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"Immortal Hulk #24" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Marvel Comics

Immortal Hulk 24 Large

Written by Al Ewing
Illustrated by Joe Bennett
Inked by Ruy Jose, Belardino Brabo, Marc Deering, & Roberto Poggi
Colored by Paul Mounts
Lettered by Cory Petit
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on October 2nd, 2019

Review:

How do you know the Hulk is the strongest one there is? Well, he just ripped his own face off and he's fighting off a giant monster. How's that for strong? In some of the most gruesome artwork ever seen in the Marvel Universe, the Hulk is ready to take down Fortean once and for all. Where will that leave Shadow Base? The answer will creep you out.

Let's talk about this face ripping, shall we? Artist Joe Bennett is responsible for some of the best and most disturbing body horror I've seen all year. The Hulk's skull is shining through what's left of his green skin. At one point he tears off a piece of it and throws it at a soldier. Of all the horrifying ways to go, getting burned alive by the radiation in some of the Hulk's skin is a pretty rough one.

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Bennett goes into tremendous detail, showing every little piece of sinew holding the Hulk's body together in these exposed regions. It's freaky. While the pencils are always solid in Immortal Hulk, the inks are a little inconsistent this time around because four different inkers worked on this issue. They all have some slightly different styles and you can notice these changes as you go from page to page.

The fight culminates in a truly unsettling showdown with so much melted flesh. Seriously, it makes the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark look like a Saturday morning cartoon. Colorist Paul Mounts creates a disturbing mix of greens here, ranging from the bright glow of the gamma radiation to the sickly deformed flesh that's slipping off the bone.

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Letterer Cory Petit adds the final terrifying touch to this sequence with some raspy dialogue. If you've ever wondered what a death rattle looks like, just check out these pages in Immortal Hulk #24. The word balloons are wavy and ragged and the text is smaller, showing how this poor guy is struggling to get out these last few words.

This is just half of the terror in Immortal Hulk #24. There's a whole second half that takes a cosmic turn and really freaks me out. It's amazing to see the many varied ways that writer Al Ewing can scare the crap out of me in a single issue. After conquering this world, it seems he might have his sights set for the far reaches of space. Of course, that went really well the last time Hulk went out there, so what's the worst that could happen? Get ready for body horror in space!

Grades:

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