The Incredible Hulk #25
- Flux grabbed the humanoid from behind and threw it down the long
hall. That should at least buy me a little time, he thought to
himself as he entered the Hulk's room. Stepping inside the doorway
he saw Samson hooked up to the kinetic bonds and a giant hole in one
of the walls.
"That... That's impossible... These walls are... are secondary
adamantium... three inches thick!"
Samson, blood trickling out of his mouth, grinned. "As far as he's
concerned... there's no such thing... as impossible..."
Flux let him down and asked, "Him who?"
"Who... do you think?" Samson leaned on Flux and spit out blood.
"The Hulk? But... I've fought him before, and there's no way--"
"Then you've never fought him... when he was like this..."
Caught in the heart of a gamma bomb explosion, Dr. Robert Bruce
Banner now finds himself transformed into Earth's Mightiest Mortal.
Seven feet, 1,000 pounds of unfettered fury: The Incredible Hulk!
The Incredible Hulk #25
By Joel Mccrory
"I'm practically getting misty-eyed here!" Abomination laughed as he
slammed Hulk into the floor, making a two-inch dent in it. "I've
missed you while you were gone. All those other Hulks... they just
don't compare!" He then kicked Hulk in the gut and back-handed him
Hulk growled, "Stupid Big-Ears! You make fun of Hulk, but Hulk will
prove that he is the strongest one there is!"
Hulk charged. The Abomination side-stepped him and punched him in
the face. "I've been waiting so long for this. Don't die too
"Bah!" Hulk slammed his hand down to the floor, causing an
earthquake-like shockwave that nearly collapsed the building and
knocked the Abomination off his feet. "Nothing can beat Hulk! Not
puny Banner, not fake Hulk, and especially not Big-Ears!"
As Abomination stood up, Hulk sent both his arms down on
Abomination's shoulders, knocking him back down. Hulk then picked
him up and threw him out the window.
Hulk leapt out the window and landed on the Abomination. "Get up,
Big-Ears! Get up so Hulk can smash you again!"
"You ain't smashed nothing yet," Abomination grinned as he stood up,
unharmed. "Now, let's try that again."
Abomination slammed his own fists into the ground, cracking it and
causing a shockwave as the Hulk had in the building. As Hulk leaned
forward from it, Abomination punched him, first in the face, then the
stomach, and finally the face again. "What do you have to say about
"Hulk says," Hulk jumped back, and tore a large portion of the thick
wall of the building off, "that he will smash stupid Big-Ears!"
Hulk dropped the wall down on the Abomination, who stood still as the
wall crumbled around him. "Big-Ears is strong, but Hulk is still
"Oh, yeah?" Abomination laughed. "Prove it!"
Hulk sent his hands colliding into one another, creating a sonic
shockwave that nearly deafened the Abomination. "Nice." Abomination
was still laughing.
"But it still isn't enough. You're outdated, you pathetic little boy-
monster." Abomination leapt high in the air, as the Hulk stood and
As Abomination came down, Hulk prepared to punch him. The
Abomination quickly took a small piece of the wall rubble from behind
his back and flung it into Hulk's eye. Hulk held his eye, enraged,
for a brief moment. Long enough for the Abomination to land on him.
Hulk threw himself at Abomination, who grabbed his arms casually and
head-butted Hulk as hard as he could. "That blow would've shattered
anything short of adamantium!"
"Then it is a good thing," Hulk growled, "That Hulk is not short!"
Hulk head-butted Abomination back, and the two separated.
The giant, deformed, green-skinned, man-like monster had appeared
seemingly from out of nowhere. The Champions were there within ten
minutes to try and stop it.
First, Pyron, the Thermal Man, tried to burn it, but his mightiest
flame had no effect. Then Atom Smasher tried to use force beams to
knock it down, to no avail. He tried to give it radiation sickness,
but it seemed to soak the radiation in like a sponge. Aquon and the
enormous Earth-Lord tried together to knock him out, but the monster
was able to easily flick Aquon's comparatively-tiny body away and
dodge Earth-Lord's attacks.
Man, Atom Smasher thought to himself, it looks like its gonna be one
of those days...
Samson and Flux clawed their way past the humanoid guards and into
the control room. The Leader and General Ross were there, along with
a number of humanoids and unconscious soldiers, to greet them.
"Who... the hell are you?" Flux stared at the Leader.
"I could ask the same, child." The Leader released a mental bolt
that knocked Flux over.
"Leader. What do you have planned this time?"
"Just a simple 'start of a new race and destruction of the old'
plan. Nothing much. And you? Planning to stop me yourself or call
in your Avenger friends? (1)Or are you going to just sit back and
hope that the good Doctor Banner can save the day yet again for
Samson couldn't think of a valid reply and instead punched the
humanoid standing next to him. "Well, if that's the way you want
it." All the humanoids in the room began to circle Flux and Samson.
Leader turned back around. "This is all going even better than I had
[New York City]
"And this is identical to the giant who materialized a few weeks
ago?" (2) Reed Richards (3) typed quickly as he watched the
radiation levels display on his monitor.
"Yes," Captain America replied, "Almost identical."
Thor summoned down a bolt of lightning which struck the green giant
with no effect.
Reed double-checked what he was seeing, then told Captain
America, "The gamma radiation levels on that thing are... well, it's
almost the same amount as the Hulk has within him..."
With Wonderman and The Thing distracting the giant at its legs, Thor
grabbed it by the back of the neck and flew off with it, to deposit
it in a non-populated area.
"So what do you think this means?" Captain America asked one of the
world's greatest scientific minds.
Reed replied, "I'm not entirely certain, but news reports indicate
that creatures such as this one are materializing across the planet.
Whatever it is, I have a feeling that it was planned. I just hope
that we can discover what's transpiring before it's too late..."
"If you'll excuse me, I have an errand to attend to." Leader
casually strode past Samson and Flux as they clawed at the humanoids
who were tackling them.
