The Immortal Hulk #36
Written by Al Ewing
Art by Joe Bennett
Inks by Ruy Jose
Colors by Matt Milla
Letters by Cory Petit
The Rundown: Hulk doesn’t know what he’s done and an old foe wants to keep him in the dark.
A tragic accident has put Hulk on the spot live on television and he’s stuck with no escape. Not knowing what happened, the creature is both disturbed and saddened by what happened. As the cameras swarm to the scene, McGee is the only person who feels compassion and empathy for Hulk and tries to help him surrender.
Unfortunately, Gamma Flight isn’t in the mood to talk and their fight to bring Hulk down and into custody will grab the attention of an interested party. At Shadow Base, Samson and the others will discover that they have their own troubles right under their noses.
The Story: Al Ewing takes this story to some dark and ultimately, sad places. Pulling the rug out from under the character and then watching him try to fight his nature for the sake of others is both touching and engaging. I was captivated by the moments with McGee and her insight into what and how Hulk was feeling. There is some great storytelling in this issue and the story hits you on an emotional level as well as showcases the hidden menace of the Leader.
The Art: Joe Bennett is a master at crafting both action and intense moments of body horror. The art is breathtaking at times and always draws the reader’s eye as it captures both the tone and emotion of the story.