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Immortal Hulk #45: Review

Apr 2021
Al Ewing, Joe Bennett

Story Name:

Ready or Not

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

Immortal Hulk #45 Review by (April 7, 2021)

Review: Each cast member gets a couple of pages to shine and it actually seems to advance the plot a little bit. Again, I’m carried along by the character drama and weirdness, not sure I’m getting everything Al Ewing is telling us but it’s a fun ride.  

Comments: There’s a reference to St. Peter David beer, a nod to the celebrated former Hulk writer. The inkers are Ruy Jose and Belardino Brabo.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Immortal Hulk #45 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Betty Ross Banner is on the Staten Island Ferry when she smells Gamma, transforms into Red Harpy, and flies off….

In New Jersey, the U-Foes (Vector, Vapor, X-Ray, Ironclad) stand over the burnt skeleton of the Hulk, celebrating their victory and waiting to see if he returns for a round 2….

The emaciated Hulk and Joe Fixit are trapped Below, unable to open the Green Door. The Leader, merged with the One Below All, announces his plans to make them his servants and unleashes a horde of vicious little monsters on them….

In New Mexico, Shaman is helping Jackie McGee understand what she is now seeing, referring to them as ghosts but he recognizes two souls together—Rick Jones and an unidentified younger man—locked in the distorted version of Rick’s body. Jackie is not happy with her new power and Puck is no help….

Inside the bunker, Charlene McGowan is helping Doc Samson (in Sasquatch’s body) locate his original body but it’s gone….

Two miles away, Samson’s body hitches a lift from an attractive motorist and introduces himself as Walter Samson….

Below, Bruce Banner is trapped in the belly of the beast as Hulk and Joe Fixit battle monsters. Joe transforms into the Red Hulk and smashes everything up….

In Jersey, the U-Foes watch in horror as Hulk revives—as the huge and powerful creature he has always been and spoiling for a fight….

Joe Bennett
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)
Doc Samson
Doc Samson

(Leonard Samson)
Gray Hulk
Gray Hulk


(Bruce Banner)
Jackie McGee
Jackie McGee

(Jacqueline McGee)
Red Harpy
Red Harpy

(Betty Ross)

Plus: Gamma Flight, Ironclad (Michael Steel), Puck, Shaman, U-Foes, Vapor (Ann Darnell), Vector (Simon Utrecht), X-Ray (Jimmy Darnell).

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