hulk2099-6375-eisen-face.jpghulk2099-6375-prepos HULK
of Earth-6375 circa 2099 A.D.

Real Name: John Eisenhart;
    possessed by Proteus/Kevin MacTaggert of Reality-58163

Identity/Class: Alternate future reality (Earth-6375) human mutate;
    possessed by extradimensional mutant (Reality-58163)
    true identity known to authorities

Occupation: (Hulk) vigilante, warrior;
    (Eisenhart) Concept hunter, lawyer;
    (Proteus) Predator; would-be conqueror

Group Membership: Formerly Lotusland Entertainment

Affiliations: Gawain, Quirk (Naomi Soon-Li Torrijos-Washington), Keisha Schultz-Valdez, Ty, Audra Weissman;
    Proteus (Kevin MacTaggert) of Reality-58163 possessed and was part of him for an extended period; his allies included (all presumably formerly after learning his true nature): Jordan Boone of Reality-6375, Rick Jones of Reality-9200, Squadron Supreme of Reality-712 (Dr. Spectrum/Joe Ledger, Hyperion, Nighthawk/Neal Richmond, Power Princess/Zarda, Skrullian Spymaster (Skymax), Whizzer/Stanley Stewart);
    he had some connection to everyone Proteus-58163 had possessed in the past.

Enemies: (Reality-928) Jordan Boone, Knights of the Banner (Aeneas), Dr. Phil, Stark-Fujikawa, Sweet Dreams security;
   
Proteus (Kevin MacTaggert) of Reality-58163;
    Gawain continued to see the Hulk as an enemy;
   
Keisha Schultz-Valdez consistently selfishly manipulated others, and she was more than willing to betray John and/or the Hulk as it suited her goals;
    possibly
Mall-Trolls, O-Fnz One, Sweat Tech virtual reality sports center, Water God;
    while possessed by Proteus: Exiles (Blink/Clarice Ferguson of Earth-295, Heather Hudson/Sasquatch of Earth-3470, Longshot of the Mojoverse, Morph/Kevin Sidney of Earth-1081, Power Princess/Zarda of Reality-712, Sabretooth/Victor Creed of Earth-295, Spider-Man/Miguel O'Hara of Reality-6375); Maestro of Reality-9200, New World Order of Reality-712

Known Relatives: Marian Eisenhart (sister), unidentified parents.

Aliases: Unrevealed

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    formerly Earth-9200;
    formerly Earth-712;
    formerly Lotusland, California, Earth-928 circa 2099 AD;
    formerly Hollywood, California

First Appearance: Exiles#75 (March, 2006)

hulk2099-6375-prot-energyPowers/Abilities: The Hulk possesses superhuman strength, which increased with his rage (lifting up to at least 150 tons). Extremely durable, he is bulletproof, can withstand powerful explosions at close range, and can regenerate from injuries.

    He can leap hundred of feet and run hundreds of miles without appreciably tiring.

    He has sharp teeth and sharp claws on both his hands (which have three fingers and a thumb) and feet (which have four toes).

    He may have enhanced olfactory senses (sense of smell).

    He will transform from Eisenhart to Hulk, or vice versa, at will, although rage can spur the change; by turning his rage back on himself, the Hulk could force himself to revert to his human/powerless form. Further, Eisenhart can resist the change.

    Though willing to fight savagely, the Hulk retained his normal intelligence, although he had a more noble personality than his more self-serving and manipulative human self.


hulk2099-6375-eisen-upperEducation:  Law degree

Height: (Eisenhart) 6'3"; (Hulk) 12'
Weight: (Eisenhart) 170 lbs.; (Hulk) 1500 lbs. (he decreased in mass while being possessed by Proteus)
Eyes: (Eisenhart) blue (sometimes colored brown); (Hulk) red irides with yellow sclera (sometimes colored green)
Hair: (Eisenhart) blond; (Hulk) dark green (nearly black)

History: See Hulk-928 (2099 AD) profile for early history, and see comments.hulk2099-6375-prot-full

(Exiles II#75 (fb) - BTS) - Stark-Fujikawa's entertainment division developed an opening in Osaka, and they chose John Eisenhart to fill it.

(Exiles II#75 (fb) - BTS) - Stark-Fujikawa arranged to meet Eisenhart in New York City. As Lotusland had sought an account with Stark-Fujikawa, John Eisenhart happily agreed to meet with them in New York City's Jack and Lou's restaurant, at which he had always wanted to dine anyway.

