Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Immortal Hulk #3 Review




Written by: Al Ewing
Art by: Joe Bennett, Leonardo Romero, Paul Hornschemeier, Marguerite Sauvage, Garry Brown, Ruy Jose, Paul Mounts, and Cory Petit
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 18, 2018

I've been liking this series so far, which is why this issue kind of frustrates me. It's not that I think it's bad or anything. It's peculiar given the overall tone the series has done a very good job at the building.


This issue is framed as a sort of Rashomon-type story; one event from multiple perspectives. It continues the tradition of looking at tragedies that other people are going through, with Bruce Banner coming in to intervene. Taken as a straightforward narrative, I liked the plot quite a bit.

The art is the big deal in this issue. We have a pretty great lineup of artists. Joe Bennett, the book's regular artist, provides the framing sequences while Leonardo Romero, Paul Hornschemeier, and Marguerite Sauvage all look at the story with different styles and genres. 



Romero has a classic Silver Age Marvel sensibility, Hornschemeier provides some very stiff and uninteresting character work, and Sauvage paints her side of the story as a sort of tragic romance kind of plot. I liked all of the art save for Hornschemeier's. Romero's bits were incredibly fun, and Sauvage's pages were a bit ridiculous but not offensive.



The morbid tragedy that the series has been building is present, but it's hard to find and really requires a second read to sponge all of it up. Small touches like exactly how Bruce turns into the Hulk in this issue are incredibly interesting but are buried under all the fluff.

Bits and Pieces:

This is exactly the kind of issue the series shouldn't have put out at this point in its life cycle. It's too early to experiment like this, especially since certain people can be totally put off by the constant art changes. The first few issues of a book are critical since you need to maintain your tone, but Ewing breaks his streak and as far as I'm concerned, needs to earn it again with the next few issues.

5.5/10

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