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Friday Review! Immortal Hulk #23 (2019)

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Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Pencils Joe Bennet
Artist: Ink
  • Ruy Jose
  • Belardino Brabo
Cover Price:

Secondary Market:

$3.99

$2.87 – $20.00

Variants: 1
  • Keown Wraparound Betty Banner Harpy Variant
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Last review I left off saying the this issue should be a doozy – and I was right!  I didn’t even know HOW right but I can confidently say that if you’re not reading this series by now you obviously don’t enjoy comics.  Well written, exciting, surprising and downright thrilling comics!  We left off with the Hulk (and Gamma Flight) bringing the fight to Fortean at Shadow Base.  We’ve all seen Fortean these last few issues seemingly losing his mind so now he has the opportunity to back up all that bravado with some action!

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We begin, though, with a McGee flashback of the day that she first encountered the Hulk.  A scared little girl looking into the eyes of an angry, overgrown child.  Years later she is jumping into action with the Hulk and his family, Samson, Jones and Betty… well, a version of Betty.  As the family sets off on their mission the Hulk stays behind with Gamma Flight to distract Fortean and the gang!  Unfortunately for the gamma-crew it seems Fotean in fact does have back up plans for back up plans as every move they make is met with a swift and devastating counter move!

Early on it seems the gamma gang will pull this one out as Creel is able to figure out how NOT to get drugged and Hulk laughs off a direct threat.  Once the Hulk is hit with Solar Emitters it seems as though their best weapon is down for the count!  Until Puck, finally being useful for the first time in his super hero career, rips the literal brains out of the machines!

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Dr. McGowan watches the carnage through the security cameras  and realizes she has brought this upon her and her team.  For once she begins to feel regret – not excitement for the gamma research and advances they’ve made – but relief that all the “science” she’s tampered with has finally come back for payback!  As Rick, Betty and McGee enter the lab they notice Del Frye in the corner.  McGowan informs them that she has been trying to ease his pain.  That saves her from an inevitable end at the hands of Jones.

Back at the Fortean fight, Samson is taken out, Creel and Titania are down for the count, followed quickly by Puck.  Hulk is the last one standing, and with a quick reguritiation of acid, Fortean believes he has won the fight.  That is until the Hulk rips off the melting skin, still ready to fight!

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Wow, what an ending!  I thought when Betty ripped the Hulk’s heart out was gruesome – this might just top it!  Pick this issue up is you haven’t already and catch up on this series!

Villains:
  • General Fortean
  • Shadow Base
Grade: Bag and Board It

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Review Friday! Fantastic Four #13 (2019)

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Writer: Dann Slott
Artist: Pencils Sean Izaakse
Artist: Ink Sean Izaakse
Cover Price:

Secondary Market:

$3.99

$3.59 – $19.95

Variants: 1
  • 80th Frame Variant
  • Bring on the Bad Guys Variant
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Historically we all know the Thing cannot beat the Hulk. It’s been documented quite a few times over with everyone aware that the Thing lacks the muscle to take the Hulk down.  Knowing this, I was acutely aware we may actually see something a bit different this time around.  I immediately was a bit let down with the issue seeing the Hulk-less cover.

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Inside the issue there is a classic knock-down drag-out fight between the two heroes.  This time there is a time limit as the drug that Reed gave Grimm will turn him human in less than an hour.  Thing might be able to take a punch from the Hulk – but it would be the end of Grimm.  As they trade blows Grimm mentions Alicia being trapped underground an The Puppet Master lets a concerned, shocked reaction slip, hinting to Grimm he’s not actually fighting his old friend!

Brutal blows between the two continue to be exchanged as Alicia leads the buried out of the avalanche of rubble.  Time is ticking away for Grimm as he is about to revert to his human form.  He must find a way to beat the Hulk or be killed!  Alicia comes out of nowhere to give Grimm the pep talk he needs to give it the old college try!

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The Hulk charges – Grimm cocks his fist back – and lands the blow of his life!  Not only knocking the Hulk down but also destroying the puppet the Puppet Master is using!  Grimm becomes his fleshy self and drops to the ground as well.

Waking in the hospital a week later he is upset at missing his chance at having a human honeymoon with his wife but is reminded that he finally knocks the Hulk out and to be proud of that accomplishment!

Epilogue: Hulk doesn’t take too kindly to being used for someone else’s games and lets the Puppet Master know in no uncertain terms!

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While I always enjoy a good Hulk v Thing fight – and don’t even mind the Thing coming out on top once in a while, this fight seems lackluster at best.  I feel like the Hulk could’ve tried to fight his way through the mind control or at least had a spell or two of clarity excusing his behavior.  I’m still not sure how I feel about the Hulk enjoying breaking every bone in the Puppet Masters body – that seemed out of character, even for the Devil Hulk.

