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Immortal Hulk #2: Review

Jul 2018
Al Ewing, Joe Bennett

Story Name:

The Walking Ghost

Review & Comments

Rating:
4.5 stars

Immortal Hulk #2 Review by (July 4, 2018)

Review: The Hulk Horror comic continues with Hulk prodding Bruce into investigating weird crimes that only the Green Goliath can detect—and avenge. And the Bible quote from Job 2:4 (spoken by Satan in that context). “All that a man hath will he give for his life...” is appropriate for Dr Frye, who wanted to conquer death and became death. And his punishment in an endless prison really drives the point home. The series continues on its promising path, though the formula could become a bit stale after awhile so I hope Al Ewing can find a way to vary it a bit. And Bennett/Jose's art is still aptly scary.

Comments: Bruce refers twice to Hawkeye's shooting him with the special arrow during CIVIL WAR II, showing it left a mark on his psyche. Typical inside joke: a diner called Buscema's after artists John and Sal.





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Immortal Hulk #2 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Bruce Banner has a recurring nightmare of the day the gamma bomb exploded and thinks of the “walking ghost” phase, when he feels healthy though he is already as good as dead. He awakens on a bus and feels the Hulk inside telling him to get off at a certain small town. Bruce has a meal at an all-night diner and spots a newspaper headline describing a series of mysterious deaths. He asks about this at a bar and an old guy gives his theory that it is a chain of grief: as people die and are buried, their mourners come down with the same mysterious malady, creating an endless chain of grief. The first victim was popular high school football star Del Frye whose father is a scientist, working with radiation....

Bruce visits Del Frye's grave and senses a lethal amount of gamma radiation emanating from the site. He calls the EPA for an emergency response team but they don't believe him—until he gives his name. On their way into town Hulk had spotted a green glow from a mountain cave. As the sun goes down, Bruce climbs to that cave and discovers a number of dead bodies—and he is confronted by Dr Frye, emaciated and glowing green. Frye tries to kill Bruce to keep his whereabouts secret but Bruce becomes the Hulk and forces Frye to reveal what happened. After the death of his wife, Frye had a crisis of faith, seeing nothing beyond the grave. So he started work on a means of prolonging life, based on Bruce Banner's work with gamma radiation. He injected himself with the formula and felt much better almost immediately. He then injected his son, who collapsed to the floor and died within seconds. Frye burned the formula and soon was exhibiting the same symptoms in a walking ghost phase but more slowly, likely because he had built up a small immunity during his researches. Hulk points out the irony: Frye wanted to conquer death and now he is death: everyone who visited Del's grave walked away with a fatal dose of radiation; when those people died, the mourners at their gravesides were infected, in an endless chain of grief. Hulk doles out his punishment, tearing off Frye's arms and legs and dropping him in a deep pit for eternity....

When the EPA emergency team opens a grave, they find the corpse still alive and glowing a deadly green....


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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)