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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: 3
  • Inhyuk Lee Green Hulk Cover
  • Inhyuk Lee Red Hulk Cover
  • Cosbaby Variant
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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Review Friday: The Incredible Hulk: Last Call #1 (2019)

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Writer: Peter David
Artist: Pencils Dale Keown
Artist: Ink
  • Mark Farmer
  • Mark Deering
  • Walden Wong
  • Scott Hanna
Cover Price:

Secondary Market:

$4.99

$2.49 – $99.00

Variants: 2
  • 1:50 Yoon Variant
  • Kubert Variant
Publisher: Marvel Comics

I will defend the Peter David’s 12 year+ run on the Hulk title till my last breath.  He is a genius who helped the Hulk break new creative groud for a little more than a decade.  He even helped clean up the mess that was the Bruce Jones run years later.  That said, this isn’t the best showing of that man’s talents.  While on the subject, Dale Keown was a superstar artist who made the Hulk a top seller in the early 90’s with his amazing illustrations!  Since then Keown has continued his impressive talents, mainly on covers, but he’ll occasionally pencil a full Marvel mag.  That said, this is also not one of Keown’s most memorable standings.  When David and Keown last met they collaborated to bring us Hulk: The End and did not disappoint at all!  This time around Keown’s stagnant pencils don’t inspire the same kind of awe they once did.

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This issue opens with a retread of the ole’ Betty/Veronica joke that last made it to us thanks to Robert Downey Jr’s inclusion of the aptly named satelite holding the Hulkbuster armor in Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Veronica works at the Suicide Prevention Hotline during the holidays when Bruce calls in to chat.  He talks about the most recent attempts that he has made to end his curse.  Now, his new plan is to have a sniper take him out the moment Bruce gives him the sign.

We get a quick origin of Bruce and Betty’s humble beginnings.  From the moment they first met to the declaration of the two being united in marriage.  More time passes with the Bruce and Betty disecting the relationship between the man and the monster.  Bruce even recounts the time he had a run in with Betty’s gamma transformed other side (no, not THAT one!) This one:

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The battle between the two green monsters might be the highlight of the entire issue as they trade blows and barbs.  Bruce recounts everything to Veronica until they are interrupted by Veronica’s boyfriend – the villainous Mr. Hyde!  The Hulk comes to the lady’s rescue and takes the battle to the streets!  Early on, Hyde takes control of the fight, throwing the Hulk like a sack of potatoes!

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The fatal flaw is the mention of Betty’s passing.  The moment Hyde mentions Betty’s name (this was around the time before she was resurrected by the Leader and MODOK) The Hulk lets his fists do the taking and batters the bad guy into the ground!  Hyde finally stops the assault with a quick condolence.  Bruce finds the will to live – again – when Veronica thanks him for saving her life.  He gives the sign to call off the hit and we see Deadpool, rooftop, feeling relieved to not have to go through with killing Bruce.  His “heart” just wasn’t into it.

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What did you guys think of the issue? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Villains:
  • Harpy
  • Mr. Hyde
Grade: Bag and Board It

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The Immortal Hulk #18 (2019)

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

Secondary Market:

$3.99

$3.50 – $79.90

Variants: 5
  • Battle Lines (Hulkbuster) Variant Cover
  • Red Harpy Variant
  • Red Harpy Virgin Variant
  • Inhyuk Lee Iron Man Variant
  • Inhyuk Lee Iron Man Virgin Variant
Publisher: Marvel Comics

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Joe continues to be in the driver’s seat.  Bruce comes to a week later in a limo with no idea what the Grey Hulk has been up to.  Samson also wakes and crawls out of the crater left by Fixit’s actions with Alpha Flight on the trail of the Hulk.  Apparently no one told the good Doctor that snitches get stitches because he sends the Canadian super-team off in the direction of his old patient.  Meanwhile, Jackie McGee has made a new friend in the Red Harpy.  Oh – did I mention Bruce is also being trailed by a huge gamma-mass of gross called the Abomination?  This isn’t your Dad’s Abomination either, kiddos!

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Arriving at Fixit’s Motel Bruce tries to make sense of the mess that is currently his life.  As Bruce enters, the Abomination appears and kills the limo driver with his face-hand!  Bruce tries to organize his thoughts trying to locate the rest of the Hulks while Samson keeps spilling the beans to Alpha-Flight about the Devil Hulk’s plan to kill the eradictate the human world.  The crazy Canucks get in a tizzy thinking the Hulk is out to destroy all humans… all because that’s exactly what he said he wanted to do!  Titania begins talking sense stating that it isn’t just the Hulk people should worry about but the “good” guys trying to stop him.

