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We meet a Roxxon security guard working at the Wyoming facility. He’s a middle-aged father who feels increasingly disconnected from our world. His teenage daughter has turned rebellious, and he’s disturbed by the rise of the “Teen Brigade,” an anti-Roxxon youth movement built around the Hulk and his new crusade. He begins his shift for the day and the Teen Brigade begins a protest outside his Roxxon facility. Meanwhile, Dario Agger, aka the Minotaur, struggles with how to deal with the Hulk. Banner shut down Roxxon’s social media projects. Agger wants a way to still monetize the Hulk, but no options have presented themselves…yet.
Immortal Hulk #28 takes a step back from the Jade Giant himself and focuses on the shockwaves he’s created in his new war against Roxxon and their rapacious ilk. The focal points are the Minotaur and an unnamed Roxxon security guard.
The Minotaur is merely continuing the corporate rampage we’ve already seen from him. He admits that he initially had no intention of actually dealing with the Hulk per his government contract, but the Hulk has pissed him off enough so that is no longer the case. That said, he still wants to make money off of this war with Banner, and he will find a way.
The security guard is a new figure who looks strangely like a slightly younger Thunderbolt Ross. He’s the man left behind–a middle-aged working class guy afraid of the new world and willing to scare it off with the barrel of a gun. He’s pitiable but far from sympathetic. His story is interesting, as it does give us a view of the Hulk’s revolution from the average working joe at Roxxon.
Tom Reilly and Matías Bergara are the artists on this issue and they provide a more stylized aesthetic. It tones down the comic a bit, as Joe Bennett’s distinctive style gave the book and intense and urgent atmosphere. Here, we’re dealing with more day-to-day fallout from the Hulk’s actions and Reilly and Bergara deliver that aesthetic well. Chris O’Halloran’s color work is similarly toned down, giving the book more muted and paler shades. It all looks quite good and suits the tone of the narrative well.
Immortal Hulk #28 finds a movement swelling behind the Hulk’s war against Roxxon. We get to see how both the top and bottom of the company are dealing with this crusade, and it’s, naturally, quite violent. It’s another compelling read from this series, and it earns a recommendation. Check it out.
Immortal Hulk #28 comes to us from writer Al Ewing, artists Tom Reilly and Matías Bergara, color artist Chris O’Halloran, letterer VC’s Cory Petit, cover artist Alex Ross, and variant cover artist Dale Keown with Jason Keith.
Final Score: 8.5/10
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