The Immortal Hulk #7

9

Amazing

ImmortalHulk7VCAbsolutely crammed full of some of the Green Goliath’s hardest punches ever depicted, at least as far as the God of Thunder is concerned, Al Ewing’s script for Issue Seven of “The Immortal Hulk” contains a truly astounding fist-fight between its titular character and the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes which must surely have mesmerised many of this comic’s audience in October 2018. In fact, it is debatably difficult to recall a time when the likes of Ghost Rider, Thor Odinson, the Black Panther and She-Hulk have ever been so royally hammered by Bruce Banner’s alter-ego; “He overloaded the vibranium in my suit — Almost an impossibility.”

Rather enjoyably however, this twenty-page periodical’s plot isn’t simply about the Avengers getting their proverbial clocks cleaned at the hands of the gamma-powered giant either, as the British author also pays some welcome attention to the hapless citizens of Iowa who must understandably flee for their very lives once the “Green Alert” is sounded. Focusing primarily upon tiny Julian, an infant who was previously enjoying playing with his Captain Marvel and “Mega-Laser” Iron Man action figures before the alarm was sounded, these intermittent insights into the cost and utter upheaval the ensuing battle creates engagingly brings home the realisation to the reader that there’s more than physical penalty to every super-strong thump thrown; especially when it results in Carol Danvers having to “organise putting a thousand people on Alpha Flight transports” moments before the entire habitable area is vaporized.

Similarly as successful is the “2000 A.D.” writer’s remarkable ability to pen Tony Stark at his arrogant best, despite the “proficient” scientist’s supposedly all-powerful New Hulkbuster suit being bent into “a total write-off” within a matter of moments. Straight from the fight’s start, the dislikeable playboy is desperate to utilise “our big gun parked at 10,000 feet”, even though Shell-head’s team-mates have yet to witness the staggeringly awesome savagery of their jade-skinned opponent. Clearly capable of incinerating anything and everything within its nuclear radius, the Helios Laser is evidently a major last resort, yet the moustached industrialist seemingly can’t wait for an excuse to activate it and mercilessly ‘kill’ “a friend in need.”

Undoubtedly this book’s biggest asset though, has to be Joe Bennett’s sense-shattering pencilling, which really imbues each and every blow drawn with some significant weight. The Incredible Hulk’s trumping of Thor with a single, tooth-jarring sock to the jaw is bone-shudderingly sketched, and it’s evident from the artist’s subsequent panels depicting the bleary, red-eyed Asgardian just how much the skull fracturing hit hurt him.

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9

Amazing

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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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