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"Immortal Hulk #20" 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, Belardino Brabo & Marc Deering
Colored by Paul Mounts
Lettered by Cory Petit
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on July 3rd, 2019

Review:

Bruce Banner has been reunited with his wife, Betty...sort of. See, he's a big green Hulk, she's a big red bird monster. They mike for a frightening pair. They're going to need every bit of savagery they can muster to stop this new horrifying Abomination, made from the corpses of Rick Jones and Emil Blonsky. The Shadow Base is looking to take Hulk out once and for all, but we know by now that the Green Goliath is not going down without a fight.

The dueling personalities at play within the Hulk are fascinating. It makes for a compelling character study as each version of the Hulk and Banner himself are fighting for control. Each brings a different perspective and strategy to the table, so they all have value. They also all want to survive so they work together in this weird and creepy way. You never know who's going to come out so to us, it's always a surprise.

Immortal Hulk #20 consists mostly of an epic battle as the Shadow Base's forces try to take down Bruce and Betty. Although they have all this firepower and tons of soldiers to send at the pair, they are incredibly outmatched. Artist Joe Bennett delivers some of the best fight scenes in the business with some jaw-dropping work. I love how the panel layout gets more erratic when the battle heats up. It's like the actions of the characters have an effect on the shapes and sizes of the panels.

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The level of detail in Bennett's artwork is amazing. Inkers Ruy Jose, Belardino Brabo & Marc Deering capture every bulging vein, hideous feather, and creepy scale on these monsters. All of them are horrifying, but Betty edges the other two out. Everything about her is unnatural and disturbing. You can see how she was once human, but now she's something far scarier. Her face is emotionless as she tears through her enemies.

Colorist Paul Mounts gives Betty's eyes an eerie glow that pierces through the darkness of the night. This goes well with her red skin and purplish feathers. The Abomination looks as sickly as he is menacing. Since he's made of dead bodies, his skin is an unsettling greenish brown, kind of like Frankenstein's monster. This contrasts well with the Hulk, who is green like pure gamma radiation.

Betty and the Abomination have an incredible fight that's heightened by their stilted dialogue. Although they're both monsters, they have very different outlooks. Betty is imposing and threatening, ready to show everyone how strong and dangerous she is while the Abomination is in agony, but driven to destruction. His only words are pleas for death. You almost feel sorry for him.

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All of this action would have been enough on its own, but writer Al Ewing adds more to the fun. Immortal Hulk #20 is bookended by introspective scenes with Banner, delving deep into his psyche. This is a fascinating look at the various facets of the character and where he might come next. This provides a different context to the ongoing and heated battle going on outside his mind.

Immortal Hulk never disappoints. It's an awesome comic that delivers on multiple fronts, blending super hero action with riveting drama all wrapped in some of the best artwork you'll see on the stands today. More importantly, it's reinvigorated a decades old character, delivering something truly new and different that will set the Hulk apart for years to come.

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