The Immortal Hulk #11 Review

by Harlan Ivester on January 02, 2019

Writer: Al Ewing
Penciler: Joe Bennett
Inker: Ruy Jose
Colorist: Paul Mounts
Publisher: Marvel Comics

            It’s been too long, hasn’t it? This and Venom, they always have me eagerly waiting; tapping my foot and checking my watch.

            The thing about the Immortal Hulk being so consistently good is that it makes it hard for me to write about it without sounding like a broken record. Which is why I’m glad that this issue gave me something to complain about: Hulk and Jackie are in literal Hell, and they start the issue just walking and having a conversation. That’s it, though, and it’s still a very necessary talk to develop Jackie as a character and her relationship with the Hulk. I also appreciated finding that the series will still be incorporating Creel, as I thought his involvement up until now was a little underutilized. The rest of the issue is filled with all the awesome call-backs and throw-downs we’ve come to expect, although it may be worth noting that said throw-down is rather short. Much of this chapter is spent on that conversation I was talking about before, and as a result this issue doesn’t have you on the edge of your metaphorical seat quite as much as the previous ones did.

            Body horror is a given when it comes to the Immortal Hulk. Joe Bennett probably does it better than anyone, but I think the desolation of the setting shouldn’t be left unappreciated. This Hell is mean, isolated, and just messed up everywhere you look. Paul Mounts’s colors are a big part of that. Some may feel that there’s simply too much red and brown here, but those shades are necessary because of how transparent the shots are in regards to the environment. They contribute quite a lot to the atmosphere, too.  If I can take a step back here, I shouldn’t wrap this up without mentioning that the panel layout is more dynamic than in most other issues here, which I think will go a long way in giving the fight in this one more longevity.

            It’ll just be easier if I tell you guys which issue of the Immortal Hulk NOT to pick up. You’ve heard it all before; this is the best book from the big two, it’s horrifying, you have to read it, yeah, yeah. Go buy it. No excuses.

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