The Immortal Hulk #3

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ImmortalHulk3VCApparently “inspired in part by an episode of the Italian strip Il Commissario Spada which involved the titular policeman chasing a purse-snatcher and asking various witnesses about him,” Al Ewing’s script to Issue Three of “The Immortal Hulk” probably seemed like a clever(ish) idea on paper, especially as its execution would mean editors Tom Brevoort and Wil Moss inviting a handful of artists in alongside regular Joe Bennett to provide the required carousel of creativity. Unfortunately however, those illustrators chosen for this pencilling gestalt are so markedly different from one another in technique, and arguably poor in their performance, that “Point Of View” debatably fast becomes such an unpalatable assault upon the senses that it is all too easy to put the publication down and perhaps just simply stare in wonder at Mahmud Asrar and Edgar Delgado’s awesome-looking variant cover celebrating ‘Fifty Years of Carol Danvers’.

For starters Leonardo Romero’s “The Cop’s Story” segment, whilst admirably based upon “the classic super hero style”, debatably suffers as a result of its mimicry of Sixties printing processes. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the Brazilian’s line-work, as the more modern-day colouration of his panels proves, and quite possibly an entire twenty-page periodical populated with such ‘vintage’ story-boarding would be perfectly passable. Yet seeing as the Sao Paulo-born artist’s pictures are persistently interposed with the utterly amateurish-looking “art-comix” drawings of Paul Hornschemeier, and then later Garry Brown’s heavy, scratchy-styled sketches, the entire look of the British writer’s narrative makes this magazine difficult to stick with even for a few minutes.

Indeed, with the exception of Jeff Lemire’s 2017 run on “Moon Knight”, it’s hard to recall a more diverse-looking “Marvel Worldwide” publication, especially when it intermixes its questionably more roughly hewn-looking passages with Marguerite Sauvage’s beautifully romanticised illustrations for “The Old Lady’s Story”. Sadly however, it may well have struck many in this book’s audience that there probably isn’t that much of a plot hidden beneath the multiple artists’ failing façade anyway, as this entire book’s script seems to tell a relatively straightforward tale of the Hulk thwarting Hotshot’s hostage-taking antics inside a church despite taking an energy bolt straight through the stomach. Admittedly, this plot does conclude with the surprising deaths of Lou Lembert and Jailbait, as well as the introduction of Walter Langkowski, but any sensationalism created by such twists are lost amidst this comic’s ill-conceived implementation.

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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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