(Exiles II#75 - BTS) - Proteus of Reality-58163 (who had possessed the form of Reality-15731's Justice (John Tensen)) traveled to Reality-6375 (see comments) circa 2099 AD via Jordan Boone's Virtual Unreality warp/portal and then directed Boone to find a powerful form that could survive Proteus' possession for a long time period. Accessing restricted files, Boone learned the location of the Hulk and led Proteus to him.

(Exiles II#75) - Eisenhart met with Stark-Fujikawa representatives at Jack and Lou's, but when he began to discuss his planned lineup of holovid shows for their fall season, the S-F representatives clarified that they were not in the entertainment sector but rather in the personnel department's acquisitions division: They had an opening in Osaka, and their superiors had chosen him to fill it. As their armored agents surrounded Eisenhart and they made it clear they were not taking no for an answer, Boone and Justice/Proteus approached the building, and Proteus sensed the Hulk's power, considering that he wouldn't burn it out for weeks.

    Having warned his dinner partners that they were in for a nasty surprise, Eisenhart transformed into the Hulk, who crushed the group's leader's hand as he noted that his sickly sack of fear counterpart was letting him close the deal. Screaming in agony, the leader ordered his men to open fire, to know avail, as the Hulk smashed them out throught the buildings glass doors. Proteus approached the Hulk, noting that the Hulk was his real self, and Eisenhart was the monster whom the Hulk used to his own ends. As the Hulk wondered who this stranger was and how he knew so much about him, Proteus explained his telepathic powers and warned of the twist of fate coming for the Hulk.

(Exiles II#75 (fb) - BTS) - Proteus abandoned his Justice form and possessed the Hulk.

(Exiles II#75) - As the Exiles (Blink, Longshot, Morph, Sabretooth) arrived alongside Spider-Man 2099, the Hulk ambushed them, swatting Morph and Sabretooth away and then clapping his hands and knocking away Longshot after his spikes had bounced off the Hulk's powerful hide.

    Proteus/Hulk then taunted Blink, noting he retained the memories of the Exiles' Mimic (Calvin Rankin) of Earth-12, whom she had loved. Proteus then warped the entire Stark-Fujikawa building into monstrous form.

(Exiles II#76 - BTS) - Proteus/Hulk had the Stark-Fujikawa building spit out Morph and Sabretooth where they joined Spider-Man and Longshot, leaving only Blink inside.

(Exiles II#76) - Proteus/Hulk expressed his attraction to Blink (a result of his possession of Mimic), and after she rejected him, he expelled the rest of the people from the building, with the exception of Jordan Boone. Noting how the strength of Mimic's feelings was affecting, he asked if they could just talk.

    Jordan Boone advised their departure before Stark-Fujikawa returned with resources even Proteus/Hulk should fear. Proteus was unconcerned, but then Longshot broke back in, disrupted Proteus' powers with his luck field, and allowed Blink to teleport herself and him out of the building. hulk2099-6375-prot-teleport.jpg

    Stark-Fujikawa Specialists soon arrived, but the Hulk made short work of them. When Spider-Man tried to grab Boone and flee with him, the Hulk grabbed Spider-Man by the neck and unmasked him in front of numerous Public Eye cameras.

    Tyler Stone spoke to Proteus via a Public Eye, offering to help solve his problem of always needing newer bodies, after which Stark-Fujikawa head Hikaru-Sama, Pixel head Eduardo DeVargas, and Doom 2099 made counter offers. Spider-Man and Boone advised the Hulk that all of these beings would try to control or contain him and make him their lab rat. Deciding against working with any of these groups, the Hulk considered that Spider-Man's advice had earned him his life, and he teleported away to another reality.

(Exiles II#77) - Proteus/Hulk arrived on Earth-712, helping them defeat the Global Directorate's Blue Eagle shock troops. Having requested an audience with Hyperion, Proteus/Hulk -- via Mimic's memories -- told the Squadron that he was referred to them by Beak (Barnell Bohusk), whom Hyperion had previously aided against the evil Hyperion of Earth-4023. The Hulk further told the Squadron that he was being hunted by the Exiles, earning the Squadron's sympathies. When the Exiles arrived and attacked Proteus/Hulk, the Squadron opposed the Exiles. Having accomplished his goals, Proteus/Hulk departed the dimension, after which the Squadron defeated and captured the Exiles.

