Approximately 100 years in an alternate future, the man who became known as the Maestro was caught up in a nuclear war that resulted in the deaths of most of the people on the planet, including the superheroes, and was slowly killing the whole planet. Driven mad by the radiation, he seizes control of the city of Dystopia, which he rules with an iron fist.
Maestro was created by Peter David and George Perez and first appeared in Hulk: Future Imperfect #1 (1993). He is closely modeled on the character of the Hulk, who was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
Major Story Arcs
The villainous Proteus arrives in the area while in possession of the 2099 Hulk's body. He turns his attention to the Maestro, who he intends to possess after discarding his current body. However, Maestro is warned by the Exiles, who are hunting Proteus, and is able to evade possession. During Proteus' escape Maestro's neck is broken, an injury from which he eventually recovers.
Fighting the Hulk
Maestro was unable to put down all the rebels in his city, and eventually a small group manage to use Doctor Doom's time travel device to bring the Professor Hulk forward from the past in the hopes that he will be able to defeat the Maestro. The pair clash, and while the Hulk is able to hold his own for a while, he is defeated by the Maestro's superior strength and experience. The Maestro then breaks his neck, secure in the knowledge that such a wound will heal but will take some time, and attempts to convince the Hulk that the pair should team up and rule together. Eventually he becomes aware that the Hulk is faking the severity of his injury and the pair fight again. Still outmatched, the Hulk barely defeats Maestro by sending him backwards in time to the moment that the explosion that created him occurs. Maestro is killed instantly by the gamma bomb.
The Hulk finds that he has been drawn to the ground zero of the gamma bomb not by some sort of innate homing sense, but by Maestro, whose spirit lingers on the fragments of bones left behind after his death. Maestro is able to resurrect himself through gamma radiation absorbed from the Hulk, however he is incredibly weak, and passes out almost immediately. As a consequence he is placed into the Destroyer. He fights the Hulk as the Destroyer, but is defeated after the Hulk exploits the fact that they are still technically the same person and transfers his own spirit into the Destroyer. He causes the Destroyer to destroy itself and leaves the Maestro trapped under a rockslide, presumably dead.
Powers and Abilities
As he is essentially the Hulk, he possesses all of his powers, most of which have been enhanced by constant exposure to radiation (he appeared to be far stronger than the hulk) He has extreme strength, as well as superhuman speed, durability and stamina. He possesses a regenerative healing factor that allows him to recover from many major wounds, as well as the ability to absorb radiation. He can see astral forms and is resistant to mind control. He has a genius level intellect, and is an experienced fighter.
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- Written By: Peter David
- Publisher: Berkley (July, 1996)
- ISBN-10: 1572971355
- ISBN-13: 978-1572971356
The Incredible Hulk: Pantheon Saga
Maestro appears as an antagonist.
The Incredible Hulk
Maestro appears as a playable character in this video game based on the 2008 movie of the same name. The player can download a skin to make their character resemble him after they have collected all of the tokens available in the game.