"General!" Flux cried as he saw 'Thunderbolt' Ross standing
there. "General Ross! Sir! Help us!"
The General stood there and stared at them.
She-Hulk and Hercules slammed into the giant's legs, full force.
Photon had hoped that it would be enough to subdue the giant creature
before it could cause too much damage. The creature picked the two
up and began squeezing the life out of them.
Iron Man flew in, in large, all green armor, a very large pack on his
back, more rounded helmet, and large pods on his chest, arms, and
legs. "Here it is. Let's just hope it can do the job."
Iron Man pointed his arms at the creature and the armor's equipment
hummed with activity. twin green clouds began to pour in to the
armor's pods as the gamma radiation was being absorbed into the new
"Reed," Iron Man spoke into his helmet to his ally in New York, "The
armor's working, but..."
The creature howled and began to run towards Iron Man. She-Hulk and
Hercules strained their hardest to keep the creature in
place. "...It's just too much for the suit to handle."
The siphon was shut off and the creature went back to its business of
trying to destroy random buildings. Iron Man apologized to
Photon, "My armor just can't hold it all. I could go back to my
armory and quickly modify another armor to collect more, or dump what
Photon interrupted. "Dump it where? And how?"
"That's the problem. The only truly safe way to dispose of it is to
send it to the sun, which is beyond my means to do in less than
several hours. I can get another suit ready in about 15 minutes.
Can the West Coast Avengers hold it down that long?"
Photon sighed. "If that's what we need to do, then we'll do it."
"Something else is bothering you. I can tell."
"Well, if this thing is gamma radiation-powered... and where Samson
suddenly went missing... I just hope everything works out."
Iron Man replied, "If that thing is Samson, his DNA has changed
dramatically..." Before flying off.
Betty turned off the television and sighed. Little Bobby was asleep
in her bed. Where did he come from? Did the government make him, or
some super-villain? Betty got up to go get some water when she
noticed out of the corner of her eye a pink humanoid standing outside
The front door slammed against the wall as two humanoids and the
Leader walked in. One of the humanoids was holding Janis. Before
Betty could say anything, a mental bolt knocked her unconscious.
"You, take her." The second humanoid followed the order and picked
Betty up. The Leader went in the bathroom and looked, then her bed
room. There it was. The child.
"Bobby. It's time." The chip recently installed in Bobby's brain
(4) clicked on and the child got up from the bed. "Follow me."
"What is this thing?" Vanguard thought aloud. (5)
"By-product of the Westerners, no doubt," Titanium Man replied as he
slammed into its side.
"Wait, I had my suit do various scans on it, and... this creature has
an enormous level of gamma radiation in it!"
"See? A by-product of some experiment to recreate their Hulk, no
doubt!" The giant creature effortlessly slapped Titanium Man away.
Crimson Dynamo shot repulsor rays at it, to no response. "The
question is... how do we stop it? If I use my fusioncaster, the
released radiation could cause more harm than the monster itself!"
Little Bobby was not scared, nor excited, nor anything. He simply
was. The machines filled his miniscule frame with what would
normally have been a lethal dosage of gamma radiation. It would have
been lethal, if he weren't Bobby Bruce Banner.
The Leader couldn't control gamma mutates by touch, as he could
anyone else, including the weak-minded General Ross. That's why he
implanted the tiny circuitry within his gamma-irradiated allies.
With it, he could control them just as easily as anyone else.
And now... he controlled a miniature version of the incredible Hulk
Atalanta shot her electric arrows at the giant beast as Ajax rammed
into it's leg. The beast replied by trying to step on
Ajax. "Adlanna! Id's nod woor-keen'!"
"I know," Atalanta replied as she shot more arrows at the beast's
legs. She pressed a button on her watch. "Are those reinforcements
coming or not? There's not much we can do..."
Samson hurt so much that he was almost numb to it. He could no
longer see Flux, the room, General Ross, or even himself. All he
could see was pink. Those damned pink, rubbery humanoids. No matter
how hard you punch them, they can absorb the blow. Even the Hulk
himself has never successfully 'killed' any of them. What chance did
"No!" Using all the strength he could muster, Samson succeeded in
knocking the humanoids back. It didn't injure any of them in the
slightest, but it did give him a moment's rest. "I won't give up!"
Samson heard a savage scream to his left and turned his head in time
to see the pile of humanoids on Flux fly off in a similar fashion to
the ones who had been on him. Flux wiped the green blood from his
mouth. "I won't argue with those sentiments..."
The humanoids charged. Samson and Flux charged right back at them.
General Ross stared.
"Report the current status of Gamma Base."
"Gamma Base is currently under the Leader's control."
"No, sir, that was Omnibus."
"Either way, shouldn't they have increased security measures
"They did, sir."
"Then how did he get in?"
"They let him in."
"He can control anyone he touches, sir. He touched General Ross."
"Oh, that's right, Sam Sterns. We weren't expecting him to make a
resurgence until at least next year. So the giant gamma-creatures
popping up all around the world is his work?"
"Now I have to file a report... Is Bruce Banner still there?"
"Yes, sir, except he's the Hulk now."
"What? I was told that he only changes at night now! He is still
gray, smart, and weak, right?"
"Actually, he appears to be green, dumb, and strong. He's fighting
"Which one is that?"
"Emil Blonsky, sir. Former spy."
"Oh, yes, and currently one of Sterns's soldiers. Are Samson and
Flux still alive?"
"As far as we know, yes, sir, but they're fighting dozens of
"Very good. Make sure to keep me posted on any new developments."
"What the hell's the meaning of this?" Talbot struggled for freedom
as a humanoid held him tight.
The Leader tapped him on the shoulder. "You will now join us. Your
good friends Rock, Ross, and Pratt already have. Now, show me to the
Alpha Flight stood above the city, high on the rooftops. They had
heard the reports from all over the world, and quickly assembled. If
this giant green army had been mysteriously popping up everywhere
else, why not here as well?
