"The Immortal Hulk #3" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Marvel Comics
Written by Al Ewing
Illustrated by Joe Bennett, Leonardo Romero, Paul Hornschemeir, Marguerite Sauvage, and Garry Brown
Colored by Paul Hornschemeir, Marguerite Sauvage, and Paul Mounts
Lettered by Paul Hornschemeir and Cory Petit
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on July 18th, 2018
We know by now that eyewitness testimony is incredibly unreliable. Two people can experience the same event in very different ways. Such is the case with the incident on Mercer Avenue. Reporter Jackie McGee is looking into this strange event, interviewing four different witnesses who all saw a green monster, although their viewpoints vary greatly.
The Immortal Hulk #5 has a whopping five artists on board and they're used in the most effective way possible. Each one draws a different eye witness account and series artist Joe Bennett handles the opening and closing pages. Each style adds a unique spin to the tale as Jackie tries to put the pieces together.
My absolute favorite is the priest story, illustrated by Garry Brown and colored by Paul Mounts. This is a rougher style full of shadows and darkness. The Hulk is portrayed as an undying monster here. This segment also gets the coolest sequence in the issue, taken from the awesome cover by Alex Ross. The Hulk gets a hole blown right through his chest. You can see through him like a window, with ribs and a severed spinal column sticking out. His body reforms slowly, healing the wound by filling in the spot with green flesh. It's so creepy and works well with Hulk's gruff, unyielding facial expression.
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The old lady's story illustrated by Marguerite Sauvage and the cop's story from artist Leonardo Romero come in as a close second. The former is this gorgeous romanticized story with vibrant colors, envisioning the villain as this misunderstood James Dean and the Hulk as this blubbering beast. The former is a classic look at the character, complete with Kirby Dots. You'd expect these panels to come out of a comic from decades ago. It's a nice touch.
The only segment that doesn’t work is the bartender's story from artist Paul Hornschemeier. The artwork is rather stilted and lacks the energy of the other scenes. It's mostly just the bartender looking straight at the reader with a never-changing facial expression. The information provided is important, as it explains how Bruce Banner found out about the goings-on at Mercer Avenue in the first place.
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Letterer Cory Petit handled the whole issue with the exception of the bartender's story. Each segment features a slightly different lettering style, coinciding with the nature of the artwork. This is a subtle effect that works so very well.
The Immortal Hulk has been a gamma-infused monster-of-the-week comic so far and that's been fun. This reporter searching for Banner adds an overall arc to the series which could prove very interesting as she gets closer to her subject. There is a surprisingly large number of villains popping up with gamma ray abilities, so Banner's staying busy, even when he's trying to stay off the radar. This newer, darker version of the Hulk has been creepy and awesome to watch.