Pratt Goes Pop… and Again: A Year of Cringe-Worthy Hulk Moments: Week 14

Let’s have a little fun and discuss some of the more graphic, violent, sad, or just plain awkward moments that have plastered the Hulk history.  Be it a passing meeting between spouses of a gruesome scene that nobody saw coming – this year I’ll have you squirming in your seat!

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What is it with exploding Hulk villains?  In week 9 we saw Hubert St. Johns get injected with Hulk blood and grow to an enormous size.  Well, years and years later another man known as Agent Pratt suffered a similar end.  A bit more drawn out and written in a low point of Hulk history by Bruce Jones, Agent Pratt was infatuated with getting Hulk’s blood for Section H.  His cockiness was his ultimate downfall as he thought he could control the force of nature the Hulk is.  In a showdown on the side of cliff he was injected with the stolen Hulk blood and immediately began to mutate, distort and eventually blow up.

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Or so it would seem… in fact Agent Pratt did reemerge and held a even worse fate then St. Johns.  In another show down with the Hulk Agent Pratt tried to take on the Hulk and is pummeled to death… and then ripped apart.  Yeah – the Hulk actually ripped apart a human being.  A mutated, evil human being – but a human being none the less.  Remember, this is at a time when the Hulk was not just a raging engine of destruction.  He had a more rational train of thought.  And yet, Jones still decided to write that the Hulk ripped apart a person rather than beat him and contain him.

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Jones run was full of odd choices and odder Hulk behavior – mainly because the Bruce Jones never understood the character fully.  Pratt’s death perfectly encapsulates why this run was needed to be axed out of continuity – and thank you to Mr. David for doing so!  

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2 responses to “Pratt Goes Pop… and Again: A Year of Cringe-Worthy Hulk Moments: Week 14

  1. Since when was the Pratt event retconned by PAD? Also, I disagree with you about him not understanding Hulk. He took the horror aspect of Hulk and the disconnect from reality that that must do to Banner and dialled it up to 11. The stories were very dark and because of this people got cheesed off due to the lack of action.

    As for killing Pratt, I might remind you that he was planning on raping the lady in front of her son and Banner and was such a disgusting human being (his mentality, besides his looks) that I figure Bruce wanted to make sure he would never come back and do that to them.

    It also isn’t the first time Hulk has killed; he did so during Peter David’s run.

    • Pratt was retconned in the tempest fugit storyline. It was used to clean up the mess that Jones left and to make way for the Planet Hulk years. Disagree all you want but the Bruce Jones run is widely regarded as some of the worst written years ever. Jones even admitted in an interview that he had no idea how to write the Hulk when he was given the job so he just didn’t write him into the book. That comes from Jones himself.

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