Who is the Red Hulk?

Writer Jeph Loeb weighs in on all the potential suspects as the gigantic INCREDIBLE HULK #600 extravaganza draws near

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HULK #600
cover by
Alex Ross

By Marc Strom For more than a year now, fans have asked the question "Who is the Red Hulk?" Now, with INCREDIBLE HULK #600, writer Jeph Loeb and artist Ed McGuinness bring you one step closer to solving the mystery when the issue hits stands on July 15. Looking back at his Hulk run so far, Loeb reveals that, if readers pay close attention, they'll realize they've already received more than a few clues as to the Red Hulk's true identity. "It was all figured out from the start," Loeb promises. "What we're hoping to do when it's over—and trust us, even after issue #600, it's far from over—we'll do a piece where we show you all the clues along the way. We've said from HULK #1 that if you look carefully, you can figure it out. But be warned, if all you look for is 'Who is the Red Hulk?' you'll miss the bigger picture. It's like trying to figure out Watergate and not realizing it goes all the way to...well, you'll see."

HULK #14
cover by
Ian Churchill

While the Hulk's gamma-infused anniversary issue won't put to rest all the questions surrounding the Red Hulk, it will push the story forward as one of the Marvel Universe's most intrepid reporters takes an interest in the case. "You'll get a lot of the pieces," Loeb teases. "When you have Ben Urich on the trail—the man who uncovered Daredevil's identity—you know there's going to be a lot of secrets revealed." Marvel's Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man will also crash the Hulk's celebration, however unintentionally. "It's Peter Parker [who] actually [runs into the Red Hulk]," Loeb relates. "On the job. But as we know, when Peter's involved, can Spidey be far from it?" Besides the Webhead, the Red Hulk will also encounter a number of other characters from the larger Marvel U in the coming months, as Loeb teases "the battle you've been waiting for—Wolverine vs Red Hulk. In fact, it's Red Hulk vs all of X-Force with Deadpool,

INCREDIBLE
HULK #601
cover by
Ariel Olivetti

Punisher and Elektra thrown in there for good measure. With art by Ian Churchill!" And as Loeb points out, beginning in August, the Green Goliath will split his time between two ongoing titles, giving fans a double dose of smashtastic action every month: "How about another Hulk book, written by the guy we love, Greg Pak with awesome artwork by Ariel Olivetti? That's right—INCREDIBLE HULK picks up right after the staggering events of HULK #600 into INCREDIBLE HULK #601 with a brand new storyline that will blow your minds!" Now, before the mystery deepens with INCREDIBLE HULK #600, Marvel.com and Loeb run down all the possible—and not-so-possible—suspects in the Red Hulk saga.

General Ross While Loeb is quick to dismiss one of Bruce Banner's greatest enemies, noting that "he's been seen with Red Hulk at the same time," we say the crimson menace could be a manifestation of Ross' deep-seeded anger towards the original Hulk. After all, crazier things have happened.

Doc Samson The green haired psychiatrist to the super heroes could very well be manifesting some of his own repressed rage, but what reason would he have to hate Dr. Banner as much as the Red Hulk? "My, hasn't he been acting strange," remarks Loeb. "And what's with the hair?"

Betty Ross Banner's ex-wife, who appeared to die as the result of gamma poisoning years ago, could have made her return when no one was looking. Maybe the Red Hulk is a bit more in touch with his feminine side than anyone suspected… "She's dead, right?" questions Loeb. "I mean, I think she's dead. Isn't she?"

Glenn Talbot Once General Ross' right-hand man in hunting the Hulk down, Talbot perished fighting the Hulk in Japan years ago. As with Betty, though, he could have returned from the dead and waited for the perfect moment to strike—and he would have more than enough hatred of the Hulk to fuel his own rampages. "Now he is dead," Loeb declares. "And as we all know, dead is dead in comics. Hang on, I've got Bucky Barnes on line two..."

Tony Stark Sure, Iron Man's currently fleeing for his life from Norman Osborn, but nobody can multitask like Tony Stark. Could Iron Man be sneaking off to terrorize the world as the Red Hulk? "Tony Stark...isn't he getting like brain damage? Or is that me?" quips Loeb.

