Real Name: Louis "Lou" Lembert

Identity/Class: Human (gamm) mutate

Occupation: Former minion of the Leader (Samuel Sterns)

Group Membership: Formerly the Riot Squad (Jailbait/Jess Harrison, Ogress/Dianne Davids, Omnibus/Burt Horowitz, Redeemer/Thaddeus Ross, Rock/Samuel LaRoquette, Soulman/Jason McCall)

Affiliations: Jailbait (Jess Harrison), the Leader (Samuel Sterns), the U-Foes (Ironclad/Michael Steel, Vapor/James Darnell, Vector/Simon Utrecht, X-Ray/Ann Darnell);
Rick Jones

Enemies: Armageddon (Arm'Cheddon), the Avengers (Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff, Masque, Swordsman/Philip Jarvert, Thor Odinson, Vision/Victor Shade), the Hulk (Bruce Banner), Hydra, Omnibus (Burt Horowitz), the One Below All, the Pantheon (Achilles, Atalanta, Hector, Paris/Nathan Taylor, Ulysses/Walter Charles), Troyjans

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    formerly a small town in South Dakota;
the Freehold, New England, beneath the Columbia Ice Fields of Alberta, Canada;
    formerly Middletown, Arizona

First Appearance: (Lou) Incredible Hulk II#345 (July, 1988);
Incredible Hulk II#366 (February, 1990)

Powers/Abilities: Hotshot can project potent energy blasts from his fingertips. These energy blasts typically appear as concussive force, although on at least one occasion they also appeared to burn their victim. hotshothulk-face-blasting

    Hotshot fires these blasts with a high degree of accuracy, and he appears to be able to continue firing indefinitely, rather than running out of energy after repeated usage. His energy blasts' range (how far they travel before dissipating) has not been revealed.

    Many gamma mutates have proven able to be reborn after dying, but it is unrevealed whether Hotshot will demonstrate this abiltiy or not.

Height: Unrevealed (perhaps 5'10")
Weight: Unrevealed (perhaps 165 lbs.)
Eyes: Portrayed as black or green
Hair: Green (blond prior to becoming a gamma mutate)

hotshothulk-pre(Incredible Hulk II#345) - Louis Lembert was a teenager living in Middletown, Arizona. Lembert was dating fellow high school student Jess Harrison, whose parents disapproved of the relationship. Frustrated at being kept apart from each other, Lambert and Harrison planned to leave Middletown and run away together. However, mere hours before they left the town, the Leader detonated a gamma bomb in Middletown, destroying the town and killing nearly all its inhabitants.

(Incredible Hulk II#346) - Lambert and Harrison both were among the few survivors of the destruction of Middeltown, and they were mutated and empowered by the gamma radiation. The United States military detained Lembert and Harrison, along with three other survivors, and began transporting them in an armored truck. The Leader commandeered the truck and drove away with the five Middletown survivors in tow.

(Incredible Hulk II#366 (fb) - BTS) - Mutated by the gamma radiation, Lembert gained the ability to shoot energy blasts from his finger tips. Lembert took the name Hotshot and, together with the other Middletown survivors as well as the anti-Hulk Rock and Redeemer, began serving the Leader as a member of the Riot Squad. The Riot Squad took up residence in the Leader's Arctic base, Freehold.

(Incredible Hulk II#366) - The Leader transported the Hulk (who was dying of poison at the hands of Madman) to Freehold. Upon his arrival, the Hulk was attacked by the Riot Squad, including Hotshot. The Riot Squad's superior numbers soon had the Hulk at a disadvantage. The Leader, however, ordered the Riot Squad to cease their attack. The Leader then informed the Hulk of his true motive for transporting him to Freehold: The Leader perceived Madman as his and the Hulk's mutual enemy, and he offered to send the Hulk to Madman's location.

(Incredible Hulk II#367) - Hotshot was present as the Leader teleported the Hulk to Madman's location.

