‘King In Black: Immortal Hulk’ Is A Modern Christmas Fable

by Tony Thornley

Overview

The Immortal Hulk makes us cry.

Overall
9/10
9/10

Twas the night before Christmas, and all across the planet, the King in Black had conquered, leaving New York abandoned…

As the first of the King In Black tie-ins hit, the always reliable Immortal Hulk spins a holiday tale of horror amid Armageddon. Being the Hulk though, it may hit readers where they least expect it. It’s a tale of the worst Christmas eve in Marvel history by Al Ewing, Aaron Kuder, Frank Martin, Erick Arciniega, and Cory Petit.

In the wake of the Leader’s attack on the Hulks, only the childlike Savage Hulk and powerless Fixit remain. With both of them severely weakened, it may be the worst possible time to face the hordes of Knull. However, the symbiotes may just underestimate Joe Fixit and his determination to provide his childlike alter the best Christmas possible.

Ewing pulls off one of the toughest tasks in comics almost effortlessly- the silent issue. Except for the opening caption, the story is told entirely silent. It still gives us wonderful insight into the psyche of both Savage/Big Guy and Fixit, and lets them shine after they’ve sat in the background so long. Using no dialogue or captions also creates a feeling of a silent winter’s night, as snow is falling and no one wants to go out. It’s a lovely and haunting issue, all centered around Fixit fighting off symbiotes to give Big Guy his Christmas wish.

Naturally, since it’s a silent issue, it gives Kuder a chance to shine. Frankly, I would love to see Kuder do more with the Immortal Hulk after this story. He infuses both Hulks with so much personality, that we don’t need dialogue to understand EXACTLY what each of them is feeling. Knull’s army is horrifying too, particularly the main creature that Fixit has to fend off. Both color artists do a fantastic job as well, creating an eerie feel of the haunted New York City.

And as the Hulk fought off Knull, Joe Fixit muttered as they leapt into the night, “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

King In Black: Immortal Hulk is available now from Marvel Comics.

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