World War Hulk: Aftersmash! (2008) Reading Order

WORLD WAR HULK is over, but New York still lies in ruins and there are people (some of them aliens) who still have a lot to answer for. WWH doesn’t have an aftermath, it has an aftersmash…

SCROLL DOWN to the bottom for the KEY COLLECTED EDITIONS for this event!

Minor Crossover: The one-shot introduces the storylines that are then picked up in the three mini-series which focus on different characters impacted by World War Hulk.

Must Reads: Story arcs marked with a ✔are must-read stories from this time period, along with any key related stories and often-forgotten tales that are worth a read.

Anthology Issues: When an issue contains multiple stories, the relevant story is denoted with square brackets. For example, [2/5] refers to the second story of the five stories in that issue, so you don’t need to read the other four. 

Previous events that directly impact this story:

Want to keep it simple? Here’s the chronological reading order without story descriptions, or spoilers:

  • World War Hulk: Aftersmash! #1
  •      Damage Control #1-2
  • Incredible Hulk #112
  • Incredible Hercules #113-115
  •      Damage Control #3
  •      Warbound #1-5

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Must ReadsTitle, Issue Number & Synopsis
World War Hulk: Aftersmash! #1
Tony Stark, laid up and recovering from his injuries, encourages the Amadeus Cho and Hercules to turn themselves in, but they’re too busy helping to repair the damage the Hulk‘s final rampage did to Manhattan. With New York still largely deserted, Tom Foster (nephew of Bill Foster, the deceased Goliath who was killed during CIVIL WAR) sneaks into Avengers Mansion and steals his uncle’s growth formula. Stark dons his Iron Man armour and, with Misty Knight, shuts down the rogue Death’s Head cyborgs carrying out their last directive on the Hulk’s behalf by giving them a virus. Iron Man is struck down by the super-sized Tom Foster who turns his attentions to the warring Sakaarans roaming the city. Elloe Kaifi of the Warbound almost gives her life to end the Sakaaran squabble. Hercules, Korg, Hiroim and the Thing join forces to heal New York. When the dust clears, the Warbound are allowed to go free. Tom Foster walks away from his showdown with Iron Man. Misty Knight is back with SHIELD. And Amadeus Cho and Hercules are on the run…
World War Hulk: Aftersmash! – Damage Control #1
Damage Control get to work repairing New York and convince Tony Stark to let the amnesty on non-registered heroes stand for a few more days so they can help out, too. The original members of Damage Control come together again along with Tom Foster who’s got himself a costume and taken to calling himself Black Goliath. All the heroes gather and get ready to start the big clean-up until the Thunderbolts arrive, demanding that all heroes produce their registration documents…
World War Hulk: Aftersmash! – Damage Control #2 (pp.1-12)
Bart Rozum convinces the T-Bolts to give them a few days. Bart convinces Penance (Robbie Baldwin) he’ll keep his identity secret if he can buy some more time.
Incredible Hulk #122
Hercules convinces Amadeus Cho they need to turn themselves in. Ares interviews Hercules and takes the opportunity to assert power over him once again. Meanwhile, Gabe Jones asks Cho to use his superior intellect to work out the quickest, smoothest way to fix the damage to New York. Cho and Herc both change their mind about giving themselves up at the same time and break free, with Cho stealing Gabe Jones’ laptop on his way out. Now Ares stands ready to bring them both back in, and he’s armed to the teeth…
Incredible Hercules #113
Amadeus Cho and Hercules relocate to the the refugee camps in New Jersey. Ares and his fellow Mighty AvengersWonder Man and Black Widow – pursue the two fugitives. Ares opens fire on Hercules while he tussles with Wonder Man, catching them both with the spray of ammo. But the bullets are laced with the blood of a hydra and designed to make Hercules go crazy…
Incredible Hercules #114
Hercules begins his rampage by battering Wonder Man. The Black Widow blows Herc up with a bazooka to burn the poison out of him. Cho’s attempt to steal the Warbound’s Stone Ship turns out to be a distraction. Instead he steals SHIELD’s old Behemoth Helicarrier and infects their current carriers with a virus that will make them drop from the sky and release all the inmates from Prison 42 in the Negative Zone. All because they hurt his puppy…
Incredible Hercules #115 (pp.1-20)
Ares viciously assaults the Behemoth until Hercules throws him out. Gabe Jones destroys the Helicarrier with missiles. Herc and Cho teleport off the Behemoth just before it blows, allowing everyone to think they’re dead…
World War Hulk: Aftersmash! – Damage Control #2 (pp.13-22)
Gene Strausser gets access to shards of the Warbound’s stone ship and the remains of Arch-E-5912. But an unexpected issue arises when the Chrysler Building comes to life… and it’s angry!

