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World War Hulk was an event that ran through several titles in the spring and summer of 2007. It was a sequel to 2006's Planet Hulk, in which the Hulk was banished from Earth by the Illuminati. At the end of Planet Hulk (in Incredible Hulk vol 2 #104-105), Hulk returned to Earth, and wanted answers to why he was sent away.
In his time spent on the planet Sakaar, the Hulk has become stronger than ever before and he wants revenge on The Illuminati. In his spaceship headed for Earth the Hulk is blinded by rage at The Illuminati, blaming them for the death of his wife, his unborn child, and the million citizens of planet Sakaar without confirming if it was actually them who caused the warpcore to explode or some third-party. Each member of the Illuminati has expressed their innocence. Seeing his friends as enemies while training, he almost kills Korg and the Brood.
Leaving for a short while, he travels to the nearby X-Mansion, home of the X-Men, where Professor X, one of the members of the Illuminati absent when they decided to send the Hulk off-planet, admits he would have agreed to send the Hulk away. The Hulk proceeds to defeat several teams of X-Men, and the Juggernaut. When Mercury led Hulk to the graveyard and told Hulk about the loss of some of their allies and mutants during Decimation, Hulk spares Professor X and leaves.
The Hulk returns to Manhattan to complete his ultimatum. Iron Man engages him in battle, wearing an enhanced Hulkbuster armoured suit, but is defeated after trying to subdue the Hulk with sabotaged anti-Hulk nanotechnology. Stark Tower is destroyed in the ensuing battle. After this, the Hulk fights Ghost Rider. The remaining Avengers teams engage the Hulk and his Warbound but are defeated, as are Doc Samson and the The Fantastic Four. Reed Richards' plan to simulate the Sentry's presence in order to calm the Hulk also fails, as Susan Storm attempts to have the real Sentry intervene. The Hulk crushes the hands of Doctor Strange, preventing the sorcerer from employing mystic spells.
After the Hulk becomes allies with Amadeus Cho, Hercules, Namora, and Angel, General Thunderbolt Ross calls in the U.S. Army, The Hulk defeats them, and with the Warbound transforms an area near Madison Square Garden into a gladiatorial arena.
At Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum, Warbound members Hiroim and Elloe defeat Iron Fist, Ronin and Echo. Doctor Strange, mystically invoking a powerful old enemy, Zom, restores himself, his shattered hands replaced by spiked maces, and defeats Hiroim. In the gladiator arena, Doctor Strange throws Hirorim's body in front of the Hulk and attacks him, barely able to hold back the influence of Zom. Strange punches the Hulk out of the arena onto a group of bystanders. Strange then knocks the Hulk into a building, which causes it to collapse on him and even more onlookers. Strange, aware that he could have hurt someone, flies down to find that the Hulk protected the people. Strange, now doubting his ability to control his powers, is beaten by the Hulk and imprisoned.
The Warbound has turned Madison Square Garden into a gladiatorial arena. At the arena, Hulk has a lion fed to an alien. Then Hulk then places Black Bolt, Iron Man, Mr. Fantastic, and Dr. Strange, all outfitted with obedience disks, up against a gigantic tentacle monster. The four defeat the monster using teamwork, but the Hulk turns the tables on them and sets them up against each other in a series of gladiator matches, the first fighters being Mr. Fantastic and Iron Man. Mr. Fantastic defeats Iron Man, and is then ordered by the Hulk to kill Iron Man. Meanwhile, in the Sentry's home, he sees the battle and leaves to fight the Hulk, declaring that it was time for him to play God.
Mung the Inconceivable, however becomes the first casualty of the Warbound when he takes Miek's Hivelings (against Miek's will) on a rampage, hunting any human stragglers who have not evacuated. He runs into a returning Punisher and Stuart Clarke, fresh from a mission on the Mexican border. Armed with a crude Venom-like suit and a bag full of Clarke's weapons Castle challenges Mung to a duel, which he accepts. Though it is a ruse to protect evacuating civilians heading for the Staten Island Ferry, the Punisher manages to not only rip Mung's arm off , but cuts Mung's head open with his own sword. The Hivelings scatter as the one Mung called "Frank of Earth" tells them to run. The people manage to get on the Ferry, but the Punisher stays on shore.
