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"Immortal She-Hulk #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Marvel Comics

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Written by Al Ewing
Illustrated by Jon Davis-Hunt
Colored by Marcio Menyz
Lettered by Cory Petit
2020, 31 Pages, $4.99
Comic released on September 23rd, 2020

Review:

We've seen how the Hulk, Rick Jones, and Doc Samson have a revolving door when it comes to the afterlife, all due to their connection to gamma radiation. Surely, She-Hulk has a similar connection. At long last, we see how Shulkie has handled her trio of deaths and the emotional scars they've left behind, spinning out of the recent Empyre event.

Writer Al Ewing has presented a fascinating concept in the pages of Immortal Hulk, redefining the Green Goliath for a new age. That is extended to this one-shot as well, showing how all the gamma characters are affected by this new phenomenon that's been weaved through pre-existing continuity in a way that makes total sense. It is a little funny that death has become meaningless for the Hulk family at around the same time that it's also meaningless for all the mutants in the Marvel Universe. I guess that's one way of dealing with characters dying and coming back to life over and over again.

She-Hulk offers a new perspective on the horrors that await in these characters in the afterlife and beyond the Green Door. Unlike her cousin, Bruce, she's been able to keep her wits about her when she transforms, allowing her to process this experience differently. It is just as horrifying, if not more so.

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The Leader, who has recently been revealed as the big bad, pulling strings from beyond for some time, plays a major part in this one-shot. It's great to see how Ewing weaves in the events of Empyre, tying them into Immortal Hulk in a way that enhances both stories. This is how you do a tie-in properly. Letterer Cory Petit italicizes certain words in the villain's dialogue, adding to the context of his speech and really giving him a voice. It's lilting, commanding, and just a tad insane.

Artist Jon Davis-Hunt is the perfect person to bring this tale to life. I've been a fan of his work since Clean Room and he brings that same, clean style to Immortal She-Hulk that lays the terror bare in a really shocking way. It's amazing what he can do with just a quick glance, particularly a crazed one, like with Bruce's father who has been lurking in the underworld for some time.

Davis-Hunt's detail work is off the charts. There are some gruesome shots in Immortal She-Hulk and every single line is clear and crisp, showing you all the blood and sinew on display. This adds some additional impact to these sequences, like you can feel the power and pain.

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Colorist Marcio Menyz brings some doom and gloom to Immortal She-Hulk, as if a dark cloud is hanging over the character as she tries to connect the dots between her deaths and resurrections. She has stared into the abyss and something stared back. That comes across in the tone of every page of this book. This is what a horror comic should look like.

Immortal She-Hulk is a welcome addition to the always-stellar Immortal Hulk. It expands the incredible work of that series while reminding us that with all its body horror and pure, unbridled terror, that it's still happening in the Marvel Universe. That's the same place where a big purple alien eats worlds guided by a shining surfer and a star-spangled Avenger throws a shield at Nazis. There's room for these scares in the mix and I'm so glad they're being explored.

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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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