The Revenge Of Joe Fixit – Immortal Hulk #17 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Bruce Banner is wounded and lost inside Shadow Base Site A. Bushwacker is hunting Bruce for sport, and, with the UV radiation being emitted within the base, there’s currently no hope of a Hulk rescue. However, an old personality is currently in control of Bruce’s body: Joe Fixit. Joe was always resourceful and creative, and he may just be the only hope for survival which Bruce Banner has left. Meanwhile, Shadow Base and General Fortean are already working on their next contingency.

Immortal Hulk #17 cover by Alex Ross
Immortal Hulk #17 cover by Alex Ross

Immortal Hulk #17 finds the return of the Joe Fixit personality and Bruce Banner in a most precarious position. Bruce is unable to Hulk out, and there is a trained, sadistic killer out for his blood.

It’s a tense issue, with Joe Fixit being the main POV for the book. You know Bruce/Joe will get out of it somehow, but you’re not sure how or how gruesome it will be. Given the Immortal Hulk series so far, you know for a fact that it will be gruesome to some degree.

Fear not, by the way. The Immortal Hulk streak of body horror returns in this issue, and it’s more macabre and creative than ever before.

The Joe Fixit personality proves fairly entertaining in this issue as well. I wasn’t a fan of the concept, but he’s more ruthless and cruel in this issue than I recall him being. He made for a genuinely fun character in this comic.

Immortal Hulk #17 art by Joe Bennett, Ruy Jose, Paul Mounts, and letterer VC's Cory Petit
Immortal Hulk #17 art by Joe Bennett, Ruy Jose, Paul Mounts, and letterer VC’s Cory Petit

As always, Joe Bennett knocks it out of the park with his artwork in this comic. The battle between Bruce Banner/Joe Fixit and Bushwacker is visceral and brutal. The body horror is highly-detailed and unnerving. Ruy Jose kills it on the inking side of things, and Paul Mounts provides wonderful color work.

Immortal Hulk #17 is another incredible issue from Al Ewing, Joe Bennett, Ruy Jose, and Paul Mounts. It’s tense, brutal, and visually unnerving. It’s a fantastic comic and easily worthy of a recommendation. Give it a read.

Immortal Hulk #17 comes to us from writer Al Ewing, artist Joe Bennett, inker Ruy Jose, color artist Paul Mounts, letterer VC’s Cory Petit, cover artist Alex Ross, and variant cover artist Heyjin Im.

(As an addendum, I’ve decided to start giving review scores)

Final Score: 9/10

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