The Immortal Hulk 3: Hulk in Hell

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8.0 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Art: 8/10

Something new with the Hulk

Takes a lot of work to follow sometimes

Comic Info

Comic Name: The Immortal Hulk

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Writer: Al Ewing

Artist: Joe Bennett

# of Issues: 5

Release Date: 2019

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The Immortal Hulk #12

Reprints The Immortal Hulk #11-15 (March 2019-May 2019).  The Hulk is in Hell, and the world is following him.  With his gamma powers ripped away, Hulk and Jackie McGee find the danger of Bruce’s father Brian Banner is growing…Brian Banner sees Bruce as a threat and a monster.  Even if the Hulk can end the danger of Brian Banner, he still is the target of General Reginald Fortean and his men…and anyone who gets in the way could become collateral damage.

Written by Al Ewing, The Immortal Hulk Volume 3:  Hulk in Hell is a Marvel Comics superhero comic book collection.  Following The Immortal Hulk Volume 2:  The Green Door, the series features art by Joe Bennett and issues in the collection were also collected in The Immortal Hulk—Volume 2.

It was about this volume when I started to really hear the buzz about The Immortal Hulk and by then it was too late to dive in to individual issues.  It is a good thing too because unlike a lot of comics right now, The Immortal Hulk isn’t a pick-up and go storyline…though the issues are collected in volumes, the volumes aren’t necessarily as thematic or story driven as other series…you are simply reading the next installment.

Even reading The Immortal Hulk in order is challenging.  The first couple volumes were a bit odd but flowed.  It felt like something different was being done with the Hulk, but this volume really takes the leap.  The levels of persona, the body horror, and Hulk’s allies all really start to pour out of the woodworks.  It definitely has left “normal Hulk story” range and enters something new.

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The Immortal Hulk #14

The other unique thing about this series is that it requires a lot from readers.  I kind of fell off Hulk after reading Planet Hulk and Hulk’s return from it.  The Banner is Hulk, Banner isn’t Hulk, Hulk and Banner are one, and the whole Skaar thing kind of soured me to continuing.  I knew some of the basics of what happened, but The Immortal Hulk dives deep into events and the second half of this collection requires a lot of knowledge of Thunderbolt and Doc Samson’s actions in the last five years (something I never was caught up on).  It took some reading up to even get a semblance of what was occurring.

The Incredible Hulk is a character that a lot has been done with, and it feels like writers always try to reinvent the wheel with him.  The Immortal Hulk is one of the better attempts to do this and provides enough interest and intrigue to keep you going.  I don’t know how Hulk “returns” to the Marvel Universe proper after the events of The Immortal Hulk or if a giant reset button will be hit, but it will be an interesting ride to see.  The Immortal Hulk 3:  Hulk in Hell is followed by The Immortal Hulk 4:  Abomination.

Related Links:

The Immortal Hulk 1:  Or Is He Both?

The Immortal Hulk 2:  The Green Door

The Immortal Hulk 4:  Abomination

The Immortal Hulk 5:  Breaker of Worlds

The Immortal Hulk 6:  We Believe in Bruce Banner

The Immortal Hulk 7:  Hulk Is Hulk

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