SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Marvel's "Totally Awesome Hulk" #9, on sale now.
There's a new Hulkbuster in the Marvel Universe -- and it's not Tony Stark.
Thus far, Marvel's "Civil War II" hasn't been kind on Hulks, and it doesn't look like it's going to get any easier any time soon. In the much-publicized "Civil War II" #3, released earlier this month, Bruce Banner -- Marvel's original, "incredible" and most famous Hulk -- was killed by fellow hero Hawkeye, in order to prevent a cataclysmic vision from Ulysses, the future-forecasting Inhuman at the center of "Civil War II."
Naturally, Amadeus Cho -- the current Hulk and star of Marvel's "Totally Awesome Hulk" -- was greatly affected by the turn of events, as depicted in this week's Issue #9, from writer Greg Pak and artist Mike del Mundo. After all, Amadeus considered Bruce Banner to be his best friend, and he's also carrying some guilt, given that he was the one who cured Bruce of his Huk-ness (making him considerably more vulnerable).
Amadeus isn't given much time to mourn, however, as Captain Marvel (on the side of stopping crime before it happens) and her forces, confronts Amadeus in the issue -- just to see how he's doing, she says. Cho doesn't completely buy it, and ends the issue by sending a literal (and powerful) message to Carol Danvers and her team -- one received by not only Captain Marvel, but the Black Panther, who's sporting what certainly appears to be his own version of the Hulkbuster armor:
First introduced in 1994's "Iron Man" #304 by Len Kaminski and Kev Hopgood, Iron Man's bulky, durable Hulkbuster armor was designed, you guessed it, so Tony Stark could have a fair shot in hand-to-hand combat with the Hulk. It's been seen in multiple action figures and adapted on-screen in last year's "Avengers: Age of Ultron," but the connection with Black Panther is a new one, and one yet to be fully explored.
No matter the outcome of the impending Black Panther vs. Totally Awesome Hulk conflict, it's easy to see why Amadeus Cho -- alongside many of his fellow young Marvel heroes -- are so fed up with the Avengers. As seen in recent solicitations and covers, that frustration with the establishment that will set the stage for the upcoming "Champions" series from Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos, which features the current Hulk as a main cast member.
Keep reading CBR for the latest on "Totally Awesome Hulk" and "Civil War II."