However, so far, all had been calm. No signs of trouble at all, save
one mugging that Puck quickly broke up. They were about ready to go
home and assume that the threat didn't care much about Canada either
way, or perhaps was Canada-based and attempting to take over the rest
of the world, when they heard a building topple over.
"Well, it's about time," Sasquatch grinned as he cracked his
"You can't beat me, Hulk," Abomination laughed as he knocked Hulk
through another building. "Even if you did, you would still have no
chance against the Leader, anyway. Just give up."
Hulk rose slowly. "Leader... is here, too? Hulk will smash
Abomination dodged the Hulk as he rushed by, and calmly tripped
him. "Even if you could beat me, which you can't, how would you
defeat all the gamma-freaks Leader's created all over the world
before they blow up?"
"What, Big-Ears? Leader... wants his puny soldiers to... blow up?
Hulk does not understand..." Hulk threw another punch, this one
blocked by Abomination's arm. Abomination twisted his arm.
"I'm not surprised." Abomination hit Hulk in the face. "Think about
it: He has them all over the world. They're all stuffed full o'
radiation. They all go boom, radiation scatters all over the place.
Everyone either dies or becomes one of us."
"No!" Hulk cried out as Abomination continued to assault him, his
arm still stuck in Abomination's. "Hulk will smash Big-Ears, then
"How exactly do you plan to do that," Abomination smiled, "When you
can't even free yourself?"
Hulk's face grew more enraged than Abomination could recall ever
seeing him. Maybe fighting this incarnation head-on wasn't so wise...
"Hulk..." Abomination felt some force starting to press on his arm
that was holding onto the Hulk's arm. That force quickly grew
stronger and stronger and stronger until the interlocked arms
suddenly switched places and a loud cracking noise could be
heard. "...can do anything!"
Abomination cried out in pain. "My arm! You.. broke it!"
"Don't worry, Big-Ears," Hulk grinned, "That is not the only thing
Hulk will break."
Hulk threw the Abomination and yanked him back by the broken arm,
sending his other arm into Abomination's face.
Atom Smasher was applying maximum effort to a heat ray to hopefully
subdue the giant creature, at least a little. Aquon, meanwhile, was
trying to break its little toe. Earth-Lord was still unconscious
from its attack, and Pyron was out of steam.
Suddenly, the giant started to shrink down to normal size, its skin
changing from green to white. Aquon let go of his toe as it was
becoming to small to get an entire hand around. Atom Smasher
stopped, assuming his attack had been successful.
The now-normal-sized man fell over and passed out. Atom Smasher
said, "What do you think that was all about?"
Two seconds later, the man exploded, sending the Champions flying
Leader stepped into the doorway and said, "It's time, General." Ross
walked out of the room, in a manner befitting a zombie.
"What was that all about?" Flux hollered over the humanoids
"Wish I knew," Samson hollered back as he head-butted a humanoid.
[New York City]
"Thor just reported in. He had the creature over the Atlantic Ocean,
when it transformed into a normal guy, like the Hulk becomes Bruce
Banner. He didn't recognize the guy, and he... he blew up, in a big
cloud of green, just like that other guy we fought a few weeks ago...
(2)" Goliath reported in to Captain America and Mister
Fantastic. "Thor also said that he did take care of the gamma
radiation released, sending it into some uninhabited universe."
"Tell him to go to Detroit and help with disposal there, too. Any
idea who might be behind this, Reed? Doctor Doom, Hydra, maybe the
Leader?" Captain America considered the possibility of any of those
villains being behind it.
"From what I've currently surmised," Reed answered, "I would guess
the Leader. We could try tracking him down, assuming he's on Earth,
but it might be too late by the time we find him..."
"We'll have to try." Captain America looked at his team, still
exhausted from the battle with the giant creature. "Avengers
The team instantly got back on their feet, tired but ready to go back
into action, for the sake of the entire planet.
Rock was controlling his modified Hulkbuster blue Mandroid (6)
mentally, thanks to the equipment that the base somehow happened to
have on hand. Talbot got in a slightly smaller, yellow one. Pratt
got into a bulkier, green one. General Ross got in a new suit that
was very similar to his Redeemer suit. "A perfect fit? Excellent..."
Iron Man returned in his regular, blue-and-silver armor. "Reed just
called. This thing is going to explode any minute now."
Photon replied, "Then we need to get him away from here. Evacuations
haven't been totally completed yet."
"If She-Hulk and Hercules distract it for a moment, I can pick it up
and carry it out to the Pacific. Theoretically, anyway."
"Are you sure that won't... kill you?" Photon didn't want to see any
deaths, civilian or super-hero.
"It might, but I doubt it." Actually, the chances were very great
that it would kill him. If not the strain on the armor or being to
close when it exploded, then the strain on his still weakened heart
could quite easily mean his death. No need to tell her that, though,
"Okay. Do it."
Iron Man flew above and behind the creature as Hercules and She-Hulk
slammed into it from its front. It took notice and seemed to be in
significant pain. It might be about to change, Iron Man worried, so
I'd better hurry.
He grabbed it by the back of the neck and turned his jet boots on
full blast. The amount of power his armor was using up was too
much. Almost instantly, it had to go into its reserves.
He kicked on his boots' thrusters, enough of a boost to escape orbit,
if he weren't carrying the load he currently was. It got him to the
Pacific Ocean just in time and he dropped the hundred-ton monster.
His armor was completely drained, so he had it absorb the sunlight as
his beta particle generator started to get some energy back in it.
As he slowly drifted away, the bomb went off, and Iron Man took some
of the impact, hurtling from the sky into the ocean.
He gripped his chest. "Yeah, no problem..."
