Characters Appearing: Ajax, Atalanta, Carolyn St. Lawrence, Cassiopeia, Hector, Hulk (Banner-less), Janis Jones, Jason (Pantheon), Paris, Prometheus (Pantheon), Wild Man, William Matthew Talbot
Issue(s): Hulk #448
Hulk is seemingly killed during the fight.
But it turns out that the Pantheon used a clone of the Hulk to fake the Hulk's death.
The "variations... around the head" line makes me wonder if this is a specific clone that i should know about, but it's not ringing any bells. I also applaud Janis' forward-thinking approach to clone rights.
Anyway, the Hulk does not accept the Pantheon's offer, and instead he goes directly to the Pantheon to draw a line in the sand.
Also, Wild Man escapes from the mental hospital where he's being held.
Cool ruse, and even cooler how the Hulk reacts. I vaguely wonder if, without Onslaught, PAD's plan was to do something along similar lines but with the Hulk accepting the offer, and i think that would have been a lot less interesting. I could be wrong, but i definitely think that the post-Onslaught environment and the Banner-less Hulk allow for some interesting stories. More on that next issue, for example!
Quality Rating: B+
Chronological Placement Considerations: See the notes on Incredible Hulk: Hercules Unleashed #1.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
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