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Immortal Hulk #5: Review

Sep 2018
Al Ewing, Joe Bennett

Story Name:

In Every Mirror

Review & Comments

5 stars

Immortal Hulk #5 Review by (September 5, 2018)

Review: The horror continues with a number of shocks in this issue: there's a murderous Sasquatch wreaking havoc in a hospital which should always cause concern. Then there's a nice fight between two superpowered big guys (expected). The revelation that Sasquatch is possessed by the spirit of Brian Banner, the only being that Bruce is afraid of. Then the Hulk realizes he has nothing to be afraid of and fights back against both the monster and his memories, a fight echoing in the distorted and broken panels on the page. And the final shock that Brian now possesses Hulk. And then there's the one that almost slips under the radar with that final reveal: Jackie McGee wants to be a Hulk. Wait, what? The madness of this physically and psychologically punishing comic extends to the title's only supporting player? What's up with her? Suddenly I'm concerned for more than Bruce now. And I hope there's no “All-New She-Hulk” on the horizon; that would be a waste of a good shock.

Comments: It is mentioned that Brian Banner's spirit had also possessed Jailbait in issue #3. Final appearance of Sasquatch until some future writer decides he misses the character and arranges for his return.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Immortal Hulk #5 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Prologue: Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) meets with Sasquatch of Alpha Flight to ask why he has been so aggressive in the field lately, concerned that he is spending too much time as his bestial alter ego. Privately Sasquatch turns back to Walter Langkowski with great difficulty but still sees Sasquatch looking back at him in a mirror....

At a Minnesota hospital, Sasquatch is on a murderous rampage; Bruce Banner tells Jackie McGee to evacuate the building while he goes to talk to the mad monster. Sasquatch slashes Bruce's throat forcing a transformation into the Hulk. In the ensuing battle that spills into the rest of the occupied hospital, Hulk deduces that Walter's long stretch in his Sasquatch form opened the way for him to be possessed by an evil spirit. The monster tells Hulk to look at their reflection in a window; in place of Sasquatch, Hulk sees his father, Brian Banner. Sasquatch/Banner adds psychological punishment to physical blows as the fight continues. The Hulk cowers beneath him until he begins to fight back, telling his father he only scares Bruce and demanding to know what power sent him there. The monster mutters about a host personality until a security guard arrives with Jackie. An attempt to tase Sasquatch leads only to the guard's death; Hulk seizes his foe and absorbs all of the gamma power from him, leaving Walter Langkowki forever cured of being Sasquatch. Hulk demands Jackie reveal why she has a personal vendetta against the Hulk; she tells him that he destroyed her home many years ago and she has questions. Hulk allows her only one and she wants to know “How do I get to be what you are?” Hulk stares at her a moment then tells her to go home. As Hulk walks through the parking lot, he looks at a car window and sees only Brian Banner reflected....

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)
Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel

(Carol Danvers)

(Bruce Banner)
Jackie McGee
Jackie McGee

(Jacqueline McGee)

(Walter Langkowski)

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