Classification: Extraterrestrial (designed on planet Sirus X, Milky Way galaxy; active on Sakaar, Tayo system, Fornax galaxies) technological item (airship)
Creator: Unrevealed workers on Sirus X
User/Possessors: Caiera, Hiroim the Shamed, Hulk (Bruce Banner), Imperials, Imperial Guard of Sakaar, Elloe Kaifi, Korg, Miek, No-Name of the Brood, Lavin Skee, Primus Vand;
various associates of the Red King, as well as others willing and able to pay for tickets to ride...almost exclusively Sakaarian Imperials
First Appearance: Incredible Hulk III#93 (May, 2006)
Powers/Abilities/Functions: Like the other Pleasure Cruisers on Sakaar, the Dreamskipper was equipped with every luxury and innovation that an Imperial could want. Staffed by a large workforce of domsestic slaves and servbots, the crew attended to the passengers' every need.
On the Dreamskipper's lower deck is a grand casino equpped with wall-to-wall viewboxes where the wealthiest of the Imperial upper-class wagered large sums of silver squares on the results of gladiator matches and sometimes even -- prior to the Red King's downfall -- on the outcomes of the Red King's war (also known as the Emperor's War).
Featuring a large portal window on each side, the Dreamskipper's largest room is the Main Banquet Hall, located on decks 9 through 11, where bountiful feasts were served to dignitaries and other esteemed guests of honor. Decks 14 and 15 house a wide array of luxury shops and spas. Decks 8, 12, and 13 featured elaborate, multi-layered, outdoor observation decks adorned by a cascade of balconies. The remaining decks consist primarily of broad hallways lined with the curtain-covered, circular entrances to the Dreamskipper's many private rooms.
The Dreamskipper typically travel at low altitudes and speeds, and its maximum capacities are undocumented.
Prior to the Red King's defeat and various traumas to Sakaar, the Dreamskipper and other Pleasure Cruisers were constantly seen rocketing across Sakaar's skies at low altitudes. Used primarily for entertaining the Red King's cronies as well as high-ranking government oligarchs and their families, Pleasure Cruiser tickets were also available to the wealthy Imperial merchants who could afford them.
Pleasure Cruisers were more often than not flown to the locations of gladiator battles fought outside the walls of the Crown City, after which the Cruiser's captain often invited the victorious gladiators on board to mingle with its passengers.
Pleasure Cruisers were also often flown to remote, unsettled regions of Sakaar where their passengers could observe exotic wildlife unblemished by modern civilization.
Length: 345 meters
Height: 169.5 meters
(Planet Hulk: Gladiator Guidebook#1 (fb) - BTS) - Like the other Pleasure Cruisers, the Dreamskipper was constructed on the planet Sirus X in the Milky Way galaxy, a planet known as a haven for gambling and debauchery, and manufactured at the behest of Pro-Boscis the Procurer, an intergalactic brothel owner and procurer of carnal pleasures.
(Planet Hulk: Gladiator Guidebook#1 (fb) - BTS) <558 post; 8 years before the Hulk's arrival on Sakaar> - Seven Pleasure Cruisers (including the Dreamskipper) were enveloped by the Great Portal while en route from Sirus X to their intended destination in the orbit of nearby planet Kotzwinkle and crash landed on Sakaar before Pro-Boscis ever saw his newly constructed ships.
When acquired by Imperial engineers, the Cruisers were still in surprisingly good condition. Only their ion propulsion engines were destroyed by the Portal, forcing engineers to replace them with substitute engines that were not powerful enough to achieve orbit. When the prospect of transforming the Cruisers into military vessels by outfitting them with weapons and armor was deemed too costly, the Red King decided to use them for the purpose for which they were created: Entertainment.
The Pleasure Cruisers in short order became the most well-known symbols of aristocratic power and excess amongst the Imperials.
(Planet Hulk: Gladiator Guidebook#1 (fb) - BTS) <560 post; 6 years before the Hulk's arrival on Sakaar> - One Pleasure Cruiser was shot down near the southern Fillian border.(Incredible Hulk III#93) - Following the defeat of the Eggbreaker and its band of Wildebots, the group of gladiators that would later become the Warbound -- Hiroim the Shamed, Hulk (Bruce Banner; aka "Green Scar"), Elloe Kaifi, Korg, Miek, No-Name of the Brood, Lavin Skee -- were treated to a feast (apparently Trizelle?) aboard the Imperial Pleasure Cruiser "Dreamskipper."
Gladiatorial trainer Primus Vand told Skee he had been chosen by a group of Imperial females. Interested, Skee departed to enjoy their company; Caiera, the Warbound Shadow of the Red King, watched the Hulk from behind a curtain, and their eyes met as Vand was led away. Caiera reported to the Red King about the threat of the "Green Scar," though he was unconcerned.
The Sakaarian Democratic Insurgency assaulted the Cruiser, telling "Green Scar" they fought for him and asked if he would fight for them.
(Incredible Hulk III#94 - BTS) - Unwilling to ally with the rebels as he suspected they would turn against him later, the Hulk allowed the Sakaarian Democratic Insurgency to be captured or slain by the Death's Head Warguard. Afterwards, Elloe Kaifi chose to be taken away with the captured insurgents rather than remain with the Hulk and other gladiators.
(Incredible Hulk III#94 - BTS) - Soon after, Skee returned alongside one of his romantic pursuits, wondering what had happened and where Elloe was.
(Incredible Hulk III#94) - Later, aboard the Dreamskipper as it passed over the ruins of the rebel city I'tjam, Korg tried to soothe Skee, who argued passionately against the tyrannical Red King's reign.
Vand interrupted, telling the group the team their fight with the Wildebots made the premiere viewbox feed, and the Imperial League had taken notice. He advised them to get some sleep, as tomorrow they would hit the big time.
Skee followed in silences as Vand led the team back to their quarters, all the while telling the Hulk of his potential. The Hulk found Caiera waiting in his chambers; after a brief sparring, she offered to buy him and take him to the steppes, so he could live in peace.
Unwilling to believe or accept this, the Hulk continued in to enjoy the company of a pair of Sakaarian Imperial women.
Comments: Created by Greg Pak, Carlo Pagulayan, and Jeffrey Huet.
Profile by Snood.
The Dreamskipper should be distinguished from:
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Incredible Hulk III#93, story pg. 21, panel 2 (feast);
#94, pg. 4 (Dreamskipper, main image);
pg. 5, panel 1 (chambers/halls)
Incredible Hulk III#93-94 (May-June, 2006) - Greg Pak (writer), Carlo Pagulayan (penciler), Jeffrey Huet (inker), Nathan Cosby (assistant editor), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Planet Hulk: Gladiator Guidebook#1 (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)
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
First Posted: 01/07/18
Last Updated: 01/07/18
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