Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Artificial organism/human with massive genetic and technological tampering
Occupation: Servant of Madman, seeker of knowledge about life
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Madman, Red Skull (Johann Shmidt, creator);
It was intended to be a pawn of the New World Order;
formerly Peter Gyrich
Enemies: Hulk, Juggernaut, Perseus (Scott Shannon), many unnamed tourists in Scotland
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: The Project
Base of Operations: Loch Ness, Scotland;
formerly the Amazon Rainforest, Brazil
First Appearance: (hand only) Incredible Hulk II#403
(full body) Incredible Hulk II#407 (July, 1993)
Powers/Abilities: Piecemeal was created to be the living symbol of might for the entire criminal organization, the New World Order, and thus may possess all their powers. However, since we do not know who the members of the New World Order are, we can only base his powers on what we have seen him display.
Piecemeal had superhuman strength to an unknown degree (enough to destroy a large boat with his bare hands and fight the Hulk, but not enough to give the Hulk a real fight). He had a tail which he used as a weapon. He had the ability to shoot very powerful energy blasts, capable of hurting the Hulk. He had sharp claws with which he cut opponents and had super human leaping ability. He could apparently breathe underwater, for long periods of time if not indefinitely. His most uncanny ability is the ability to, on contact with another, morph his face's appearance to match theirs, and absorb their emotions and feelings, thoughts, and perhaps even memories. He can stop after absorbing and understanding feelings, or can continue to absorb until leaving his victim a withered husk. Piecemeal had the desire to learn and understand everything about life, and thus wanted to absorb all he could every time he encountered a new emotion.
Distinguishing features: Piecemeal's body is an apparent amalgam of several villains. As said earlier, it is unknown if this gives him their powers (see comments). His arms appear to belong modeled after Silvermane, his hands resemble Sabretooth's, his torso resembles Attuma, his face resembles the Red Skull, his right leg resembles the Abomination. His tail, beard, left leg, and waist area are modeled after unknown villains. (SEE COMMENTS)
History: (Incredible Hulk II#404 (fb)) - When the Red Skull was engaging in criminal activities in the Amazon Rainforest, Peter Gyrich sent an operative to investigate. The operative was captured by the Red Skull and transformed by a large handful of scientists into something much more; the Red Skull intended for his scientists to use this operative as raw material out of which to create an artificial being which would possess properties of all members of his new organization, the New World Order. (See comments)
(Incredible Hulk II#408 (fb)) - A group of scientists worked on creating the artificial being in a laboratory in the Red Skull's headquarters. The artificial being was dubbed Project Piecemeal. They replaced limbs and extremities, slowly transforming the operative into an unrecognizable creature. One of the scientists was actually the gamma-irradiated villain called Madman in disguise. Unbeknownst to any of the other scientists, or the Red Skull, Madman implanted a device inside of Piecemeal making Piecemeal answerable to Madman, as well as a tracking device so Madman could always find Piecemeal.
(Incredible Hulk II#403 - BTS) - The scientists constantly kept Piecemeal under constant tranquilizers to prevent his escape.
(Incredible Hulk II#403) - Piecemeal managed to slip out from under the scientists control, and he burst through a wall of the headquarters trying to escape into the outside world. However, the Juggernaut, working on behalf of the Red Skull, happened to be walking by and knocked Piecemeal back into the laboratory, rendering him unconscious with one punch. The scientists reapplied tranquilizers to him and continued their work on him.
(Incredible Hulk II#404) - During a large amount of commotion at the Red Skull's headquarters, Piecemeal managed to break out of its confinement and escape into the world.
(Incredible Hulk II#408 (fb)) - Piecemeal was amazed with the concept of being alive, since he was given life already full grown and had absolutely no experience of it. When he saw any emotion for the first time, he wanted to experience and learn it, and to understand it. Piecemeal wanted to know everything there was to know about life.
