- I didn't come here for a whisper. I wanna hear you scream.
- -- Hulk
Appearing in "World War Hulk"
- Doc Samson (See Chronology)
- She-Hulk (See Chronology)
- Ms. Marvel (See Chronology)
- Wonder Man (See Chronology)
- Luke Cage
- Spider-Man (See Chronology)
- Rick Jones
- President George W. Bush (Topical reference) (See Chronology)
- S.H.I.E.L.D. agents
- Caiera Oldstrong (Recap)
Races and Species:
- Sakaar (Recap)
- Earth Orbit
- United States of America
- United Kingdom
Synopsis for "World War Hulk"
The Hulk is standing astride the prow of an alien space vessel en route to Earth. The vessel passes through an asteroid belt, and the Hulk pummels at the asteroids with his huge fists. Before arriving on Earth, he stops at the Blue Area of Earth's moon. Standing before him is Black Bolt, one of the Illuminati members responsible for Hulk’s exile and his wife, Medusa. The Hulk charges him, but Black Bolt grabs his wrist and whispers, "Enough". The sonic waves generated from Black Bolt's voice propel the Hulk backward, burrowing a scar into the moon’s surface. Black Bolt turns to walk away, but the Hulk rises stating, "I wanna hear you scream". He lunges after the Lord of the Inhumans.
The fight causes such intense damage to the moon's surface, that the geological upheaval is picked up by Earth's satellite relay stations. The President is alerted and S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are mobilized.
The Warbound craft appears in the sky over Times Square. The Hulk projects a large hologram message, demanding that everyone has twenty-four hours to evacuate the city. The only people who are to remain are Doctor Strange, Iron Man and Mister Fantastic – all members of the Illuminati. If the Illuminati members fail to appear, then the Hulk will destroy the entire city.
As the Warbound craft heads back out into space, Iron Man taps into the satellite network and follows their trail. The Warbound fire an electromagnetic pulse that fries the satellites, and the resulting feedback channels back into Tony's armor. Doctor Strange appears before him in astral form, and asks Tony if the Hulk was strong enough to overpower Black Bolt, then why did he think that his "machines" would fare any better?
Iron Man returns to Earth and meets up with Reed Richards. Together, they take the Fantasticar to northern Vermont to consult with Robert Reynolds – the Sentry. Their hope is that the Sentry's past relationship with the Hulk might be strong enough to help calm him down. Reynolds switches into his Sentry costume and volunteers to help out.
S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and various superheroes begin a massive evacuation of Manhattan island. The streets are clogged with people and special S.H.I.E.L.D. hover-rafts ferry people across the river to New Jersey. Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Doc Samson, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and Wonder Man assist in the evacuation.
As the streets are emptied, the Hulk's deadline expires and the Warbound vessel returns to New York. Iron Man arrives, now wearing a modified version of his Hulkbuster armor. The two engage in a massive fight, sending shock-waves that smash out every window of every skyscraper in Manhattan. Helicopters are blown off course, and nobody can even get near them. As the two grapple, Iron Man manages to inject the Hulk with nanobots designed to suppress his enhanced strength. Driving him into the ground, Tony orders an airstrike against the injured Hulk. As the missiles strike, the Hulk experiences flashbacks of the bomb that killed his beloved Caiera Oldstrong. The nanobots fail to slow the Hulk down and he is more enraged than ever. He dives into Iron Man and the two sail through the skyline, plowing through Avengers Tower. The structural integrity of the tower is damaged so severely that it eventually collapses. Only the Hulk emerges from the wreckage.
- The events of this story occur concurrently with the events of Invincible Iron Man #19, Avengers: The Initiative #4, Incredible Hulk Vol 2 #107, Irredeemable Ant-Man #10, World War Hulk: Front Line #1, and World War Hulk: X-Men #1-3.
- The Hulk was exiled by the Illuminati in Incredible Hulk Vol 2 #91, he lived on Sakaar between Incredible Hulk Vol 2 #92-105 when the Crown City was destroyed.
- The man who appears to be Black Bolt in this story is actually a Skrull impostor as revealed in Secret Invasion: Inhumans #3.
- Depictions of George W. Bush as President of the United States should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
- Iron Man promises full pardons to all unregistered superhumans. Superheroes were forced to register with the government following the events of Civil War #1-7. Among these outlaws are the New Avengers of which Dr. Strange is a member of.
- It is mentioned that the Sentry is able to calm the Hulk. This has been the case since they first met back in Sentry: Hulk #1. The Sentry mentions how the last time he saw the Hulk, the Void broke all his bones that happened in Sentry Vol 2 #3.
- She-Hulk appears here with her powers intact even though Tony Stark stripped her of her abilities using nanites in She-Hulk Vol 2 #18, it is later explained in She-Hulk Vol 2 #19 that Stark deactivated these nanites to allow her to help battle the Hulk.
- The reason why Iron Man's nanotech S.P.I.N. dart fails is explained in Avengers: The Initiative #4.
- Although not visibly seen in this issue, Ant-Man is present inside the Hulk's stomach as seen in Irredeemable Ant-Man #10.
This story intersects with many other stories during the World War Hulk event. As such the continuity of various characters are much more complex than usual. The affected characters are as follows:
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- Hulk (Voice Only)
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- Two variant cover editions of this issue were shipped on June 27th, 2007. One cover features an illustration by John Romita Jr. The other features an illustration by Michael Turner.
- N.O.R.A.D. Command at Cheyenne Mountain is mistakenly noted as being in Wyoming when in fact it's located in Colorado.
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