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Immortal Hulk #12: Review

Jan 2019
Al Ewing, Joe Bennett

Story Name:

All on That Day

Review & Comments

Rating:
4.5 stars

Immortal Hulk #12 Review by (January 23, 2019)

Review: Again we see the horrific childhood of Bruce Banner but also learn something of his father's miserable upbringing that contributed to it. I almost feel sorry for Brian Banner...almost. A lot sorrier for Rebecca B who is on the margins of this comic book. But I really want to see Hulk, even in his emaciated form, go toe to toe with the One Below All (who has fingers but might not have toes). Still a grim tale with an undercurrent of sheer horror running underneath it all.

Comments: Eric Nguyen did the pencils and inks for the flashbacks. The title comes from the traditional spiritual “Sinnerman” about the inevitability of God's judgment; the most famous version was recorded by Nina Simone.





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Immortal Hulk #12 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

As with Hell in the last issue, the plot of this issue pauses periodically for a definition of the Devil: in Zoroastrian lore, he is called Angra Mainyu, the opposite to good, who has the ability to do good but chooses to do evil. In the Old Testament Book of Job, Satan is the accuser, testing Job. In the philosophy of Anna Kingsford, Satan is the keeper of the door to Hell.

Young Bruce is berated by his drunken father, as his mother tries ineffectually to intervene. Brian Banner hurls a glass of liquor at the boy while mocking the science toys he plays with. When Brian leaves, Bruce uses the glass to smash his toys to pieces, cutting himself in the process.

The emaciated Hulk is in Hell with Jackie McGee and smashing the remains of the Red Hulk into pieces. Jackie calms him down and asks to speak to the devil Hulk who she realizes is in charge of Banner's multiple personalities....

The shade of Brian Banner explains how he grew up in a home without love and how he found love with Rebecca while becoming an authority on gamma radiation. He posited a third form between particle and wave and dreamed that it was seeking him. He went home in fear to his wife, who revealed she was pregnant. When Bruce was born, Brian felt that he had been replaced in Rebecca's love and now he was trapped down there by the monster that possesses his son. The thing from his dream had been using him as a host personality but now it has Hulk for that....

Climbing the mountain, Puck and Absorbing Man see the One Below All, a giant monster with a large mouth, as Jackie and the Hulk see it too. Jackie calls it the end; Hulk replies “He's not the end of the world...because that's who I am.”


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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.

Absorbing Man
Absorbing Man

(Crusher Creel)
Hulk
Hulk

(Bruce Banner)

Plus: Jackie McGee (Jacqueline McGee), Puck.