(Exiles II#78 - BTS) - Ultimately the Exiles convinced the Squadron of their innocence and helped them expose the Global Directorate's fixing of elections to take power. The Exiles departed, with the Squadron's Power Princess joining them to help take down Proteus.

(Exiles II#79 (fb) - BTS) - Proteus/Hulk arrived on Earth-9200 and met with Rick Jones. Proteus was impressed the Jones was unphased when he explained he was from another reality.

(Exiles II#79 (fb) - BTS) - Learning of Proteus/Hulk's destination, the Exiles traveled there and met with the Maestro, preemptively warning him about Proteus/Hulk.

(Exiles II#79) - Jones told the Hulk his world's history and armed him with a weapon to take down the Maestro, wrapping it in cloth and leaving a hole near the trigger so its metal nature wouldn't bother Proteus. Jones also provided Proteus with a schematic of the Maestro's fortress and a device to guide him straight to the Maestro's reception hall; and that being big and green meant that everyone would get out of his way, regardless of any difference in his appearance.

    When Proteus/Hulk walked right up to the Maestro, he noted how he had expected to fight his way in, but that the guards hadn't even questioned him. Smiling, the Maestro informed Proteus (calling him by name) that he had ordered his guards to let him pass. After the Exiles revealed their involvement, Proteus nonetheless fired his weapon into the Maestro, but Blink then teleported away his weapon.

    Knocking away the Exiles with the force of a handclap, Proteus/Hulk leapt atop what appeared to be the fallen Maestro (actually Morph posing as him) and tried to possess him, only to be painfully rejected by the metal in Morph's head. After Spider=Man webbed over Proteus' face, Proteus' wild swings shattered pillars, collapsing the roof on them.

    However, when Power Princess threw one of Longshot's blades into the Hulk's chest, she failed to recognize this was the shadowed Maestro, and the Maestro decided he no longer wanted to work with them.

(Exiles II#80) - Recovering as the Maestro battled the Exiles, Proteus/Hulk attacked the Maestro when he knocked out Blink, whom he still considered "his girl." Having learned of Proteus's weakness to metal, the Maestro tried to pound Proteus with his elbow, but Proteus dodged and then caught Maestro from behind and off balance and snapped his neck, aware that this would be a paralyzing but non-fatal trauma for the Maestro.hulk2099-6375-prot-depart.jpg

    In preparation for taking over the Maestro's body, Proteus plotted to remove his metal arm bands, but was briefly distracted by the Maestro's guards, whom Proteus promptly slew. Longshot jumped in Proteus' path, his luck powers disrupting Proteus' reality warp, and when Proteus raised up his arms to smash Longshot, Morph smashed Proteus back. Appreciating that Morph was mostly size and show, rather than strength, Proteus punched Morph through a wall and then assaulted his form with his reality-warping powers. When Longshot again disrupted his reality warping-power, Proteus briefly abandoned the Hulk's form, causing it collapse, and tried to take over Longshot's. Agonized by the metal implant within Longshot's skull, Proteus retreated back to the Hulk's form. Hoping to capitalize on Proteus' weakness, Morph rushed him, but Proteus smashed him in the face, the force of the blow deforming Morph's head and physically knocking the metal out of Morph. Before Morph could react, Proteus abandoned the Hulk's form, which collapsed in apparent death, and took over Morph before warping away to another dimension.

Comments: Created by Tony Bedard, Jim Caliafore, and Mark McKenna.

    This story was pretty cool, up to the point where the Hulk 2099 broke the Maestro's neck...I guess he could have just totally caught him off guard, but the Maestro was significantly stronger than the modern Hulk (Bruce Banner), and Hulk 2099 never seemed anywhere near as strong as Banner. Plus, at the time he fought the Maestro, Hulk 2099 was already starting to become emaciated (skinny) as Proteus was consuming his life force. Again, I guess Proteus may have totally caught him off guard...and/or maybe the Maestro wasn't as powerful as he later became (he got stronger from soaking up radiation over time).

