The Immortal Hulk #19
Written by Al Ewing
Art by Joe Bennett
Inks by Ruy Jose and Belardino Brabo
Colors by Paul Mounts and Rachelle Rosenburg
Letters by Cory Petit
The Rundown: A trip to the past illuminates the reader on the relationship between Betty and Fortean and the young Captain drives the woman and her father to a meeting that will change all their lives.
In the present, Fortean’s obsession with the Hulk has led him to unleash a new, more terrifying Abomination on an unsuspecting populace in order to secure the Hulk. Hulk takes on the beast after it kills civilians and finds that this version of the Abomination is carrying some potentially destructive power.
At the same time, Betty and McGee descend on the scene to find anyone escaping being murdered by Fortean’s forces. Betty uses lethal force to stop them and when she finds a battered and hurt Hulk, she swoops in. Upon hearing her voice, Hulk calls for his former wife to help him, but he will be in for a shock when he sees what she does next.
The Story: Al Ewing has blown me away with this issue. This series has put Hulk through the ringer in multiple ways with shocking and interesting results, but this issue concludes with the biggest shock yet. Ewing shatters the readers expectations in a way that is both surprising and revelatory about the kind of story he is telling with this series. There are so many great horror movie style elements to this issue and series that I can’t wait to see where it goes next as the stakes get higher for the Green Goliath.
The Art: Joe Bennett’s art is sublime. It is a beautiful mixture of comic book action and visceral horror. The last few pages are shockingly brutal and beautiful.