** '''Acid Generation:''' Jones could generate a highly corrosive acid that was potent enough to dissolve the flesh of the Hulk and negate his healing ability. He could both secrete this acid from his hands and spit out this acid from his two mouths. Jones, however, is limited to how much acid he can generate and needs to eat in order to create more. He also loses this ability temporarily if he loses his stomach until he recovers.{{r|Immortal Hulk Vol 1 19}}
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'''Skilled Combatant:''' A highly trained and experienced hand-to-hand combatant. Received training by Captain America in various martial arts including combat gymnastics. As A-Bomb, he does not seem to remember any of it but is a natural fighter, making him a formidable opponent in combat.{{Citation}}
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| Abilities = Jones is an accomplished gymnast and hand to hand combatant. Jones has a thorough knowledge of Judo and Karate and has even had some training from [[Captain America (Steven Rogers)|Captain America]] himself. He also has exceptional musical talent and has proven himself to be a skilled songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player.{{Citation}}
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'''Skilled Combatant:''' After received training by Captain America in several martial arts including combat gymnastics, he is a highly experienced hand-to-hand combatant.{{r|Avengers Vol 1 5}} As A-Bomb, he does not seem to remember any of it but is a natural fighter, making him a formidable opponent in combat.{{Citation}}
   
 
'''Computer Skills:''' Through his altered brain chemistry, Rick learned how to be a skilled computer user.{{r|Avengers Standoff: Assault On Pleasant Hill Alpha #1}} With his skills, he is able to hack into the computers of high-level organizations like S.H.I.E.L.D.{{r|Captain America: Sam Wilson #2}}
 
'''Computer Skills:''' Through his altered brain chemistry, Rick learned how to be a skilled computer user.{{r|Avengers Standoff: Assault On Pleasant Hill Alpha #1}} With his skills, he is able to hack into the computers of high-level organizations like S.H.I.E.L.D.{{r|Captain America: Sam Wilson #2}}
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| Strength = Average strength; formerly exactly class 100, although this is only a symbolic scale for comparisons between characters, and should not remotely be taken literally.
 
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* '''Impaired Intelligence''' During his brief tenure as the Hulk, Rick also suffered from a decrease in intellect, similar to many of Banner’s incarnations as the monster.{{r|Incredible Hulk Vol 1 325}} As A-Bomb, Jones' intelligence was impaired and below that of an average human. As A-Bomb, he had little recall of his memories or his past. He loses all of his musical abilities and all but the most rudimentary form of combat skills. Jones was able to get control of his mind as A-Bomb, and retained all of his intelligence and possessed complete control as A-Bomb, but he was also trapped in his A-Bomb form. Rick eventually gained the ability to transform at will, retaining his mind in his A-Bomb form due to the Hulk's wish.{{r|Incredible Hulks Vol 1 635}} As Subject B, Rick was no control of his mind and could barely speak. He would also attack innocent people that cross his path.{{r|Immortal Hulk Vol 1 18}} After being freed from the Gamma-Activated Tissue, Rick regained control over his mind, but his level of intelligence has a tendency to vary from normal to limited.{{r|Immortal Hulk Vol 1 22|23}}
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*'''Impaired Intelligence''' = As A-Bomb, Jones' intelligence is impaired and below that of an average human. As A-Bomb, he has little recall of his memories or his past. He loses all of his musical abilities and all but the most rudimentary form of combat skills. Recently Jones' has gotten control of his mind as A-Bomb, and now retains all of his intelligence and possesses complete control as A-Bomb, but he is also trapped in his A-Bomb form.<br> Rick can now transform at will, retaining his mind in his A-Bomb form due to the Hulk's wish.{{Citation}}}}
 
 
==Relatives==
 
 
===Polly (Earth-616)===
 
[[Image:Polly (Earth-616) from Incredible Hulk Vol 1 3 001.png|none|thumb|Aunt Polly]]
 
Aunt Polly was visited by Rick Jones to wash up and get some food, but he didn't tell her where he had been.{{r|Incredible Hulk #3}}
 
   
 
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* Rick has been stated to have 'comics awareness' a form of 4th wall breaking which allowed him to identify tropes and cliches connected with the medium of comic books as well as to be aware when his own comic series was ending.{{r|Captain Marvel Vol 5 25}}
 
* Rick has been stated to have 'comics awareness' a form of 4th wall breaking which allowed him to identify tropes and cliches connected with the medium of comic books as well as to be aware when his own comic series was ending.{{r|Captain Marvel Vol 5 25}}
 
* A-Bomb had an appearance similar to a blue-skinned [[Abomination]].
 
