Son Of Hulk (2008-2009) Reading Order

The Illuminati sent the Hulk on a mission to space to destroy a sentient satellite, but the mission was also a trick to relocate him to an uninhabited world where he could find peace. Instead, he went off-course and landed on the savage world of Sakaar which challenged even his immense strength and invulnerability. Despite months of adversity, the Hulk became the planet’s ruler and even found love with Caiera the Oldstrong, bearer of the earth-controlling Old Power.

When the warp core of the Hulk’s ship exploded, it destroyed Crown City and killed almost everyone there, including Caeira and her unborn child. This spurred the Hulk to leave Sakaar with his Warbound allies and seek revenge on Iron Man, Doctor Strange and the Illuminati on Earth (all during PLANET HULK). Little did he realise, his son was alive and would emerge from the fire pits of Sakaar thirsty for destruction (during WORLD WAR HULK).

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

Minor Crossover: The story in the main ‘Skaar: Son of Hulk’ title bleeds out into a few of optional one-shots.

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:

  • PLANET HULK – Hulk arrives on Sakaar, destruction of Crown City
  • WORLD WAR HULK – Hulk’s revenge for the loss of Cairea, birth of Skaar

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

  • Skaar: Son of Hulk #1
  •       Hulk Family: Green Genes #1 [2/5]
  • Skaar: Son of Hulk #2-3
  • Skaar: Son of Hulk Presents: The Savage World of Sakaar #1
  • Skaar: Son of Hulk #4-7
  •       War of Kings: The Savage World of Sakaar #1
  • Skaar: Son of Hulk #8-10

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Must ReadsTitle, Issue Number & Synopsis
Skaar: Son of Hulk #1 (pp.1-10)
The Hulk raged above Crown City as it was reduced to rubble and lava, unaware that Caeira was using the Old Power to keep her son alive beneath the lava, aging him rapidly so that he would emerge ready to survive life on savage Sakkar. Escaping to the surface after his father had already left the planet, the misshapen son of Hulk  – who named himself Skaar – spent a month fighting and killing to survive and witnessed the violence of the Fillian warriors of Axeman Bone who killed all the children they encountered children to prevent the prophesied emergence of the Hulk’s offspring.

1st appearance: Fillians
Hulk Family: Green Genes #1 [2/5]
Months after his birth, Skaar is discovered by the elder member of the Shadow People, Ol-Sahm (or ‘Old Sam’) who finds him tattooed by priests and having witnessed the horrors of Sakaar. Old Sam takes Skaar under his wing…
Skaar: Son of Hulk #1 (pp.11-24)
A year on, the fully-grown Skaar catches up with Axeman Bone, who believed he’d burned the son of the Hulk to death. Instead, he faces the Hulk’s monstrous, rapidly-aged, axe-wielding offspring who’s about to deliver some brutality of his own….

1st appearance: Axeman Bone, Hiro-Amin, Old Sam, Sakaaran Dragons
Skaar: Son of Hulk #2 [1/2]
The previously undefeated Axeman Bone has a fight on his hands with a foe who proves to be difficult to kill. Instead, Skaar murders his dragons mid-flight and rains destruction down on his barbarian warriors. His actions are witnessed by the cyborg Princess Omaka who decides to ally with Skaar and fight back against Bone’s army, but it seems Skaar isn’t looking for allies. Defeated for the first time, Axeman Bone retreats…

1st appearance: Kram, Princess Omaka, Yenrag
Skaar: Son of Hulk #2 [2/2]
In Axeman Bone’s camp, Shadow People are used as slaves. One young slave is given a history lesson on the Hulk by an older slave, warning him that Skaar is not here to save them and that Hulks only bring destruction and death.

1st appearance: Hiro-Kala (unnamed)
Skaar: Son of Hulk #3 [1/2]
Old Sam stops Skaar from attacking Omaka just as the Shadow People’s camp comes under attack from fireballs hurled by Axeman Bone’s army. Omaka takes the opportunity to attack Skaar who rips out one of her cybernetic limbs and is about to stab her with it when a herd of killer Wildebots swarm through. Skaar speaks for the first time and he takes on the entire swarm, assisted by Omaka who;’s beginning to believe the prophecies that the son of Hulk will be the saviour of Sakaar…

