Craig Saunders loved to blow things up as a kid. He accidentally blew up his high school lab when he tried to formulate a new explosive. He would join the military and become an explosives expert. His life would fall apart after an incident at National Airport. A terrorist tried to smuggle a bomb through airport security by telling them it was computer parts. Craig would shoot the terrorist and try to disarm the bomb. A hidden switch must have activated the bomb and it was going to blow in five seconds. Craig did not want to sacrifice himself so he threw the luggage towards the restroom area. The explosion ended up killing a mother and her child. The Army no longer wanted anything to do with him after the accident and he drifted aimlessly for awhile. Bruce Banner
would recruit him to be part of Project Hulkbuster.
Craig believed he could atone for his mistakes as a member of the Hulkbusters
. His first training exercise led to the death of fellow teammate, Carolyn Parmenter after he accidentally shot down her aircraft. Banner's Hulkbuster project was disbanded after Carolyn's funeral. Craig and his former teammates would be recruited by SHIELD
to form another Hulkbuster team. His stint with SHIELD would be short lived and the Hulkbuster project would be disbanded. Craig and fellow teammate Samuel LaRoquette
would get captured by the Leader
and the evil mastermind transformed both of them into Rock
Redeemer would join the Riot Squad
which acts as the first line of defense to the city of Freehold. Craig was killed in the destruction of Middletown and he was replaced by the reanimated corpse of General Ross
. A more powerful and modified version of the Redeemer armor would be used by General Ross to attack the Red Hulk
. However, General Ross was thought killed when the Red Hulk punches through the Redeemer's body armor. The Ross within the newer armor was a LMD and his death was staged by Ross himself (as the Red Hulk) and Bruce Banner. After the 'death of Ross', Banner had apparently repaired and modified the Redeemer armor and used it to protect himself against a brainwashed Rick Jones
(as A-Bomb). Yet again later, another remodeled Redeemer armor would be used by General Fortean
to attack the Red Hulk, and again unsuccessfully.