“Between the big screen and the comic book pages, 2016 has undoubtedly been one of Marvel’s most divisive years, at least in a fictional sense, with the launch of Captain America: Civil Warpitting the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s biggest heroes against one another. As a loose sequel to the Cap 3-inspired story arc, the recently launched Civil War II story arc won’t bring any more peace to the superwomen and men of Marvel’s printed page either.
Civil War II poses many interesting and difficult ethical questions to Marvel’s elite superhero forces. Yet for fans of the Incredible Hulk, one question has been prevalent: what the heck happened to Bruce Banner?
In Totally Awesome Hulk #7, fans finally get their answer (via IGN). For those a little behind the curve, the Hulk and Bruce Banner had, shall we say, a parting of ways. Last year’s All New, All Different Marvel reboot saw an end to the Secret Wars saga and the entrance of a new Hulk, that of Amadeus Cho. In the latest Hulk, we find out what actually put Cho in the driver’s seat of the mean green machine. In flashback it’s revealed that Banner/Hulk sacrifices himself to diffuse a fusion reactor meltdown, absorbing a lethal dose in the process. The near-prescient Cho drops into the scene just in time to stop the Hulk from exploding, saving Bruce Banner’s life and the lives of countless innocents…”