Written by Donny Cates
Art by Ryan Ottley
Inks by Cliff Rathburn
Colors by Frank Martin
Letters by Cory Petit
The Rundown: Hulk learns the dark truth of the new world he’s on as Ross unleashes a dangerous new threat.
As President Ross prepares to send his forces after Banner and his hidden base, the Bruce from another world learns of the tragic fate of some of his allies and the lack of others from his double. As he laments what this world has lost, an alarm alerts them both that their location has been compromised. After seeing the forces set against him, Bruce puts the Hulk in attack mode and leaps to battle. Unfortunately, he underestimates the power Ross has with him and Hulk pays the price physically.
Increasing the power to help them fight means the internal Hulk powering Banner’s machine is pitted against nightmarish versions of his former allies. As Hulk decimates Ross’ forces, he calls on Banner to end the fight and surrender, but he doesn’t know that the Banner he’s talking to is not the one fighting his men. With few options, Ross decides to release a new weapon to take down the Hulk. A weapon with a familiar face and an unknown but potentially devastating power.
The Story: Cates delivers some great, unexpected moments and surprises throughout this issue. The story is entertaining, intense and filled with great action. The Banner/Ross dynamic always makes for great interpersonal drama and I love seeing Bruce react to the unknown when facing the variant version of Ross. I love the progression of the story a lot and was not expecting the ending of this issue at all and am excited to see what happens with it.
The Art: Ottley delivers some fantastic, energetic and brilliantly detailed art in this issue. The style is perfect for the action elements of the story and I love the explosive imagery throughout.