Must ReadsTitle, Issue Number & Synopsis
Skaar: Son of Hulk #3 [2/2]
The weakened Axeman Bone faces numerous attempts on his life from his own men who seek to take over his army for themselves. Bone tells the young Shadow slave how he used to kill for the Red King, but was so unstoppable and insatiable that the Red King sent him on a suicide mission in the hopes he would die and prevent him rising against his master. Omaka is the unwanted daughter of the Red King who survived his attempt to burn her alive. The slave kills a man in defense of his master, Axeman Bone, but Bone walks away dismissing him as ‘just a slave’.
Skaar: Son of Hulk Presents: The Savage World of Sakaar #1
As the Shadow People journey across Sakaar, Omaka’s lieutenant Kram tells them how the young Axeman Bone escaped the dungeons and killed the emperor Angmo I before serving the Red King. Old Sam explains the origins of the Shadow People and how they travelled from world to world, spreading the word on how to control the Old Power, and how Caiera thwarted Omaka’s first attempt to rise up against the Red King. Old Sam reveals how young Skaar became a prisoner of a group of Shadow People priests who painfully marked his body then tried to kill him, only for Skaar to escape and kill them first. In the present, Skaar allows the alien Spikes to feed from him to allow the group safe passage through them, just as his father once did. Skaar then kills a Harrowbeast when it threatens to slaughter them all. They continue their journey to Prophet Rock where Skaar will gain the Old Power…
Skaar: Son of Hulk #4 [2/2]
The young slave is saved murderous barbarians when they are eaten by a Devil Corker. Testing his luck further, he wanders into the Wastelands
Skaar: Son of Hulk #4 [1/2]
After a week’s travel, the group arrive at Prophet Rock where one of their number mounts the rock to sing a song of celebration, drawing the attention of five giant Devil Corkers. Skaar tears into them, eating their flesh as he kills them, making the Shadow People question if he truly is their saviour or just a wild animal. The group hide from a sandstorm in a Devil Corker corpse for two days. Old Sam locates the Shadow People’s original ship and is horrified to find its technology has already been stripped out by the Wildebots. Axeman Bone’s men track the group down and unleashes the blind slave priest Hiro-Amin on them as the new host to the Old Power…
Skaar: Son of Hulk #5 [1/2]
Hiro-Amin punches Skaar, hurling him into Prophet Rock and obliterating it. Old Sam uses sorcery to contain Hiro-Amin when Omaka’s troops prove incapable of stopping him. Skaar rises up and attacks Hiro-Amin as their fight rips the earth apart. Hiro-Amin unleashes the Old Power, causing lava to rise and threaten the lives of all present until Skaar raps him in chains and guts him with his sword. Having seen the Old Power in action, no one believes Skaar should have it. No one except Old Sam and Skaar himself…
Skaar: Son of Hulk #5 [2/2]
The young slave finds the chained and dying Hiro-Amin and releases him, asking Amin to grant him the Old Power. Hiro-Amin tells the boy that the Old Power can only be taken by killing someone who already has it. The boy beheads Hiro-Amin but doesn’t receive the Old Power. Instead, Axeman Bone grants the young slave his freedom and gives him a sword, a place among his warriors and the name Hiro-Kala.

1st appearance: Hiro-Kala (named)

Must ReadsTitle, Issue Number & Synopsis
Skaar: Son of Hulk #6
Skaar leads the group to safety through the lava, while Old Sam reveals he was the one who created the Great Portal – the rift in time and space above Sakaar – in the hope that it would draw heroes to Sakaar to save them from the horrors of the Red King and his forces. He created the prophecy of the Sakaarson – Sakaar’s saviour – to inspire the people. Except the first things to come through the portal were the Death’s Head cyborgs who murdered hundreds and became mindless warriors for the Red King. Axeman Bone’s troops attack from the air and the group seek sanctuary in the city of Okini where they discover the cyborg Red King is very much alive. He surprises everyone by swearing loyalty to Skaar, having renounced his barbaric ways. Omaka leaves and turns to Axeman Bone as an ally, instead. The Red King grants Skaar the Old Power which shoots straight into the sky, attracting the attention of the Silver Surfer
Skaar: Son of Hulk #7
Skaar now hosts the Old Power, but the Silver Surfer wants Galactus to consume it as it will sate his hunger for a hundred-thousand years, saving numerous planets from consumption in that time. Skaar uses his new power to kill the Sakaaran who planted the bomb in Crown City, then unleashes in on Axeman Bone’s forces, threatening to kill everyone who answers to him including his innocent daughter Lihla. Caiera’s voice which had been guiding Skaar in his mind since birth can now be heard by Hiro-Kala who finally faces Skaar just as he prepares to use the Old Power to wipe the world clean. The Silver Surfer unleashes on Skaar who risks destroying the entire planet just to stop the Surfer from taking the Old Power from him. Drained of energy, the Surfer had hoped to spare Sakaar and attempts to summon Galactus to consume the planet, but Sakaar slaps a control disc on him and makes the Surfer his unwilling slave.
War of Kings: The Savage World of Sakaar #1
The Old Power unleashed by Skaar attracted the attention of Starbolt of the Shi’ar Imperial Guard who’s currently engaged in a skirmish with Gorgon of the Inhumans (as part of the WAR OF KINGS). Both of their ships and troops are sucked into the Great Portal and crash-land on Sakaar, which proves to be a challenge to both of them and inspires them to join forces. Skaar tries to kill them both to stop them from bringing their respective people to his homeworld, but Gorgon summons Lockjaw who teleports them back to the safety of Attilan. Starbolt betrays his new ally, threatening Luna‘s life in return for his freedom. Gorgon and Lockjaw trick him, freeing Luna but losing their prisoner of war. Though both Black Bolt and Vulcan take great interest in the Old Power…
Skaar: Son of Hulk #8
Hiro-Kala spits in Skaar’s face as the Red King adds warriors to his growing army. Skaar plans to kill every murderer on the planet, ignoring the voice of his mother who pleads for him to show mercy. When his forces march on Fillia, Skaar is confronted by Omaka while Axeman Bone unleashes the colossal dragons that live below the city which threatens the lives of the citizens, including Axeman’s daughter Lihla. Lihla refuses her father’s help believing Skaar has good intentions. Before he can prove it, Skaar is laid low when he’s hit by the Hulk…
Skaar: Son of Hulk #9
Hiro-Kala watches as Skaar is caught between pummellings from the Hulk and the axe of Axeman Bone while the dragons destroy everything around them. Hulk forces the Red King and Axeman Bone to kneel before him and names Omaka the Red Queen of Sakaar. Skaar uses his control over the Surfer to make him blast the Hulk who beats him down and forces Skaar to explain himself. When Skaar reveals his plan to kill every killer on the planet, the Hulk facade crumbles away revealing Caiera. She orders the Surfer to take Skaar into space to meet Galactus…
Skaar: Son of Hulk #10
On Sakaar, Hiro-Kala meets ‘mother’ Caiera. In space, Skarr tries to blast Galactus only to be repelled and sent crashing back down to Sakaar, where he fails to save Caeira or anyone else as the planet begins to fall apart. But this was just a vision, and Skaar is returned to the real planet’s surface, but still refuses to let Galactus have the Old Power. If Galactus tries to take it from him, Skaar will change it and turn Galactus into an addict for the Old Power. The Surfer heads back to space as Galactus prepars to consume Sakaar. Caiera appears one last time, disowns Skaar and hurls him through the Great Portal. Galactus arrives and Caiera offers him the Old Power…