Meanwhile, the Hulk decides to spare the Illuminati, but says that he will destroy New York City and leave them to their shame. As soon as his decision is made, the Sentry arrives and attacks the Hulk. This attack destroys the stadium, so the heroes and the Warbound team up to save the civilians still in the stadium. The Sentry unleashes his full power against the Hulk, but so much energy is used in the battle that the two revert to their human forms. Bruce Banner hits Robert Reynolds with a weak punch, causing Rob to collapse. Miek screams about how the Hulk is not done exacting his revenge, and charges at Banner. Rick Jones, however, pushes Banner aside and is impaled instead, causing Banner to once again transform into The Hulk. The Hulk punches Miek aside, only for Miek to reveal that he was the cause of the mass deaths on Sakaar. He knew that the ship had been rigged to explode by the Red King, but did not tell the Hulk, reminding him that he is a warrior, not a peacemaker. He is then killed by the Hulk, who becomes so enraged that his footsteps begin to destroy the Earth. Tony Stark then uses a device that nullifies gamma radiation to defeat him. It is later revealed that the Hulk has been kept in a coma in an underground base along with his Warbound members. Then, on Sakaar, a long-haired figure rises from the planet's surface. This is Skaar, the son of the Hulk.
World War Hulk consists of the World War Hulk five-issue miniseries, several World War Hulk sub-miniseries and one-shots (World War Hulk: Frontline and World War Hulk: Gamma Corps, World War Hulk: X-Men, World War Hulk: Young Avengers, World War Hulk Prologue: World Breaker), as well as issues of the regular Incredible Hulk series, and selected issues of Avengers: The Initiative, Heroes For Hire, Iron Man, Ghost Rider, Irredeemable Ant-Man.
Cast of Characters
- Doc Samson
- The Fantastic Four
- Gamma Corps
- Heroes For Hire
- Ghost Rider
- The Illuminati
- The Initiative
- Mighty Avengers
- New Avengers
- New X-Men
- Stepford Cuckoos
- X-Factor Investigations
- Eric O'Grady
- Caiera Oldstrong
- Ben Urich
- Sally Floyd
- Danny Granville
- The Punisher
- Stuart Clarke
- General Thunderbolt Ross
- George W. Bush
- Rick Jones
- S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents
Revised shipping schedule
- World War Hulk #1
- Ghost Rider #12
- Heroes For Hire #11
- Incredible Hulk #107
- Iron Man #19
- World War Hulk: X-Men #1
- World War Hulk: Front Line #1
- World War Hulk #2
- Avengers: The Initiative #4
- Ghost Rider #13
- Heroes For Hire #12
- Incredible Hulk #108
- Iron Man #20
- Irredeemable Ant-Man #10
- Marvel Spotlight: World War Hulk
- World War Hulk: Front Line #2
- World War Hulk: Gamma Corps #1
- World War Hulk: X-Men #2
- World War Hulk #3
- Avengers: The Initiative #5
- Heroes For Hire #13
- Incredible Hulk #109
- World War Hulk: Front Line #3
- World War Hulk: Front Line #4
- World War Hulk: Gamma Corps #2
- World War Hulk: Gamma Files
- World War Hulk: X-Men #3
- World War Hulk #4
- Heroes For Hire #14
- Incredible Hulk #110
- World War Hulk: Front Line #5
- World War Hulk: Gamma Corps #3
- World War Hulk #5
- Heroes For Hire #15
- Incredible Hulk #111
- Punisher War Journal #12
- World War Hulk: Front Line #6
- World War Hulk: Gamma Corps #4
The situation was stated to be an Omega Level Threat (designating both Hulk and his invasion.. While Hulk was battling in the streets, S.H.I.E.L.D. Wakandan agent Derek Khanata stated that there was "a Class Omega situation" going on.
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