Issue(s): Abominations #1, Abominations #2, Abominations #3
In the Future, the Abomination lives in a swamp with "mutates". The place he lives in is called Area X, and "mutates" in a Marvel context means a specific thing to me, and one of his mutates looks a bit like Amphibious.
But these are not the Savage Land Mutates.
The one mutate who matters a little bit is called Kaspin, who had mental powers.
Abomination hears that Maestro has been deposed, so he invades the capitol. He finds that She-Hulk (she's just Shulk in the future) has been held in some kind of stasis chamber.
The Abomination is in love with Shulk, and seeing her like this, he vows to wipe out all traces of the Maestro.
That is a problem for one of the Maestro's former sex-slaves, Betty-6. To escape the Abomination's mutates, Betty-6 said that she was pregnant with the Maestro's child. She later admits that she isn't sure of that. That implication is that she is the sex-slave who was forced to rape the Hulk, and that it therefore might be the Hulk's kid. Of course, either way the Abomination would want the kid dead.
(For what it's worth, it's implied that Shulk has really been kept in stasis because she's dying from some disease, and i guess from that you could extract the idea that Maestro did still have some humanity left.)
Betty-6 and some other humans (friends of Janis and people who were part of the original rebellion against the Maestro) escape to the present day using Rick Jones' time machine. They wind up getting pursued by a revived Shulk, who - while she doesn't reciprocate the Abomination's love - also doesn't want to see the Maestro's line continued. Kaspin goes with her.
Separately, Abomination hires Quarry to pursue Janis...
...and they go through the time machine later. That's the last we see of them, meaning i didn't miss much in terms of her send-off, although it's now clear that she was hoping the Hulk would help her deal with Future Abomination (something i guess Peter David/Bobbie Chase didn't want to spoil when he had her appear, since that was published first; still, a footnote to the upcoming mini would have been smart).
Future Abomination later smashes the time machine, trapping everyone who went through in our present day.
When the first wave of time-travelers come through, they arrive in the middle of a protest staged by the Abominations homeless friends. The protest is brutally suppressed by the police. The future people help a bit, but the battle's tide changes when present-day Abomination shows up. He scolds his friends for going to the surface, though. And one of the future people, Char (the farm girl from Future Imperfect who agreed to become part of the Maestro's harem in order to save her family), is shot during the battle. The other future people mistake the Abomination for the Future One and there's a little more of a scuffle. Then Shulk shows up and tries to kill Betty-6, but Kaspin (who was shown to be good but was following Abomination out of loyalty) kills her with a mental blast. Before she dies, Shulk whispers something to the Abomination; the implication is that they did have some kind of romance in the future.
Two of the Abomination's homeless wards appearing are Roust and Joust, who apparently have some appearances (Roust more than Joust) in the X-Man comic, having some connection with Threnody. The rest - including the super-powered ones and the ones from the Future Imperfect timeline, never appear again. It's surprising that nothing further was done with Betty-6's child during the time when it seemed like the Hulk had a lot of children running around (Skaar, Hiro-Kala, Lyra).
The combined Homeless/Future people decide to call themselves the Abominations and the ending implies that they're going to be a new super-team, but obviously nothing will come of that. I like what Peter David did with the Abomination in his run. It was clearly modeled on the 1980s Beauty & the Beast TV show and also had a lot of overlap with the Morlocks (and Roust and Joust were apparently part of a similar group called the Forgotten), so it wasn't exactly a new concept. But it was a good role for the Abomination. But the way there are used (kind of incidentally) in this story, combined with Angel Medina's (deliberately...?) sloppy art make a mess of them. And the main story feels unfinished - there's even a bit where the Future Abomination gets a bunch of cybernetic enhancements but doesn't get to use them on anyone. With the time machine destroyed and the "Abominations" focused on street level injustice in the present day, i guess the idea was that Janis would eventually get Hulk to deal with Future Abomination in the main series?
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Continues directly in Hulk #443 for Janis and Quarry.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
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