    You can review the Hulk's history in Hulk of Earth-928 circa 2099 AD, as they should share a common history up to the point of diverge, which may be Proteus' arrival in Reality-6375.
    Problematically, the Hulk's identity isn't a secret to the Public Eye, per SM2099's comments, and yet he's also not a fugitive, since he's still working for Lotusland. So either Public Eye figured it out early but decided not to share the info (plausible - Alchemax aren't altruists, so they could be saving the info for potential leverage at a future date when it might be useful, either to blackmail Eisenhardt or as a bargaining chip in a future deal with Lotusland), or we have an earlier divergence than the arrival of Proteus.
--Loki


Chronology Courtesy of C...Loki:

Jordan Boone is present, and he is discounting the chance of his portal being able to reach Valhalla to an underling, and not yet Loki 2099, so it takes place prior to Spider-Man 2099 I#15, when the whole Asgard saga kicked off. If we use publication dates as a rough indicator as to which issues are happening concurrently (I know that's not entirely reliable, but I figure it works as a initial option for comparison), then we are looking at Hulk 2099 debuting in July 1993's 2099 Unlimited and the Asgard saga starting in January 1994, which gives us a window of only the first three issues of 2099 Unlimited in terms of Hulk appearances, and roughly SM2099 I#9 through the start of #15. This also seems to fit with Doom 2099's brief appearance, offering Proteus sanctuary in Latveria, which iirc he retook after Tiger Wydle's defeat in Doom 2099#4, published April 1993.

    For what it's worth, if this is a divergence caused by Proteus, then presumably main/Reality-928's  Hulk 2099 needs an additional BTS appearance - he would have gone on the trip to a dinner meeting in New York with Stark-Fujikawa as diverged Hulk does, but it would have been less eventful, with no bodystealing gatecrashers, just an attempt to forcibly recruit him stopped by his Hulk form.

    Additional - since Boone doesn't meet Miguel O'Hara until SM2099 I#11, and knows him in Exiles, it's after that. Again, publication months place this in September 1993. More to the point, in SM2099 I#12, Boone is working on the portal we see him working on in Exiles II#77, and there's a symmetry to that portal bringing in the Net Prophet (New Universe Justice) in SM2099 and bringing in Proteus in Justice's body in Exiles. Given Thanatos doesn't turn up, I don't think we can say these are the same events playing out with the difference simply being Justice being possessed this time round, but I think we could place this as between SM2099 I#11 and 12 for SM, Boone, Tyler Stone and all at Alchemax.

    For Hulk 2099, the villain in 2099 Unlimited#4 makes comments about Fall of the Hammer, placing it too late for our purposes, confirming that the only gaps that fit for Hulk 2099 are between 2099 Unlimited#1 and 2, or 2 and 3, or 3 and 4. If we use publication dates as a tie-breaker, then between 2 and 3 (October 1993 and January 1993 respectively) ties in with between SM2099 I#11 and 12 (September and October 1993 respectively).

    By the way, the Exiles eventually used one of Reality-712's Behavior Modification devices to make Proteus only able to access Morph's memories/personality, effectively restoring Morph to existence. I feel like there was a later encounter with Proteus, but I don't recall it off the top of my head.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Hulk of Earth-928 circa 2099 A.D.
should be distinguished from:


images: (without ads)
Exiles II#75, pg. 13, panel 2 (Eisenhart face);
       pg. 14, panel 3 (Eisenhart upper);
       pg. 15, panel 1 (Hulk upper, pre-possession);
       pg. 21, panel 1 (full, standing over Blink);
          panel 4 (energy unleash);
    #76, pg. 5, panel 1 - if room, with Blink, energy tendrils);
       pg. 20, panel 3 (teleport, warp);
    #80, pg. 18, panel 3 (Proteus abandoning Hulk);
          panel 4 (dead Hulk face)


Appearances:
Exiles II#75 (March, 2006) - Tony Bedard (writer), Jim Caliafore (penciler), Mark McKenna (inker), Sean Ryan (assistant editor), Mike Marts (editor)
Exiles II#76-78 (April-May, 2006) - Tony Bedard (writer), Jim Caliafore (penciler), Mark McKenna (inker), Sean Ryan (assistant editor), Nick Lowe (associate editor), Mike Marts (editor)
Exiles II#79 (June, 2006) - Tony Bedard (writer), Jim Caliafore (penciler), Mark McKenna (inker), Sean Ryan (assistant editor), Nick Lowe (associate editor), Mike Marts (editor)
Exiles II#80 (July, 2006) - Tony Bedard (writer), Paul Pelletier (penciler), Rick Magyar (inker), Sean Ryan (assistant editor), Nick Lowe (associate editor), Mike Marts (editor)


First posted: 5/18/2019
Last updated: 5/18/2019

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