The Immortal Hulk #21
Written by Al Ewing
Art by Ryan Bodenheim
Colors by Paul Mounts
Letters by Cory Petit
The Rundown: General Fortean will take on a dangerous mission to retrieve what he’s lost and he won’t let anyone or anything stand in his way.
General Fortean is about to take an experimental piece of armor through an even more experimental teleporter in order to retrieve the body of the new Abomination from Alpha Flight station. He’s prepared himself to face opposition. As he prepares to enter into battle, the history of the man is revealed.
Fortean’s life is put on display as every event that shaped him into the man he will become is revealed and with each revelation a new philosophy is forged for the man who would run Shadow Base. But will Fortean’s quest to control the chaos around him force him to make the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of victory over the Hulk?
The Story: Al Ewing gives the reader a deep dive into the motivations and making of the monster Fortean has become. With each step, we are witness to the systematic stripping away of the man’s humanity until there is nothing left but his mission and his devotion to his own vision of order. It’s a great story that fleshes out the character beyond a foot soldier of Thurderbolt Ross. He transcends the acolyte role most followers of Ross adopt and he becomes much more dangerous in both his philosophy and his methods. It will be interesting to see what happens when he and Hulk face each other.
The Art: Ryan Bodenheim does an excellent job with the art in this issue. It keeps the dark overall tone of the story and fills the page with glorious detail in both the characters and the backgrounds.