Bruce Banner The original Hulk's alter ego may have inadvertently unleashed the even more monstrous Red Hulk on the world. After all, as Loeb indicates, this wouldn't be the first time something like this happened. "Bruce Banner, stricken by Gamma Rays, turns into…the Red Hulk?" Loeb wonders. "They've been separated before..."

Hulk Who has more pent-up rage than the Hulk himself? Could he have finally found an outlet for all that anger in the form of his red-toned counterpart? "There's Smart Hulk, Me-am-Hulk, Gray Hulk, Joe Fixit Hulk, and maybe he's the Hulk's Hulk?" posits Loeb.

The Abomination The Hulk's Russian counterpart also seemingly died at the Red Hulk's hands in one of his first appearances, but could he have faked his own death to throw everyone off his trail? Loeb seems to think it's a possibility. "The Abomination fakes his own death and then becomes... wait a minute... I'm giving away way too much here!"

Rick Jones Rick Jones was there when the Gamma Bomb first transformed Bruce Banner into the Hulk, leaving one to wonder if those same rays had a delayed effect on Jones himself. "Is A-Bomb the only form he can take?" ponders Loeb.

Red Hulk Just because the Hulk has an alter ego, don't assume that Red Hulk has to have one as well. "Maybe there is no Banner for this Hulk," suggests Loeb. "We haven't seen him change...yet."

Blue Hulk Though hasn't made his official first appearance in the Marvel Universe proper, could the seemingly friendly blue behemoth have a deep, dark secret? "You haven't been reading the Mini Hulk stories in the back of every issue?!! Written by the best Loeb writer—my daughter Audrey Loeb!" Not a subscriber to Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited yet? Join now! Check out the official Marvel Shop for everything Hulk! Download episodes of "X-Men: Evolution" and "Wolverine and the X-Men" now on iTunes!

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bds197485
bds197485

I'm just ready for the reveal of who he is. I'm ready for this story to move. Right now, I believe, he's just a distraction for the intelligencia to move in on who they want for their hulks. Doesn't have to be the 8 smartest people on the planet.

aianne
aianne

CABLE ?......from the future...maybe banner killed hope...he came back for revenge?..i think he move and thinks like cable....

yancystreetgangster
yancystreetgangster

Who is Red Hulk you ask? Nick Fury. Been saying it since day one. 100 % sure. Indisputable. No doubt about it. Or maybe Obama.

LeisurelyVinny
LeisurelyVinny

i got 3 possible theory of who the red hulk istheory one: Ross has been hit by the radiation beam from iron mans lazer satellite and it grew his hatred and released his anger of banner and hulk so he goes to modok and AIM and he shaved off his mustache so nobody will recognize him and modok shoots him with radiation and a LMC thingy clone whatever replaces him so to think he is ross the reason is that for the fact red hulk called banner a milkshop. and wants to kill hulk and abomination for the death of betty. and he told grandmaster from the defenders reunion he dont take orders he makes them. and the way red hulk is is ross's inner demon and the beam from end of world war hulk unleashed that anger and made ross completely insane. it will help for the fact the grave picture is the grave of betty or his grave choose if his LMc did die. and the red she hulk is domino i thinktheory 2 part one: glenn tailbot has been hiding in a AIM base for years secretly for a way his red disfigured possibly dead body to be normal so the fact that ross and modok gave him radiation and he turns into red hulk the reason is that tailbot and red hulk calls banner/hulk milkshop and tailbot killed abomination and wants to kill hulk for the fact the radiation killed betty and the red hulk persona is his true selftheoryy 2 part 2: the reason is same as reason 2 glenn tailbots mine is still on war wagon and so modok and ross put his mind on a LMC and so he wanted the power or more power of the hulk so he can kill him and abomination so he gets shot by radiation and all that

