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Immortal Hulk #14: Review

Mar 2019
Al Ewing, Kyle Hotz

Story Name:

We Only Meet at Funerals

Review & Comments

Rating:
3.5 stars

Immortal Hulk #14 Review by (March 6, 2019)

Review: Guest artist Kyle Hotz provides a wonderful gallery of Betty Ross scowling, which she does throughout the issue. The story mostly consists of Ross' funeral with Betty's snide commentary, Bruce spilling his guts over his regrets, and stuff that is mainly setting up later developments (the Shadow Base bits). And strangely for this title, nothing happens that couldn't have happened in any other Hulk comic, not what we've come to expect from this title. At least there's no mystical speculation going on. . Okay issue but not that compelling.  

Comments: General Ross' first death was in INCREDIBLE HULK #330; the second time was in FALL OF THE HULKS: GAMMA; the latest death was in CAPTAIN AMERICA (2018 series) #6 with Cap being accused of his murder. The Bible reading at Ross' funeral is from Job 40. Betty joined the Order of the Shield in RED SHE-HULK #67; Doc Green took away her Red She-Hulk powers in HULK (2014 series) #8.





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Immortal Hulk #14 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Betty Ross Banner attends her father's third funeral (see Comments), pondering his complicated legacy. Tony Stark speaks at the memorial service and seems at a loss for words; he invites anyone in attendance to speak and General Reginald Fortean stands. He pays tribute to Ross, his mentor, and utters veiled threats against Betty, knowing she is harboring Bruce Banner....

At Shadow Base, the lab staff are working on a secret project to rebuild some mystery figure from only about 100 pounds of remains, a project that weighs on their consciences....

At the graveside, an unidentified figure mutters about the funeral being held in the rain. Tony Stark tries to apologize to Betty for the Avengers' action against the Hulk (issues #6-7) and offering her a ride on his jet; she refuses, citing the death ray he unleashed on a town (also #7). She flies home pondering her mixed feelings about her father and finds Bruce waiting on her doorstep. Despite all of the negative emotions in her head she runs to him and kisses him, then brings him inside where they can be safe, with a tiny statue that blocks psychic and remote viewers. Meanwhile, General Fortean has Bushwacker (Carl Burbank) waiting outside, preparing to kill Banner when he gets the shot. Burbank says he can shoot Banner though Betty, killing both of them but Fortean does not want that. Bruce pours out his suppressed grief to Betty, especially over Rick Jones while she suppresses her questions about his and Hulk's behavior over the last several months (including his involvement in the Secret Empire). As the sun goes down, Burbank, bitter over his adventure in Hell with Hulk (issues #9-13), fires—hitting Betty in the head. Bruce becomes Hulk in an instant, crashing through the wall and Burbank shoots him in the head—which puts a huge hole in the green man's head but doesn't slow him down. Hulk can't die at night (and neither can Betty, Fortean informs us). Burbank insists he can fight Hulk but a mystery figure grabs him and hurls him away as the newcomer—Doc Samson, summoned earlier by Betty—confronts Hulk....


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Kyle Hotz
Kyle Hotz
Paul Mounts
Alex Ross (Cover Penciler)
Alex Ross (Cover Inker)
Alex Ross (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Betty Ross
Betty Ross

(Elizabeth Ross)
Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)
Doc Samson
Doc Samson

(Leonard Samson)
Hulk
Hulk

(Bruce Banner)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

Plus: Bushwacker (Carl Burbank), General Fortean (Reginald Fortean).