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Immortal Hulk #16: Review

Apr 2019
Al Ewing, Joe Bennett

Story Name:

It's Joe

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Immortal Hulk #16 Review by (April 3, 2019)

Review: Rick Jones's autobiography, musing on the natures of monsters, provides some interesting counterpoint to the story. I don't always follow what Al Ewing is getting at in his Hulk tales; sometimes it doesn't become clear until much later, but the implications are always horrific and this one is no different. Who is Joe? Joe Fixit? Joe Bennett? And why is his name the surprise ending/title of the tale? Wait a month and we'll all find out together.

Comments: “I've seen the movies; the Bat Guy always wins.” Is Hulk making a Batman joke?





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Immortal Hulk #16 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Rick Jones is recalling the first time he saw the Hulk, Bruce Banner's original transformation scaring him out of his wits [And now we see his body at Shadow Base B being covered with a glowing green substance] and slapping him across the room....

Reporter Jackie McGee is reading Rick's memoir and her editor interrupts, asking for a news story to keep the paper in the forefront of the Hulk saga. Jackie is hesitant because of the trauma of her visit to Hell (issues #10-13) but he presents her with a lead to follow up: the destruction of the home of Betty Ross-Banner (issues #14-15). While she stands there silently, he informs her that the newspaper is going national, all on the strength of her Hulk reporting....

Bruce Banner and Doc Samson arrive in New Mexico, at the site where Hulk escaped from Shadow Base (issue #8). Bruce feels guilty for Rick's murder by the Secret Empire and wants to atone by finding his body, stolen by “men in black.” The sun sets and Bruce becomes Hulk once again; he and Samson enter the tunnel Hulk dug and they find gamma-irradiated monsters in the base: a bear, a dog, and a bat.…

Elsewhere, as General Fortean supervises the procedure being done on Rick Jones' corpse he gets word that Hulk and Samson are at Base A; he gives orders to spring the trap....

At Betty's house, Jackie interviews the police detective at the scene; he tells her that the evidence shows that someone was shot in the house (unlikely to have been by the Hulk) and that whatever broke down the wall left behind a huge red feather. Meanwhile, Betty, now in the form of a red Harpy, watches them from the treetops....

Hulk and Samson fight the monsters and when they are defeated, suddenly lights come on: UV radiation, mixed with visible light, forcing Hulk to transform back into Banner. Fortean's hit man Bushwacker shows himself and shoots Doc Samson in the head. He follows that up by shooting Bruce through the gut. Bruce hides as the villain stalks him through the base but suddenly, Banner changes, getting a sinister grin and saying his name isn't Bruce Banner—it's Joe....


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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)
Doc Samson
Doc Samson

(Leonard Samson)
Harpy
Harpy

(Betty Ross)
Hulk
Hulk

(Bruce Banner)
Red She-Hulk
Red She-Hulk

(Betty Ross)

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