The Immortal Hulk #12
Written by Al Ewing
Art by Joe Bennett and Eric Nguyen
Inks by Ruy Jose
Colors by Paul Mounts
Letters by Cory Petit
Hulk’s journey through hell continues as we learn more about his father’s connection to the Green Door.
Brian Banner’s violent, abusive personality is featured in this issue as he tells his captured son about how the revelation of who he was is what ruined the scientists life. He pours out his self-serving story in order to bring out a new creature that he believes will set him free.
At the same time, Hulk and McGee are trying to make their way to where Bruce is being held at the same time as Puck and Creel. Hulk has a moment of reflection where another personality shows the vulnerable side of the creature. When the entity that Brian is summoning appears, Hulk gives McGee an ominous warning that changes her mind about what the real threat is.
Even with the knowledge that this is a fictional story featuring fantastical, made up characters, depictions of abuse have a visceral effect on readers for good or ill. Al Ewing doesn’t take the violence too far, but the things implied in this issue paint a picture of personal pain that adds layers to Hulk and Bruce as characters. There is a poignant series of panels between Hulk and McGee that show that the conflict within Hulk is deeper than Bruce vs his rage. It’s going to be interesting to see where Ewing takes the character after opening up these raw, emotional wounds.
Joe Bennett and Eric Nguyen deliver some amazing art and the different styles work with each other well to deliver a great looking issue.