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Immortal Hulk #1: Review

Jun 2018
Al Ewing, Joe Bennett

Story Name:

Or is He Both

Review & Comments

Rating:
4.5 stars

Immortal Hulk #1 Review by (June 6, 2018)

Review: Oh my. That Alex Ross cover is scary—and we seem to have the Hulk becoming a horror comic, a nice twist that we haven't seen since the earliest days, according to writer Al Ewing in his essay. This Hulk looks to be a dark avenger (lower case), seeking out people's lies and their guilt and he judges. This seems like a nice change... and the issue itself is quite well done: darker (a kid gets killed, of course it's darker) and more intense. This Hulk rises from the dead regularly, when the moon comes out (another callback to the earliest Hulk comics) to track down the guilty—and Hulk's confrontation of the robber is terrifying. Bennett's and Jose's art certainly tells the story well, in a cinematic style. I very much want to see where this goes....

Comments: Cover is a homage to INCREDIBLE HULK #105. First appearance of Detective Gloria Mayes and reporter Jackie McGee; I'm guessing at least the latter will be a regular character since her name recalls Jack McGee, the reporter who was always on the Hulk's trail in the 1970s INCREDIBLE HULK TV series. Issue includes an essay from writer Al Ewing introducing his new take on the character.





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Immortal Hulk #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

At a gas station convenience store in the Southwest, a nervous robber panics and shoots a young girl, a quiet man, and the counterman, fleeing with his gain. Later, Detective Gloria Mayes tells reporter Jackie McGee about it, and the unlikeliness of catching the killer....

That night in the morgue, when the moon comes out, one of the shooting victims stirs, and a large green hand moves under the sheet....

At a local bikers' hangout, the hold-up man, Tommy Hill, dissolving into tears over the killings, hands the money over to the gang, repaying part of the debt he owes them. They do not sympathize with his position, instead demanding the rest of the money. A loud noise warns the gang that someone is after them—as a huge green hand takes them all down. Tommy himself comes face to face with the Hulk, massive and more fearsome than ever; Hulk tells him the name of the little girl he killed and taunts him with how powerful a gun makes him feel. Tommy begs for mercy, “I'm not a bad guy, am I?” Hulk replies, “What do you think?”

Later, Detective Mayes tells Jackie McGee about the missing body from the morgue (and the hole in the wall), the beaten and bruised bikers, and the critically injured Tommy Hill confessing to the murders. Mayes tells Jackie that the mysterious assailant is the Hulk, speculating that even though Bruce Banner was killed, the Hulk cannot die....

Elsewhere, Bruce Banner looks into a mirror and asks, “I'm not a bad guy, am I?” and asks the Hulk, “What do you think?”


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Joe Bennett
Ruy Jose
Paul Mounts
Alex Ross (Cover Penciler)
Alex Ross (Cover Inker)
Alex Ross (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)
Hulk
Hulk

(Bruce Banner)

Plus: Jackie McGee (Jacqueline McGee).