The Immortal Hulk #41
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: Hulk has an unusual run in with The Thing and Banner’s remaining allies decide that he might need help after all.
In the wake of Hulk’s escape to Earth and the revelations about the Leader, the remaining staff of Gamma Base flee, but Dr. McGowan decides that she still believes in what Banner and Hulk were doing so she goes to a hidden base and begins the work of trying to help the Hulk and stop the Leader. With the revelation that the Hulk does need help, another ally emerges to join the fight against the Leader.
At the same time, Thing battles a weaker, more timid Hulk as the rest of the Fantastic Four keeps the police and media back. With the Iowa incident fresh in his mind, Ben decides that he needs to contain Hulk, but he’s going to take some pleasure in hurting the thing that put him in a coma. As the fight gets more intense, Joe emerges to stop it as Ben realizes he isn’t fighting the Hulk he thinks he is. As Joe explains what’s happening inside Banner’s fractured psyche, Ben gives his old rival some advice.
The Story: Al Ewing took this story in some interesting and thought-provoking directions as he subverted the reader’s expectations of what a confrontation between Hulk and Thing would mean. The story creates some really interesting character moments between the two men and puts things in context that have eluded the character for a while. This was a very interesting story that felt personal in many ways.
The Art: Joe Bennett delivers some amazing imagery throughout this issue. Bennett always does an amazing job with the action and horror elements of the story, but the human moments between Hulk and Thing are rendered beautifully as well.