"Immortal Hulk #8" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Marvel Comics
Written by Al Ewing
Illustrated by Joe Bennett
Inked by Ruy Jose
Colored by Paul Mounts
Lettered by Cory Petit
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on November 7th, 2018
The Avengers had to nuke the Hulk from outer space to stop him. Now he's been cut into a dozen pieces with each one put into a jar within a super secret government facility aptly called Shadow Base. While he's not in one piece anymore, the Hulk is still the strongest one there is. Also, here's a quick reminder that the madder he gets, the stronger he gets. Now imagine how pissed off he is at this moment.
The image of a weird scientist standing in a room full of large jars of Hulk parts is as creepy as you think it is. We just have to assume that everything is in there, although I didn't do a rundown of the anatomy. Artist Joe Bennett brings this to life in exquisite detail. It's a very haunting image, made even more so by the fact that the Hulk can't speak. He expresses himself with his powerful glare, so you can tell that he's just full of rage. Plus, his hand, located in another jar, performs a rather specific bit of sign language that gets his point across.
|Click images to enlarge|
Colorist Paul Mounts gives these jars a formaldehyde look, shading the Hulk's signature green skin with a sicklier brownish hue. It adds to the mad scientist / Frankenstein vibe this issue has going on. There's a particularly eerie moment where the Hulk smiles. His head, positioned upside down in the jar, looks like a creepy gamma-irradiated jack-o-lantern.
Where The Immortal Hulk #8 excels is towards the end of this issue where Bennett outdoes himself in a bout of body horror that needs to be seen to be believed. We've seen the Hulk do some tremendous things, but this is a new one for me. It is as sickening as it is impressive and will have you looking at the Green Goliath with a whole new set of eyes. This is a sequence that will definitely stay with you.
|Click images to enlarge|
Ruy Jose's inks show this in such beautiful detail. Nothing is lost in this, which is a good thing and bad thing, as you can see each individual piece of the Hulk on display, from his skeleton through his muscles and circulatory system to his green skin.
This is amplified by Cory Petit's letters as screams of terror turn to pitiful struggles of desperation. The word balloons get hazy, like the last air bubbles escaping a drowning man's throat. The font gets smaller and smaller to the point where there's just nothing left. Damn, it's chilling.
The Immortal Hulk is an absolutely twisted comic that injects all kinds of horror right into the Marvel Universe. This issue raises it to new heights. It puts the character in a whole new light, showing him for the monster he can be and the tortured man that's forced to live with it. The Hulk is as terrifying as he is awesome.