The Immortal Hulk 10: Of Hell and of Death

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8.5 Overall Score
Story: 9/10
Art: 7/10

The finish to a great and different run

Sometimes too dense, can't live up to expectations, Joe Bennett's art leaves a bad mark on the series

Comic Info

Comic Name:  The Immortal Hulk

Publisher:  Marvel Comics

Writer:  Al Ewing

Artist:  Joe Bennett

# of Issues:  5

Release Date:  2021

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The Immortal Hulk #47

Reprints The Immortal Hulk #46-50 (July 2021-December 2021).  The Hulk has had enough.  Hunted by the Avengers and seeing that his life is continuously spiraling out of control, the Hulk is going to do what he’s never done…confront his past.  The only way to do that is to return to Hell and confront the Leader to free Banner…and the Leader might have secrets for Hulk as well.

Written by Al Ewing, The Immortal Hulk Volume 10:  Of Hell and of Death is a Marvel Comics superhero collection.  Following The Immortal Hulk Volume 9:  The Weakest One There Is, the collection features art by Joe Bennett and was also collected as part of the hardback versions as The Immortal Hulk—Volume 5.

This is it.  The Immortal Hulk has been trucking along, but Ewing had a plan for it and a time he intended to end it.  Despite the series’ popularity, Ewing followed through…but with a series full of so much hope and anticipation by fans, The Immortal Hulk 10:  Of Hell and of Death is facing an uphill battle.

The problem with The Immortal Hulk is that it is very dense.  While it flows decently while reading it, reading the series over the course of the release does pose problems because you sometimes forget the paths and themes of the series.  Personally, I took a big gap between the volumes when the final volume was released…and felt I needed some CliffsNotes to figure out what was going on at points.  It is a series that benefits from a reread.

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The Immortal Hulk #50 Variant

One of the central themes of the series is corruption and how the past can affect and debilitate people in the present.  Through flashbacks, the Leader and the Hulk are revealed to be two sides of the same coin with a shared ancestor.  The greater purpose of the Hulk and the Hulk’s place on Earth falls into an almost Swamp Thing godlike nature…a protector but also a force.

The series does have the one bad mark against it in that Joe Bennett was responsible for the artwork.  While there is nothing wrong with the art, you have to decide if you can look past Bennett’s abysmal personal takes (that he tried to slide into the comic and was punished for) or if you can just enjoy the story as a whole.  The art-real life separation is something that is becoming increasingly difficult as years pass by.

The last collection of The Immortal Hulk series was trapped between a rock and a hard place.  There was so much riding on it and as fans of comics know, that generally means a status quo is reestablished after the series (which it was).  Much like Bruce Jones’ run on Hulk, I feel it will be a really hard storyline for the character to come back from…and the simple “Hulk angry” days might once again be over as a result.  The Immortal Hulk was followed by a collection of stand-alone Immortal Hulk stories in The Immortal Hulk 11:  Apocrypha and Hulk title relaunched Hulk by Donny Cates 1:  Smashtronaut!

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The Immortal Hulk 9:  The Weakest One There Is

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