The Immortal Hulk #29
Written by Al Ewing
Art by Joe Bennett
Inks by Ruy Jose, Belardino Brabo and Cam Smith
Colors by Paul Mounts
Letters by Cory Petit
The Rundown: Roxxon decides to take back control by timing an attack to catch Hulk at his most vulnerable.
Dario Agger has come up with a plan to take down Hulk after receiving info regarding Hulk’s ability to operate in the daytime. With the plan in place, he chooses a location to unleash an army of giant creatures in an area where there are no heroes to stop them. When word gets to Hulk that Jackie is in danger, he realizes that it’s a trap and prepares to go in with Betty and Doc Sampson.
At the same time, Sampson notices tension of another type between Bruce and Betty as the former Mrs. Banner refuses to let her ex see her as anything other than the creature she’s become. With time running out and the sun still in the sky, Hulk and the others spring into action and fall right into the trap he knew was waiting for him.
The Story: Al Ewing escalates the conflict brilliantly in this issue by having the story contrast between Hulk and Minotaur. Both sides of the story perfectly balance each other and the desire to have these two characters face each other continues to grow. The dialogue is great throughout with Banner dealing with not just his new mission, but also the implications of his actions both in the world outside and with Betty. I love the use of Doc Sampson in this issue. His presence adds some heart and context to the issue even though he is a little too expository.
The Art: Bennett delivers on the action teased in this issue beautifully and offers great visuals throughout the issue with focus on the characters before creating gorgeous spectacle in the finale.