Writer: Al Ewing
Art: Joe Bennett, Ruy José, Belardino Brabo, Paul Mounts, VC’s Cory Petit, and Alex Ross
Release Date: October 14th, 2020
He’s been shackled and restrained. He’s been suppressed and subdued. Plus, he doesn’t even know if he’s real. Nevertheless, something or someone is reaching through the Green Door and it yearns to destroy Bruce Banner. And when you hurt Banner… the Devil Hulk takes it personally. Let’s smash into this week’s IMMORTAL HULK #38 by Al Ewing to see if the Devil really can make you do it after all!!!
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Throughout Banner’s life, he’s created personas that materialize in his mindscape to help himself cope with the disgusting trauma his Father put him through. Well, Ewing gives readers a taste of his first incarnations as a young boy and how they quite possibly developed in this week’s IMMORTAL HULK. Now, for those readers unfamiliar with Devil Hulk, you’ll get to see the truly evil side of Banner come to the surface before this issue concludes. And readers, there is no one better to depict this Devil Hulk than Joe Bennett and this artistic team.
Devil Hulk is cunning, intelligent, and just as powerful… if not more than any other version of the Hulk, especially in the mindscape. Furthermore, the abilities Devil Hulk possesses within this mindscape may dwarf any that Sam Sterns or even Bruce Banner hold for that matter. There is a reason he’s been under lock and key. But as this issue wraps, Ewing and Bennett give readers a mere taste of what’s in store within the next few issues and pages. The only knock this review can give the issue is the lack of the Devil within this installment. I was expecting a bit more than we got this week. However, Ewing gives fans a ton to look forward to.
IMMORTAL HULK fans, this is one heck of a quick read that reintroduced one of Banner’s most frightening and utterly devastating personas ever. Ewing sprinkles in a quick backstory and layers on top some driving forces that have developed the Hulk into one of the most unstoppable forces in the Marvel Universe. Nevertheless, as powerful, and almost touching, as this story might be, Bennett again puts this book on his back and drives this issue home. His horrific detail and grotesque tones are unmatched by almost any artist on the market currently. The genuine emotion seen within the character’s eyes alone speaks volumes as to the thought and detail aligned within the story. Ewing’s ideas are great but Bennett’s art continues to elevate this series to one of the best ongoing series at any company right now. Grab this issue. Snag the trades and ultimately add this to your collection post hast.
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