(Incredible Hulk II#405) - Piecemeal clung to the bottom of a small plane as it flew from Brazil to Europe, unseen by the pilot.
(Incredible Hulk II#407) - Piecemeal ended up in Loch Ness where he attacked several tour boats, destroying their ships and nearly drowning the passengers. Eventually, the owner of a nearby hotel named Scott Shannon, who was once a member of the Pantheon under the name Perseus, called the Pantheon and complained that a monster in the lake was attacking tourists. The Pantheon sent the Hulk (controlled by Bruce Banner) to investigate. While investigating, Piecemeal attacked Hulk, and a battle ensued. Piecemeal held his own against the Hulk for a while, using his energy blasts to hold the Hulk back, but eventually, Hulk got the upper hand. Before the Hulk could knock Piecemeal out, Piecemeal touched his hands to the Hulk's face and morphed his own face to resemble the savage Hulk's. This shocked the Hulk so much that he was knocked out from behind by Madman, who had come to Scotland to find Piecemeal.
(Incredible Hulk II#408) - Piecemeal stood with Madman while he explained himself and took several guests at Perseus' hotel hostage. Piecemeal, eager to learn more about being alive, touched the face of a near by woman and morphed his face's appearance to be like hers, absorbing her terror in an effort to understand it. He was going to absorb Perseus as well, and even kill him as Madman ordered him to, but before he could, the Hulk showed up for a rematch. While fighting the Hulk, Piecemeal shocked the Hulk again by mimicking all of the Hulk's various incarnations. However, the Hulk was able to get over his shock enough to kick Piecemeal out of the building and far away with two devastating kicks. Later on, after Madman had killed Perseus, the Hulk ran upon Madman and Piecemeal, incredibly thirsty for vengeance. Piecemeal ran toward the Hulk to try to absorb and understand his rage, but Hulk impaled Piecemeal on Perseus' spear and threw him into the lake. As he apparently died and sunk into the lake, Piecemeal said with his dying breaths that all he wanted to do was live.
(Incredible Hulk II#409) - Hulk searched the lake but could not find Piecemeal's body.
(Savage Hulk I#1) – Piecemeal was part of a large group of villains that attacked the Hulk at court in New York City.
Comments: Created by Peter David, Gary Frank, and Cam Smith .
It is unclear how the operative was transformed into Piecemeal. It was possible they killed him and used his body as parts. It is also possible they destroyed his mind and genetically and technologically altered his body in unimaginable ways. I'd guess the former because Piecemeal was so amazed with the concept of simply being alive. Still, they could have always just cleared the operative's memory.
Most of the villains he is modeled after are probably not members of the New World Order, such as Abomination, Attuma, and Sabretooth. Why he is modeled after them is uncertain. Silvermane is the only one that has been confirmed as being in the New World Order.
Even though it is unknown if he has the powers of those whom he is modeled after, it would certainly explain his apparent ability to breathe underwater and his super human leaping.
If you have any ideas what his tail, left leg,
waist, and beard is modeled after, please mail me.
I'd imagine the tail would be Dragon Man or Darkoth--Snood
An awesome character and easily brought back. It's only been about 11 years. Let's bring back Piecemeal. PAD is back on the Hulk now, I want more Piecemeal and more Madman!
Piecemeal (Gilbert Benson) - mutant, son of Harness, used by her to obtain energy of Proteus/Mutant X, merged with Proteus --New Mutants Annual#7
PIECEMEAL -MUTATE 416--X-Factor I#90
Incredible Hulk II#407 page 14 (full page)
Incredible Hulk II#408, page 22 panel 3
Incredible Hulk II#408, page 15 panel 4-6
Incredible Hulk II#403-408 (March-August, 1993) - Peter David (writer), Gary Frank (pencils), Cam Smith (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Savage Hulk I#1 (January, 1996) – Peter David (writer), Mike McKone (penciler), Mark McKenna (inker), James Felder (editor)
First Posted: 01/18/2005
Last updated: 01/02/2019
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