mrx003xrm
mrx003xrm

18 = R ROSS RICK RED1 = A8 = HA-HULK BLONSKY WITH THE POWER OF THE HULKALIEN HULK RED KING WITH THE POWER OF THE HULKABSORBING HULK ABSORBING MAN WITH THE POWER OF THE HULK20 = T TANOSTALBOT 2 = B0 = 0BETTY 0 BETTY BODY IN SUSPENDED ANIMATIONBRAIN ONLY WHO'S BRAIN? EMIL BLONSKY ABOMINATIONBRUCE ORIGINAL BANNER NO HULK OR THE REAL BANNER GREEN HULK22 = VVIRUSVOIDVENOM2 = B2 = BBRUCE BANNER REAL BANNER OR CLONE BANNERBRIAN BANNER BRUCE BANNER FATHERBAD BANNER EVIL SIDE OF BANNER LOEB PLEASE STOP THISIF YOU REVEALED RED HULK IDENTITYMAYBE MARVEL WILL SELL EVEN MORETHEN MAYBE PEOPLE MIGHT START LIKING YOUR JOBFOR PUTTING THEM OUT THEIR MISSERYCOUNTING MYSELFSHOOT ME IN THE HEAD

mrx003xrm
mrx003xrm

they really played everybody what a jokehttp://marvel.com/news/comicstories.8413.Who_is_the_Red_H ulk%3F in hulk #600 the red hulk identity will be revealed yeah right just more useless clues loeb it's just amazing but in the bad way could red hulk be the little girl from issue #1? just like monster story in dc comics now who broke the code the numbers in the military base 18=r ross or ryker 20=t talbot or tyrranus or Thanos Thanos once devoted his life to the worship of the personification of Death, but he now searches the galaxy for the ultimate power, the Power Cosmic 22=v void or venom that's why spidermanthe person inside iron-man is the red hulk i'm not saying is tony starks the distracion by ross she-hulk turns she stay talking to ross without knowing what's happening behind her back then that's when it happen who ever was hiding inside iron-man it's gone look iron-man eyes lights out he's the only one we can't see inside so there is no way to know if someone is in there or not a robot can be control with a remote control if someone is inside who could it be? no doubt the best way to go stealth i found a survivor iron-man eyes still lights out the girl walk to him they got togehter the word red activate iron-man eyes then samson wonders red is that you in there in issue 2 you see a lot of iron-man suites they took it same way the took the gun they use iron-man armor to bring back red hulk without people knowing you can't see the person inside the armor i hope red hulk don't turn out to be a robot i think is thanos another thing the electric lines num 18 has a pole good line the place where abominatination was killed has a pole broken line maybe this means something like he travel trought the lines

dreaper777
dreaper777

okay I came up with a whole new answer to the red hulk's identity(rulk).....The red king took some of the hulk's DNA copied it with his own launched him to earth....I hope loeb dies....!@#$ twist and plots. Why cant we just have a normal story? There is one clue who rulk is I would bet that he was an agent of sheild(He knew where the guns were)....how to disarm S.H.E.I.L.D, and he took down the helicarrier.I bet he is the lovechild of ross, and Doc. samson.

KIQUE-MAN
KIQUE-MAN

COME ON, IS MORE THAN EVIDENT THAT BLUE HULK IS THE RED HULK.

lordfirefly13
lordfirefly13

[quote@Dboogs I think it's Talbot. It makes sense, based on the reference to Banner as "milksop", the access to the base, knowledge of gamma radiation. But...... and this stems from reading the last Hulk issue, where the Defenders vs Offenders storyline concludes, and may also stem from a weird brownie I ate, but wouldn't it be one Hell of a twist if it was Thing? I mean, Rulk references having read Reed's files, he always has a new, witty battle cry (It's clobberin' time would be a dead giveaway!), he has access to gamm radiation and I personally think no one in the Marvel U. would have so much fun handing the Hulk his own butt on a platter, based off the previous times Hulk has handed him his! The thing you see now would obvioulsy be a Skrull sleeper agent who has since played his cards right, since Thing was one of the few people that was questioned from either side involved in the Secret Invasion. Anyway, just a thought I wanted to share, now where'd I put my glass of milk to wash down this brownie.....[/quote] Can't be Thing. He was fighting a fake Red Hulk in the Mighty Avengers and stated he always wanted a rematch.Also remember what the Red Hulk tells the other timeline Green Hulk. Spoiler -> [spoiler] "Heh. I started this game hoping for your death. I realize now that I've left you even worse off than dead. With a broken heart. Just as you left me, Banner..."[/spoiler] I think it's either Betty or Gen Ross. I just hope it's not a nobody.

