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Immortal Hulk #8: Review

Nov 2018
Al Ewing, Joe Bennett

Story Name:

His Hideous Heart

Review & Comments

Rating:
4.5 stars

Immortal Hulk #8 Review by (November 7, 2018)

Review: We all know “You wouldn't like me when I'm angry” but here we discover that a smiling Hulk is enough to fill one with terror. And this is the most gruesome episode by far, with Hulk trapping his gloating enemy on the inside (and what happens to Clive when Hulk becomes Banner again?). The worst part may be the new take on the transformation to Banner: whereas earlier comics just had him shrinking and turning pinkish, this one looks like something out of THE THING (John Carpenter version) for over the top gooey gruesomeness. The horror continues and I really like this new take on the Hulk.

Comments: Title taken from Edgar Allan Poe's “The Tell-Tale Heart” which is quoted by Dr. Clive.





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Immortal Hulk #8 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

At Shadow Base, the captive Hulk has been dissected to the glee of head scientist Dr Clive. The monster's heart has been bisected with an adamantium scalpel wielded by a hydraulic arm yet when the halves are brought into proximity with the rest of Hulk, both start beating again. Clive mocks Hulk who responds with the middle finger from a disembodied hand. Clive is really enjoying all of this, finding out how Hulk works....

Aboard the Alpha Flight space station, Captain Marvel is giving an interview to reporter Jackie McGee, providing an anonymous quote questioning the government's secretive handling of the Hulk problem and designed to make Banner's captors uneasy. Carol names Walter Langkowski (formerly Sasquatch as of issue #5) head of the new Gamma Flight, tasked with locating Hulk....

Learning of this new task force, General Fortean calls Dr Clive and puts the pressure on, demanding the secret base be moved. Clive goes back to Hulk who, oddly, is smiling at him; Clive loses his cool until he realizes Hulk has been playing him: everything they learn about Hulk, Hulk learns too. The Green Giant smashes out of all of his glass jars at once, and the pieces begin to draw together and reassemble themselves—trapping Clive on the inside. Hulk notes that when Bruce Banner is harmed, he takes it personally. Clive's aide returns to find Hulk and the doctor missing, with a giant hole torn in the floor....

Unable to track the Hulk (because he's underground), Langkowski asks for Jackie's help in finding the fugitive monster...

...who surfaces in New Mexico at dawn, transforming back into Bruce Banner, who knows Hulk has taken a life...and he hears his father laughing....


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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)
Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel

(Carol Danvers)
Hulk
Hulk

(Bruce Banner)

Plus: Jackie McGee (Jacqueline McGee).