"Hulk just wanted to be left alone, but no, puny Banner and fake Hulk
had to attack Hulk and lock Hulk in tiny dark room! (7) Hulk
escapes, and still only wants to be left alone, but no, Big-Ears and
Leader attack him! Well, Big-Ears, Hulk is tired of being attacked!
Now... Hulk will start smashing!"
"Not exactly what I was hoping for," Hulk heard a familiar voice
behind him and dropped the beaten, bloody body of the
Abomination, "But it may just have to do. You always disappoint me
Hulk turned, throwing the Abomination at the Leader. "Hulk will
smash Leader like he smashed Big-Ears!"
Leader laughed. "I very highly doubt that. Not while I still
have... the Mini-Hulk!"
Hulk turned around and saw a child standing alone. He noticed to his
right and a distance in front of him, two humanoids, one holding
Betty and the other holding Janis. Four robots stood behind Leader.
Hulk turned back around to the kid as he heard a savage howl tear
itself from the child's mouth. The child was running towards Hulk
and growing larger and green. "Hulk will smash!"
"Yes," Hulk replied to the green-skinned child, "Hulk will smash...
smash the short fake Hulk!"
Just as Hulk was about to swing, Betty cried out, "Hulk! He's a
child... A child version of you!"
Hulk was distracted long enough for the mini-Hulk to slam into his
stomach. Hulk tried to back-hand him away, but the Mini-Hulk dodged
and kicked Hulk in the face, sending him flying back. "Fake short
Hulk is... fast! But no one can stop Hulk! Not even... Hulk!"
The Leader turned around. "If he does somehow win, kill him. You
know where I'll be."
"Yes, sir." The four armored men all replied.
"Hulk must think of some way to trick stupid short Hulk!" Hulk
thought aloud. Hulk jumped over to a jeep and hurled it at the Mini-
The Mini-Hulk batted it away just like the real Hulk would. "Hulk
must think of some way to trick stupid tall Hulk!" The Mini-Hulk
The Mini-Hulk pounced, slamming head-first into Hulk's gut. Hulk
went flying back, collapsing the small house he landed inside
of. "Short Hulk is strong... Hulk must think of some way to beat
short Hulk! Think, Hulk, think! Why is it always so hard for Hulk
The Mini-Hulk stood confident, laughing, "Stupid tall Hulk is strong,
but Hulk is the strongest one there is!"
Hulk replied, "Yes, Hulk is! And the madder Hulk gets..." Hulk
"The stronger Hulk gets!" Mini-Hulk charged.
The two collided full force, and the planet itself seemed to shake
from the impact. Several small houses fell in. The humanoids fell
over, and Betty and Janis ran. The four armored men quickly
Hulk and Mini-Hulk struggled to gain the upper hand as they leapt
together high into the air.
"Hulk will smash short Hulk!"
"Hulk will smash tall Hulk!"
Mini-Hulk elbowed Hulk in the jaw, and Hulk replied with a knee in
the stomach. As they began to descend, Hulk quickly back-handed the
Mini-Hulk, knocking him to the ground first, and through it.
Hulk fell through the hole made by the Mini-Hulk. When he landed,
Hulk found himself surrounded by machines. "Machines! Hulk hates
machines! Puny humans always try to hurt Hulk with machines!"
Hulk grabbed a large wall of computers and slammed them down against
the ground. Sparks flew and served to only enrage the Hulk
further. "Stupid machines still try to hurt Hulk, even after Hulk
smashes them! Then, Hulk will have to smash them even more!"
As Hulk pounded his foot down on the sizzling chunks of computer, the
Mini-Hulk dropped down from the ceiling. "Ha! Hulk has tricked
stupid tall Hulk! Now, Hulk will smash!"
Hulk threw a pile of worthless computer scraps up at the falling Mini-
Hulk, temporarily distracting him, as Hulk jumped up and slammed both
fists into the Mini-Hulk's jaw. The Mini-Hulk went flying back up
out of the hole. Hulk looked down at the scraps. "Hulk will be back
for you later." He then looked back up and leaped out of the hole.
"Hulk is tired of fighting stupid short Hulk! Hulk will leave!"
Hulk crouched, preparing to leap off. He stopped as he saw Betty and
Janis, surrounded by the four armored men.
"No! Leader wants Hulk to kill tall Hulk, so that is what Hulk will
do!" The Mini-Hulk crashed into the Hulk, and the pair smashed
through the wall, and into a laboratory.
"More stupid machines!" Hulk punched at Mini-Hulk, but he was able
to dodge again. "After Hulk has smashed stupid short Hulk, Hulk will
"Stupid tall Hulk will smash never smash anything again," Mini-Hulk
commented as he kicked Hulk in the gut, then plowed his arms into
"Hulk will smash whatever he wants, whenever he wants!" Hulk knocked
the Mini-Hulk over and dropped a large filing cabinet on him. The
Mini-Hulk tore through it. Hulk grabbed a wall, planning to throw it
at the Mini-Hulk. The building collapsed in on itself before he had
"Maybe now Mini-Hulk won't attack Hulk!" Hulk climbed out of the
rubble and looked around. The four armors, Betty, Janis, a few
houses, the one remaining large building, and rubble scattered
everywhere was all that he could see.
"Hulk is tired, doesn't want to fight anymore," The Mini-Hulk
mumbled as he shuffled out from the rubble of the building. Though
he had the power of the Hulk, his body was still that of a child,
and, even enhanced through massive dosages of gamma radiation, could
only fight for so long. The child quickly reverted into his normal,
"Short Hulk has become... child?" Hulk couldn't understand the
transformation that had just occurred. He was still having trouble
coming to terms with his own transformations into Banner, and this
child's transformation didn't help any.
"Hulk?" The child looked up at Hulk, "My head... feels funny...Hey,
now you're green like me..."
The miniaturized bomb inside the child's head went off, as it was
programmed to once he reverted to his human form. Hulk shielded his
eyes from the bright green blast, clouds of radioactive smoking
whizzing past him.
