One of the things I LOVE about this series is being able to see the characters you’ve become so familiar with in a new light – doing things they would normally not do – doing something totally out of character. This is one of my favorite What If… stories – written by a Hulk scribe you might have heard of – a chap named Peter David.
And this issue begins pretty much the same as Hulk #1 – Banner and Igor are readying the Gammabomb for testing – when all of a sudden they see a teenage boy driving out onto the test site. As Banner is about to leave Thunderbolt stops him and says that HE will get the boy instead. As Ross drives out to the test site and with Igor needing to find Banner’s formula he resorts to more drastic measures and gasses the remaining scientists. When Ross arrives he pulls a gun on Jones and tells him he’s arrested – but then the G-Bomb starts the countdown and Ross tells Jones to get to the trench – Jones makes it, Ross doesn’t – but unlike normal continuity where Jones is taken to the infirmary – this time Ross immediately Hulks out and falls on Jones, squishing and killing him.
Talbot arrives and wakes Banner up. He he tells him that the bomb was never halted and had been detonated. We see Betty at home and suddenly Ross comes busting through the wall. Ross’ Hulk can think – but he can’t verbalize anything – he just grunts yells. Betty is terrified – and Ross sees why when he looks into the mirror. He flees the house and jumps off. Banner and Talbot find Jones’ squished corpse. Meanwhile, Igor is driving Ross’ jeep away from the base to get away – but Ross recognizes his jeep and lands in front of it. The jeeps crashes into him – Ross realizes it was Igor who is to blame for his condition and throws the jeep and it blows up – which makes Ross very happy. He screams in triumph – and that’s when the army shows up and tries to take Ross down. Much like the Hulk, when cornered, Ross begins to tear apart the army’s defense – kicking and throwing tanks – destroying everything is sight. Ross finally jumps away, back to his house, and suddenly sees that one of the tanks he threw has landed on his house. The house that Betty was in – and was in when the tank landed. Ross drops to his knees and breaks down realizing he has killed his own daughter. Bruce is there and he tells Ross that Betty is in fact dead – and the time for words is over. As Ross cries Bruce raises a gun to the back of Ross’ head and pulls the trigger.
A very violent and amazing issue – it’s such a great issue that makes you look at each character differently. I freakin’ loved it! Read this issue of you can – it’s pretty easy to come by. Issue: A