Synopsis for “The World, My Jury!”
Continued from last issue….
The Hulk begins rampaging across the landing strip at JFK International Airport. The Fantastic Four and a compliment of military personnel try to contain him, but the Hulk easily tears through the army’s tanks. The Thing grapples with the Hulk, but the green goliath reverses the hold and flips the Thing onto the asphalt. Civilians present at the scene begin scattering except for J. Jonah Jameson who barks orders at photographer Peter Parker to take pictures. Parker however, feigns being sick, so that he can run off and change into his Spider-Man costume. Matt Murdock exits the plane that brought the Hulk to New York and secretly changes into Daredevil. As Daredevil rushes towards the Hulk, the Human Torch creates a blinding flash of light that temporarily distracts the Hulk long enough for the Thing to land a punch across his nose. Daredevil tries to intervene, but the Hulk grabs a hold of his billy club and slings Daredevil backwards where he lands harshly on the wing of the airplane. As the Hulk turns to resume his fight with the Thing, Mister Fantastic brandishes a weapon called the “Nega-Gamma” and fires it into the Hulk. The excessive dose of concentrated Gamma radiation overwhelms the Hulk and he falls forward unconscious. The Hulk is then loaded into a triple-layered titanium steel containment pod designed by Tony Stark.
As days pass, Matt Murdock prepares his defense for the Hulk’s trial. Unfortunately, he will be pleading the case against his old partner, now a district attorney, Franklin “Foggy” Nelson. Murdock confers with Reed Richards who tells him that he had hoped his Nega-Gamma gun might hold the key to curing the Hulk.
At the arraignment, Murdock argues that it is impossible for the Hulk to receive a fair trial and motions for dismal based upon the Hulk’s obvious diminished mental capacity to stand trial. By law, the Hulk’s presence is required in the courtroom, though he is bound and gagged with heavily fortified metallic bonds. The judge rejects Murdock’s motion and proceeds with jury selection.
Reed Richards returns to the Baxter Building and continues studying the Nega-Gamma gun. He is desperate to save the life of the Hulk’s alter ego, Bruce Banner, who in truth, is innocent of all the crimes perpetuated by the Hulk.
As the trial commences, Murdock calls the Avengers in to testify as character witnesses. The judge dismisses the relevance of their testimony, citing that Murdock is using their reputation and showy display of powers to prejudice the jury.
Reed arrives at the court and asks the judge for the opportunity to try his Nega-Gamma gun on the Hulk so that he can prompt the transformation back into Bruce Banner. The judge agrees and Richards activates the device. The tactic fails however, and the only thing he succeeds in doing is making the Hulk stronger. The Hulk’s anger intensifies until he is strong enough to break free of his bonds. He smashes through the courthouse walls to the outside and leaps away.