Betty and Janis fell back, and the Redeemer caught Betty, Talbot
catching Janis. She turned her head and saw that inside the clear
helmet was her father. "Dad! What're you--" She stopped yelling as
she realized that she couldn't be heard over the explosion.
Everyone stood still and silent as the noise slowly went away. The
bright light and clouds of green smoke quickly evaporated. Hulk
uncovered his eyes and looked for the child. "Where did kid go?
Hulk was beginning to like kid! So similar to Hulk... kid didn't
need to fight Hulk, he could have been... Hulk's friend!"
"Now... where did he go?" Hulk turned and looked at the four armored
men. "Robots! Robots have hidden Hulk's friend! Give Hulk his
friend back, or Hulk will smash!"
Redeemer fired, still holding Betty with his other hand. The energy
blast bounced off of Hulk's chest and incinerated a piece of
rubble. "So! You try to hide Hulk's friend, you try to hurt Hulk,
and you try to hide Betty? Hulk will smash you all, stupid robots!"
Hulk leapt over, landing on Pratt's fist, and went flying headfirst
into the ground. "Robots are strong... but Hulk..."
Talbot, Pratt, Rock, and the Redeemer circled Hulk, and all opened
fire on him. The Hulk was being pushed in every direction, and the
ground was starting to tremble.
"Hulk is the strongest one there is!" Hulk sent his fist into the
already-weakened ground, and the five fell below the ground. Janis
and Betty broke free and got clear of the hole.
"Why is he... talking like that?" Janis asked.
"That's... the way he used to talk, for quite some time," Betty
explained. "Why he's returned to it, though... I don't know..."
"Wasn't that your dad in one of those armors?"
Betty swallowed hard. "Yes..."
Janis left Betty to her thoughts for a moment. She could tell that
Betty was taking this hard. Bruce's return to... whatever that thing
was, the General armored up and trying to kill her husband...
A beam of energy shot up through the ground about three inches from
Betty. Loud, savage snarls were heard from below. "Let's relocate
Betty and Janis began to walk away, and stopped as they heard a
sickening popping noise.
The yellow Mandroid Talbot was in came out of the hole first, dented
and cracked all over. Second, the Hulk and Pratt's green Mandroid,
locked in combat. Rock and Redeemer followed, firing bolts of plasma
at their green-skinned enemy.
"Did you see their eyes?" Betty asked.
"I think... they're being controlled. It is something the Leader can
do, I think."
"Who?" Janis scratched her head.
Betty sighed. "The guy currently in control of the base."
"Oh, yeah. That guy is flarking disgusting looking." Janis and
Betty stopped talking and continued to watch the battle.
"Hulk knows you! You are stupid demon that attacked Hulk in Hulk's
head! (7) Hulk will smash you for that, puny demon!" Hulk slammed a
hand into Pratt's armor's gut, clanging but not damaging it.
"Demon?" Betty wondered aloud.
"This base sure has some weird hiring practices," Janis answered.
Redeemer fired at Hulk, and the blast exploded in his face.
Temporarily blinded, Hulk rubbed his eyes. Pratt took advantage,
punching Hulk in the gut and then the face. Hulk went flying back,
and landed on Rock, who popped out a claw in time for the Hulk to
land on it. The claw shattered on the Hulk's near-invulnerable back-
Hulk elbowed back at Rock, whose armor dented just slightly from it.
The three again opened fire together on the Hulk, who was slightly
dazed from the attack from all sides. "Which enemy should Hulk smash
"Eeny," Hulk pointed at Redeemer, "Meany," then Rock, "Miny", then
Pratt. Pratt fired a cluster of spikes at him. The spikes bounced
off. "Stupid demon made Hulk lose count, so Hulk will smash him
Hulk ran towards Pratt, but Rock grabbed him by the ankle. Hulk
tried to smash the hand holding him, but couldn't. Rock released
millions of volts of electricity into the Hulk.
"Stupid robot! No one can stop Hulk!" Hulk grabbed at the
electrifying arm with both hands and, with supreme effort, yanked it
off. The 'robot' staggered backwards, howling in pain. In a secret
basement somewhere on the base, the operator of the remotely-
controlled Mandroid, LaRoquette, felt exactly the same pain as if his
own arm had been ripped off, even though it hadn't.
The blue Mandroid fell over.
Hulk smiled. "Who is next? The one who made Hulk lose count--demon!"
Hulk tackled Pratt as Redeemer opened fire on him. "Stupid weapons
can't hurt Hulk! Nothing can hurt Hulk!" Hulk slammed both fists
into Pratt's chest, but the green armor held.
The chest plate opened up, revealing a large plasma cannon that fired
straight up at the Hulk, knocking him back. "Stupid demon tries to
use stupid trick on Hulk!"
Pratt stood up as Hulk leapt at him and tore the cannon from his
chest plate. "Now demon can't use stupid trick anymore on Hulk!"
Pratt swung at Hulk, but Hulk grabbed the arm and began to squeeze
it. "Stupid demon is puny! Hulk will show demon what power is!
Hulk will show demon why no one can defeat Hulk!"
Hulk continued to squeeze the one arm, as the metal slowly cracked
and began to shatter, and slammed his other fist into Pratt's armor's
face, creating a giant web-like crack in it. "Hulk will show demon
why demon and his friends should have left Hulk alone! Hulk didn't
want to fight! Hulk never wants to fight! But no one ever leaves
Hulk alone, so Hulk must smash them... all of them!"
The armor's arm finally completely shattered, exposing Pratt's arm to
the outside world. Hulk was about to finish him when he felt a blast
hit his back. He slammed Pratt into the ground and spun around.
Redeemer continued to fire at Hulk, though even his mightiest
weaponry merely bounced off Hulk's impenetrable green skin. Hulk
slowly walked to Redeemer and grabbed him by the hands. "How many
times must Hulk say it? Leave Hulk alone, or Hulk will smash!"