(Incredible Hulk II#397) - The Leader sent the U-Foes to invade the Pantheon's headquarters, the Mount. Following the U-Foes' initial assault, the Leader teleported in with Hotshot and the rest of the Riot Squad to continue the attack.

(Incredible Hulk II#398) - Hotshot joined the Riot Squad and the U-Foes in a battle against the Hulk and his Pantheon allies. Hotshot briefly fought with Ulysses, and was eventually knocked unconscious by the Hulk. The battle ended when the Leader and Agamemnon announced that they had reached an agreement.

(Incredible Hulk II#399 (fb)) -  Hotshot was present as Agamemnon explained that he had agreed to provide the Leader with the Pantheon's aid in defending Freehold against the forces of Hydra, much to the Hulk's consternation. The Leader then teleported Hotshot and the rest of the Riot Squad back to Freehold.

(Incredible Hulk II#400) - Hotshot and Jailbait showed Rick Jones (whom the Leader had manipulated into alliance) around Freehold, and Hotshot expressed his belief in the Leader's work and mission. Later, Hotshot participated in the defense of Freehold against the attacking forces of Hydra. During the battle, Hotshot was shot by Hydra forces and badly injured. Jailbait tended to him as the battle continued around them. The conflict ended when the Hulk intervened and threw the Leader into the Soulman's revivification machine, the Deus Ex Machina, causing an explosion that rocked Freehold.Riot Squad image

(Incredible Hulk II#401) - Hotshot recuperated in a medical facility within Freehold. Following the Leader's apparent death, Omnibus approached Hotshot and Jailbait concerning Omnibus' taking over leadership of Freehold and its inhabitants.

(Incredible Hulk II#438) - Hotshot and Jailbait walked around Omnibus' laboratory and looked at his experiments. Omnibus entered the lab and shouted at Hotshot and Jailbait to leave.

(Incredible Hulk II#439) - Hotshot and Ogress attacked the Hulk when he arrived in the outskirts of Freehold. The Hulk quickly subdued Ogress and threatened to break her in half if Hotshot did not lead him into Freehold. Hotshot complied, bringing the Hulk into Freehold and to an audience with Omnibus.

(Incredible Hulk II#440) - Hotshot learned that Omnibus (apparently possessed by the Leader's consciousness) was behind a series of terrorist attacks, which he had committed in the name of a fictitious "Alliance." Hotshot rallied the people of Freehold and angrily confronted Omnibus about his involvement with the attacks.

(Avengers I#397) - Hotshot and Jailbait inspected the site near Freehold where the Hulk had recently battled Thor, and where the United States government had detonated a nuclear device. The Avengers came upon the scene as they searched for Thor and the Hulk. Hotshot and Jailbait fled, but the Avengers quickly subdued them and brought them aboard the Avengers' Quinjet. Hotshot explained to the Avengers that Omnibus had acted alone in initiating the recent terrorist attacks, and that the people of Freehold would ensure that justice was served. Hotshot refused to reveal the location of Freehold to the Avengers out of concern for the privacy and safety of its residents. Hotshot informed the Avengers that Omnibus's last bomb was set to detonate in St. Louis, and the Avengers rushed to defuse it, bringing Hotshot along with them. Upon exiting the Quinjet, Hotshot was incapacitated by one of the Leader's humanoid robots, which was also carrying the bomb. The Avengers freed Hotshot, and Vision transported the bomb to detonate harmlessly in the upper atmosphere. The Avengers then took Hotshot and Jailbait back to Avengers Mansion. However, the two quickly escaped.

(Incredible Hulk II#441) - The people of Freehold put Omnibus on trial for his role in orchestrating the terrorist attacks, with Hotshot presiding as judge. Omnibus was unrepentant, and the jury quickly found Omnibus guilty.