Must ReadsTitle, Issue Number & Synopsis
World War Hulk: Aftersmash! – Damage Control #3
The costumed heroes try to get the Chrysler Building under control, but fail dismally. Arch-E-5912’s sentience is revealed to have come from contact with fragments of the Stone Ship. Damage Control appease the Chrysler Building by allowing it to go on holiday for one month every year and settle for just being a building for the other 11 months.
World War Hulk: Aftersmash! – Warbound #1 [1/2]
SHIELD agent Kate Waynesboro investigates strange activity in New York’s sewers which turns out to be the Warbound. While the group try stop the wounded Elloe Kaifi from attacking SHIELD agents, they and are unexpectedly teleported to the New Mexico Desert. The mystery teleporter straps Hiroim to a machine that will drain his Old Power, sending shockwaves through the Earth for miles around with a green dome keeping everyone trapped inside while keeping SHIELD out. The mystery villain is revealed to be the Leader when he welcomes them to all Gammaworld
World War Hulk: Aftersmash! – Warbound #1 [2/2]
Two weeks earlier, Dum Dum Dugan (if that really is him) assigned Kate the job of tracking down the Warbound, due to past relationship with Bruce Banner. She started by interviewing the treacherous Miek who agreed to reveal what he’d learned about his former allies, starting with Elloe Kaifi’s lack of conscience…
World War Hulk: Aftersmash! – Warbound #2 [1/2]
Some of the humans trapped in Gammaworld begin to Hulk out. Hiroim’s attempts to bring the barrier down only make it stronger. The Warbound and the US Army join forces to protect the humans from an onslaught of gamma-irradiated bugs and scorpions. Hiroim uses his Old Power to force a doorway open to the outside world, allowing people to escape. But a bunch of gamma-irradiated humans have merged together to create Horde! And Horde’s looking to keep everyone trapped inside…
World War Hulk: Aftersmash! – Warbound #2 [2/2]
Two weeks ago, Miek revealed to Kate how Hiroim became known as ‘The Shamed’ when he failed to carry out an order from the Shadow Priests to kill a young Sakaaran. Unfortunately, the child grew up to be the Red King.
World War Hulk: Aftersmash! – Warbound #3 [1/2]
The Warbound defeat Horde and the last of the humans evacuate Gammaworld. Hiroim tries to convince his friends to leave too, but they refuse because they’re Warbound. As the Leader gains power, Hiroim loses control over his but grows his missing arm back. Hiroim sends Kate, Elloe and No-Name of the Brood after the Leader to stop him using the energy from the dome to heal himself. He asks Korg to stay behind so he can break the dome’s connection to the Earth, but that can only be achieved by killing Hiroim…
World War Hulk: Aftersmash! – Warbound #3 [2/2]
Two weeks ago, Miek revealed to Kate that Korg is incapable of breaking promises…
World War Hulk: Aftersmash! – Warbound #4 [1/2]
Hiroim assaults Korg to force him to break his Warbound oath and kill him to save humanity, but Korg won’t fight back. The Leader reveals to the Warbound that he’s dying and needs the power of Gammaworld to keep him alive. The group return to Korg in time to see him kill Hiroim. But the once-shamed one heals himself as the dome dissipates, letting the SHIELD robot death squad through. And they’re all set to kill the Warbound…
World War Hulk: Aftersmash! – Warbound #4 [2/2]
A fortnight ago, Miek reveals to Kate Waynesboro that he bred with No-Name of the Brood just before Sakaar exploded. She ended up giving birth to mindless hybrid savages that threatened the children of Sakaar. To save them, No-Name killed her own offspring…
World War Hulk: Aftersmash! – Warbound #5
Two weeks earlier, Miek figured out that Kate Waynesboro didn’t want to hunt the Warbound. She wanted to help them to make up for betraying Bruce Banner years earlier. Now, SHIELD’s robot death squad are only after Hiroim. The Warbound gather together and fight the them off. Elloe puts a stick through the Leader’s middle and into the ground, accidentally imbuing him with the Old Power. Hiroim and the Leader battle it out until Hiroim takes his power back from the Leader, then dies and passes his Old Power to Kate Waynesboro. The withered Leader teleports away and, no longer seeing herself as human, Kate leads the Warbound as they start killing their way through all the irradiated gamma-folk…
Incredible Hercules #115 (pp.21-22)
Hercules and Amadeus Cho arrive in Vermont and drop in on Athena who greets them with a message that the entire world is in peril once more…

Must ReadsIssues & FalloutEvent / Crossover
Immortal Iron Fist #16 (2008)
Misty and Colleen Wing appear to have put aside their differences.
She-Hulk #30 (2008)
Rather than apprehend the fugitive Hercules, She-Hulk sleeps with him.
Secret Invasion Prologue #1 (2008)
‘Dum Dum Dugan’ is revealed to be a Skrull.
SECRET INVASION
Incredible Hercules #116 (2008)
The threat that Athena is concerned about is revealed to be the Skrull invasion.
SECRET INVASION
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (2008)
Walter Declun is revealed to have survived Wolverine‘s claws piercing his brain
Planet Skaar Prologue #1 (2009)
Kate Waynesboro is revealed to have become Kate Oldstrong.

