Writer: Al Ewing
Art: Joe Bennett, Ruy José, Belardino Brabo, Marc Deering, Mark Morales, Paul Mounts, Nick Pitarra, Michael Garland, VC’s Cory Petit, and Alex Ross
Release Date: March 25th, 2020
Readers, can you believe that the Incredible, Indestructible, and even Immortal Hulk has been around for 750 issues? Well, that’s what we have in front of us this week. Dare I say, a milestone issue. Think about what we have discovered in these 750 issues: the Grey Joe Fix-it, the Savage Hulk, Devil Hulk, Professor Hulk, the Maestro Hulk, World Breaker Hulk, Doc Green, and even a Hulk with a Hammer!! My point is; it’s been a long journey in these 750 issues and Al Ewing has taken the opportunity to stroll us through the mindscape and inner workings of ”Bob” Banner to give fans a little walk down memory lane. Let’s smash into this week’s IMMORTAL HULK #33 to see how Al Ewing can expand upon the Hulk mythos a bit more while also paying homage to where he’s been and where he’s going.
Holy $&@$, this issue has it all. It has the horrific Joe Bennett touch of pizzazz that has been the sturdy foundation of this series since it kicked off AND it has the uniquely authentic, yet frighteningly mesmerizing Ewing charm that really gets the reader trapped inside the overwhelming mind of Banner. Ewing uses this 750th issue to showcase multiple Hulks and throws down a bomb that gave this reader some clarity as to who has been pulling the strings on this journey for a long time now.
Readers will get the showdown with Xemnu, Dario Agger, and so much more before this jam-packed issue is complete. Nevertheless, Bennett’s art is once again the star of the show. It’s nasty, detailed, violent, brutal, and gruesome. Additionally, the splash pages exhibiting the horror involving the transformations of the many characters is utterly astonishing. Like a train wreck, you won’t be able to look away. Furthermore, Bennett’s gamma greens were exceedingly bright and vibrant while his grotesque details render this entire issue a work of art.
However, Ewing manages to pull his weight as well in this milestone issue. Other than the confusing “Hulk talk” at times, which I know comes with the territory of a Hulk book, the plot was well explained, easy to understand, and flowed perfectly with what was set up in the prior two issues. Ewing gives readers a few callbacks and surprises that you should all look forward to and shows fans the true Wizard behind the curtain. I left with many questions however, they’re really GOOD questions. The questions I have are of excitement and the future of the series. I also wonder if Ewing is planning on wrapping this storyline up at issue 50… hopefully not with a failed wedding (just kidding). Even if not, this issue added the clarity that I’ve been craving and rejuvenated me for the future of this series, which I so desperately needed.
If you’re a Hulk fan, you simply need this milestone issue regardless of what I’m telling you. It’s 750 issues of the HULK!! However, you’ll be ecstatic to find out that it’s a truly outstanding issue as well. If you’ve been religiously reading Ewing’s run, then you’ll be pleased to get the normal gnarly nature that’s driven you to this series with all the answers you’ve been looking for as a nice bonus. And lastly, if you’re searching for an opportunity to jump on board IMMORTAL HULK, this would be a fantastic issue to showcase what Ewing and Bennett have been dishing out since issue one. Everyone needs to take a look at number 750. This is a must buy. Whenever you can, go grab the floppy. Feel free to shoot me a message and let me know what you think!
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