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Immortal Hulk #20: Review

Jul 2019
Al Ewing, Joe Bennett

Story Name:

Metatron

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Immortal Hulk #20 Review by (July 3, 2019)

Review: Another dark and intense issue with the discovery that this Hulk doesn't mind killing which will interfere with the official (and unlikely) position that Hulk has never killed anyone. But then they tried to make the claim many years ago that Captain America, a professional soldier mind you, never killed anyone either. So, killer Hulk and I will be honest...the Kabbalah stuff lost me long ago but Al Ewing is evidently enamored of that ancient Jewish mystical tome to supply texture to his epic but I hope it all becomes clear eventually.

Comments: Metatron, according to the Kabbalah, is the name Enoch received after he was transformed into an angel. Ruy Jose, Belardino Brabo, and Marc Deering are credited as inkers. The coda is credited to Al Ewing (writer), Brian Level (artist), Paul Mounts (colorist).





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Immortal Hulk #20 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Bruce Banner in a hellish wasteland broken by green lightning faces the demon who resembles his father Brian Banner. Banner tells him that Bruce is home there, the source of gamma, an emanation of the divine. And he adds that he isn't alone there and then Bruce spies his late mother walking away; Bruce calls to her but she does not turn. His cries awaken...

...the Immortal Hulk, finally healing from the damage caused by the new Abomination and the Red Harpy (last issue), and he beats the Abomination to keep him from harming Betty, the Red Harpy. Betty tears out Rick's stomach to prevent him from using its acid as a weapon. Hulk asks reporter Jackie McGee why she is there. She explains that she came to interview Betty and everything went crazy but that's just the Hulk's world. Two war wagons dispatched by General Fortean arrive and open fire on Hulk who protects McGee while Abomination tries to tear Red Harpy's head off. She flies into the sky and tears him open, dropping onto a war wagon just as it is about to deploy bright lights to trigger Hulk's transformation. Hulk then punches that war wagon into the other one, causing them both to explode. McGee mentions Amadeus Cho's theory that Bruce Banner was always subconsciously preventing Hulk from killing anyone; Hulk responds that it makes sense...for the other Hulks. He rips open Abomination to discover a skeletal Rick Jones in a fetal position. Then Alpha Flight arrives, leading Fortean to order his men out of there. The Canadian team (Sasquatch, Puck, Titania, Absorbing Man) joined by Doc Samson surveys the wreckage and tries to determine what happened. Doc Samson spots the Red Harpy on a distant rooftop....

An emaciated Bruce Banner stands on a tiny asteroid where the angel Metatron asks who he is and what he will become....

Coda: General Fortean is summoned by his monitors who show him that Thunderbolt Ross' grave has been torn apart—from the inside....


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Joe Bennett
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)
Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)
Doc Samson
Doc Samson

(Leonard Samson)
Hulk
Hulk

(Bruce Banner)
Sasquatch
Sasquatch

(Walter Langkowski)

Plus: Abomination (Rick Jones), Alpha Flight, General Fortean (Reginald Fortean), Jackie McGee (Jacqueline McGee), Puck, Red Harpy (Betty Ross), Titania.