Villains:
  • Puppet Master
Grade: Bag and Board It

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Review Friday! The Immortal Hulk #22 (2019)

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Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Pencils Joe Bennet
Artist: Ink
  • Ruy Jose
  • Belardino Brabo
Cover Price:

Secondary Market:

$3.99

$3.19 – $39.00

Variants: 3
  • Regular Cover
  • Joe Fixit Cover
  • Joe Fixit Virgin Variant
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Before I begin with the review, I know I usually highlight the regular cover – and Alex Ross knocks it out of the Park again, as usual, but I loved the classic Abomination cover so much I had to post that one instead!  Our regular artist Joe Bennet is back and we have been given some gorgeous visuals to drool over in this issue.  The narrative keeps moving forward with Shadow Base forming a battle ready crew to take the Hulk down – but after Fortean’s attack on Alpha Flight, even taking out the leader, has he bitten off more than he can chew?  What will Alpha Flight’s retaliation be like?  Will they take out Shadow Base before they can take out the Hulk?

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With Sasquatch out of the picture the rest of “Gamma” Flight is looking to take payback against Fortean, especially for crossing the line with moves like shooting Creel up with morphine!  Back at Shadow Base Dr. McGowan is tearing Fortean a new a-hole over his actions as well.  She’s especially disturbed by Fortean’s reckless actions resulting in him becoming the new Abomination!  Fortean is clearly out of control and he’s only getting more obsessed and harder to reach with simple reasoning!

Meanwhile, Betty, Banner, McGee and the Jones corpse are all chilling in a hotel room where Betty refuses to speak to Bruce outright and Jones has started to show signs of improvement from “dead” to “not as dead.”  With Banner unable to handle the ongoing saga that has become his life it’s Joe and McGee who have a heart to heart.  The convo is cut short when Betty alerts everyone to Jones’ apparent resurrection.  While he has certainly looked better as least he will save money in night lights.

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Jones remembers everything and knows exactly where Shadow Base resides.  Back at Gamma Flight, the team looks to make a move on Fortean as quickly as possible so that they don’t see it coming.  Unfortunately,  Fortean has psychics on the payroll and he sees everything that’s coming!  They already have the team surrounded when they transport into the base.  Fortean displays his smugness and takes a special pleasure in explaining how prepared he is – until he realizes that he doesn’t know anything!  The Hulk, with his crew of monsters in tow, break into Shadow Base bringing the fight to them!

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Next issue should be a real doozy!

Villains:
  • General Fortean
  • Shadow Base
Grade: Bag and Board It

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Friday Review! Fantastic Four #12 (2019)

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Writer: Dann Slott
Artist: Pencils Sean Izaakse
Artist: Ink Sean Izaakse
Cover Price:

Secondary Market:

$3.99

$3.50

Variants: 1
  • Carnagized Variant
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Of course with the restart of the Fantastic Four it was only a matter of time before the Thing and the Hulk tussled again.  The Thing has never seen a Hulk like this before so the readers know they are in for a hell of a fight!  With everything going on the world of the Hulk right now I will say I was surprised to see the Hulk even bothering to meet up with the rock monster for the latest fist to cuffs.

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The issue has the Thing heading on his honey moon with an injected chemical promising to turn the Thing into his former fleshy self.  Once to the vacation point something that has been traveling through the ocean to seek out Grimm.  That thing turns out to be the Immortal Hulk!

The Hulk, being controlled by the Puppet Master, is itching to fight the Thing.  What follows is a classic slamming punch-fest between the two frenemies.  Things are at high tension because the Thing is due to change and due to the ruckus an avalanche was triggered and it has left Alicia, the Thing’s wife, buried under rubble.

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This was a quick read that I really wished touched on more of the ongoing series between the two titles but it was still good to see the Thing battling ole’ green jeans himself!  I look forward to the next issue where we see the fight come to a conclusion!

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Villains:
  • Puppet Master
Grade: Bag and Board It

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Friday Review: Immortal Hulk #21 (2019)

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Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Pencils Ryan Bodenheim
Artist: Ink Ryan Bodenheim
Cover Price:

Secondary Market:

$3.99

$3.50 – $110.00

Variants: 4
  • Inhyuk Lee Green Hulk Cover
  • Inhyuk Lee Red Hulk Cover
  • Cosbaby Variant
  • SDCC Cover
Publisher: Marvel Comics

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If you’ve ever wondered what made General Fortean such an incredible pain in the ass and a psychotic Hulk hunter well this is the issue you’ve been waiting for!  The issue runs through the whole history beginning with his family life to his first interaction with the Hulk.

We also follow Fortean through his rescue mission to get the new Abomination husk back.  What I appreciated the most in this issue is the constant call backs and reminders that Al Ewing, not only knows his Hulk continuity, but he respects it.  Having Ross remind the readers of the moment when Doc Green stole the gamma powers from him, returning him back to the angry blow hard he always was.

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Fortean doesn’t even try to argue with Alpha Flight to get the carcass back he just gets beamed into their HQ and immediately takes out Creel and Titania.  He moves to jacking up Samson and Langkowski and then brings the hollow Abomination body back to Shadow Base.

You’d think that would be it – but no – Ewing ends this crazy trip with Fortean suiting up in the actual Abomination husk!