(Incredible Hulk II#442) - Hotshot, Jailbait, and other inhabitants of Freehold transported Omnibus just south of the Arctic circle. There, they stripped Omnibus of his clothes and sent him into the frozen wastes to die of exposure.

(Incredible Hulk II#464 (fb) - BTS) - Hotshot participated in the defense of Freehold when the alien Troyjans and their leader Armageddon invaded. Their resistance was soon overcome, and the Troyjans occupied Freehold.

(Incredible Hulk II#464) - Hotshot and Jailbait explained to General Thaddeus Ross how the Troyjans came to occupy Freehold, and expressed their hopelessness at the situation.

(Immortal Hulk I#3 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, Hotshot and Jailbait left Freehold.

(Immortal Hulk I#3) -  The One Below All possessed Jailbait, causing her to lose control over her abilities. Hotshot restrained Jailbait, tying her to a chair, and then leaving to seek help. Hotshot believed Jailbait had been possessed by a demon, and entered a church in a small town in South Dakota, seeking a priest's assistance to perform an exorcism. Hotshot held several civilians hostage inside the church as he sought the priest's assistance. Before long, the Hulk arrived, broke Hotshot's hands, and knocked him unconscious. Hotshot was arrested and taken to a holding facility for metahumans. Later, after learning that Jailbait had been found dead and that he was suspected of murdering her, Hotshot hanged himself in prison.

Comments: Created by Peter David, Todd McFarlane, and Jim Sanders.

    Lou's last name was revealed in the Hulk 2005's Riot Squad entry.

    This profile was completed 6/12/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Stunner.

Hotshot has no known connections to:

images: (without ads)
Incredible Hulk II##345, page 12, panel 2 (original appearance prior to gamma mutation);
    #400, page , panel (mostly full, with Riot Squad)

    438, page 6, panel 3 (face; firing blasts)
Immortal Hulk I#3, page 2, panel 5 (main)

Incredible Hulk II#345 (July, 1988) - Peter David (writer), Todd McFarlane (penciler), Jim Sanders III (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#346 (August, 1988) -
Peter David (writer), Todd McFarlane and Erik Larsen (penciler), Jim Sanders III (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#366 (February, 1990) - Peter David (writer), Jeff Purves (penciler), Marie Severin (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Incredible Hulk II367 (March, 1990)
- Peter David (writer), Dale Keown (penciler), Marie Severin (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#397 (September, 1992) - Peter David (writer), Dale Keown (penciler), Mark Farmer (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#398 (October, 1992) -
Peter David (writer), Dale Keown (penciler), Mark Farmer (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#399 (November, 1992) - Peter David (writer), Jan Duuresma (penciler and inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#400 (December, 1992) - Peter David (writer), Jan Duuresma (penciler and inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#401 (January, 1993) - Peter David (writer), Jan Duuresma (penciler), Brad Vancata (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#438 (February, 1996) - Peter David (writer), Angel Medina (penciler), Robin Riggs (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#439 (March, 1996)
- Peter David (writer), Angel Medina (penciler), Robin Riggs (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#440 (April, 1996) - Peter David (writer), Angel Medina (penciler), Robin Riggs (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Avengers I #397 (April, 1996) - Terry Kavanaugh and Howard Mackie (writers), Mike Deodato Jr. (penciler), Tom Palmer (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#441 (May, 1996)
- Peter David (writer), Angel Medina (penciler), Robin Riggs (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#442 (June, 1996) - Peter David (writer), Angel Medina (penciler), Robin Riggs (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#464 (May, 1998) - Peter David (writer), Adam Kubert (penciler), Joe Kubert (penciler and Inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Immortal Hulk I#3 (July, 2018) - Al Ewing (writer), Guy Bennett (penciler), Paul Hornschemeier (pencils and inks), Garry Brown (pencils and inks), Marguerite Sauvage, Ruy Jose (inker), Tom Brevoort and Wil Moss (editors)

First posted/submitted: 09/20/2021
Last updated: 09/19/2021

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