Today’s article is a long time coming from one of The Daily P.O.P.’s most prolific and verbose posters, Zeno. Zeno has been developing his theories on the relationship between the Old Power and the Enigma Force for some time in his posts to The Daily P.O.P. blog. Here is part one of that research.
Please welcome Zeno to the fold, I am happy for the company!
Speculations on the Old Power
This article is about the ‘old power’ first seen in the Planet Hulk storyline and later shown in other series such as World War Hulk and Fall of the Hulks. This is intended as companion article to Gary Miller’s Hiro Kala primer. Readers uncertain of events mentioned here should read that article for information.
Planet Hulk and the Shadow People
The first time we learn about the old power is in Greg Pak’s Planet Hulk story line. In this story the Hulk was exiled from Earth and came to the planet Sakaar through a wormhole that exists in Skaar’s solar system. The planet itself has three main races living on it: the red skinned Imperials, the gray skinned Shadow People and the insect like Natives. Of these three only the Natives were born on this planet. The Imperials and the Shadow People came from origins that are lost to antiquity. The Imperials could have evolved from the Shadow People but this is uncertain. These facts will be important later.
Only the Shadow People are capable of using the Old Power. It is something that their bodies can channel. It is also of a geological nature and affects the plates of the planet. Also interesting is the fact that the ‘Old Power’ has a bluish color.
These facts all come from Planet Hulk.
Son of Hulk Part 1
In the ongoing Son of Hulk series that lasted for 17 issues more was learned. We see that Caiera the Old-Strong, the Hulk’s deceased wife, as a soul survived. She also has a awareness of what is going on anywhere on the planet. Also a ability to change and shape the planet’s surface to a limited degree. The geological nature of the old power is further emphasized. The immortal aspect is less certain. Later in the series we learn more about the Old Power. It came from ancient technology that the Shadow People brought to Sakaar and it is related to the Power Cosmic. Later in Son of Hulk the elderly Shadow men called Old Sam explains that the wormhole itself was created from the Old Power. He also later confirms that was a power invented to mimic the power cosmic that beings like the Silver Surfer use. The Shadow People have colonized other planets such as Gauisar and used this artificial power to control the planets and run the technology. However there is something unstable about it and it does not always work right. This leads to the questions where did the Shadow People come from and when was this power discovered?
The Greg Pak series about the Hulk’s former teammates from Planet Hulk, the Warbound, sheds more light on the Old Power. We see the power can transfered from one person to another when one who possess the power dies. Hirom the Shamed transfered his power to Katherine Waynesboro at the end of the Warbound. The significance will be shown.
Realm of Kings
In the Son of Hulk Realm of Kings tie-in we learn of a few more things about the Old Power. There is a connection between the Old Power and the Microverse we learn this from the captions in issue 1. The Hulk’s other son known as Hiro Kala, is accidently teleported to Jarella’s world instead of the Hulk. It there that he makes these observations. Strangely enough, he says a number of times that Jarella’s world itself does not contain the Old Power. We see in the series that Hiro wants to remove the Old Power from the microverse.
What is the Old Power?
It is safe to say that it is related to the enigma force or perhaps the engima force itself. The attributes of being scientific power and yet one that can be possessed and passed on to others is similar what the enigma force does in other comics. It leads to other possibilities about the Shadow People. Either the Shadow People were from the Microverse and came to the regular universe or they are natives of our universe who found a way to channel it. This has been done before.
In fact the Old Power is very similar to the Uni Power. This is a energy from the microverse that can posses people and give them super powers. The similarities are striking. First the Uni power gives off a bluish color. Not significant in itself.
Second it is something that a person can store in their body and be transfered to another person. The geological nature of the power comes from the fact that many microverse planets have worldminds. I admit this similarity is less certain. However I read that in recent Spider-Man issues the Captain Universe power was used to heal the plates beneath the earth,very similar to how the Old Power is used.
Do the worldminds of microverse planet all have the enigma force power in them? It is a possibility. Though in a later article I will show it does not appear to be the case with Jarella’s world. The fact this power is not part of the regular Marvel Universe could be explain why it is unstable also. There is another similarity between the Uni Power and Old Power that will be discussed in the next section.
Captain Universe 2005 series
In 2005 a mini series about the Captain Universe power was released. There are two things interesting about the series. In the first part Bruce Banner and the Hulk become possessed by the Captain Universe power. This is the second time this has happened. The first time was in Hulk annual 10. What is more significant is the fact that throughout this story we are told that something has been weakening its power the series ends without the source of this disturbance being found. It is very possible that the disturbance is caused by the use of the Old Power. Yes, it has been used for centuries. However the drain could be a cumulative effect so it affected the Uni Power gradually. It was only noticed recently because it’s use has reached significant amounts.
The final piece of the puzzle involves involves the Death’s Head robots.
Death’s Head 3.0
The Death’ Head robot’s made a few brief cameos in the Planet Hulk story and are mentioned in the Planet Hulk guidebook. The origin of them is unknown but like the Hulk they came to Planet Sakaar through the Wormhole created by the Old Power. More is explained about them in the Unnatural Selection story that ran through Amazing Fantasy Vol2 issues 16-20. We learn that one of the Death’s Head robots that the Warbound brought back from Planet Hulk was studied by AIM and the research was led by the Bruce Banner’s college girlfriend Monica Racupcinni. Yet another Hulk connection.
The story takes place a century from now.
The details of the story are not important. What is important is the fact that the Death’s Head robots channel the Uni Power of Captain Universe. Also of interest is the fact Maronitte and Commander Rann have a Death’s Head robot on their team that they found floating through the microverse. Could he have become stranded because of mistake in attempting to access the Uni Power? Of course this still leaves the question of where the Death’s Head robot’s were created? Since the Death’s Head robots were seen in the final issue of Modok’s 11 and the fact that Modok took over AIM at the end of this issue one has to wonder how Modok or AIM itself has already found out about this.
The final point is that both the Hulk and the Death’s Head robots have had contact with the either the Uni Power or the Enigma Force. Perhaps the wormhole being constructed from the Uni Power/Enigma Force attracts objects that have that energy within them. It might not be mere coincidence that the Hulk landed on the planet Skaar. And perhaps Hiro Kala’s own old power energy explains why he, instead of his father was teleported to Jarella’s Planet.
More speculation on the upcoming Hulk titles in later articles.