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"Immortal Hulk: Time of Monsters #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Marvel Comics

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Story by Alex Paknadel & Al Ewing
Written by Alex Paknadel
Illustrated by Juan Ferreyra
Lettered by Cory Petit
“A Little Fire” written by David Vaughn & illustrated and lettered by Kevin Nowlan
2021, 33 pages, $4.99
Comic released on May 19th, 2021

Review:

We all know the story of how Bruce Banner turned into the Hulk, saving Rick Jones, but taking a face full of gamma radiation in the process. What if he wasn't the first Green Goliath to roam the Earth though? Immortal Hulk: Time of Monsters takes us to Jordan in the year 9,500 BCE, when the original Hulk was born. It's just as violent and terrifying as the modern-day version.

Everything we know about the Hulk has been changed over the course of this series, so delving into the past like this is a welcome addition. Alex Paknadel and Al Ewing worked on this story, with Paknadel scripting. While having background knowledge of the Hulk and what's going on in the main series is helpful, this one-shot is designed to be enjoyed by newcomers too. It quickly introduces these characters and this world while also blending it with the overall mythos of old Jade Jaws.

The story revolves around a corrupt shaman who sacrifices young Tammuz to an otherworldly glowing rock called the Green Eye. This transforms Tammuz into a green monster that the tribe takes down and feasts upon. Hulks don't go down that easy though.

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This is where artist Juan Ferreyra comes in and knocks this comic out of the park. I've long been a fan of his work, dating back to Colder, one of my all-time favorite books. He's only gotten better since then. Ferreyra delivers some dynamic layouts that really add to the reading experience.

The body horror is an absolute standout. That shouldn't be that surprising given the nature of the title. Tammuz's skin basically melts off his body in this unsettling fashion early on. Then, when he's the Hulk, appearing as a monstrous being with tusks, he has this wicked grin, like he knows he's about to tear all these people apart in the most gruesome manner possible. There's one shot in particular that shows how the Hulk heals that I absolutely love. You'll know it when you see it.

Letterer Cory Petit adds an eerie quality to Tammuz's narration too, shown in dark grey boxes with neon green text. It gives him an alien tone, mirroring the transformation he's gone through.

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This one-shot also includes a backup story from writer David Vaughn and artist Kevin Nowlan, showing an encounter between the Devil Hulk and Scarecrow (not to be confused with the one in Batman's rogues gallery). This is a fun little story that builds to a powerful and frightening climax. The Hulk stands out with his green skin against an otherwise drab palette. Although he's not acting like a hero in this tale per se, he does help a group of people and deliver some horrifying justice.

Immortal Hulk: Time of Monsters joins a growing list of solid one-shots dealing with the new status quo of the Green Goliath. This is a welcome addition and I hope we get to see more from these creative teams soon. Honestly, I'm just glad we're getting such top-notch horror in the Marvel Universe. More please!

Grades:

Story: fourandahalfstars Cover
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Art: fivestars
Overall: 4.5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
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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