Hulk looked Redeemer in the eyes, and suddenly was awash with a new
hatred. "Hulk remembers you... Ross! The one Hulk hates most of
Hulk pulled his arm back, preparing for the death blow...
"Hulk! No!" Betty.
Hulk turned his head, still holding both Redeemer's arms. "Betty...
Hulk remembers Betty... But Hulk also knows Ross..."
Betty touched Hulk's arm. "Please, Hulk... look into Ross's eyes.
Can't you see--the Leader has him under his control? He can't
control himself! He doesn't really want to hurt you anymore!"
Hulk looked at Redeemer's eyes, and saw that Betty was
correct. "Betty is right. Hulk will not smash puny Ross. Hulk will
Hulk threw Redeemer at Pratt, and Redeemer passed out.
"Thank you, Hulk..."
"Hulk will talk later... right now, Hulk has big job to do!" Hulk
leapt towards the main control building, which looked extra large
with no other buildings left anywhere close to its size.
Hulk landed directly in front of the building. If he had much of
Bruce Banner's intellect within him, he would have tried using the
door. Instead he tore the door and a portion of the wall off and
charged inside, bellowing, "Where is Leader? Hulk will tear this
place apart until he finds stupid Leader!"
Hulk tore through the reception area and quickly found himself facing
a giant door, made of secondary adamantium, two feet thick. "Puny
walls of metal won't stop Hulk! Not this time! This time, Hulk will
do what he should have done long ago, and smash the puny Leader, once
and for all!"
He punched the giant door, and a very large noise and small dent were
the only result. Infuriated, he tried again and again and
again. "Do you hear, Leader? Stupid wall won't stop Hulk! Big-Ears
won't stop Hulk! Killing children won't stop Hulk! Stupid Ross and
stupid demon won't stop Hulk! Nothing--"
Hulk leaned back. "--can stop--"
Hulk slammed both fists full-force into the giant door. Its hinges
snapped off and it fell forward. "--Hulk!"
Hulk ran forward, the only thing in his mind being his main
objective. To smash the Leader.
Hulk peered inside a large doorway and saw Flux and Samson struggling
below dozens of humanoids. Hulk leapt over them. "Hulk!" Samson
saw him and realized the incarnation that had finally returned, and
may be able to help. "Help us!"
"Help yourself. Hulk has more important things to do." Hulk walked
straight towards the center of the room, where the Leader sat,
Casually, Leader pulled out the gun he had used earlier on
Banner. "It's about time you showed up."
"Hulk will smash stupid Leader!" Hulk charged.
Leader shot at Hulk. The adamantium-tipped bullets bounced off his
chest and hit various machinery around the room, sparks flying
randomly. "I thought as much."
Leader blasted Hulk with a full-force mind-blast. "No! Headache
will not stop Hulk! Hulk must smash Leader... for Betty!"
Hulk was slightly slower, but still walking towards Leader. "All
right, Hulk, all right. If you absolutely refuse to change into the
one I want to kill, then I'll just settle for you. You, also, have
spoiled my plans numerous times. Yes, it's a compromise, but I'll
Leader pressed a button on a small keypad and a giant, light gray
armor materialized around him. It was almost 50-feet tall, and his
head stuck out from the top of it, a small protective bubble of
unknown material around it.
"Sometimes when you want something done right, you just have to do it
yourself." Leader sighed. "Come at me, savage."
Hulk slammed into the chest area of the gigantic armor. "Yes, Hulk
will smash Leader! Stupid armor won't stop Hulk! Nothing will stop
Hulk, this time!"
Leader's humongous metal hand slapped Hulk away, throwing him out of
the building. "It's sad that it's come to this, but I suppose
fitting. The brains finally kills the brawns, using brawn forged by
Hulk shook his head and saw Betty and Janis. "Go! Betty may get
hurt during fight! Hulk can't smash if he is too busy saving Betty!"
Leader's large armor suddenly crashed out of the building, picked
Hulk up, and flew off. "I'll crush you, Hulk. Slowly your insides
will become mush--"
Hulk screamed, "Leader is wrong! Nothing can crush Hulk!" Hulk
strained to free himself of the powerful grip.
"Wrong, Hulk. Even you can't possibly break free of this grip. It's
my own combination of various metals, including--"
"Hulk doesn't care what it's made of!" Hulk managed to get a little
more room. Then, a little more, and a little more, until his efforts
quickly snowballed and the metal fist was completely open, the Hulk
straining with all his might to keep it that way.
"Hulk will smash it, whatever it is, then smash Leader!" Hulk began
to apply pressure to the fingers, so Leader quickly flipped his
wrist, sending Hulk flying.
"You will find, mindless monster, that I have allowed for your great
strength and have devised numerous counterattacks. Even you cannot
possibly survive them all!" Leader then released from the wrists of
the armor a spray of lethal gas.
Leader thinks Hulk is stupid, that Hulk will breathe stupid gas, the
Hulk thought inside his head, but Hulk will just hold his breath and
keep words inside his head.
Hulk walked through the gas and hammered into the armor's leg.
Leader unleashed a power repulsor ray at Hulk, hitting him in the
gut. Almost, almost enough for Hulk to open his mouth.
Hulk leapt and hit the armor's wrist, deactivating the device that
unleashed the repulsor ray. Leader countered by aiming the other
wrist and firing a wave of gamma rays at Hulk. Hulk returned to the
ground, the rays still bombarding him.
The gas was clearing out now, so Hulk let his words go outside his
head again. "Hulk feels weird... but Hulk will not let Leader's
tricks stop him!"
With the gamma rays still bombarding him, Hulk smashed into the
armor's chest plate. "No! This can't be!"
The chest plate sizzled and the armor fell over. "He penetrated
the armor enough to cause a malfunction in the--" Leader stopped
talking to himself as he saw the Hulk land, holding his head.
