The Immortal Hulk #32
Written by Al Ewing
Art by Joe Bennett and Javier Rodriguez
Inks by Ruy Jose, Belardino Brabo and Alvaro Lopez
Colors by Paul Mounts and Javier Rodriguez
Letters by Cory Petit
The Rundown: Xemnu’s influence spreads across the world and its effect on Banner could unleash an even deadlier threat than Hulk.
Xemnu’s influence is everywhere and Roxxon CEO Dario Agger is loving every minute of it as people praise Xemnu as the Hulk and condemn Banner as a terrorist and monster who needs to be stopped. While the public perception of the Hulk erodes, Banner’s sanity begins to erode as well and he lashes out at everyone including Rick. Charlene has a unique insight into what is making everything so different and she and Sampson might discover too late the depth of the madness that has taken over their colleague.
The Story: This current arc has some interesting and disturbing tones that I found fascinating. Al Ewing is exploring some deep psychological territory for both Banner and Hulk and Xemnu is an awesome villain to utilize. The plot is rich and engaging and the characters are portrayed with a depth that makes the story emotionally engaging. The tension is consistently building and the final pages reveal the potential of more rich and intriguing drama to come.
The Art: Bennett and Rodriguez do excellent work with the art in this issue. Both artists bring something special to the story and the art perfectly complements the story and its tone. The panels featuring Banner and his descent into madness are truly disturbing and beautifully executed.