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"Immortal Hulk #39" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Marvel Comics


Written by Al Ewing
Illustrated by Joe Bennett
Inked by Ruy Jose & Belardino Brabo
Colored by Paul Mounts
Lettered by Cory Petit
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on October 28th, 2020


The Leader has infiltrated Bruce Banner's twisted mindscape. He was already super intelligent, but what horrors can he unleash with the strength of the Hulk? He's not going to just waltz in and take over. This is the Hulk we're talking about. There's going to be a fight and it's a big one.

The imminent danger that the Leader represents is huge. That is terrifying in and of itself. Imagine your worst enemy literally getting into your mind and taking over your body. That is a chilling thought. Making this even more unsettling are the fractured personalities within Banner's head. They're all fighting for what they think is right, although some are better at that than others.

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The big battle comes down between the Leader, in the body of the Green Scar and the Devil Hulk. This is a kaiju-style showdown expertly illustrated by artist Joe Bennett. I love how the panels seem to be knocked off a grid, as if the fight was too much for the page so everything has been shaken up.

Bennett brings personality to each version of the Hulk. There's a simple version that is strong as ever, but looks so very naive. Contrast that with the powerful and sinister nature of Leader as the Green Scar. Then there's the Devil Hulk, a scaly monster through and through, that just wants to keep Banner safe. Inkers Ruy Jose and Belardino Brabo capture each unsettling detail in these versions while letterer Cory Petit gives each one a unique voice with different fonts and styling.

Where the artwork really stands out is unsurprisingly when body horror comes into play. Immortal Hulk has been delivering that for ages and this issue is no different. The Leader's form twists and explodes out in unnatural ways. His limbs grow too long. Body parts bulge and pop out of places they're not supposed to. His face splits open to engulf his prey. It's as sickening as it is awesome.

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There's a dark cloud hanging over Banner's mindscape, fitting given how the Leader is trying to take over. Colorist Paul Mounts creates a foreboding tone with every page. There is no sun shining here. It's more like the absence of light, surrounding these gamma-powered figures.

Just when I thought I had Immortal Hulk figured out, writer Al Ewing adds more twists and turns that take this series to frightening new heights. It's an impressive combination of pure, unbridled horror and traditional super hero battles of good vs. evil. I'm terrified of the monstrous forms and body horror as well as what the events of this book mean for the Hulk and Bruce Banner. I don't see how the good guys win this fight and that's pretty scary.


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Overall: 5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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