Synopsis for “– And One Shall Die”
Continued from last issue…
The Sub-Mariner’s memory has been restored by a blast from Warlord Krang’s flying submarine. Krang leaves the scene thinking Namor was killed, however Namor endures and decides to wait for Krang to return to the oceans before he resumes his quest for vengeance. Restoring his strength in the water below, Namor then smashes the radio transceiver given to him by Number One of the Secret Empire, cutting off the would-be world conqueror from contact, leaving him to wonder what happened to his former thrall.
Furious that all this should happen when all he wanted was recognition for his genius, Number One decide to check his monitors to see if the Sub-Mariner succeeded in his task of destroying the Hulk. Much to Number One’s frustrations, he finds that the Hulk is still alive and well and roaming New York City.
When it appears the Hulk is heading toward his secret hideout, Number One attempts to call back Namor by activating the vibro-discs that he implanted in the Sub-Mariner’s ears would sap the princes strength until he came back to the source of the signal. This ultimately fails and when Namor realizes some outside source is sapping his strength he discovers the vibro-discs and destroys them.
As Namor returns to the sea, the panic stricken Number One visibly sees the Hulk outside his window. In an attempt to destroy the Hulk once and for all, Number One activates a bomb in the hopes of blowing up the Hulk, however before he can flee his cowl gets caught in the door. With the automatic lock in place, Number One tries desperately to tear his way free however the bomb goes off. The Hulk, who had no clue what was going on is unharmed and bounds away, and Number One is killed in the blast. In an ironic twist, Number One’s face is obliterated by the blast making it impossible for him to be unidentified and he died as he believed he lived: unknown. The news of Number One’s demise prompts Hydra, in light of the crumbling of both AIM and the Secret Empire, to rise again.
Meanwhile, Warlord Krang, still believing that Namor is dead decides to wait on returning to Atlantis until the people there learn of Namor’s apparent demise so that he may revel in taking over the kingdom again and forcing Lady Dorma to marry him.
This story is continued next issue…