The Immortal Hulk #34
Written by Al Ewing
Art by Butch Guice
Inks by Tom Palmer
Colors by Paul Mounts
Letters by Cory Petit
The Rundown: The accident that gave Sam Sterns his powers will also start him on a journey of evolution.
Sam Sterns never believed he was that smart until the gamma accident that turned him into the Leader. After that, besides his own schemes to make himself more powerful, the mystery of what he saw when he died the first time has continued to haunt him.
That mystery becomes all-consuming at times as he consistently changes everything about himself, even giving up his powers to evolve his thinking and plans to learn more about the door he cannot seem to reach. It is a journey that will take Sterns to some strange and interesting places while also giving him a purpose that no one, especially not the Hulk, will see coming.
The Story: An interesting and engaging story from Al Ewing that does right by its readers and subject by keeping it focused on the Leader and his journey. The story moves at a great pace and takes the time to establish who Leader is and why his motivations have changed and evolved over time. This is a really well executed character study of Sam Sterns and I really enjoyed being taken on a journey into the mind of the villain. What will make it more interesting is seeing where Ewing takes the story from here.
The Art: Butch Guice does some great work with the art in this issue. The landscapes and backgrounds are great. There is an entertaining glint in Leader’s eye and the smirk on his face conveys a lot and that is a testament to the art.