Issue(s): Hulk #445
Hulk is itching to take the fight to Onslaught. So over the objection of Captain America, he organizes a small group. Falcon goes with him out of loyalty after Hulk took care of his nephew Jim. Vision joins because Onslaught's EMP blast has rendered him unstable and he figures he might as well do something while he can. And Hawkeye and Crystal go too (Crystal kind of cattily tells Scarlet Witch that she must have picked up some of Quicksilver's impulsiveness and it's "funny" that Wanda never did).
Hulk team is seemingly slaughtered during the attack, but Hulk manages to beat Onslaught. He gloats, saying the the carnage the rest of the group went through "doesn't matter".
It all turns out to be an illusory scenario set up by Onslaught, and the others are of course horrified to see how the Hulk has acted.
It's a cool use of Onslaught by Peter David. Hulk of course cared more about the people he was leading when he was running the Pantheon, but he's been less stable recently and also has more to prove when it comes to groups like the Avengers. So it's good development to see him fail here. It doesn't have any impact on the crossover, but it's a good way to make use of the opportunity of a psychic villain when you can't make any forward progress on the story (much better than whatever the heck was going on in X-Force #58, for example). This issue is definitely an uptick on this series after the past couple issue, also.
In subplots: Janis remains a prisoner of the Pantheon. Rick is trying to get back to New York to participate in the Onslaught fight over the objections of Marlo. Betty learns that Hulk is still alive due to coverage of the Onslaught event (and she's transformed into Judy from Punch & Judy).
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: This is an Impact 2 issue. At least a portion of this takes place during Avengers #402 (although you'd never know it from this issue).
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showAtalanta, Betty Ross, Captain America, Crystal, Cyclops, Falcon, Gambit, Hawkeye, Henry Pym, Hulk, Iceman, Janis Jones, Marlo Chandler, Mr. Fantastic, Onslaught, Paris, Quicksilver, Rick Jones, Scarlet Witch, Teen Tony, Thor, Vision
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