Dboogs
Dboogs

I think it's Talbot. It makes sense, based on the reference to Banner as "milksop", the access to the base, knowledge of gamma radiation. But...... and this stems from reading the last Hulk issue, where the Defenders vs Offenders storyline concludes, and may also stem from a weird brownie I ate, but wouldn't it be one Hell of a twist if it was Thing? I mean, Rulk references having read Reed's files, he always has a new, witty battle cry (It's clobberin' time would be a dead giveaway!), he has access to gamm radiation and I personally think no one in the Marvel U. would have so much fun handing the Hulk his own butt on a platter, based off the previous times Hulk has handed him his! The thing you see now would obvioulsy be a Skrull sleeper agent who has since played his cards right, since Thing was one of the few people that was questioned from either side involved in the Secret Invasion. Anyway, just a thought I wanted to share, now where'd I put my glass of milk to wash down this brownie.....

Aronleon
Aronleon

AkhilleusPosted: 06.17.2009 10:24pm ."Well personally I don't know why some of you hate Loeb so much, I am enjoying the Hulk series a lot. Oh, and I hope Rulk is actually Betty RossSeriously dude go on and read Ultimatum and then you`ll see why we hate Loeb so much and the Hulk series its like cutting myself with old and rusted razor-blades, how did Marvel let this happen to Hulk Ill never know....

EXile
EXile

Bob Barker. Lol I really don't know. When they tell let me know I stopped reading awhile ago.

Iron_Sait
Iron_Sait

[quote:afbbc98a5b="H.E.R.B.I.E the Post Bot"]"She's dead, right?" questions Loeb. "I mean, I think she's dead. Isn't she?"[/quote] Loeb couldddddd be making a joke/hint here......but he probably just doesn't know...

mshirley27
mshirley27

Its Teen Hulk, from Crazy Magazine, back for revenge! :dead:

Zalanth
Zalanth member

[quote@johnnysword PS: Clay Quartermain[/quote] Couldn't agree more. I've been thinking the same ever since his off panel "death." I mean if you go back and read it with the idea that he's Red Hulk then it fits.I mean maybe there's been more clues since then either for or against this I don't know as I dropped Hulk at the end of the first arc. But going by those first 5 or 6 issues then it adds up.Or y'know like you said, could be Hush. XD

Whitmoi1590
Whitmoi1590

I think the Red Hulk could be Hulk's son, Skaar. Or maybe one of his allies from planet Sakarr. Glenn Talbot is also a likely possibility. :venom: :carnage:

FRANKSMITHIII
FRANKSMITHIII

glen talbot of course or maybe even his nephew who shot betty in the leg way back when hulk was smart and in hidding with her(forgot the issue number but it's around here somewhere..) THATS WHO THE RED HULK IS... 1 OF THEM 2 LOSERS!!!!!!

Akhilleus
Akhilleus

Well personally I don't know why some of you hate Loeb so much, I am enjoying the Hulk series a lot. Oh, and I hope Rulk is actually Betty Ross

Web-Head3003
Web-Head3003

Loeb let slip a Watergate reference does this mean that Rulk is Obama? Wait, Rulk came out a year ago maybe he's George W. Bush?

wyvern9
wyvern9

At this point, I realy don't care anymore. If Loeb is going to keep up with his **** writing, non-existnt plots and the Red Hulk 'mystery" past issue 600, I'm just gona go to Greg Pak for my fill of Hulk.

johnnysword
johnnysword

The Red Hulk is Hush! Wait, I mean, the Red Hulk is the Long Halloween killer! Wait, no, the Red Hulk is Romulus, or maybe the guy who killed the Scarlet Witch! Anybody else sensing a pattern to Loeb's writing?

djsaiyan
djsaiyan

That would be a neat trick considering the Red Hulk predates H.A.M.M.E.R. and Norman Osborn's rise to power

DeathNebula
DeathNebula

Sooo.....Loeb gives it away...in his reference to Watergate...My theory this is just another low level B list villain Osborn has gotten to play a part in his yet undisclosed "secret soldier" program....You heard it hear first....Aphroditesky.com