The Immortal Hulk #5

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ImmortalHulk5“Guest-starring Alpha Flight’s Sasquatch”, as well as featuring a few touching paragraphs detailing the recently deceased Steve Ditko’s contribution as “one of the original architects of the Hulk” in its “Gamma-Grams” Letters Page, this twenty-page periodical undoubtedly delivered upon its pre-publication promise of depicting its titular character being involved “in a brutal, bloody battle with the monster who made him.” Yet whilst on the surface this graphic violence is seemingly supplied by the Green Goliath’s simply stunning heavyweight bout against Walter Langowski’s orange-furred alter ego, in reality Al Ewing’s script tries to tell a rather befuddling story concerning the return of Doctor Brian Banner “in through the Green Door.”

Indeed, for those readers unaware of Bruce’s long-dead father’s fate Issue Five of “The Immortal Hulk” may well have proved a bit too mystifying with its revelation that “dad” now somehow has “the ability to possess gamma mutates” and resultantly has been inhabiting the Canadian superhero for some considerable time ever since the ‘Jock’ “stayed as Sasquatch too long”. On its own this perturbing possession may well have produced an innovatively surprising plot-twist, yet instead it rather begs the question as to how the supervillain’s spirit subsequently “got into Hotshot’s girlfriend too” if the murderous former nuclear physicist was already residing within the subconsciousness of someone aboard Alpha Flight Space Station..?

To make matters arguably more confusing though, the British writer then muddies the water even more so by having the Hulk suggest that someone else is actually behind Brian’s mental control of Langowski’s physical form; a mysterious unknown entity who can both clearly bring back the dead as well as open the repeatedly mentioned “Green Door.” Fortunately however, any passing bibliophile merely perusing “In Every Mirror” whilst stood beside the spinner rack should easily forget its debatably bamboozling narrative in favour of the comic’s utterly awesome ‘thrill-a-second’ action sequences.

Joe Bennett is clearly at the very top of his game as he pencils a truly fearsomely savage Sasquatch not only going toe-to-toe with the Hulk, but momentarily actually overpowering his old adversary with claw rakes to the chest. In fact, it’s rare to see a punch from Bruce’s gamma-induced form ever held in check, let alone see the monster’s eyes be gouged out from their sockets in a truly terrifying piece of pencilling; “Take a good look, my special boy. You’ll see a darker shadow than yours.”

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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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