Skaar, Son of Hulk #11-12 (2009)
Kate Oldstrong masters the Old Power; the Warbound ally themselves with Bruce Banner again.
PLANET SKAAR
Incredible Hulk #603 (2009)
The Leader returns having been restored to his original ‘big-headed’ form and is apparently no longer dying.
SON OF BANNER

Must ReadsIssues & FalloutEvent / Crossover
Incredible Hercules #127-128 (2009)
Ares (now a member of the Dark Avengers) gets another chance to confront Hercules, this time without mercy.
DARK REIGN
Dark Reign – The List: Hulk #1 (2009)
Norman Osborn is revealed to have pardoned the Warbound; HAMMER kidnap Kate Oldstrong in an effort to steal her Old Power.
DARK REIGN

DARK REIGN – THE LIST

SON OF BANNER
Incredible Hulk #604 (2010)
Kate Oldstrong is confronted by a holographic projection of the Leader who promises to kill her one day.
SON OF BANNER
Hulk #23 (2010)
The Red Hulk drains the Leader of his gamma-irradiated powers, returning him to human form.
WORLD WAR HULKS
Heroic Age: Prince of Power #1-4 (2010)
Amadeus Cho takes up Hercules’ mantle to become a hero.
THE HEROIC AGE
Incredible Hulks #612 (2010)
Korg joins the Incredible Hulks.
DARK SON
Incredible Hulks #619 (2011)
Hiroim is among those resurrected by the Chaos King; Hiroim helps the Incredible Hulks defeat the Abomination; Korg and Hiroim’s relationship is revealed.

Chaos War #4 (2011)
Miek agrees to aid the Chaos King.

Incredible Hulks #620 (2011)
Hiroim returns to the realm of the dead.

Chaos War #5 (2011)
Miek is defeated by Hercules.  
CHAOS WAR
Avengers Academy #1 (2010)
Robbie Baldwin returns to his Speedball identity.
THE HEROIC AGE
Incredible Hulks #623-625 (2011)
Miek attempts to create more hatchlings in the Savage Land before falling to his death in battle with the Hulk.
New Avengers Annual #1 (2011)
Goliath goes back to looking for revenge against the Avengers by joining the Revengers.
REVENGERS
Wolverine #3 (2013)
Damage Control get a new line-up.
MARVEL NOW!
Civil War II: The Fallen #1 (2016)
The Warbound attend Bruce Banner’s funeral.
CIVIL WAR II
Totally Awesome Hulk #13-14 (2017)
Arch-E-5912 returns to play in a charity basketball game for ERFEI (Equal Rights For Every Intelligence).

Notable collected editions featuring the World War Hulk: Aftersmash!…

Collected Editions TitleIncludes…
World War Hulk OmnibusAvengers: The Initiative #4-5
Ghost Rider (2006) #12-13
Heroes for Hire (2006) #11-15
Incredible Hulk (2000) #106-111
Iron Man: Director of SHIELD #19-20
Irredeemable Ant-Man #10
Planet Hulk Saga #1
Punisher War Journal (2007) #12
World War Hulk (2007) #1-5
World War Hulk: Aftersmash! #1
World War Hulk: Aftersmash! – Damage Control #1-3
World War Hulk: Aftersmash! – Warbound #1-5
World War Hulk: Front Line #1-6
World War Hulk: Gamma Corps #1-4
World War Hulk Prologue: World Breaker #1
World War Hulk: X-Men #1-3
Hulk: World War HulkPlanet Hulk Saga #1
World War Hulk (2007) #1-5
World War Hulk: Aftersmash! #1

Collected Editions TitleIncludes…
Incredible Hercules: Smash of the TitansHulk vs Hercules: When Titans Collide #1
Incredible Hercules #113-115
Incredible Hulk #106-112
Incredible Hercules: Against the WorldHulk vs Hercules: When Titans Collide #1
Incredible Hercules #113-115
Incredible Hulk #112
Incredible Hercules – The Complete Collection vol.1Amazing Fantasy (2004) #15 [part]
Giant-Size Hulk (2006) #1 [part]
Hulk vs Hercules: When Titans Collide #1
Incredible Hercules #113-120
Incredible Hulk #100 [part]
Incredible Hulk #106-112
Damage Control: The Complete CollectionDamage Control (1989 – 1st series) #1-4
Damage Control (1989 – 2nd series) #1-4
Damage Control (1991) #1-4
Iron Man Annual #11 [part]
Marvel Age Annual #4 [part]
Marvel Comics Presents #19 [part]
World War Hulk: Aftersmash! – Damage Control #1-3
World War Hulk: Damage ControlWorld War Hulk: Aftersmash! – Damage Control #1-3
World War Hulk: WarboundWorld War Hulk: Aftersmash! #1
World War Hulk: Aftersmash! – Warbound #1-5

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