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Immortal Hulk #29: Review

Jan 2020
Al Ewing, Joe Bennett

Story Name:

Eat or Be Eaten

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

Immortal Hulk #29 Review by (January 8, 2020)

Review: This issue has it all: Minotaur being menacing, Doc Samson being boring, Betty being prickly, Bruce being intimidated, Jackie McGee being defensive, Rick Jones being useless, and the Hulk being digested. And there are giant monsters too! Everything is suddenly in flux as Roxxon springs their trap and the issue seems more of a lead-in to the next one than a story that stands on its own but with that in mind the issue is very good. More to come next time with the return of Xemnu!

Comments: The names of the giant monsters: Willis O’Brien and Ray Harryhausen were the masters of stop-motion animation; the former most famous for the original KING KONG and the latter for several giant monster films. Sci-fi/fantasy author Ray Bradbury wasn’t mainly a horror writer but his story “The Foghorn” was the basis for the giant monster flick THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS, animated by Ray Harryhausen (the sound of a foghorn is mentioned on the monsters’ first appearance). H.P. Lovecraft is a horror writer with no connection to giant monster films but he wrote about monsters so that’s probably it. Belardino Brabo, and Cam Smith contributed to the inking.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Immortal Hulk #29 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The Minotaur/Dario Agger is plotting against the Hulk when an underling points out that the Hulk went out in the daytime in the Wyoming incident (last issue) and Agger wants to incorporate this new info into the plan….

At Shadow Base, Doc Samson explains his theory about how Hulk can go out in the daylight to an obviously uninterested Betty Ross Banner: he spins a tale of Joe Fixit being able to do the same as Bruce Banner has become more comfortable with that part of his personality and so Devil Hulk may be becoming more like Bruce…but Bruce comes in and interrupts them and Betty transforms into the Red Harpy to discourage his remaining there. Bruce suddenly remembers a test he must perform with Rick Jones and he leaves in a hurry….

At Roxxon HQ, Agger is told that all is ready, all other superheroes are distracted, the “assets” are ready, and all that remains is for Agger to press the button….

In Phoenix, Arizona, Jackie McGee is warned by her editor that she is becoming too closely involved with Hulk and the big bosses are displeased. Jackie tries to explain how she feels safer around him and agrees with his vendetta against Roxxon but the editor points out that he’s never said he was sorry….and at this same moment Dario Agger presses the button…

…and suddenly four giant monsters are tearing Phoenix apart. Code-named Harryhausen, O’Brien, Lovecraft, and Bradbury, the monsters are using their powers to devastate the city…

Charlene McGowan tells Bruce what is happening but he balks, thinking someone else can handle it. But all other superheroes are unavailable and Bruce knows it’s a trap set by Roxxon. He becomes Hulk, who is not happy that it’s still daytime but he is teleported to the city…

…and appears in midair, directly above Lovecraft’s open mouth and he drops into the monster’s gullet. Dario Agger delights in what he’s seeing on TV as Hulk battles the smaller monsters that inhabit the giant monster’s stomach….

Joe Bennett
Ruy Jose
Paul Mounts
Alex Ross (Cover Penciler)
Alex Ross (Cover Inker)
Alex Ross (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)
Doc Samson
Doc Samson

(Leonard Samson)

(Bruce Banner)
Jackie McGee
Jackie McGee

(Jacqueline McGee)

(Dario Agger)
Red Harpy
Red Harpy

(Betty Ross)

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