- Casus Belli. Latin. The incident that provides a reason for going to war. Stark and Richards shot him into space. If that isn't Casus Belli, I don't know what is. And when he gets back...
- -- She-Hulk
Appearing in "Casus Belli"
- Unidentified race of alien warriors (Hulk hallucinates that they are the Illuminati)
- Defenders (Recap)
- Fantastic Four (Recap)
- Black Bolt (Recap)
- Erica Sondheim (Recap)
- Jim Rhodes (Recap)
- Ant-Man's Ants (Recap)
- Dormammu (Recap)
- Nebulon (Recap)
- Arthur Nagan (Recap)
- Jerold Morgan (Recap)
Synopsis for "Casus Belli"
This story continues from Incredible Hulk (Vol. 2) #106...
Enraged over the death of Caiera Oldstrong, the Hulk stands atop an alien starship bound for Earth. He wants revenge against the Illuminati - the secret cabal of Earth's heroes who left him stranded on the planet Sakaar. The Hulk is insane with rage and cannot distinguish friend from foe. He begins battling his old allies mistaking them for members of the Illuminati. They attempt to make the Hulk see reason, but all of their efforts fail.
Back on Earth, Jennifer Walters is embroiled in an argument with Doc Samson. She is furious over the fact that he infected her with nanites, which suspended her ability to transform into the She-Hulk. After eventually regaining her abilities, Jen punched Samson to Passaic, New Jersey. Now however, they discuss the moral implications of deporting the Hulk to another world. Jen argues on her cousin's behalf, but Samson stresses that the Hulk has been a menace for so long, that the Illuminati's solution was justified. Walters warns him that there will be serious repercussions for what has transpired. She tells him that the Illuminati's actions are a form of Casus Belli – a prologue to war.
Moments later, Jennifer has a precognitive flash of insight, and she sees a vision of the Hulk on the prow of a starship. She gasps, "My God... he's on his way."
Appearing in "The Illuminati and the Incredible Hulk - Round Trip"
Synopsis for "The Illuminati and the Incredible Hulk - Round Trip"
The Sub-Mariner comes over to Avengers Mansion. Hawkeye invites him in, and says that the others are having a secret Illuminators meeting. Black Bolt, Doctor Strange, Mister Fantastic and Iron Man are discussing how to deal with their Hulk problem. The group recommends exiling him, but Namor thinks that would be cruel. The Hulk suddenly appears in the mansion and disrupts the meeting. He also eats Namor's sandwich.
The Illuminators bring the Hulk to an alien world and leave him stranded. He befriends several gladiators who volunteer to fix his space ship so he can return home. Earth's heroes grow worried as the realize that the Hulk is coming back.
Appearing in "Mastermind Excello"
- Mastermind Excello (Amadeus Cho) (First appearance)
- Bob (First appearance)
Races and Species:
- Amadeus Cho's Vespa Scooter (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Mastermind Excello"
- The Hulk was originally exiled from Earth by the Illuminati in Incredible Hulk (Vol. 2) #91.
- This story follows the events of She-Hulk (Vol. 2) #18 when Iron Man used nanites to de-power She-Hulk.
- This story has numerous flashbacks that recount different moments in the Hulk's career:
- His first encounter with the Fantastic Four in Fantastic Four #12.
- When Tony Stark attempted to cure the Hulk with the help of Erica Sondheim, which happened in the pages of Iron Man #131–133.
- The Hulk's falling out with the original Avengers which happened circa Avengers #2.
- The Hulk also recounts his time with the original Defenders, which he first joined in Marvel Feature #1. His recountings are of battles against Dormammu (during the Avengers/Defenders War circa Avengers #115–118 and Defenders #8–11), Nebulon (Defenders #13–14), and the Headmen (Defenders #31–35).
- The Hulk also recalls his battle against the "Silver Savage" on Sakaar which happened in Incredible Hulk (Vol. 2) #95.
- The Hulk remembers his time in the Crossroads dimension where his exile lasted from Incredible Hulk #300–313.
- The Hulk makes a recollection of fighting Black Bolt on the Moon. However, the Hulk has only been to the domain of the Inhumans on two different occasions: Incredible Hulk Special #1, and Incredible Hulk #175. Both of these times were prior to the Inhumans first sojourn to the moon in Fantastic Four #240 or their return there in Fantastic Four (Vol. 3) #54.
- This issue includes a "Roadmap to World War Hulk", an index of significant crossover issues shipping from May until September of 2007.
- This issue provides cover spotlights for upcoming issues of World War Hulk.
- 2 Image(s) from World War Hulk Prologue: World Breaker Vol 1 1
- 1 Reprints of World War Hulk Prologue: World Breaker Vol 1 1
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