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Abomination is doing his best to keep overhead low at Banner’s Motel.  Hulk has a problem with his technique of laying people off and decides to intervene.  While the two Gamma monsters trade blows Hulk tries to figure out who his opponent really is.  When Abomination opens his face-hand he sees two Rick Jones faces staring back at him!

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Wow, what an issue!  Wow, what a series thus far!  Rick Jones, man, that guy either has it made in the shade of his luck REALLY runs out!  I can’t say I envy his power right now as he seems to be a pretty mindless killing machine!

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

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The Immortal Hulk #17 (2019)

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

Secondary Market:

$3.99

$3.99 – $87.00

Variants: 5
  • Battle Lines Variant Cover
  • Inhyuk Lee Spider-Man Variant
  • Red She Hulk Variant
  • Dell’Otto Variant
  • Inhyuk Lee Wolverine Variant
Publisher: Marvel Comics

The mad variants continue.  Sometimes variant hunting can be fun but this series is getting out of control.  You have to rely on eBay just to get all the covers and what’s fun about clicking a mouse to go comic hunting!  At least the story is entertaining as hell!

This issue opens where we last left off.  Bruce Banner being hunted by Burbank but Bruce isn’t Bruce at all.  With the UV rays turning the Hulk’s body back to Banner’s skinny white boy duds Burbank thinks he has an easy kill on his hands.  Too bad Banner is still hidden away in the body’s mind and it’s Fixit who Burbank is dealing with!

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Shadow base is watching the entire confrontation unfold.  Fixit notices that there are gamma irradiated animals all around him – maybe left overs from the Aaron run – and he immediately smashes through the glass holding the gamma ants.  He tosses them at Burbank and then tries to punch him out.  Of course, soft human tissue has no chance against cyborg innards!  For some reason Burbank kept his naughty beans and Fixit takes advatage of his sensitive parts!

Dr. McGowan back at Shadow base is reading up on who Fixit is.  The soldiers realize they are against a formidable foe and ask Burbank to take care of the situation as soon as possible.  Meanwhile Joe has smashed his way through a gamma fish fishtank into a hidden office.  He finds the passcode to the computer system as Shadow Base turns up the UV thinking they are hurting Banner more.  The reality of the situation is much worse… for them.

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Burbank catches up to Banner and fills him full of holes.  They tell Burbank to cut him into pieces but Banner suddenly comes to and slaps the taste out Burbank’s mouth!  He then explains that the UV emitters when turned up eventually emit Gamma.  Banner Hulks out in one of the most grotesque transformations ever and takes Burbank (and the mountain they were in) out.

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Shadow Base is underterred as they ask McGowan if Subject B is ready.  She takes General Fortean to a tank holding their new specimen that they used Rick Jones body to create.  A new Abomination!

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Villains:
  • Burbank (Sniper)
  • General Fortean
  • Abomination (Cameo)
Grade: Bag and Board It

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Hulkverines #3 (2019)

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Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Pencils / Ink Ario Anindito
Cover Price:

Secondary Market:

$4.99

$3.59 – $4.99

Variants: 1
  • Zaffino Variant
Publisher: Marvel Comics

“No pants are safe” Is this a way to call this mini-series a piece of crap?  That’s the most brilliant piece of writing in this while mini-series!

The whole Weapon H family including the Hulkverine crew (ugh, hopefully that won’t stick) are all coming up to the surface.  Immediately Wolverine and Hulk are kidnapped and made into Hulkverine hybrids.  How exactly?  Ummm… science?  Maybe I’d buy dosing Logan with gamma – but how exactly does Banner get claws?  This is what Pak has been reduced to…

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They drop the two raging monsters on Shadow Base where the two monsters immediately start tearing it apart.  The Avengers are called to help take down to the crazed heroes.  That’s when Weapon H shows up to take care of business.  Clay fights Wolverine and Hulk to a stand still and then faces off against the Leader.  Clay ejects one of his claws (wait – what?  How?) and takes out the Leader’s control of the heroes.  This sends the two enraged heroes after the evil geniuses.  But Alba has a trick up her sleeve and collects the nanobots that transformed the heroes in the first place.

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She then turns her attention to Clay and sends the bots inside of him – making him go mad.  But Clay is driven by love (or something stupid like that) and the bots can’t control him ever again.  This sends Leader and Alba running away.  So with Banner and Logan back to normal and Clay with his family everyone lives happily ever after – including Stearns and Alba who close out this series with some smooches.

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I would like to say this series was a waste but that would be too kind.  It’s seriously terrible.

 

 

Villains:
    • The Leader
    • Dr. Alba
Grade: Bag and Board It

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