Immortal Hulk #19 / Writer: / Artist: Al Ewing / Artist: Joe Bennet /Colorists: Paul Mounts & Rachelle Rosenberg / Inkers: Ruy Jose & Beladino Brabo / Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit / Cover Artist: Alex Ross / Publisher: Marvel Comics / Published: June 12, 2019
Al Ewing (The Ultimates) and Joe Bennet (New 52) continue one of the most authentic Hulk stories of all time. Together, they’ve created a superhero horror book—Immortal Hulk—that’s beaten Batman in sales two months in a row. Picking up after last week’s horrifying Abomination cliffhanger, it continues the story about the metaphorical, and in this case, literal, monsters inside all of us after.
An Iconic Tale
The story so far remembers every Hulk concept—including Betty Ross, once being a Harpy and Red She-Hulk—and takes us on a terrifying story of the undying green giant figuring out his inner demons. While this issue is mostly Betty being her own monster/ hero, it also includes a Hulk versus Abomination fight with Hulk in the losing end.
This story terrifies me to the core as a Hulk fan. No one—not Peter David or Jeoph Loeb or Stan the Man himself—could’ve predicted this level of storytelling with the Hulk. In fact, the only story equivalent I can compare this book to is Alan Moore’s iconic Swamp Thing run from back in the day. That said, this is still a Hulk story at its core. About the underused Hulk mythos with its terrifying metaphors within metaphors that tell this tale of dread.
Eat Your Heart Out
Joe Bennet knocks it out of the park in real True Believer with every horrifyingly detailed panel. He gives us creepy shadow base soldiers with missing teeth. Then he presents Betty’s intricate Harpy-horror appearance, as well as the absolute monstrosity that is Abomination’s two-hand, two-person face.
A good horror story allows you to forget it’s a horror story. Then, when you least expect, it reminds you in the most terrifying ways. This comic has done that in every issue leading up to one more horrific cliffhanger. It makes it worth every cliché scary description I used in this vague review. It’s vague because whenever I started to describe the book in more detail I thought, man these people need to read this series.
Verdict: 5 out of 5
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