THE IMMORTAL HULK #10 BY AL EWING AND JOE BENNETT
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THE IMMORTAL HULK #10 brings this series to new, horrifying heights. Ewing’s writing is chilling and Bennett’s art looks downright frightening. It’s the perfect comic for horror fans and Hulk fans alike.
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Horrific and Gruesome

THE IMMORTAL HULK #10 features some of the most gruesome, sickening art I’ve seen in a comic in recent memory. That’s not a bad thing. In fact, it makes me love the book even more. As a big horror fan, I love how over-the-top grotesque it’s gotten. Joe Bennett draws some nightmare-inducing stuff this issue. Between the emaciated Gamma-starved Hulk to the horrific, possessed Absorbing Man, Bennett pulls out all the stops this issue. Al Ewing also writes another incredibly engaging and ridiculously enjoyable issue, of course. If this issue is any indication, this series will go down as one of the best Hulk runs ever. Ewing and Bennett have, in only 10 issues, already earned that title. I can’t recommend this issue enough.

The Possession of the Absorbing Man in THE IMMORTAL HULK #10

In the last issue, we learned that the Absorbing Man, Crusher Creel, volunteered to be part of the mysterious Shadow Base in order to commute his prison time for a botched robbery. The Shadow Base’s main mission is to find a way to capture the Hulk and use his Gamma powers to create their own army of super-soldiers. Creel fought Hulk and revealed his new Shadow Base-enhanced powers, which led to him being possessed by an evil, Gamma-siphoning entity. In THE IMMORTAL HULK #10, the Hulk, critically Gamma-starved after the possessed Creel absorbed much of his stored Gamma energy, fights Creel, whose body ripped in half, exposing his spinal column and skull. That isn’t enough to stop the Hulk, though. He makes sure the fight comes to a standstill, since he can reabsorb all the energy Creel took, and vice versa.

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THE IMMORTAL HULK #10 page 8. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

Meanwhile, Walter Langkowski’s Gamma Flight finally tracked the Hulk to the site of his origin, where the Gamma Bomb went off. They arrive and find the Hulk beating on Creel with his own skull and vertebrae. Langkowski warns Hulk that he’s armed, and at that same moment the Shadow Base agent Bushwacker fires on Hulk. What does this mean for Gamma Flight, and why did Creel lead Hulk to the Gamma test site? Read THE IMMORTAL HULK #10 to find out!

Tragic Horror in THE IMMORTAL HULK #10

THE IMMORTAL HULK #10 features some truly horrifying scenes. Al Ewing writes some dark stuff. What I found most tragic is Creel’s transformation. It seems like whatever the Shadow Base infected him with let him retain his consciousness while it took over his body. As such, Creel can’t utter anything from his horrible mangled body besides “I’m sorry.” This, combined with the knowledge that he’s been trying to get on the straight-and-narrow ever since the events in BLACK BOLT, shows that he’s probably truly remorseful about this. He doesn’t want to try and kill the Hulk in a slow, probably horribly painful way. Plus, he’s probably in immense pain himself, since he’s been torn in half. That’s what makes most horror stories so effective. It’s the human element underneath all the gruesome gore.

Creel’s transformation is, in and of itself, scary. It looks both disgusting and painful. But what really makes it hit home, for me, is the idea that he’s still aware of his actions, and is so remorseful that he can’t let out any other phrase besides the one he’s saying. Obviously, Ewing understands this too, and it’s why he wrote it how he did. It makes the horror so much more off-putting (which is what all good horror stories should be. They’re not there to be uplifting). Some incredible writing from Ewing is on display this issue.

Awe-Inspiring Body Horror in THE IMMORTAL HULK #10

Bennett’s art really takes the spotlight this issue, much like some other issues of the series. It effectively portrays just how gruesome this fight became once Creel transformed. For one, Creel’s skin is colored an unnatural, striking red hue. That’s burying the lede, though, because the real horror comes from Creel’s insane transformation. His skin, at the points where it was ripped in half, are jagged, almost tooth-like, while each half seems to flap in the wind. Meanwhile, his vertebrae, wet and slick from his own blood, moves around like a snake, while chunks of flesh fly off from it. It’s so gross to look at. Bennett really channels his inner Cronenberg with this design. It looks absolutely horrid, and I love it.

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THE IMMORTAL HULK #10 page 7. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

Then, the Hulk looks both unnatural and sort of depressing. He looks severely emaciated, to the point where nearly his entire skeletal structure shows under his skin. Flaps of loose skin hang from his arms and stomach. It only makes his face look even more horrific, with his beady, green eyes and monstrously large mouth. It’s positively chilling.

Final Thoughts: THE IMMORTAL HULK #10

THE IMMORTAL HULK #10 is an incredibly disgusting, horrific book. That’s exactly what Ewing and Bennett were going for, though. If you’re squeamish, do not pick up this issue. But if you’re a horror junkie, like me, you have to buy this book.

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