The Immortal Hulk #24
Written by Al Ewing
Art by Joe Bennett
Inks by Ruy Jose, Belardino Brabo, Marc Deering and Roberto Poggi
Colors by Paul Mounts
Letters by Cory Petit
The Rundown: A new and strange cosmic tale for the green goliath bookends the final confrontation between the Immortal Hulk and General Fortean.
Once again, Fortean has underestimated the fury and intelligence of the Hulk as he mistakenly believes that hurting the behemoth will bring forward a more savage, less intelligent alter. When Fortean and his team move in for the kill, they get a rude awakening about just how much in control Hulk is.
At the same time, McGee confronts McGowan about Fortean and gives the scientist a choice about who she really serves. When she sees what Fortean is willing to do to kill the Hulk, she makes her decision.
At separate times throughout the life of the Hulk, the power of cosmic energy makes itself known to the universe as it confronts Galactus in the past and the Immortal Hulk in the future with unexpected consequences.
The Story: Al Ewing manages to bring the Shadow Base/Fortean storyline to an interesting, but satisfying conclusion. At the same time, the story takes a turn for the strange with the bookends to the issue. They seem to touch on a story that will reach back to through the history of the Marvel Universe while also setting up a huge, cosmic story that I can’t wait to experience. Ewing is doing so many interesting and unpredictable things with the characters and I continue to be on board for where this ride takes me.
The Art: Joe Bennett’s art is amazing. Everything from the character expressions to the detailed panels grabbed me and even the moments showcasing the grotesque held a strange beauty.