Review – The Immortal Hulk #50
Writer: Al Ewing
Penciler: Joe Bennet
Inkers: Ruy Jose & Belardino Brabo
Colourist: Paul Mounts
Letterer: Cory Petit
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: October 13, 2021
Variant Artists: Everyone and yer granny
Of Hell and of Death
THE GIANT-SIZED FINALE!
• Down in the Below-Place, the Hulk searches among the ghosts of the past for the answers to all his questions.
• The One Below All, the Green Door, Samuel Sterns, Jackie McGee and Bruce Banner. It’s all been leading here.
• This is the last issue of THE IMMORTAL HULK.
Writer: Al Ewing
At the end of it all, we find the answer to the beginning and leave many fans Googling what a Demiurge is. Ewing takes the fan favourite title to its heart-breaking finale here with the kitchen sink approach to closing off a title. Sunshine Joe, Savage Hulk and Magee travel through the Below Place. Back in 1901, we find Stern’s grandparents showing the first dabbles in radiation, anger and dysfunctional fathers.
each character gets to understand their paternity issues and the links between Banner and Stern will never be the same.
I’m not going to give much more away as the 89-page issue needs to be read by fans and critics alike rather than through the medium of a review.
Ewing’s script is thick and heavy, and can not be read in isolation. All fifty issues deserve a read and have set a high bar that many writers are now using to measure their own work. Ram V’s work on Swamp Thing seems to be a direct result of the analysis of a character to find deeper emotion links with their history.
There are about 20 variant covers for this issue but to be fair, why would you want any cover other than Alex Ross’s main cover confuses me. The bizarre artwork of the Below Place and the various characters that have evolved out of it is almost without parallel and will be copied and mimicked by others for years to come
This will always be a decisive title and what better way to complete than to try and close all the plot points from previous issues while adding to the Banner mythos at the same time. Is it the ending we all had in our head, no, but that’s why we’re not writing comics and Ewing does. Immortal Hulk will be debated for a long time, and as long as people are speaking about it then that’s the point.
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