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Immortal Hulk #15: Review

Mar 2019
Al Ewing, Joe Bennett

Story Name:

The Holy or the Broken

Review & Comments

3.5 stars

Immortal Hulk #15 Review by (March 20, 2019)

Review: Not sure why this issue exists: it's mostly a conversation between a confused Doc Samson and a surprisingly chatty Hulk. The highlight is the summary of Samson's recent (i.e. post-death) career; the lowlight is Hulk being enigmatic. The battle between the two guys while Hulk's brain injury heals is another remarkable sequence. But very little actually goes on—just the implications that Betty and Rick are still alive. One good thing: Hulk still looks scary.

Comments: The title is also the title of a book by Alan Light about Leonard Cohen's song “Hallelujah;” Doc Samson also has a Cohen album in an early flashback. The Severin Memorial Cemetery (with the initials M and J on the gates) is named after Marvel stars Marie and John Severin, the latter of whom is the co-creator of Doc Samson.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Immortal Hulk #15 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Doc Samson relates to Hulk the story of his death and return: he was killed battling MODOK and the Leader (INCREDIBLE HULK #610), sacrificing himself to save the world; he then battled the Chaos King (INCREDIBLE HULK #619) and then...he was crawling out of this grave and didn't know why. Only SHIELD, Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) and a few others knew he was back. He deliberately stayed away from Bruce Banner, especially while Amadeus Cho was Hulk.). He met Betty Ross Banner at Rick Jones' grave (Rick was executed during the SECRET EMPIRE event) and they renewed their friendship. But now Hulk is back and Betty called Doc Samson in and now Samson is trying to reason with Hulk, who has a huge hole shot in his head by Bushwacker and is a bit irrational. Doc mixes it up with Hulk while the head wound slowly heals and Hulk slowly becomes more rational. Hulk tells Samson that Bushwacker killed Betty but when they go into the house, her body is gone. Hulk fills in Banner's story: he arranged his own murder (via Hawkeye—in the CIVIL WAR II event) and that made him worse, joining Hydra during the Secret Empire days. Now Hulk has it all under control, only coming out at night. As they move along, Samson deduces that he is talking to the Devil Hulk, which the big green guy acknowledges—adding that he wants to end the human world. As everything is getting worse, Hulk's desire to end the world may leave someone alive. Now they've arrived at a cemetery, Hulk assuring Samson that Betty is okay. Instead Samson should be asking why all of the dead Gamma people are suddenly alive—as they come to Rick Jones' grave to find it empty too....

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Doc Samson
Doc Samson

(Leonard Samson)

(Bruce Banner)

Plus: Bushwacker (Carl Burbank).

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