Joe Fixit shows that even when he isn’t a Hulk, he’s still a force to be reckoned with.
The Devil Hulk may be dead. Bruce Banner is a captive of the Leader. Joe Fixit can’t Hulk out. Everything is looking pretty grim for the Immortal Hulk in this issue and it may not get any better.
You can feel the tension as everything ramps up in this issue. But even with the story approaching what feels like could be the end, there’s still plenty of surprises in store- including one of the best last page reveals in recent memory. It’s all in a day’s work for Al Ewing, Joe Bennett, Ruy Jose, Belardino Brabo, Paul Mounts, Matt Milla, and Cory Petit.
The Leader has escaped with Banner and what’s left of the Devil Hulk. All that remains in Banner’s mindscape is the utterly human Joe Fixit and the mournful Savage Hulk, while the Hulk’s body is trapped in Alpha Flight’s headquarters. Lucky for the Hulk, Joe Fixit doesn’t have to be big and grey to be a threat.
After a run of heavy and deeply horrifying issues, this one was a change of pace. Ewing still made it scary. He still pushed the limits. However, there’s a bit of levity in this issue, and the tone is more action-comedy than horror.
But there’s no exaggeration that this is still a great chapter. It probably gives us more insight into Joe Fixit than any other issue of the run to date, which the alter needed. It gave him more depth than I think even his extended run as the main Hulk ever did. It also builds to a fantastic last page and a title reveal that was impossible not to smile at.
Bennett continues to one-up himself. He redesigns Sasquatch, he gives us another grotesque transformation, and drops the Hulk from orbit. With Jose and Brabo’s inks, they continue to be one of the most solid art teams in comic right now, and keep delivering the goods each month. Mounts and Milla’s team-up on colors is pitch perfect, meshing so the reader can’t tell where one stops and the other begins, while also maintaining the visual language of the series.
The Hulk might be in the toughest spot he’s been in to date, and it looks like it’s going to be a wild and exciting ride.
Immortal Hulk #40 is available now from Marvel Comics.