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Immortal Hulk #33: Review

Mar 2020
Al Ewing, Joe Bennett

Story Name:

The Thoughtful Man

Review & Comments

5 stars

Immortal Hulk #33 Review by (March 25, 2020)

Review: A senses-shattering issue combines psychological terror and body horror with some stand-up-and-cheer violence as Hulk takes the fight to his enemies. The mindscape is eerie, the full-page action scenes are overwhelming, and the last page reveal stunning. Cool issue and there’s more to come.

Comments: Cover notes that this is the 750th Hulk issue overall. Ruy Jose, Belardino Brabo, Marc Deering, and Mark Morales are the inkers for the main story. Nick Pittara (artist) and Michael Garland (colorist) are credited for the mindscape sequence.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Immortal Hulk #33 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Bruce Banner, hypnotized by Xemnu into thinking himself a science terrorist named Robert Banner, exults in his power in madness, fantasizing over what Hulk would be capable of if he let himself go (picturing a three-faced, four-armed green giant killing Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, and Doc Samson). His team, Charlene McGowan, Doc Samson, and Rick Jones, is trying to convince him his memories are phony to break Xemnu’s hold. Banner looks inside his mind…

…where the trapped Hulk is being given a tour of Banner’s mindscape by the Green Scar (Hulk from the PLANET HULK event), a desert land of towers and gears where in the sky floats a conglomerate image of everyone Hulk hates, the largest being Brian Banner, in place of a sun. There’s a giant image of an angry Betty Ross and Hulk is introduced to the captive Devil Hulk who is abused by Green Scar but Hulk tries to free him—as Banner goes into convulsions in the real world—and finds he is not strong enough. Hulk passes a human-looking Joe Fixit, trapped in amber while Green Scar shows him his work: freeing the child Bruce from his attachment to a television showing Xemnu and the Magic Planet. At Green Scar’s urging, Hulk smashes the TV and then crawls inside toward the light…

…and comes out of Bruce Banner’s mouth, bursting his body into bits. Hulk decides the time for talk is past and heads out to fight “white-thing” at Roxxon, leading Samson, Rick, and Red Harpy. Hulk just crashes into the building, smashing all the people who are actually human-machine hybrids, created when Xemnu fed on them. Upstairs, Dario Agger, the Minotaur, is panicking over this development and Xemnu calmly feeds on him. As Samson and the others fight the machine people downstairs, Hulk goes up to the executive suite and faces a disgustingly different Minotaur, helpless to do anything but mutter. Xemnu seizes Hulk and tries to hypnotize/absorb him but Rick Jones warns the alien to beware. And then an even bigger, spikier Hulk emerges and rips Xemnu into little pieces. The alien’s destruction breaks the spell consuming the planet and Hulk walks off. Rick Jones then monologues at the ruined Minotaur before revealing himself to be the real brain behind the plot—the Leader….

Joe Bennett
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)

(Dario Agger)
Red Harpy
Red Harpy

(Betty Ross)


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