* A-Bomb had an appearance similar to a blue-skinned [[Abomination]].
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* Rick Jones has done some writing work for [[Marvel Comics (Earth-616)|Marvel Comics]] where he wrote about some of his own adventures for them, as he is listed as the writer for {{c|Marvels Comics: Captain America Vol 1 1}}.{{r|Marvels Comics: Captain America Vol 1 1}}
 
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* During the testing of the gamma bomb, Rick was ironically playing ''[[wikipedia:That'll Be the Day|That'll Be the Day]].''{{r|Incredible Hulk Vol 1 467}}
 
* During the testing of the gamma bomb, Rick was ironically playing ''[[wikipedia:That'll Be the Day|That'll Be the Day]].''{{r|Incredible Hulk Vol 1 467}}
 
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Quote1 It's too much for me! I've got the most powerful thing in the world under my control, and I don't know what to do with it! But one thing I do know... I don't dare go to sleep again, unless he's locked up back in his dungeon! Quote2
-- Rick Jones src
 
This is an abridged version of Richard Jones' history. For a complete history see Richard Jones' Expanded History
Rick Jones before A-Bomb

Rick in human form.

Richard "Rick" Jones was orphaned at a young age, and after being expelled from several orphanages for disciplinary reasons he was placed into a state institution called Tempest Town. A troubled and rebellious youth, Jones soon came to the attention of the institution's chief administrator who smashed his guitar, a gift from his late father, and then had him severely thrashed. Soon afterward, Jones ran away from the institution. He spent the first half of his teens drifting from town to town throughout the Southwest, trying to avoid the authorities, and doing menial work when he could get it.

At the age of 16, he got his driver's license and managed to save enough money to buy a used car. Overhearing a teenager dare a friend to ride out with him on the desert where it was rumored an atomic bomb was going to be tested, Jones offered to take him up on the challenge. He drove his car out to the test site to discover his challenger was too timid to show up. Dr. Robert Bruce Banner, designer of the Gamma Bomb to be tested, learned that someone had ventured onto the test site, and believing the countdown had been delayed, ran out into the desert to warn him back. Banner managed to throw Jones into a protective trench before the bomb detonated, but he himself was bombarded with gamma radiation. This radiation triggered a mutagenic change in Banner, causing him to turn into the raging superhuman Hulk.[10] Feeling responsible for Banner's condition and being the only person to know that the rampaging brute was actually Banner, Jones became the Hulk's sometimes unwanted companion and ally. Jones soon organized the Teen Brigade, a group of young amateur ham radio enthusiasts to help him monitor the Hulk's activities.[11] Jones was present during the Hulk's first encounters with the army, as well as superhuman menaces as the Gargoyle,[10] the alien Toadmen,[12] the Ringmaster,[7] Tyrannus,[13] and the Metal Master,[11] and even a run-in with the Fantastic Four.[14]

The Avengers

The Avengers formed due to Rick's radio broadcast warning about the Hulk.[15] He temporarily became a sidekick for Captain America. His resemblance to Bucky was noted,[16] Rick even wore Bucky's costume for a time. However, Captain America felt he did not want to lose another partner and that while Rick was a good athlete, he was not quite up to the level Bucky was. When Iron Man suggested that Rick be made a full member of the Avengers, Cap strongly opposed the idea.[17]

Travels With Marvel

The Kree hero Captain Mar-Vell was bonded to Rick due to only being able to function out of the Negative Zone for a few hours.[18] Using the Negative Zone portal in the Baxter Building seemed to remove that limitation. Shortly after Rick and Mar-Vell had to be re-merged. Eventually, they were separated.

During the Kree-Skrull War, an 'omniwave' machine from the Supreme Intelligence caused the Destiny Force to trigger within Rick.

