Immortal Hulk is back this week and it’s time to tango with the Avengers. Get ready for a knockout punch to each of our favorite superheroes from the jade giant who appears to be possessed with something quite evil.
So what’s it about?
Read our preview.
Why does this matter?
Al Ewing has been writing an amazing Hulk series, going all in with the horror themes. It has made this character quite fascinating due to his side game of being a hero while also being a monster like no other. This issue goes full force in showing just how powerful, and horrific, this series can be.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Joe Bennett is quickly becoming my favorite artist working today. The fact that he took last issue off only makes this issue more striking. Visually speaking this issue has it all for superhero fans and horror fans alike. Hulk basically fights each Avenger hand to hand and we get to see how powerful the character can be, especially when he’s in no way trying to be good. This is a Hulk that will break the world if he feels like it. Bennett excels at drawing Hulk’s face in extreme close ups, which is an element that keeps this book grounded as a horror comic. There are horror visuals that are delightful too, especially on the last page, and the action has an intensity that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Inks by Ruy Jose keep the visuals darker in tone, further making the action feel like it belongs in an Eerie magazine. This issue also capitalizes on double page layouts, widening the visuals and making them feel more cinematic.
Ewing makes a lot of great choices, ever so slightly turning the conventional superhero battle on its head. Usually in an Avengers vs. Hulk fight, you have heroes spouting one-liners and dodging hits with ease. Instead, we get Thor seriously looking worried about his ability to defend himself. We’ve got Tony Stark’s usual ego about how good his tech can be in a fight seriously doubting himself. This is an Avengers that was more ready than ever and are totally getting their butts kicked. The entire fight is prefaced with a tether to the real world as a family rushes to evacuate before they’re all murdered by Hulk debris or a She-Hulk being tossed into their living room. The reintroduction of a new villain is cleverly done too, and worth a look.
It can’t be perfect can it?
This is a fight comic through and through, so don’t expect a ton of plot progression. That’s not necessarily a negative though, since we do get to see the Avengers seriously worried about their chances of winning.
Is it good?
A fantastic 7th issue reminds us this is one of the most exhilarating Hulk stories ever told. Horror suits the jade giant and it’s an awesome look to see.