Classification: Technological weapon
Creator: Unrevealed (presumably whoever created and/or led the Death's Heads that arrived on Sakaar via the Great Portal)
User/Possessors: Father Emperor (Angmo the First), Imperial Guard of Sakaar, Red King (Angmo-Asan);
formerly the Death's Head Warguard
Victims/Targets: Eleha'al vines, Hiroim the Shamed of the Shadow People, Hulk (Bruce Banner) of Earth, Elloe Kaifi of the Sakaaran Imperials, Korg of the Kronans, Miek of the Sakaarian natives, No-Name of the Brood, Lavin Skee of the Sakaaran Imperials, Spike race, the entire city of Umegus
First Appearance: Incredible Hulk III#94 (June, 2006)
Powers/Abilities/Functions: While their power source, nature, and destructive potential are not clearly described, they are highly destructive weapons, capable of harming (but not incapacitating) even an enraged Hulk.
They were usually dropped from Imperial Dreadnoughts, which typically were stocked with eight Deathfire Bombs.
They could be outfitted with chemical and biological warheads for maximum damage
(Planet Hulk: Gladiator Guidebook#1: Imperial Technology: Imperial Dreadnought (fb) - BTS) <536 post> - The Deathfire Bombs were first discovered aboard the Death's Head flagship that arrived on Sakaar via the Great Portal, presumably after the ship had been brought to Okini.
(Planet Hulk: Gladiator Guidebook#1: Sakaar: Geography: The
Wastelands (fb) - BTS / Planet Hulk: Gladiator Guidebook#1: The Imperials: The
Emperor) <540 Post>
- The Father Emperor, Angmo the First, ordered the Death's Head
Warguard to use their ship to attack the Spike-controlled Capital City
Umegus with Deathfire Bombs outfitted with biological warheads.
Although the attack led to the Spike's ultimate defeat and ended the decades-long war, it also permanently destroyed the surrounding environment, transforming the beautiful land of Umegus into what would become known as the Wastelands.
All that remained of the former capital city and its province was a desolate, 400-mile-wide circular blast radius surrounding the point where the Deathfire Bombs struck.
(Planet Hulk: Gladiator Guidebook#1: Imperial Technology: Imperial Dreadnought (fb) - BTS) - The Father Emperor used Imperial Dreadnoughts (and presumably numerous Deathfire Bombs) against the Fillians until they developed sufficient anti-aircraft defense to prevent the Dreadnoughts from flying too deep into Fillian territory.
(Incredible Hulk III#94) - When the Hulk's gladiatorial team -- Hiroim the Shamed of the Shadow People, No-Name of the Brood, Hulk (Bruce Banner) of Earth, Elloe Kaifi of the Sakaaran Imperials, Korg of the Kronans, Miek of the Sakaarian native, and Lavin Skee of the Sakaaran Imperials -- returned to the Great Arena, the Red King had an Imperial dreadnought drop a deathfire bomb on the gladiators.
The Hulk leapt into the air and intercepted the bomb, sparing the other gladiators from the brunt of the explosion, although Lavin Skee lost an arm and perished in the subsequent battle.
(Incredible Hulk III#94 - BTS) - The announcer/commentator/etc. was shocked, exclaiming that it was "...unbelievable. That was a precision Deathfire bomb, detonated in the middle of the Great Arena in the center of Crown City...against gladiators armed only with their shields and swords. That was a gross violation of the rules. I've never...never seen..."
And a pair of Imperial Guardsmen relieved the announcer of his microphone and then took him away...
(Incredible Hulk III#94 - BTS) - Having survived the explosion, the Hulk led his allies to victory, and the survivors -- Hiroim, No-Name, Hulk, Elloe Kaifi, Korg, and Miek -- united as (the) Warbound.
(Planet Hulk: Gladiator Guidebook#1: Imperial Technology: Imperial Dreadnought (fb) - BTS) - The Emperor's advisors assured the public that the bombing raid was the work of rogue Fillian-sympathizers within the Imperial Guard.
(Skaar: Son of Hulk#2/2) - A group of Imperial refugees arrived on the valley of Eleha'al, and they were welcomed and told the story of the Green Scar.
The hungry refugees fed on the fruit from the Eleha'al vines.
The Red King then bombed the Eleha'al valley.
The Eleha'al vines absorbed the deathfire from the explosion and flourished.
However, as one of the Natives exhorted this as evidence of the Sakaarson, the vines impaled and slew him.
As the Native screamed and presumably perished, the Eleha'al vines continued to swiftly grow, and the Imperials and others present fled.
Comments: Created by Greg Pak, Carlo Pagulayan, and Jeffrey Huet.
Profile by Snood.
The Deathfire Bomb should be distinguished from:
images: (without ads)
Incredible Hulk III#94, pg. 10, panel 2 (dropped from dreadnought);
panel 4 (Hulk leaping to intercept bomb);
panel 6 (explosion in Great Arena)
Incredible Hulk III#94 (June, 2006) - Greg Pak (writer), Carlo Pagulayan (penciler), Jeffrey Huet (inker), Nathan Cosby (assistant editor), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Planet Hulk: Gladiator Guidebook#1 (July, 2006) - Anthony Flamini & Greg Pak (writers), Carlo Pagulayan, Aaron Lopresti, Ladronn, Ryan Sook, Alex Maleev, Lucio Parrillo & James Raiz (resource artists), Jim Calafiore (new art), Jen Grunwald & Mark D. Beasley (associate editors), Michael Short (assistant editor), Jeff Youngquist (editor)
Skaar: Son of Hulk Presents – Savage World of Sakaar#1 (November, 2008) - Greg Pak (writer), Timothy Truman (penciler, inker), Jordan D. White (assistant editor), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
First posted: 08/29/2018
Last Updated: 06/28/2022
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