"Hulk feels... funny..."
"Of course, it had to take effect after he broke my armor!" Hulk
fell over as his skin shifted from large and green to much smaller
Bruce Banner stood up, one hand on his still-throbbing head. "What's
The Leader laughed. "Well, at least there is some justice in the
"Leader?" Bruce asked. "Wait... now I remember..." The memories
started to return to him, of the Leader's return and of his being
"Here's the deal, Banner. This armor has a gamma bomb in it, active
once the armor is deactivated, something your green-skinned alter-ego
just accomplished. You have a few brief minutes before it explodes.
Good luck." Bruce walked over to the fallen armor.
"What about you?"
Leader smiled. "If you survive, then I'll be back to kill you all
The Leader's thin body then dematerialized, teleporting to his secret
base. Just my luck, Bruce thought, his headache still with him as he
walked onto the armor's giant chest piece, and begun to dig through
the torn apart pieces of it.
Pushing through the wires physically, and his giant headache
mentally, he easily found the gamma bomb and popped it open. He
grabbed a sharp piece of the metal scraps torn from the body of the
armor and ripped several wires, one at a time, apart. A red light on
the bomb flashed on and Bruce saw an image of Betty flash through his
mind. He cut the final needed wire and the red light went black.
All the humanoids smothering Samson and Flux suddenly disappeared.
Flux asked, "Is that good or --?"
"I don't know," Samson answered.
[Many Minutes Later]
Bruce finally was back at the base. It looked like God himself had
come and struck the base down. There was one building left standing,
and even it had large holes in it, and an altogether unsafe
"Bruce!" It was Betty, followed by Janis.
"Hi, honey. I'm home." Bruce continued to walk towards the last
building standing, even as Betty hugged him. Janis followed.
"The only thing I want to do right now is hold you, Dear, but you
must believe me when I say that I must go in there." Betty let go, a
tear forming in her eye.
Bruce could feel a tear starting to form in his own eye, and tried to
wipe it away before anyone else would notice it. A scientist
shouldn't allow emotions to ever overtake him, and especially not in
a situation such as this.
Betty and Janis stayed by the torn-apart doors as Bruce entered the
building. He followed the Hulk's destructive path.
Samson and Flux watched him as he entered the control room. "This
looks bad, doesn't it, Doctor Banner?"
"Call Reed Richards. Tell him its of utmost importance."
Flux had rarely seen the Hulk's other. It was odd to realize how
very different the Hulk and Bruce Banner walked, talked, and acted.
They were truly different. Not like Flux, who was basically the same
"Well, Bruce," Samson explained, "It seems that the Leader's had all
lines to the outside world cut... except my cell phone." Samson
quickly dialed the number and threw the phone to Bruce.
Ring. Ring. Ring. Bruce was about to transform into the Hulk from
the aggravation. Why couldn't anyone ever pick up on the first
ring. "Reed Richards speaking."
"Reed? What's the situation in New York?"
"Bruce! I assume you are aware of the source of the planet-wide
"Yeah, to make a long story short, Hulk smashed good. Look, those
giants... I remember a tiny bit from the Hulk's fight with
Abomination and... have they begun to blow themselves up yet?"
"Affirmative, however, Thor's going around and removing all the
ambient radiation that he can. There are a few others who are
disposing of it, as well."
"Okay, thank you."
"It's no problem, Bruce. The least we could do. Could I possibly
acquire details as to the source of this?"
"Yeah, I'll tell you later, though, okay?"
"I'll be looking forward to it. Goodbye, Bruce, and good luck."
"Yeah, you too." Bruce hung up and threw the phone back to Samson.
The three exited the building, triumphant but unable to celebrate.
The victory had come at too high a cost to them. The base was
completely destroyed. The most powerful, bestial incarnation of the
Hulk would roam the Earth once more. Worst of all, the Leader was
still out there, somewhere.
Bruce and Betty hugged, neither able to hold back the tears any
Ross also had streams running down his face as he slowly got up, the
beat-up Redeemer armor still on him like a badge. A badge to all the
world, showing everyone exactly how much of a traitor he was. He
knew that he could never live it down.
Ross walked, limping, over to the others. He kept his head down, and
swallowed hard. There was nothing he could say to justify, to make
"General," Bruce said, still holding onto Betty, "I surrender."
Special thanks to Dan the Man, Crash the Rash, and Hoang the Lover of
Kang, for use of their characters! Make sure to check out their own
AMU adventures, in West Coast Avengers, The Mighty Avengers, The
Invincible Iron Man, The Champions, The Mighty Thor, Alpha Flight,
and the upcoming Winter Guard!
1. Samson is currently a West Coast Avengers Reservist!
2. See AMU's Mighty Avengers #429!
3. Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four, of course!
4. Some time after AMU's Incredible Hulk #16 and before #22!
5. All words in the Moscow scene are translated into English from
6. See AMU's Incredible Hulk #17 for this Mandroid's first
7. See AMU's Incredible Hulk Annual #1
- Pyron found himself in Chicago, wherein he was met with an offer by
a rich old man. An offer to lead a brand new team of super-heroes,
to be the public face of his uber-secret organization. The team
currently consists of Pyron, the Tracker, P'Shaw, the new Masher,
and Ion, the man formerly known as Flux, and now Half Life, who is
being forced to help them against his will
The Order #31
The agent of the Order stared at his reflection in the windows as he
walked through the alleyways. He had become a creature of ice,
"Forgot, I'll be needing you," a voice from behind him rang out. As
he turned, a tunnel of ice sucked him in. He screamed for a moment
before his body shattered into a thousand icy pieces, which
evaporated into steam and was reabsorbed into the tunnel.
The tunnel reverted to the form of Hal Gordon, who was now taller
and bigger than before, now looking like a bodybuilder. He patted
his belly, feeling satisfied after the equivalent of a meal.
