The Immortal Hulk #49
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 is determined to rescue Bruce, but he can’t do it alone.
Hulk and his allies are determined to rescue Bruce and they decide to seek out help from the Avengers and other heroes. Unfortunately, with Joe in charge of Hulk’s body, things go south quickly and a brawl ensues. When the Fantastic Four arrive to calm things down, Thing comforts the Hulk and leaves the other heroes behind as they reach their destination.
As McGee and the others watch Hulk stare into the portal that will take him to the Leader, they can see that Hulk is worried, but he goes in anyway and he doesn’t go in alone.
The Story: Al Ewing does some great work with this story. Not only is it compelling, but taking the narrative away from the other characters and centering it on McGee is a great touch. Using McGee as the narrator gives a great perspective on the Hulk and the heroes of the Marvel universe. There is great emotional and psychological insight in her analysis and I found the story to be in line with the tragic nature of the Hulk himself.
The Art: Joe Bennett delivers some powerful imagery throughout this issue. There are so many great visual moments and the art captures the emotion of the characters and their circumstances perfectly.