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Immortal Hulk #4: Review

Aug 2018
Al Ewing, Joe Bennett

Story Name:

Time of Death

Review & Comments

4 stars

Immortal Hulk #4 Review by (August 1, 2018)

Review: No Hulk in this issue but we sure do learn a lot about Walter Langkowski, a character I was largely unfamiliar with, preferring Avengers to X-Men as I do. Well, he's a pretty cool dude who turns pretty scary. Another horror tale, paralleling a werewolf yarn, and I'd like to see where this goes as the issue was largely buildup in contrast to the first three issues which presented complete stories. Wait, Hulk versus the wolfman (sort of)! Is that where we're going. Man, I can't wait—though Sasquatch seems like a kinder, gentler Wendigo, who has shown up in multiple Hulk tales. Still, this time the monster is a friend of Bruce's which will force him to pull his punches. We've seen that a lot too, mostly with Spider-Man versus the Lizard and in DC's (forgive me) Batman versus Man-Bat. So we'll wait till next time in anticipation.  

Comments: Aside from brief flashbacks, Hulk does not appear in this issue. Sasquatch made his debut in X-MEN #120-121.



Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Immortal Hulk #4 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Reporter Jackie McGee sits at the airport, arguing with her editor on the phone, trying to convince him that since the national media are now interested in the Hulk, for the Arizona Herald to stay in the game, they have to find Bruce Banner. For now, there's his college roommate Walter Langkowski arriving by air. Jackie's editor wants her to investigate a nearby Hulk sighting so she and Walter head out by car while Walt fills Jackie in on Bruce's college days. Bruce and Walt were roommates at Penn State University where Bruce was a science major, already interested in gamma rays and Walt was there on a football scholarship but also had an interest in science. Bruce tended to look down on Walt as a dumb jock who was only dabbling in science—while also buying several suits with purple pants. Some time later when he learned that Bruce had become the Hulk, Walt left football to attempt to recreate the accident that mutated Bruce, with the aid of Canada's Department H; this led to Walt's becoming Sasquatch—which he describes as “a real trip.” This causes Jackie to have a flashback to her childhood when she saw the Hulk. Walt then goes on to explain how he was possessed by a spirit called Tanaraq (no longer there). They arrive at a scene of utter chaos with a number of vans piled up in an intersection; Jackie heads to a bar where she learns that Bruce Banner was there, asking about drug dealer Noah Swanson, owner of the cars smashed up outside. Two of the customers get into an angry fight, which the bartender says is unusual for them. Walter tries to break up the fight and one of the guys stabs him in the back....

Walt is rushed into surgery and, as she waits for word, Jackie gives a statement to the police. After the detective is gone, Bruce Banner sits down next to her and explains how he and Walt have the identical gamma signature—and that they had better evacuate the hospital.... In the operating room, the surgeon pronounces Walter dead, but it is now nighttime...and Walter arises from the table as the Sasquatch—a very vicious Sasquatch...

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)

(Bruce Banner)
Jackie McGee
Jackie McGee

(Jacqueline McGee)

(Walter Langkowski)

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