"Not bad," Hal grinned, "I think I'm going to enjoy this."
Masher grew to twenty feet tall to match his robot opponent. Ion
pounced at the other twenty foot tall robot, knocking it on its back
with his momentum. Masher traded blows with the robot, quickly
crushing its chest and deactivating it.
"Darn," Gremlin sighed, "what I get for going with cheaper metals."
"Now, then," Masher said as he picked Gremlin up by the neck, "What
did you do to our agent?"
"He was one of yours?" Gremlin smiled before kicking upward,
spinning himself around and striking Masher's oversized arm.
Masher, surprised rather than injured, dropped him. He expected the
pint-sized criminal to probably be pretty hurt from such a fall.
Instead, the Gremlin landed on his feet and smashed into Ion,
"When did this guy get power?"
Gremlin threw a punch into Ion's face and Ion fell over. Masher
shrunk down to utilize a greater speed which came with a smaller
size to deal with him. After returning to normal height, Masher
found the Gremlin to be even more of a pain to catch. Gremlin
bounced around at the last second before the Masher would have
This continued for several minutes until the Gremlin finally jumped
into the Masher's face, knocking his helmet off. Masher hit the
ground and passed out.
Gremlin laughed as he looked down at the two pathetic heroes,
defeated by his own physical power. Then he started to feel a bit
queasy and weak in the legs and pressed a button. Smaller robots
emerged from beneath the ground and picked the two unconscious men
Gremlin grabbed the Masher's helmet and followed the robots back to
"Has Ion or Masher reported in yet?" Pyron inquired.
"Nope, not yet," the Tracker replied. "You want me to go check up
"No, I need to make sure you stay conscious to continue our psychic
link and Half Life's security systems."
"Machine Man can do that function, as well."
"The security, but not the psychic link-up. That's too valuable to
risk just yet. After you get the nanites up and running to allow us
to continue to link-up without you, then you can go jumping into
"You know, I'm not a pansy and my armor isn't exactly --"
"It would take Iron Man all of three seconds to knock you offline.
Look, just do it," Pyron stepped inside his office and closed the
"Iron Man? Pfft," Tracker snorted before walking on.
Pyron sat down in his chair and watched as the flame around him went
out and ashes fell all around him. He saw, for only the second time
in several years, normal skin which belonged to him. Thanks to Atom
Smasher, he could now switch between human and `thermal man' forms.
[Toronto, Ontario, Canada]
Men in red armor fell to their knees, their brains being knifed by
psychic energies. Their special light guns, which they had been
selling to local criminals to help contribute to the downfall of
Canadian society, had no effect on their enemy, who was the cause of
all their current pains.
Psykos stood in the middle of the warehouse, confident in his
abilities and lack of vulnerability. Telepathic energies surged
outward from him in every direction, striking down all Sirius
members who were there.
"Bravo," Psykos heard someone say behind him. Someone he couldn't
Psykos turned to see a heavy, pink-furred being in a bright business
suit. "Are you the leader of this group, Sirius?"
"Oh, no," P'Shaw answered, "If I were, you would already be dead."
Psykos fired a beam of cosmic energy at P'Shaw, who easily leapt out
of the way. "I'm not here for a fight, you know "
"Then what do you want?"
"To offer you a place in the Order."
Masher woke up without his helmet. "What a weird dream," he
muttered to himself, "a super-hero heh "
Then he noticed that he couldn't move his arms or legs. He looked
down and saw that he was tied to the chair and was in some sort of
evil scientist's laboratory. "Oh crap," he groaned, "not a dream."
He looked to his right and saw Ion gritting his teeth and flexing as
though he were in great pain. Ion howled out, sweat pouring from
the top down. "Don't look so disturbed," the Gremlin said as he
came into view, "he's getting the same serum my minion you killed
earlier received. Isn't metabolizing the way it normally would,
though. Odd, that."
"And here I thought it was just standard rabies," the Masher
remarked, hoping to get some information from his foe.
"No, it's much more powerful than that," Gremlin smiled, "I might
just infect the water supply or something. I haven't really made
any definite plans yet. The important thing is my other serum,
which amplifies my own physical abilities, as you saw earlier."
"Yeah, so you've got your own super soldier serum," Masher
growled, "so why do you need mindless minions, too?"
"Easier to control, moron."
Ion screamed out as his super-powered anti-bodies did battle with
the artificially-produced serum. Without any muscle control, Ion's
body broke free of its bonds and collapsed onto the ground, shaking
and foaming at the mouth.
Gremlin fled to his desk, where he pulled out a serum which he
quickly downed. "Ah," he smiled.
Masher saw his helmet on a counter close to the Gremlin. He must
have assumed that it was merely a pretty decoration that might sell
for a few hundred dollars rather than an immense power source in
Ion rose to his feet, panting and the sweat still raining down from
his face. "You're done," he declared, "I won."
"You can't win," Gremlin growled, "you don't have the --"
Ion plowed past the Gremlin, scooping up the Masher helmet as he
clothes-lined the Gremlin. Gremlin fell on his back but quickly
scuttled away. Ion threw the helmet like a horse shoe, clinking on
Masher's head. A bolt of energy discharged, breaking through the
ground and the ceiling. Masher broke free as he increased his
height to twelve feet, the top of his head sticking out the hole in
"I can tell that the tide of battle is beginning to change," Gremlin
snarled before pressing a button on the wall. He jumped into a
Masher and Ion ran to the chute only to find that it was now just
several feet of hard metal. "Is it just me," Masher asked, "or did
that seem too easy?"
Ion sighed, "too easy. Run."
Masher reverted to normal size and followed Ion, who still ached all
over and barely had any control over his body just yet, out of the
building. Moments later, said building exploded.
Ion fell over from the shockwave of the detonation, but Masher
caught him before he hit the ground. `Tracker,' Masher
telepathically spoke to the team's teleporter and telepath, `take us
home. We're done here.'