Rick received one of the Nega-Bands and gained similar powers to Captain Marvel[19].As it turned out, this was a plot by the Supreme Intelligence so that Jones and Mar-Vell had to share the power of the Nega-Bands. As the Supremor, challenged them in battle at the same time, intending to defeat them in time for their minds being ravaged by the Millenia Bloom, leaving them mindless soldiers which the intelligence would use to destroy Earth and absorb Jones' potential. He was defeated when Jones activated the Intelligence's ship's weapons systems to cause a solar flare from Hala. The Intelligence was forced to divert all of its energy into the planetary shields, leaving it and all of the Kree powerless and unconscious.[20]

On their way back to Earth, they passed too close to a black hole, merging them and trapping Jones in the Negative Zone once more.[21]

Later Adventures

After Mar-Vell's death, Rick began to team with the Hulk again. An attempt to cure the Hulk instead gave Rick radiation poisoning. In the hospital, the Dire Wraiths began to replace the staff, but were stopped by Rom. Rick assisted Rom against the Wraiths, and temporarily lived with Brandy Clark. Jones was cured by the Beyonder at the same time Rom and Brandy left for Galador.[citation needed]

Rick soon began dating Marlo Chandler, a former girlfriend of the Hulk's. The two later married with a great number of heroes in attendance. The Impossible Man did his best to usurp the proceedings by inviting the Kree, Skrulls, even Mephisto to the ceremony. After a period of estrangement that also involved Moondragon and Death becoming involved with Marlo, the two reunited.[citation needed]

Bonding with Genis-Vell

Jones was temporarily paralyzed while Hulk was the Horseman War. In an attempt to stop this 'War Hulk' he was thrown against a pyramid. Rick was cured during the Destiny War, summoning Avengers from various realities to battle for their very existence against the Time-Keepers. The strain was incredible, and a future version of Genis-Vell bonded to him, much like Rick had with Mar-Vell. Rick and Genis later discovered this bond still applied to the current Genis.

For a time Rick was trapped in the Microverse as an insane Captain Marvel ran amok throughout the universe, in the microverse Rick met the cosmic beings Epiphany and her brother Entropy who were behind Captain Marvels insanity[22] and who helped him in destroying and then remaking the universe despite Rick trying to use a new skill to induce pain in Genis through their psychic link to stop him, something which he risks brain damage from if he does it too often or with too much force.[23] Genis preserved Rick as a molecularly dispersed being after ending the universe, Rick was able to convince Entropy to remake the universe which returned Rick to the microverse while Genis began to become even more insane than he was before.[24]

Genis allowed Rick to return to Earth to speak at the trial of Karl Coven a deranged serial killer and to attend his execution where Coven returned to life after his lethal injection and was released and then tried to murder Rick.[25]

Rick returned to the microverse to escape Coven where his injuries were treated by a group referring to themselves as being 'Jonesys',[26] huge fans of Rick's music which he played across the microverse while he was stranded there with Epiphany.

Due to an agreement with Genis, Jones and he would switch places every 24 hours and met Lucy Harper the wife of one of Coven's victims who wanted Rick to help her kill him which Rick wouldn't do. Lucy was abducted by Coven and Genis wouldn't help her so Rick had to save her and then threaten Genis to get him to help which he did by removing Coven's powers, Coven was able to tap back into them after Rick shot him in the crotch. Coven's powers were removed again shortly after and he was killed[27]

Genis became capable of influencing Rick's mind so that Rick wouldn't be as bothered by what Genis was doing and would even agree with him.[28] Due to Genis' recreation of the universe and powers Rick came face to face with himself as a teenager and himself years later while operating as Captain America's sidekick wearing Bucky's old uniform. Rick was offered the chance to change the outcome of his life but decided against it.[29]

Genis then revealed he had full control of Rick through their psychic link and could force Rick to do whatever he wanted without Rick realising or caring, including killing himself.[30] Genis quickly began to miss Rick as he felt it was easier to feel superior with him around so he brought him back to life at Rick's funeral moments before his body was going to be burned by his fans on a funeral pyor.[31] Shortly after this Genis regained his sanity and was congratulated by Rick.[32]

Still molecularly bonded to Genis, Rick recorded a song on Titan for Marlo Chandler whom he hoped to win back, Genis broadcast the song across Earth and even set up a website where people could purchase it which made Rick millions. Rick then met with Genis' sister Phyla-Vell who tells them that no one is going to come to Genis for his help as Captain Marvel as they are all afraid of him. In the office Rick is attacked by a superpowered future version of Marlo Chandler who quickly disintegrates, Rick then begs Genis to save her before that becomes Marlo's future.[33]

