What If?… General Ross Had Become the Hulk? (2005) – The Review

What If... General Ross Had Become the Hulk?  He's actually grey in the book - even though he doesn't look that way on the cover...

What If... General Ross Had Become the Hulk? He's actually grey in the book - even though he doesn't look that way on the cover...

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. 

Ross is dancing, dancing!

Ross is dancing, dancing!

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.

Bruce shoots Ross - like I have wanted to do SO many times!

Bruce shoots Ross - like I have wanted to do SO many times!

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

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15 responses to “What If?… General Ross Had Become the Hulk? (2005) – The Review

  1. Hulk-Man(returning all the time)

    They should Retitle it ” What If?…. General Ross Was Heroic?!” jk… I think

  2. I don’t get it…

    You know this post was just for you HM – because you asked for it – and I’m psyched that I read it finally because it was such a great issue.

    Are you going to try to collect the comics?

  3. I have this comic, I bought it in NYC. One of my fav’s the art and story were just A+

    I also bought an issue where Bruce himself in the “Monster” and the creature he turns into is a gentle I don’t even know what to call it…ball of energy?

    If you don’t have that let me know…it’s yours.

  4. I DO have that one! I will get to reviewing that! Yeah – this issue was just top notch!

  5. Hulk-Man(returning all the time)

    Yeah infact You know that Reprint of the Hulk from ’64? I’m thining about getting that for a buck off ebay ( If My mom lets me buy it)

  6. Well, good luck then bro. The whole series is amazing – get what you can now – and then as you grow older start collecting the harder to find titles.

  7. Hulk-Man(returning all the time)

    I just found out it sold, So I’m looking at the Ghosts of The past ( or was it Future?) on ebay that’s selling for 2.50 (Including Shipping!! AWESOME!!)

  8. Hulk-Man(returning all the time)

    btw Someone is selling 181 for $200 ( I think that’s cheap compared to other copies being sold on there)

  9. That is cheap – but it depends what kind of condition the comic is in.

    $200 sounds like it would be a reader copy. Probably Good to Poor condition…

  10. Hulk-Man(returning all the time)

    Can you show a pick of the Gen Ross hulk? (other than what’s on the cover)

  11. I just want to say after reading this post I re-read this comic and I have to say that for a “what if ?” the line work is fantastic, it’s almost like they used photoshop to draw it.

  12. King Hulk Marco

    Happy Easter!!!!!!!!!

    When will you be reviewing both Ultimate Hulk vs Ultimate Wolverine #4 and All New Savage She-Hulk # 1 has both issues have been out for a while?

    Thanx!

  13. King Hulk Marco

    SPOILER ALERT!!!!!, SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!

    Betty Ross is the new Ultimate She-Hulk!!!

  14. DOH! Spoilers are my thing! Dag-nab-it!

    I will post my review of Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk #4 on Monday…

  15. King Hulk Marco

    Hooray!!!!!!!

    That has made my day!

    Another spoiler for you is that Hulk’s daughter name is Lyra after a character that was created by Stan Lee for the original Femizon story in the 70’s.

    I love the 70’s!!!!!!!!!!!

    PS Will the Hulk’s daughter’s Lyra & Scorpion be getting a section on your awesome website anytime soon?

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