Must ReadsIssues & FalloutEvent / Crossover
War of Kings #6 (2009)
The Kree-Shi’ar War comes to an end when both Black Bolt and Vulcan are both seemingly killed by a Nega-Bomb.
Planet Skaar Prologue #1 (2009)
Skaar lands on Earth; Skaar’s non-hulked out form is revealed.

Skaar: Son of Hulk #11-12 (2009)
Skaar meets his father, clashing with both the hulk in both his ‘Worldbreaker’ and child-like personas; it’s revealed that Skaar cursed Galactus as promised.
Son of Hulk #13 (2009)
Galactus devours Sakaar and absorbs the Old Power; Hiro-Kala is revealed to also be the son of Caiera and Hulk by the spirit of Caiera; hosting the Old Power himself, Hiro-Kala takes the survivors of Sakaar to another world.

Son of Hulk #14-17 (2009-2010)
Hiro-Kala’s plan for revenge on Galactus comes to fruition; the Old Power is revealed to be an artificially-created version of the Power Cosmic; Hiro-Kala kills Queen Omaka and Old Sam; Caiera’s spirit leaves the material plane.
Incredible Hulk #601-605 (2009-2010)
Having lost his ability to transform into the Hulk, Bruce Banner takes Skaar under his wing.
Incredible Hulk #611 (2010)
Bruce Banner is able to transform into the Hulk again, prompting a rematch between Hulk and Skaar; both manage to put their differences aside.
Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk #1-4 (2010)
Hiro-Kala continues his journey, taking Axeman Bone and Lihla with him; Hiro-Kala heads to the Microverse and transforms the inhabitants of K’ai into mindless slaves; Hiro-Kala kills Lihla.

Incredible Hulk #609-611 (2010)
Axeman Bone pursues Hiro-Kila for murdering
Incredible Hulks #612-617 (2010-2011)
Skaar unofficially becomes one of the Incredible Hulks (also referred to as Team Hulk); Hiro-Kala attempts to use Kai to destroy Earth; Hiro-Kala clashes with the Hulk and the Incredible Hulks; Hiro-Kala is ultimately defeated by Skaar; Axeman Bone remains on K’ai.
Mighty Thor #6 (2011)
The Silver Surfer leaves Galactus’ service once again; the Praeter becomes the new Herald of Galactus

See how this story fits into the wider Marvel Universe continuity with these reading orders:

Notable collected editions featuring Son Of Hulk

Collected Edition TitleCollects…
Skaar: Son of Hulk: The Complete CollectionHulk Family: Green Genes #1
Planet Skaar Prologue #1
Skaar: Son of Hulk #1-12
Skaar: Son of Hulk Presents: The Savage World of Sakaar #1
War of Kings: The Savage World of Sakaar #1
Hulk – Skaar: Son of HulkHulk Family: Green Genes #1
Skaar: Son of Hulk #1-6
Skaar: Son of Hulk Presents: The Savage World of Sakaar #1
Hulk: Planet SkaarPlanet Skaar Prologue #1
Skaar: Son of Hulk #7-12

Collected Edition TitleIncludes…
War of Kings HardcoverWar of Kings: The Savage World of Sakaar #1
War of Kings OmnibusWar of Kings: The Savage World of Sakaar #1
War of Kings: WarriorsWar of Kings: The Savage World of Sakaar #1

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