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Information-silkReal NameReginald Fortean
Information-silkAffiliationU.S. Air Force
Information-silkBase Of OperationsMobile aboard the Thunderbolt
Status
Information-silkAlignmentBad
Information-silkIdentityPublic Identity
Information-silkCitizenshipAmerican
Information-silkMarital StatusSingle
Information-silkOccupationGeneral in the US Air Force
Characteristics
Information-silkGenderMale
Information-silkEyesBlue
Information-silkHairBlack
Origin
Information-silkUniverseEarth-616
Information-silkCreatorsJeff Parker, Gabriel Hardman
First Appearance
Hulk Vol 2 #30.1
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HistoryEdit

One of the soldiers initially assigned to help General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross track down the Hulk, Reggie Fortean became one Ross's most trusted soldiers, learning all he could from the general. When Ross was seemingly killed by the Red Hulk (the Red Hulk was actually Ross while "Ross" is actually a Life-Model Decoy), Fortean swore revenge on the Red Hulk. Promoted to general to fill the gap left by Ross's "death", Reggie Fortean wanted to get approval for his superiors to let him hunt Red Hulk to make him pay for "killing Ross" and attacking the White House. Unfortunately, his superiors turned him down. Fortean met some of Ross' old military friends who combined their resources to build the Thunderbolt, a massive aircraft that would be used as a mobile base to help track the Red Hulk which Ross previous wanted to use to track Hulk.[1]

Eventually finding the Red Hulk bounding through Colorado, Fortean ordered his forces to engage the Red Hulk, knocking him around in mid-flight, and resulting in the Red Hulk landing atop the Thunderbolt, where Fortean engaged him personally, managing to defeat the Hulk and kick him from the Thunderbolt while secretly infecting him with nanobots. Engaging Red Hulk days later, Fortean was separated from the troops he commanded, as Red Hulk attempted to reveal his identity to Fortean, though the Redeemer Armor Fortean was wearing malfunctioned at that point, preventing him from hearing who the Red Hulk was. At this point, Fortean informed the Red Hulk of the nanobots he'd released which contained nano-mines, and that when Red Hulk had transformed into his human form earlier, that the nanobots had gotten specific readings on the transformation, and that Fortean would fry the Red Hulk's brain the second he became human again. Fortean also stated to Red Hulk that the person that is Red Hulk is nothing like Bruce Banner and that Red Hulk's days are numbered. With his Redeemer Armor damaged however, Fortean chose to abandon the armor and the Red Hulk.[1]

Tracking Red Hulk to Llano, Texas, Fortean launched special missiles from the Thunderbolt, creating large creatures out of nearby rock while taunting Red Hulk. After Red Hulk quickly beat them, Fortean thanked him for helping test them and then let Red Hulk know that sleep might be a good idea (which added to Red Hulk's fears that sleeping might revert him to Ross and enable Fortean to kill him). Fortean also apologized to Annie as his scanners had not detected her presence and he had no wish to harm her.[2]

Following the Red Hulk to Beebe, Arkansas, Fortean was frustrated to see him save the townspeople from a tornado, believing it was a manipulative attempt on Red Hulk's part to get the public behind him, and not a genuine attempt at saving the people.[3] Later tracking Red Hulk to the Mojave Boneyard, Fortean witnessed Black Fog's escape following a battle with the Red Hulk.[4] Fortean later headed overseas for unknown reasons.[5]

Upon hearing of Red Hulk's battle with Omegex in Boston, Fortean returned, deploying his rock troops to attempt to finally kill the Red Hulk. When Red Hulk was phase-shifted by Zero/One, Fortean turned his attention to Omegex, who swiftly defeated him. Red Hulk forced Zero/One to restore him to normal phase with the Earth so that he could save Fortean.[6]

Following Omegex's defeat and Zero/One neutralizing the nano-mines in Red Hulk's brain, Fortean tracked Red Hulk to Manitoba where he again confronted him while in a further upgraded Redeemer Armor. The two battled inconclusively until Fortean received a call regarding the death of former colleague Will Krugauer. This caused Fortean to retreat as Red Hulk got word from Annie on what Fortean was told.[7] When Red Hulk later investigated the death and found himself facing the Sultan Magus, Fortean's arrival ended the fight when he informed Red Hulk that the US was recognizing the Sultan Magus's rogue state of Sharzhad, and that continued hostility against the Magus would result in US armed forces attacking Red Hulk.[8]

ParaphernaliaEdit

Equipment

An upgraded Redeemer Armor.

Transportation

The Thunderbolt

Weapons

Numerous firearms, some specially made to handle the Red Hulk including a gun that was used to release nano-mines into the Red Hulk.

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