Iron Man is no longer the only Avenger who owns a suit designed to take down the Hulk. After a brief teaser in Totally Awesome Hulk #9 foreshadowing the fight, Issue 10 gave us a literal rumble in the jungle. Amadeus Cho’s Totally Awesome Hulk attacked Black Panther in his surprise new weapon: A Black Panther-style Hulkbuster. T’Challa has joined the fight.
In Civil War II #3, Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, murdered Bruce Banner even though he was supposedly cured of his Hulk alter-ego. The reason? Hours earlier, Ulysses, the Inhuman who has premonitions of future disasters, envisioned the Bruce Banner Hulk murdering everyone, which ultimately led to a disturbing end.
Of course, the Avengers were pissed. Tony Stark used the latest episode as another reason why Captain Marvel and her reliance on predictive justice was wrong, while the current Hulk, Amadeus Cho, went AWOL. Amadeus’s behavior caused alarm among Captain Marvel’s team, as he was the Avenger closest to Banner. The heroes figured Banner’s successor would want to seek revenge against Hawkeye.
Enter Black Panther and his custom Hulkbuster.
The whole Civil War II series is proving to be a collection of awesome fights centered around an issue that’s still too poorly defined to have any strong opinion on one way or another. It’s not that either Captain Marvel or Iron Man are right or wrong about Ulysses’s powers, it’s just they’re both too stubborn to solve the issue alone. Instead, we end up with fights like the one between Black Panther and Cho’s Hulk over a murder that definitely feels like it could have been avoided.
The Hulkbuster isn’t actually just any one machine. Instead, it’s an in-universe classification for machines that are strong enough to fight the Hulk, or Hulk-level fighters. Tony Stark has designed a majority of the Hulkbusters seen in the Marvel Universe, but the one used by Black Panther is wholly Wakandan.
Without a Hulkbuster, most heroes would have a hard time facing off against the gamma-radiated bruisers that litter the Marvel Universe, whether it’s Amadeus Cho, She-Hulk, or Bruce Banner.
You can find Totally Awesome Hulk #10 at your local comic store or digitally through Marvel.
Photos via Marvel Comics, Mahmud Asrar