Captain Marvel defeated alien forces plaguing the Earth of a future world, continuing to travel further into the future he questioned the son of his future self Ely-Vell for information about Marlo, he then switched places with Rick Jones who did some questioning of his own. Ely revealed some new powers however, and seemingly destroyed Rick Jones and took his Nega-Bands.[34]

Rick Jones had in fact not been killed by Ely but instead launched into the future and still maintained his connection to Captain Marvel. Ely was revealed to be working for Magus together with the future Marlo. Captain Marvel directed Rick Jones to the location of his Nega-Bands, and Rick Jones arrived to find Ely and Marlo. Ely gave Jones his Nega-Bands back and forcibly summoned Captain Marvel before attacking him by using Phyla-Vell's Nega-Bands.[35]

Moondragon lied to Rick about the nature of her relationship with Marlo, claiming that the Magus was responsible through psychic manipulation so that Rick and Marlo could get back together without feeling guilty. While he and Marlo are attempting to 'celebrate' their reunion the cosmic beings Eulogy and Expediency arrive and separate Rick from Genis while breaking the 4th wall.[36]

Seperated from Genis

Jones authored a best-selling autobiographical novel on his personal history with superhumans such as the Hulk, Captain America, Captain Marvel and The Avengers with a focus on his days as a sidekick, the novel was titled 'Sidekick'.[37] After the book was published there was a man impersonating Jones and attempting to make it as a musician.[38]

Rick invested the royalties he earned from the publishing of 'Sidekick' and was rewarded with a substantial windfall. He anonymously offered a former teen superhero support group, Excelsior, a one million dollar donation if they could track down the children of the criminal group The Pride, who were operating in Los Angeles as the Runaways after Captain America informed him they had left their foster homes. The group ultimately failed to bring the Runaways in but Rick revealed himself as their benefactor and still suggested they turn their support group into a team to help deal with the uprise in superpowered crime in California that had resulted from the death of the Pride.[39]

When the Hulk returned to Earth, Jones attempted to calm him down by telling him about Captain America's death, but when the Hulk almost calmed down, Dr. Strange invaded the Hulk's mind. Rick later went to Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum, but was attacked by the Hulk's allies.[citation needed]

A-Bomb

Thaddeus Ross (Earth-616) and Richard Jones (Earth-616) from Hulk Vol 2 3 0001

Red Hulk vs the A-Bomb

Wounded, Rick was transported to the gamma bomb site that gave birth to the original Hulk. After being dropped off, he encountered the Red Hulk. After seeing that he had murdered Emil Blonsky, the Abomination, Rick was transformed by Intelligencia members the Leader and M.O.D.O.K. into a new blue creature who quite resembled the Abomination;[9] calling himself A-Bomb. In his new form, he was much like the original Hulk incarnation in that he could not remember being anybody else once the transformation was complete, had a temper which flared easily, and simplified speech patterns. He held his own against the Red Hulk for an extended period of time, withstanding all of his blows and injuring him multiple times, which previously nobody had been able to accomplish. The battle was interrupted by several giant android harpies that were specifically designed by United States Military in case Bruce Banner escaped the facility as the Hulk. A-Bomb has proven to hold onto fragments of his memories as Rick Jones because he recognized the harpies all had the face of Betty Ross; Bruce Banner's first love. A-Bomb managed to disable one mid-flight, and they both crashed to Earth. The robot exploded.[40]

Richard Jones (Earth-616) as A-Bomb

A-Bomb joined with several heroes including the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, She-Hulk and the Hulk to help stop an impending earthquake in San Francisco which was caused by Red Hulk.[41] After the Red Hulk was defeated, A-Bomb reverted back to Rick. He attempted to reveal who Red Hulk really was, but was shot and dragged away by Doc Samson from the area.[42]

Depowered

Rick would use his powers as A-Bomb to help people, but when the Hulk, under a new persona called "Doc Green," decided to eliminate all the other Gamma powered people, he started with Rick. A-Bomb confronted Doc Green and refused to be "cured," but ultimately, Hulk proved himself stronger, and injected A-Bomb with a dose of the cure, which made Rick completely human once more.[43]

Whisperer

As a byproduct of being depowered, Rick's brain suffered side effects, he discovered his learning capabilities had been greatly increased. He decided to direct his new ability towards communications technology, and ended up becoming a hacktivist known as the Whisperer.[44] One of Rick's major accomplishments as the Whisperer was leaking to the public the existence of the proposal for a S.H.I.E.L.D. project named Kobik, which consisted of the fusion of different fragments of Cosmic Cubes into a single one, to reshape reality as it would be deemed necessary.

