The Immortal Hulk #1 Review

Writer: Al Ewing

Pencils: Joe Bennett

Inks: Ruy José

Color Artist: Paul Mounts

An idea with limitless possibilities is currently taking a very safe route. The Immortal Hulk #1 has its moments, but is too predictable to be much fun. Hopefully, this series will simply be a slow burn and the story will begin with the setup out of the way for #2.

That being said, the book was a quick read with decent pacing. Scenes progressed very methodically, and were transitioned to and from nicely with the color changes. Two page spreads were used expertly to convey this more monstrous take on the Hulk.  Fans of the more mainstream version of the Hulk may be upset, however those interested in a different take could be more intrigued. This is more of a classic horror book than an Incredible Hulk book. Hulk is a bit too sadistic to root for, with no good character to contrast against him. The themes are familiar, but could become interesting if less derivative. Ewing has a blurb at the end that adds more appreciation and perspective to where this story could go, and is worth a read.

The art is mostly well done with a nice, classic horror feel. There are many times dramatic lighting is used to good effect. Facial expressions are lovingly exaggerated. Unfortunately, the lettering, while readable, can get garish to the point of being confusing, or sucking the reader out of the story due to clashing with the art. The other downside artwise is sometimes the camera is too close to the characters, so scenes can get muddled. The second half of the book has more variation in both art and story, which gives a glimmer of hope for book #2.

Overall, despite being underwhelming, there is room for a great story in future issues.