Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Immortal Hulk #4 Review

A Hairy Situation

Written by: Al Ewing
Art by: Joe Bennett, Ruy Jose, Paul Mounts, and Cory Petit
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 1, 2018

This issue marks the first time the series has had two sequential issues. The first three issues of the series could have been read individually without much knowledge of the theme of the book. Does the series maintain its pretty solid streak? Read on.

Reporter Jackie McGee is contacted by Bruce Banner's former roommate Walter Langowski, also known as Alpha Flight's Sasquatch. They have a history and McGee figures Langowski is her best bet to find Banner.

The story felt a little different here, for many reasons. The tight and focused writing is absent since we're spending time with characters we either haven't spent much time with before or haven't met them yet. We get a brief glimpse into what makes McGee tick and why exactly she's interested in uncovering this Hulk story. It's interesting gives me enough to buy why she's sticking to this perilous story.

As for Langowski, Al Ewing delves into the history between him and Banner, and I don't think it really paid off for me. While we do see a side of Banner we haven't seen in these flashbacks, I'd rather we spent more time on the search for Banner himself.

Joe Bennett and his team continue to impress with this issue. Bennett has an eye for unusual perspectives and his ability to seamlessly transition from close-ups to wide and detailed panels is pretty great. There are a detail and uneasiness in his work that fits the tone of the story very well, and I'm glad to see that he's continuously improving.

Bits and Pieces:

This was a bit of a down issue since we've understandably shifted focus from Banner to some other characters, but the ending grabbed me and I'm excited to see more. The art is stunning as usual and I think this remains one of the best Marvel books of the past few years.


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