When S.H.I.E.L.D. tried to hunt the Whisperer down, he was helped by Captain America to evade the authorities, as Cap believed the Whisperer's intentions to be righteous and opposed S.H.I.E.L.D.'s potential disproportionate retribution. From then on, Rick became an ally of Sam Wilson, while keeping his identity a secret, helping him in numerous cases.[45] Shortly later, Rick found out that the Kobik program had actually never been terminated. [44] He gave Sam Wilson the location of the secret S.H.I.E.L.D. site and fled into the underground, only to be captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents because Rick had misjudged Jemma Simmons.[46] He subsequently was freed by the new A.I.M.'s New Avengers whom he had contacted.[47]

Even though the New Avengers had rescued Rick, he doubted their true intentions due to the track record of the previous iteration of A.I.M.[48] This lack of trust prompted Rick to refuse to flee from Avengers Island through a portal to the Savage Land when S.H.I.E.L.D. forces invaded the facilities. Instead, Rick remained hidden in the island,[49] and eventually escaped unnoticed by the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents confiscating it. Rick was tracked down by Captain America,[50] and offered amnesty for his crimes as the Whisperer at the cost of being forced to work for S.H.I.E.L.D. as tech support and aid Captain America in his missions to fight Hydra.[51] Unbeknownst to anybody, Captain America had secretly been replaced by a twisted and evil version of himself by the sentient Cosmic Cube Kobik.[52] Rogers used Rick's position in S.H.I.E.L.D. to trick him into handing him the codes to the Planetary Defense Shield,[53] allowing Rogers to strand many heroes in space behind the Defense Shield while at the mercy of invading Chitauri to help pave the way for Hydra's takeover of the United States.[54]

After Rogers came out as a member of Hydra and took over the United States, Rick was taken into protective custody. While in Hydra custody, Rick hacked into Hydra's network and obtain files that belonged to Hydra scientist Erik Selvig that would reveal the truth about Rogers. Rick sent the data over to hacker Rayshaun Lucas. When Hydra found out about Rick's actions, he was arrested and thrown in jail. Rogers met with Rick in his prison cell and tried to convince Rick to tell him what data he had taken. Rick refused to cooperate and was convinced that Rogers was being brainwashed into believing he was a Hydra agent. Under pressure from the High Council of Hydra to get tough on Hydra's enemies, Rogers decided to make an example of Rick and had him executed by firing squad on live television. Before being shot, Rick shouted out, "Avengers Assemble!"[55] Rick was buried in Severin Memorial Cemetery.[56]

Damned

After his death, his husk of a body seemingly appeared in the Below-Place to meet Hulk and Jackie McGee. Hulk remarked that the body in front of them didn't have have a soul, and instead was an empty shell that could only repeat old lines from the time when Bruce Banner first became the Hulk. For an unknown reason, some semblance of the "real" Rick Jones manifested through the empty husk and he transformed into an emaciated version of A-bomb to aid the Hulk against a horde of demons summoned by the One Below All, but he was quickly overwhelmed and shredded to pieces. It was later revealed to be a manifestation from the One Below All to torment the Hulk.[57]

Subject B

Richard Jones (Earth-616) from Immortal Hulk Vol 1 17 001

Rick's body was disinterred by agents of Shadow Base and brought to Shadow Base where a team of scientists led by Dr. Charlene McGowan used it as "scaffolding" for a shell of Gamma-Activated Tissue recovered from the remains of Emil Blonsky, the original Abomination. The procedure encased the corpse in a cocoon, bringing Jones back to life, and rapidly evolving him into a nightmarish and horrific beast with an appearance similar to that of Abomination's, but with several rows of finger-like mandibles almost completely concealing a head with two human faces, both contorted in agony.

