[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Jackie McGee reads Rick Jones’ autobiography for more insight on the Hulk, and she receives a tip from her editor about what happened between Bruce Banner and Betty Ross in California. In New Mexico, Doc Samson and Bruce search the Shadow Base from which Hulk escaped. The Hulk returns at sundown, and he and Samson are soon met by gamma-irradiated beasts. Meanwhile, Fortean and his doctors experiment on the body of Rick Jones.
Immortal Hulk #16 finds Hulk and Samson investigating the operations of Shadow Base while Jackie finds herself on the Hulk’s trail again.
Naturally, much of the story centers around Bruce and the Hulk’s relationships with Rick Jones. Samson tries to dig into how Bruce and Hulk feel about all of this, but, naturally, both are resistant.
It’s a slower issue than much of Immortal Hulk’s offering, and it’s a little weaker than many of the issues as well. Little feels accomplished or advanced in this issue. While there are complications that build on the narrative, they don’t add much to the story itself.
That said, Immortal Hulk has had a very high standard of quality. The fact that this is one of the weaker issues of the series means it could still be a good issue, and Immortal Hulk #16 is still a good issue. The dialogue is excellent, the theme is still cohesive, and we get to see the Hulk fight a gamma-powered ape.
Joe Bennett’s artwork is still phenomenal too. I’ve praised his work in this issue to high heaven, and he continues to impress here. The fight against the irradiated animals looks especially good. Paul Mounts’ color work continues to be fantastic as well.
Immortal Hulk #16 is a slower and less engaging issue than many of the previous issues of the series. That said, it still has plenty of good moments and promises more interesting turns for this book to come. This one still gets a recommendation. Check it out.
Immortal Hulk #16 comes to us from writer Al Ewing, artist Joe Bennett, inker Ruy Jose, color artist Paul Mounts, letterer VC’s Cory Petit, cover artist Alex Ross, and variant covers by Bennett with Belardino Brabo, and Laura Martin and Mike McKone with Rain Beredo.