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Immortal Hulk #21: Review

Jul 2019
Al Ewing, Ryan Lee

Story Name:

A Secret Order

Review & Comments

4 stars

Immortal Hulk #21 Review by (July 17, 2019)

Review: This issue centers on General Reginald Fortean, Hulk's prime nemesis for the last couple of years. Now Fortean had always seemed to be a bit one-dimensional to me, a rigid military type obsessed with destroying the Hulk and, unlike Ross, he had no daughter or other family to humanize him. So this issue fills in the gap, giving vignettes of Fortean's life and we come to learn that...he is a rigid military type obsessed with destroying the Hulk. But now we know how his one dimension was built. The most humanizing element is the art by guest artist Ryan Bodenheim and that's simply because the regular art by Joe Bennett makes everyone look scary; here Fortean just looks villainous. Not a bad issue but it really doesn't add much beyond killing a couple of long-time characters (what up with that?) and turning Fortean into a literal monster. So let's see how literally monstrous he becomes next issue....

Comments: Origin of Abomination/Fortean. Hulk appears only in a flashback. The first and last pages mirror each other.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Immortal Hulk #21 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

General Fortean dons the Redeemer armor intending to perform a hazardous translocation as part of his plan to defeat the Hulk; Dr. McGowan objects, citing the dangers, but he ignores her, claiming that humans can rule over chaos, bringing their own order. He then teleports....

Eleven-year-old Reginald Fortean heard the story of Creation in a Sunday School class; the Book of Genesis told how God imposed structure on chaos and Fortean learned Direction....

Fortean appears on Alpha Flight space station, firing darts that inject Absorbing Man and Titania with Fentanyl and moves on....

Major Fortean faced the Hulk and was overwhelmed with the impossibility of the situation; Thunderbolt Ross told him to concentrate on those who needed to be protected and so Fortean learned Focus....

Doc Samson and Walter Langkowski examine the shell left by the most recent Abomination. Fortean enters, shoots Puck with Fentanyl, blows Samson's head off with small missiles and...

Major General Fortean, after the death of General Ross while wearing the Redeemer armor, gathered a number of like-minded army officers to carry on a war against mutants and monsters by forming a Shadow Base. Thus Fortean learned Patience....

...accusing Walter of failing to control the chaos, Fortean kills him as well. Taking the Abomination's shell, Fortean is teleported back to his base....

General Fortean visited his mentor General Ross in prison where he was held for crimes committed as Red Hulk. Ross told him that Bruce Banner was still a threat, a threat Ross could not contain because he was too close, Banner being his son-in-law. And Fortean learned Purpose....

Back at his base, Fortean removes his armor and touches the Abomination shell—and is absorbed and transformed, learning Chaos....

Ryan Lee
Paul Mounts
Alex Ross (Cover Penciler)
Alex Ross (Cover Inker)
Alex Ross (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Absorbing Man
Absorbing Man

(Crusher Creel)
Doc Samson
Doc Samson

(Leonard Samson)

(Bruce Banner)

(Walter Langkowski)
Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross

(Thaddeus Ross)

Plus: General Fortean (Reginald Fortean), Puck, Titania.

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