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Immortal Hulk, Volume 1: Or is he Both?

(Immortal Hulk #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,687 ratings  ·  238 reviews
THE RETURN OF BRUCE BANNER! You know Bruce Banner. He's quiet, calm, never complains. He's a man who believes he can use the darkest elements of his personality to do good in the world. If someone were to shoot him in the head... All he'd do is die. But the horror lives deeper. A horror that refuses to die. When night falls something other than the man gets up again. The ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 4th 2018 by Marvel
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Hulk is piss your pants scary.
Banner isn't in charge once the sun goes down, and Hulk isn't taking over their body to rescue kittens anymore.
Maybe he's not quite evil, but he's not a good guy, either. And there's a good chance you're going to die if you meet him under the wrong circumstances.


But Hulk won't die. Can't die.
And now we finally get a (very good) explanation as to why he's back from the dead after Hawkeye put him in the ground and kicked off Civil War II.


I loved it! It was dark and
Sam Quixote
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Hulk “died” recently, he’s back (that title’s accurate - he’ll never be “dead” for long!) and he’s now wandering the Earth, righting wrongs, but only on a small scale for some reason. He takes out drug dealing bikers, a mad scientist experimenting with gamma radiation, and tangles with Sasquatch, the strongman from nobody’s favourite superhero team, Alpha Flight!

Eh… it’s ok. And that immediately makes it noteworthy as most Hulk books are utter rubbish! I guess Al Ewing’s kinda aiming for a
Dan Schwent
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Dan by: Malum
Shelves: 2018-comics, 2018
Bruce Banner wanders the US, unable to outrun his true enemy, the one that lurks inside him even after death, The Immortal Hulk!

While some of my earliest super hero memories are of the Incredible Hulk TV show, I've only read a handful of Hulk comics over the years. This book has been touted as a horror take on the Hulk and that's all I needed to hear.

This is the classic Hulk on the run story with a twist: Even if Bruce Banner dies, he'll return as The Hulk when the sun goes down. The Hulk in
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a comeback! For Hulk, for Al Ewing and for Marvel in general. The Immortal Hulk is a spectacular success.

About every year Marvel comes up with one or two series that are THE SHIT — comics that are unique, genre-bending, requiring immediate attention and above all just ridiculously good. Fraction's Hawkeye was it, Kieron Gillen's Young Avengers, Dan Slott's Silver Surfer, Tom King's Vision, Chelsea Cain's Mockingbird, and now Al Ewing joins that list with Immortal Hulk. It follows the Hulk
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Al Ewing puts a horror twist on the classic Bill Bixby TV show. The Hulk is travelling the country, roving from town to town while being followed by a reporter named Jackie McGee (Jack McGee in the TV show). Bruce and the Hulk are working together to mete justice out to criminals. Bruce gathers information for the Hulk during the day while at night the Hulk emerges brutally enacting justice like burying murderers alive. It's an interesting play on the Jekyll and Hyde mythos and just the Hulk in ...more
James DeSantis
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
The dark hulk has returned! No more avengers hulk, this is the mean, green, pissed off killing machine.

So Bruce died back in Civil War 2. It wasn't amazing death, it was pretty stupid, and with last event of Avengers no Surrender they brought back Bruce. Actually, they brought back The Hulk. Bruce just came with the package here but this Hulk is far more cunning and vicious than before. So volume 1 here mostly does one shot stories, and a two parter at the end, giving a overall picture of this
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ewing is great at reviving great characters and this is probably his best yet.

This Hulk is still Hulk but he’s realised something, something new and he’s out to stop it.

Great writing and some surprise classic foes. Absolutely love this new brutal Hulk. He’s not to be trifled with.
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hulk comics have always gotten mileage out of blurring the line between where Banner ends and the Hulk begins, but Al Ewing's and Joe Bennett's take manages to offer a split we haven't seen yet - one where different aspects of Banner's intelligence are divided up between them. Banner retains his scientific acumen, while the Hulk - no less enraged - gets his reasoning skills. The book is also a excellent marriage of classic and modern storytelling approaches, as each issue tells a standalone ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This takes the Hulk in a very awesome and interesting direction. I thought it was just going to be kinda like the whole Zombie Marvel run and just as fun, especially because the Hulk himself is all Freudian.

Listen, you know the whole thing about Id, Ego, and Superego? Hulk, (some strange mix of Banner and Hulk), and Banner? Add a little sex and a lot of the death wish?

Well now we've got a huge extra serving of the death wish and with it, an awesome new twist in the Ego.

Banner is less intelligent
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: horror fans
The Hulk is gone, the Monster is back!

It looks like Marvel is over with the politically correct agenda of trying to hit every demographic by force, which turned most of their series quite repetitive, dull and derivative, from my point of view anyway. The legacy relaunch brought a lot of the main characters back to their roots and the Hulk benefited largely from it, I love this new direction with Banner no longer in charge, the story has a strong horror flavor to it and this sort of edge was all
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
With this series, Hulk returns to its horror roots. Some of the scenes are horrifying. It's hard to imagine this version of the Hulk as an Avenger. He's so brutal. I've never been a regular reader of Hulk, but I think this series has won me over.
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The new Hulk book tries to take Hulk back to his roots. Much like in his very first appearance, Hulk transforms at night now. And, like the old Bill Bixby show that I grew up with, he is a vagabond wandering place to place with a reporter hot on his trail. They also retconned the idea that Banner can make super tech like shields and ray guns (brain damage from an arrow to the head, dontcha' know). And, finally, (view spoiler). So how is it?

Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good god that’s an greedy, sad, bad and pissed Hulk wandering through the country. I really enjoyed this one so much bcs Hulk is back like I love him. The drawing is incredible I was in awwe for it. For all Hulk fans it’s a must read. You either die to early or too late ...Sartre!!
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-marvel
4.5 stars.
Rod Brown
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Hulk lives! Now! Again! Forever! (Cue swelling dramatic music. Maestro, please!)

Another of the big dramatic moments of Civil War II is undone as the Bruce Banner Hulk returns to his own series. But this time, writer Al Ewing is going for a straight-up horror story as he uses the nocturnal nature of the Hulk in his earliest appearances to ascribe a supernatural element to the character. And, hey, it sorta works. Hulk has always had parallels to Robert Louis Stevenson's Mr. Hyde, but now he is all
David Turko
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This comic surprised me. Al Ewing took a usual hulk storyline but added some interesting twists into it. Definitely going to read this series now, very good.
Rory Wilding
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Despite loving a lot of Marvel comics, the Hulk was never a particular favourite. I may have caught the 90s cartoon and the two films produced by Universal Pictures, both of which showcases the green giant as a solo hero. The two films in particular may each have their problems, but in common never break away from the werewolf movie formula. We won't see another Hulk movie anytime soon and ever since his appearance in 2012's The Avengers and the subsequent films in the MCU, he works best when ...more
This was a 4 star then issue 5 happened and damn. Can Bruce just be happy for once in his life?
Shannon Appelcline
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, comics-marvel
Once upon a time there was a horror comic called The Incredible Hulk, which ran for six issues from 1962 to 1963. It was about a man who couldn't control his inner rage, which came out at night and destroyed everything around it. After that first comic was cancelled, the Hulk bounced from Marvel comic to Marvel comic, even becoming one of the Avengers, and finally received a new strip in Tales to Astonish. As the Hulk moved around, he also evolved, becoming more of a misunderstood beast or child ...more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bennet and Ewing draw inspiration from EC horror comics, the original Kirby/Lee "Hulk" comics, and the Veitch/Moore "Swamp Thing" to deliver the most interesting new Marvel comic I've read in years. The first three issues are stand-alone horror comics that position the Hulk as Banner's barely-repressed shadow self, dealing out frightening retributive justice to small-time hoods. I particularly liked the ending of issue #2, which is scary in an existential sort of way, and all of issue #3, which ...more
Benji Glaab
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it

This was great!!! A really solid start to the run. I'm going to have to track down anything Al Ewing writes. This was original, kind of mysterious, and bordering on the horror genre. With touches of demonic possession, and immortality achieved from over exposure to gamma rays.

I have to say I've never seen the Hulk with a hole blasted through him with chunks of rib cage hanging around. The volume is full of amazing art. Probably the creepiest Hulk portraits I've ever seen. Visuals were also
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, marvel-comics
This is no Indestructible Hulk, even the bad bits where the Indestructible Hulk gets caught in one "event" after another ruining an otherwise great comic. This comic never reached the same level of quality. This is just another Hulk is the monster that might do good, but is actually evil. Banner is back, but Banner dies every time the hulk returns. They even go back and change a few moments of Marvel History just to make their story fit. It is disappointing.
Paz R.M.
Aw, I don't get it. I liked the first couple of issues, but then it got so boring. I was hoping to love this weird, almost anthology horror collection, but I guess I must have skipped something here because the stories became lackluster, I was a little bit done with the "Banner sees a-ready-to-rumble Hulk in a reflection" panels, and I find the reporter, which might be the one element that connects the thread of these issues, so dull and unappealing.
Don't know, maybe the Hulk is not for me.
Mitchell Kukulka
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
"One always dies too soon -- or too late."
-Jean-Paul Sartre

The first Hulk-centric title I've ever followed and by far one of the best currently in Marvel's oeuvre. The pulpy, horror-inspired vignettes offer both a fresh and exciting take on the characters and an entirely new way to view the mythos surrounding one of Marvel's most famous but underutilized characters.
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5* I really loved this. The first 4 issues were amazing. The artwork and storyline was cool. It was my first entry into a Hulk novel so was a solid starting point. The last issue was a little to 'fight scene" without much story. However I was extremely impressee with this one.
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: marvel
A decent Hulk book.
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: marvel
The most frustrating thing about The Immortal Hulk is that what could have been an interesting take on the character is lost in it's own thematic juxtaposition.

The cover blurb, quotes and parts of the comic try and beat the reader over the head with the fact that this is a *cough* "scary" comic with "horror" vibes. Yet it couldn't look more like a standard superhero book if it tried. The art team actually do a pretty good job, but it's drawn and coloured like most other books you'd find on the
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
I didn't hate the Hulk's resurrection, because I hated his death. It was stupid, obviously temporary, and a transparent attempt to add juice to an event comic. So it didn't actually bother me that he got resurrected. And even if it had, this book is just so damn good that I probably would have gotten over it. This isn't a cuddly Hulk, this is a literally horrific Hulk. It's a good take on the character, with fantastic writing and really good art.
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This combines the never ending road trip of the Hulk TV show with the jaded horror of early Swamp Thing and it works surprisingly well. Bruce Banner doesn't feel much like recent versions of the character, but as a throwback to the classic Marvel horror comics, it's a good time.

It's refreshing to read single issue stories in a mainstream comic again.
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Heh, this was good, real good. I was a bit disapponted with the recent Mark Waid run, but this run had elements of Weird Tales or Creepy magazine, so I felt that the creators and I were kindred spirits. The art and writing in this are great, so this is a big recommend.
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