Rick was sent to attack the Hulk, who was hiding out in a motel in Reno, Nevada while Shadow Base monitored everything through a camera placed inside Rick's head. After killing two innocent bystanders, the Hulk confronted him and initially mistook him for the Abomination, but the Hulk eventually realized that it was Rick when he saw his two faces each speaking short, tortured sentences.[58]

Hulk chose to continue fighting Jones regardless of his condition. However, Jones unleashed a highly corrosive acid that could not only dissolve the Hulk's flesh but also negate his ability to heal. After dissolving the Hulk's limbs, Betty Ross, in her new Harpy form, unexpectedly appeared with reporter Jackie McGee and ripped open the Hulk's body to consume his heart.[59]

Rick then attacked Betty, but he was punched by Hulk whose heart being removed jump-started Hulk's healing factor, allowing him to come back to life and heal from his injuries. Betty next ripped Rick's stomach so he could no longer generate acid. When the Shadow Base came in with two War-Wagons, Hulk got Jackie to safety while Betty fought Rick. After fighting Rick in the air, Betty dropped Rick onto one of the War-Wagons, badly damaging it. The War-Wagon was then punched by Hulk into the other one, destroying them both. After that, Hulk ripped open Rick, revealing that his new form was actually a shell containing his human form. Hulk, Betty, and Jackie then fled with Rick in tow.[60]

All four went into hiding to avoid getting caught by Shadow Base. For days, Rick remained emaciated and motionless except uttering a few broken words. He eventually awakened and was restored to normal after giving off a burst of gamma energy. He revealed to his friends that he remembered everything Shadow Base did to him and where its headquarters was, Area 51. Later, Rick, Hulk, Betty, and Jackie invaded the base and confronted General Fortean and his men.[61]

While Hulk and Gamma Flight battled Fortean and his troops, Rick, Betty, and Jackie tracked down where gamma mutate Del Frye was being kept by the Hulk Operations. After entering the room, they found a team of scientists. Head scientist Dr. McGowan tearfully accepted responsibility for everything that had happened to Rick and Frye, which convinced Rick to spare her life.[62]

Powers

Destiny Force: On rare occasions, and through unusual circumstances, Jones has been able to tap into a mysterious, near-limitless energy source known as the Destiny Force. The Destiny Force is believed to be inherent in all humanity. Jones has used this power to alter reality in the past by bringing figures from his own imagination to life or even figures from different times of existence. He has proven able to render thousands of Kree and Skrull warriors immobile with a thought, single-handedly overcome the Atlantean army, augment all of his own physical attributes, heal himself after sustaining life threatening energies, and levitate. The full limits of the Destiny Force, its overall nature, and why only Jones has been able to harness it at only certain times, all these are currently unknown.[citation needed]

Enhanced Learning Capabilities: As a consequence of being depowered from his A-Bomb form, Rick's brain was changed. According to himself, he was now able to pick new skills up lightning-fast.[44]

Gamma Mutation: After being free from the Gamma-Activated Tissue, Rick developed some new powers:

  • Energy Projection: Rick is able to release gamma energy at will. The full extent of the ability and how much control of it he has are unrevealed. He is able to release energy from his hands intense enough to melt through a thick, steel door.[63]
  • Flight: Rick is able to fly through the air through unknown means.[62]

Abilities

Jones is an accomplished gymnast and hand to hand combatant. Jones has a thorough knowledge of Judo and Karate and has even had some training from Captain America himself. He also has exceptional musical talent and has proven himself to be a skilled songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player.[citation needed]

Skilled Combatant: After received training by Captain America in several martial arts including combat gymnastics, he is a highly experienced hand-to-hand combatant.[67] As A-Bomb, he does not seem to remember any of it but is a natural fighter, making him a formidable opponent in combat.[citation needed]

Computer Skills: Through his altered brain chemistry, Rick learned how to be a skilled computer user.[44] With his skills, he is able to hack into the computers of high-level organizations like S.H.I.E.L.D.[45]

Strength level

Average strength; formerly exactly class 100, although this is only a symbolic scale for comparisons between characters, and should not remotely be taken literally.

