The Immortal Hulk #6
Written by Al Ewing
Art by Lee Garbett
Colors by Paul Mounts
Letters by Cory Petit
Al Ewing continues to draw me in with this take on both Hulk and Banner and the new dynamic between them is more interesting. Banner finds himself alone in a hotel trying to determine his next move. After his fight with Sasquatch and Hulk taking Walter’s powers, there is something new in the dynamic between the two of them. Something that prompts Bruce to reach into his mind to try and communicate with the Hulk. When Hulk responds, it’s with a single word.
Back in the world, Betty Ross is worried about what’s happened to her husband and why he hasn’t tried to contact her. At the same time, we find out that she and everyone who is close to both Hulk and Banner are being kept under surveillance by a new more hostile Gamma Base, whose leader sees anyone who gave aid and comfort to Bruce as an enemy. When the experiment they are working on to bring down the Hulk requires a live Hulk to complete, they reach out to Alpha Flight who is caring for a worried and de-powered Walter Langkowski. When Carol is contacted for a mission, she decides that she needs to bring in her new team to subdue Banner before Hulk can emerge.
I continue to be impressed with the Jekyll/Hyde aspects of this series and the description of the new process for becoming the Hulk is filled with rich drama for the character and adds to the tragic legacy of Bruce Banner. Knowing that Bruce’s return couldn’t stay a secret for too long, it was gratifying to see how this scenario played out and really makes me interested in seeing how it plays out next issue.
One of the other aspects of this series that I really enjoy is the contrast between Bruce and Hulk in relation to mirrors. It’s so menacing to have those shots of Bruce looking into a mirror or a reflection in a pane of glass and see the Hulk staring back at him. What makes it even more intense is knowing that Hulk is not alone in his exile and that he sees someone different in the reflections. Garbett does a great job in those moments and frames those scenes to make the reader think that at any moment, Hulk could break free. It adds to the tension and tone of the story.