The Immortal Hulk #5
Written by Al Ewing
Art by Joe Bennett
Inks by Ruy Jose
Colors by Paul Mounts
Letters by Cory Petit
Whatever has taken over Walter Langkowski is now loose in a hospital and killing anyone it can find. Bruce Banner knows what he has to do to stop his former college roommate and he is not happy about it. After another brutal death and resurrection as the Hulk, Sasquatch and the Hulk proceed to tear apart each other and the hospital as they fight.
Unfortunately for Hulk, Sasquatch is hiding a secret. One that has to do with the green door and when he reveals who he really is, the Hulk is shook with the revelation of the most terrifying ghost of his past. Hulk finds himself face to face with a ghost from Banner’s past. One that still holds emotional sway over him and that makes Hulk angrier than ever. It’s an epic showdown that leads to a strange conclusion for Hulk and a deeper understanding of McGee and her motivations for tracking him down.
Ewing continues to craft an interesting and layered story for a character that most would dismiss as being one-dimensional. Hulk has always worked best as a parallel of the Jekyll and Hyde story and this issue showcases that duality in Bruce’s reluctant heroism and Hulk’s momentary show of fear. It shows the connection between these two sides is deeper than anticipated and that Hulk’s hatred of Banner is more than a rejection of that side of himself.
The art is great in this issue and there are some truly visceral moments that are rendered really well. One of the things that I love the most about this series is the use of mirrors to identify the truth inside a character. It’s a great hook that really helps with the development of the characters. Everything about the art complements the story and the mood that Ewing is trying to set. Great issue.