It’s no secret I love The Immortal Hulk which is proven by the number of perfect scores I’ve given the series. Sticklers still might argue the series hasn’t given us a lot of new info on Hulk’s place in the universe or how he’s “immortal”, but haters can calm down. Big changes are afoot and it might start to make sense if you can stomach getting to the last page.
So what’s it about?
Read our preview.
Why does this matter?
The newly minted Gamma Force is on Hulk’s tail, he just punched a red Absorbing Man and it did nothing, and Hulk is having a serious skinny jeans day. The character is going through a lot of stress guys, and we’re about to see what he can do when he’s weakened but wants to Hulk out so hard.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Joe Bennett is possibly the best gore artist in comic books today. This issue is evidence of that. Impressive body horror at its finest is on display, like Absorbing Man being split down the center with only his dangling skeleton and skull remaining. Even Hulk’s skinny body, reduced to nothing thanks to Absorbing Man’s new power to steal his gamma radiation, is horrific to look at. This series has done an incredible job shifting the Hulk from an ideal ripped body to something you can’t look at for more than a second. Which makes sense, since this is a horror show for Bruce Banner, so why not embody that visually? That way we can understand why he hates being the Hulk.
And boy does it suck being the Hulk, especially once you get to the last page. I won’t spoil it here, but it’s starting to become much more clear why Hulk came back to life. This has been an excellent horror story from the start, but things might get even more frightening in the following issue. Ewing blends this ending with the build-up well getting characters in the right place and revealing a Hulk that is in real pain (for once!).
It can’t be perfect can it?
This is a quicker read with the script leaning heavily on the art. That said, the art even takes a bit of a break, like in a page with five panels and a bunch of black space. This issue is basically a continuation of the fight scene in the previous issue, some table setting, and then a reveal. It takes place in all of a few minutes in the story.
Is it good?
Horror fanatics need this in their life like they need Clive Barker, John Carpenter, and Stephen King. This is the real deal and then some with art so damn scary good I’m sure it’ll be popping up on people’s skin in the form of tattoos. It’d be a great way to honor such a fantastic run.
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