The Immortal Hulk #38
Written by Al Ewing
Art by Joe Bennett
Inks by Ruy Jose and Belardino Brabo
Colors by Paul Mounts
Letters by Cory Petit
The Rundown: The Leader’s take over of the Hulk is almost complete, but there is a dark presence that has his own ideas.
Locked away in Banner’s mind, the Devil Hulk is not happy that the Leader is attcking Bruce’s mind. Bruce’s past trauma continues to seep into his other personalities as Leader drags the Hulk’s body through his mindscape to where he’s keeping Bruce and Joe. With his captors in place, Sterns reveals that he has access to the Green Door and has been using it to manipulate events.
In the real world, Leader’s control over the other gamma victims, including Rick, begins to fade as Dr McGowan takes a bold step to keep herself and the rest of the staff alive. Momentarily distracted, Leader will not be prepared for the darkest part of Bruce Banner’s psyche to break free and fight back.
The Story: Al Ewing continues to take these characters on a dark, twisted psychological journey and it is done with style. There are some bold ideas being put forth with Hulk and it is fascinating to see how Ewing molds and manipulates the characters and their circumstances. This journey into the mind of Banner and the darkness of the Green Door continue to be engaging as a reader. I can’t predict where the story is going, but the journey continues to be a rewarding one.
The Art: Joe Bennett’s art is fantastic. Every panel depicting the Devil Hulk is dark, ominous and beautifully detailed. A great looking issue from start to finish.