The Immortal Hulk #43
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: Joe Fix-It is on the lam and laying low while some of Hulk’s allies head back to where it all started.
Gyrich has brought in the U-Foes to create a new team to bring down the Hulk once and for all. Unfortunately, for all their training, there is no sign of the Hulk on any of the satellites orbiting the Earth. To his credit, with Joe Fix-It running the show, Hulk is staying under everyone’s radar and blending in like anyone else. Even if that blending in includes some small acts of larceny.
Samson enlists the help of Shaman as he and Puck go looking for clues at the long abandoned base where the gamma accident that transformed Bruce happened. As they investigate the area, they are interrupted by a disturbing presence. At the same time, Joe has a moral dilemma. One that will get the attention of the wrong people.
The Story: A great story from Al Ewing. Beyond the tension throughout it, Ewing takes the time to develop Joe as a character and give him some personal issues to overcome. I like the style and tone of the story a lot. There are some light, fun elements in it among the dark, tense atmosphere and I like how the plot unfolds with the characters at its center.
The Art: Joe Bennett delivers some impressive imagery throughout the issue. The panels with Joe in New York are fun, vibrant and full of energy and charm. The action is fantastic and the details catch the eye.