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"Immortal Hulk #13" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Marvel Comics

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Written by Al Ewing
Illustrated by Joe Bennett
Inked by Ruy Jose with Belardino Brabo & Rafael Fonteriz
Colored by Paul Mounts
Lettered by Cory Petit
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on February 6th, 2019

Review:

Bruce Banner is in Hell. How can his life possibly get any worse? A battered and weakened Hulk fights his way through the demons of his past who have taken on monstrous forms. Meanwhile, Banner, separated from the green goliath, is held captive by his father in a storm of gamma radiation. If the two can be reunited, they might have a chance of getting out of this alive, but at what cost?

Watching the Hulk battle deformed versions of his failures would be good enough for an excellent comic,but writer Al Ewing is not stopping there. He brings this book to new heights by redefining the character's origin, tying it deeper into the horror genre in a really cool way. The gamma bomb that turned Bruce Banner into the Hulk also opened the door for all kinds of horrifying creatures to come through, fighting over this strange and powerful energy.

Think about this for a second. This could potentially have the Hulk up against Lovecraftian monsters and other beasts that go bump in the night. It's the Hulk by way of the B.P.R.D. and I am in love with that idea.

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The monsters on display in Immortal Hulk #13 certainly fit the bill. Artist Joe Bennett has created some of the most unsettling versions of characters like Rick Jones / A-Bomb that pull heavily from body horror. These creatures should not exist in our world; it's like their very existence is torture as their limbs are pulled and pushed into unnatural positions. There's one super disturbing panel where a piece of A-Bomb's face has been blasted off and it continues speaking.

Letterer Cory Petit uses a lilting font for this, adding to the creepy nature of the scene. The words come out, but you can imagine them sounding sickening, like nails on a chalkboard mixed with a guttural howl.

There's a running narration throughout this issue which Petit shows in a classic typewriter style. They appear over each panel giving the already monumental fights an added layer of gravitas. I will admit that sometimes this text goes over my head, but you can't ignore the importance of it.

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Inker Ruy Jose brings out all the horrifying details in Bennett's artwork, aided by Belardino Brabo and Rafael Fonteriz. You can see each craggy scale or menacing tooth in these monsters. When the Hulk flexes his muscles, the sheer strength on display is impressive, the veins in his bulging arms pulsing in a menacing and frightening manner.

Colorist Paul Mounts never lets you forget that these characters are in Hell. This is a desolate landscape full of reds and browns, like a barren desert of despair. The swirling storm of green gamma radiation creates an old school sci-fi feel, like something out of Frankenstein. This is the kind of stuff that the Marvel Universe was built upon, messing with science and pulling it in ways it's not meant to go. The green casts an eerie light on Hulk and the others, bringing out their more sinister attributes.

Immortal Hulk has brought a new dynamic to this classic character, setting him up as this warrior of vengeance, protecting our world from untold horrors waiting to invade. Judging from the revelations of this issue, we're just getting started and I could not be happier about that. This is breaking the Hulk down to his base components and rebuilding him in a new and fascinating way. It is a must read comic.

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