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Villains:
  • General Fortean
  • Shadow Base
Grade: Bag and Board It

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Friday Review: The Immortal Hulk #20 (2019)

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Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Pencils Joe Bennet
Artist: Ink
  • Ruy Jose
  • Belardino Barbo
  • Marc Deering
Cover Price:

Secondary Market:

$3.99

$3.50 – $110.00

Variants: 11
  • Carnage Title Cover
  • Carnage Variant
  • B&W Carnage Variant
  • Sienkiewicz Variant
  • Ross Tank Variant
  • Ross #1 Homage Variant
  • Greg Horn Variant
  • Greg Horn Virgin Variant
  • Lucio Parillo Variant
  • Keown Green Virgin Variant
  • Keown Grey Virgin Variant
Publisher: Marvel Comics

You’ve read above right – the insane variant releases continue!  There are 3 released widely with at least 8 of them being exclusive covers.  That’s a hard trek to climb – including the shipping costs it’s easily going to cost $500 with the premium amount they are asking.  That being said, the comic is still outstanding!

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Without the secondary market, We still get a compelling story every month that has not slowed down! After the final page of the last issue I was wondering if we were even going to see the Hulk in this issue.  With a book called “Immortal Hulk” I should have known the answer!  Bruce Banner is having a lively conversation with his dead father in “The Place Below”.  You know, as one does.  Brian Banner never stops playing mind games with his son as he also gives information about Gamma and how it’s not just a chemical to blow things up or make green monsters.

Hulk’s healing factor kicks into high gear and he comes to to slap the new Abomination around.  Hulk tells Harpy to rip his stomach out and stop the flesh eating acid – but careful – it’s still Rick Jones underneath after all!  With the reporter still following along and Shadow Base ready to attack, the Hulk uncharacteristically saves the woman when the Shadow Base’s flying tanks approach.  The Harpy and Abomination go at it with both trying to kill each other.  The Harpy takes Abomination high up and as Jones begs to be killed she releases him on top of one of the tanks!

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The damaged tank runs into the other and they both explode!  Hulk then yells out “TANKS for the memories!”  Just kidding – he doesn’t do that, thank goodness!  He does rip Jones dead body out of the broken Abomination carcass.

Alpha Flight (or Gamma Flight – but I’m not particularly sold on that name) arrive to try and make sense of the scene.  Meanwhile Banner’s starved body wakes in a hell and is confronted by an enlightened being.  The title of the issue gives us a clue to the being Megatron – one of the most powerful angels – but I am unsure of the other body on the floating crater with Banner – does anyone else know who that is?

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To cap off the issue we are given what seems like a deleted scene and a real enticement for the upcoming Absolute Carnage.  It seems Thunderbolt Ross’ body has also disappeared but crimson tendrils are spotted around the area…

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Villains:
  • Abomination
  • Shadow Base
  • Brian Banner
Grade: Bag and Board It

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Friday Review: The Immortal Hulk #19 (2019)

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Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Pencils Joe Bennet
Artist: Ink Ruy Jose
Cover Price:

Secondary Market:

$3.99

$3.50 – $110.00

Variants: 6
  • Marvel 25th Tribute Variant Cover
  • Spider Armor Suit Variant
  • New Abomination  Variant
  • New Abomination Virgin Variant
  • Deodato Jr. Hulk Variant
  • Deodato Jr. Hulk Virgin Variant
Publisher: Marvel Comics

 

I don’t swear often after reading a comic book but I did this time!  I almost couldn’t even believe what I had just read!  I try to keep the reviews light and don’t give too many exact details because I want you to read the books yourself so keep that in mind when you read the review for this insane issue!

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We pick up in the past with Captain Fortean flirting with Betty Ross.  We immediately are brought back to the present where we last left the Hulk facing off against the new Abomination.  Dr. McGowan is freaking out that Fortean has released the Abomination in a populated area.  The new gamma infused creation doesn’t know anything but killing – there is no other “human” side to this freak.  Even worse, when the Hulk went to fight this creature it does not go well…

Immediately, Abomination swallows the Hulk’s fist and then regurgitates acid, burning the Hulk’s fist off!  Even worse, Hulk’s healing factor doesn’t seem to be helping at all.  Meanwhile the new Abomination calls out for someone to kill him!  If there is no Rick Jones – no human side at all – who is asking to be put out of their misery?

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Shadow Base soldiers converge on the area to clean up the mess that their new creation is making – but cleaning up just means the soldiers kill anyone who witnesses the carnage!  That is until Jackie McGee and the Harpy show up.  No matter how much firepower the soldiers brought there really is no match for the Harpy’s speed!  She rips through the armed men in mere minutes, tearing them limb from limb!

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Fortean doesn’t seem to fazed as he just watches the Harpy rip her way through the army!  Then she follows a scent until she comes across the grizzly scene where the Hulk’s arms, legs and eyes have all been melted from acid!  Thank goodness the Harpy is here to save him, right?  Yeah… not so much.

She claws the Hulk’s chest open and tears out his heart – all while the Hulk asks Betty “why?”!  It’s one of the most insane things I’ve read in the Hulk’s history and I almost couldn’t look away!

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Villains:
  • Abomination
  • Shadow Base
  • Red Harpy
Grade: Bag and Board It

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