THE IMMORTAL HULK #6 doesn’t have as much action as prior issues, but it makes up for it with fantastically written sequences involving Bruce Banner and his inner monologue. Al Ewing truly understands the character, as evidenced by this issue. Lee Garbett’s art looks downright frightening, which makes the issue all the more memorable.
95 %
Taking it Slower

THE IMMORTAL HULK #6 once again shows that this book is one of the most interesting comics on the stands right now. In this issue, Bruce Banner’s inner monologue takes precedence for about half of the issue. We also learn who’s been behind many of the Gamma-infused threats Hulk faced throughout this series. Al Ewing writes yet another stupendous issue here, showing the fallout from the last issue’s shocking revelations. Guest artist Lee Garbett changes things up by straying away from regular artist Joe Bennett’s style. Overall, THE IMMORTAL HULK #6 proves to be another great entry in this series.

The Hulk in the Mirror in THE IMMORTAL HULK #6

Last issue, Hulk fought a possessed Sasquatch. He learned that the possessor turned out to be Bruce Banner’s father. THE IMMORTAL HULK #6 opens with Bruce Banner refusing to let the Hulk out of his mental cage after last issue’s battle. He explains that he doesn’t remember what happens while he’s the Hulk, but he doesn’t feel comfortable letting the Hulk out since he seemed shaken up by the fight. Meanwhile, we learn that General Ross’s old Hulk-fighting army platoon has a new leader: General Fortean. He keeps tabs on the Hulk’s relatives, loved ones and friends, but that’s not the extent of his misdeeds. Fortean also plans on creating an army of Gamma-infused monsters in order to do what Ross couldn’t: take down the Hulk.

THE IMMORTAL HULK #6 page 3. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

In order to succeed, he needs to run tests on a Gamma-powered person. He chooses Sasquatch. What will this mean for Walter Langowski? Pick up THE IMMORTAL HULK #6 to find out!

Focus on Banner in THE IMMORTAL HULK #6

Ewing changes things up this issue by putting some focus on Bruce Banner and his inner monologue. Most of the prior issues focused on ancillary characters. Banner has only had a supporting role in most issues. Ewing instead opens the book with a few pages narrated by Banner. We learn some new things, like how the Hulk no longer interacts directly with Banner in their shared mind-space, which they used to do regularly. Also, we learn that Bruce Banner thinks that the Hulk is smarter than him, which is a pretty big surprise. It’s not something Banner would normally say.

Ewing’s Banner dialogue is seriously on point. It adds some much needed background to the somewhat mysterious series. I really like the new Hulk-Banner dynamic. It brings out the Jekyll and Hyde aspect of their characters. The Hulk feels like his own personality, rather than an aspect of Banner’s anger and rage personified. It’s been done before, even as recently as Jason Aaron’s short run on the book, but I believe Ewing is already bringing more to this idea than some other writers have. I like that we’re getting more Banner, since he’s been sort-of out of the spotlight in his own book since the end of Mark Waid’s recent run on HULK.

Garbett Brings the Horror in THE IMMORTAL HULK #6

THE IMMORTAL HULK #6, at times, looks like a horror book. It seems quite intentional, especially since some issues of this book have been basically gothic horror stories about a vengeful monster, especially the first issue. In this issue, Garbett creates some real nightmare fuel. The Monitors looking in on Hulk’s supporting cast look pretty damn creepy. They have wires coming out of otherwise-empty eye sockets and have strange, neutral expressions. That’s already pretty scary, but then he draws the main character. While Joe Bennett has been drawing the Hulk in a very Jack Kirby-influenced style, Garbett brings his own take on ol’ Jade Jaws. His Hulk looks like a horrific monster.

THE IMMORTAL HULK #6 page 26. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

He looks like something out of a nightmare, all green muscle and angry, beady eyes. It’s one of my favorite takes on the Hulk. It makes him look as scary as he’s portrayed by the in-universe media.

Final Thoughts: THE IMMORTAL HULK #6

THE IMMORTAL HULK #6 slows down the story a bit, focusing on the downtime Banner and his villains have, but it’s still a very well-written issue. Ewing kept my interest piqued throughout the issue. Garbett’s frightening artwork elevates this issue even more.

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