Weaknesses

  • Impaired Intelligence During his brief tenure as the Hulk, Rick also suffered from a decrease in intellect, similar to many of Banner’s incarnations as the monster.[3] As A-Bomb, Jones' intelligence was impaired and below that of an average human. As A-Bomb, he had little recall of his memories or his past. He loses all of his musical abilities and all but the most rudimentary form of combat skills. Jones was able to get control of his mind as A-Bomb, and retained all of his intelligence and possessed complete control as A-Bomb, but he was also trapped in his A-Bomb form. Rick eventually gained the ability to transform at will, retaining his mind in his A-Bomb form due to the Hulk's wish.[68] As Subject B, Rick was no control of his mind and could barely speak. He would also attack innocent people that cross his path.[6] After being freed from the Gamma-Activated Tissue, Rick regained control over his mind, but his level of intelligence has a tendency to vary from normal to limited.[63]


  • Rick has been stated to have 'comics awareness' a form of 4th wall breaking which allowed him to identify tropes and cliches connected with the medium of comic books as well as to be aware when his own comic series was ending.[36]
  • A-Bomb had an appearance similar to a blue-skinned Abomination.
  • Rick Jones has done some writing work for Marvel Comics where he wrote about some of his own adventures for them, as he is listed as the writer for Marvels Comics: Captain America #1.[69]

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Footnotes

  1. Hulk Vol 2 #1
  2. Captain America #110
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Incredible Hulk #325
  4. Captain America: Sam Wilson #1
  5. Immortal Hulk #17
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Immortal Hulk #18
  7. 7.0 7.1 Incredible Hulk #3
  8. 8.0 8.1 Incredible Hulk #395
  9. 9.0 9.1 Fall of the Hulks: Red Hulk #3
  10. 10.0 10.1 Incredible Hulk #1
  11. 11.0 11.1 Incredible Hulk #6
  12. Incredible Hulk #2
  13. Incredible Hulk #5
  14. Fantastic Four #12
  15. Avengers #1
  16. Avengers #4
  17. Avengers #10
  18. Captain Marvel #17
  19. Captain Marvel #41
  20. Captain Marvel #46
  21. Captain Marvel #47
  22. Captain Marvel Vol 5 #1-5
  23. Captain Marvel Vol 5 #7
  24. Captain Marvel Vol 5 #6
  25. Captain Marvel Vol 5 #9
  26. Captain Marvel Vol 5 #10
  27. Captain Marvel Vol 5 #11-12
  28. Captain Marvel Vol 5 #13-15
  29. Captain Marvel Vol 5 #14
  30. Captain Marvel Vol 5 #15
  31. Captain Marvel Vol 5 #16
  32. Captain Marvel Vol 5 #18
  33. Captain Marvel Vol 5 #19
  34. Captain Marvel Vol 5 #21-22
  35. Captain Marvel Vol 5 #23-24
  36. 36.0 36.1 Captain Marvel Vol 5 #25
  37. Alias #7
  38. Alias #7-9
  39. Runaways Vol 2 #1-6
  40. Hulk Vol 2 #3
  41. Hulk Vol 2 #5
  42. Hulk Vol 2 #6
  43. 43.0 43.1 Hulk Vol 3 #6
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 44.3 Avengers Standoff: Assault On Pleasant Hill Alpha #1
  45. 45.0 45.1 Captain America: Sam Wilson #2
  46. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #3
  47. New Avengers Vol 4 #8
  48. New Avengers Vol 4 #9
  49. New Avengers Vol 4 #10
  50. Avengers Standoff: Assault On Pleasant Hill Omega #1
  51. Captain America: Steve Rogers #1
  52. Captain America: Steve Rogers #2
  53. Captain America: Steve Rogers #16
  54. Secret Empire #0
  55. Secret Empire #1
  56. Immortal Hulk #15
  57. Immortal Hulk #11-13
  58. Immortal Hulk #14-18
  59. 59.0 59.1 Immortal Hulk #19
  60. 60.0 60.1 60.2 Immortal Hulk #20
  61. Immortal Hulk #22
  62. 62.0 62.1 Immortal Hulk #23
  63. 63.0 63.1 Immortal Hulk #22-23
  64. Incredible Hulk #324
  65. Incredible Hulk #332
  66. Immortal Hulk #16-17
  67. Avengers #5
  68. Incredible Hulks #635
  69. Marvels Comics: Captain America #1
  70. Incredible Hulk #467
  71. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover Vol. 6



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