The Immortal Hulk #10

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ImmortalHulk10VCIt’s hard to imagine that many readers actually understood what was happening throughout Al Ewing’s plot for Issue Ten of “The Immortal Hulk”. For whilst the British comic writer’s narrative undoubtedly contains plenty of pulse-pounding pugilism between an atrociously emaciated titular character and a grotesquely mutilated creature which was once Carl “Crusher” Creel, any rationale as to just why the close proximity of two such disgusting-looking combatants should lead to the opening of “the Green Door” and sudden creation of Hell on Earth is severely lacking.

In fact in many ways, the storyline to “Thaumiel” genuinely seems to have been comprised of anything mindlessly violent or gratuitous which the former “2000 A.D.” author could think of so as to help ‘pad out’ this particular twenty-page periodical. Certainly, it must have been difficult for this book’s audience to rationalise just how the Absorbing Man was still breathing after the “One Below All” literally tears him asunder from within, or just why Shadow Base’s secret operative Bushwhacker is ordered to prophetically pause before firing at Bruce Banner’s seemingly invulnerable alter-ego until “the moment”?

True, this delay does provide Carl Burbank with a later opportunity to fool the Green Goliath into believing that Walter Langkowski’s Gamma Flight have seemingly shot him through the eye with a cyanide hollow-point bullet. But General Reginald Fortean’s fortuitous belief that they’ll be a better opening for his cybernetically enhanced marksman to injure the Hulk than the one where “Codename Red Dog” is arguably already besting the super-strong human mutate is debatably a little too conveniently clunky; especially as it entirely rests upon the premise that Sasquatch, Puck and Jacqueline McGee first need to properly assemble at Alpha Flight Space Station and then subsequently deploy to Los Diablos in New Mexico.

Fortunately, despite this magazine apparently requiring the talents of three different inkers, Joe Bennett’s pencilling somehow manages to shoulder much of this publication’s substandard storytelling burden, by carrying any and all “Hulk-heads” along with his tremendously dynamic action-packed panels. Whether it be the savage monster’s gut-wrenching, eye-wincing wreckage of Creel’s horrifically disfigured walking remains, or the gamma-green giant’s confrontation with a laser-gun wielding Eugene Judd, the Brazilian’s panels are as captivating as their contents are predominantly physically gruesome.

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For the past forty or so years I have been collecting American comics… To begin with they were predominantly black and white British reprints of “Marvel Comics Group” titles such as “Spider-Man Comics Weekly”, “The Mighty World of Marvel” and “Star Wars Weekly”; all six to ten pence editions I could store away under my bed in a large cardboard box. As a result though I was introduced to the teenage angst of Peter Parker, the discovery of a frozen Captain America by Earth's Mightiest Heroes, witnessed the dreadful rage of Doctor Bruce Banner, and even travelled to a galaxy far far away... Later I would be able to afford actual America colour comic books and supplemented my collection of “Marvel” titles such as “Conan the Barbarian”, “Howard the Duck” and “Captain America” with some “DC Comics” issues of “Batman”, “Green Lantern” and “Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew”. There would even be time for Independent publications such as “Wildcats”, “Spawn” and “The Authority”. These days however I must admit to yearning back to the simpler times of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, back to when both artwork and storylines were straightforward, easy to follow and super-heroes were just starting out on their adventures. A time when no-one had yet to be resurrected from the dead for the fourth time. I've written over seven hundred comic book reviews on my blog over the past few years, with them usually following my latest purchases, all wrapped up in a large brown paper bag, as well as occasional ‘flashbacks’ to some of the classic "Golden Age" issues I already own…

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