Writer: Al Ewing
Art: Joe Bennett, Ruy José, Belardino Brabo, Marc Deering, Roberto Poggi, Paul Mounts, VC’s Cory Petit, German Garcia, and Alex Ross
Release Date: October 23rd, 2019
You’ve never read of a Hulk comic like this before. Heck, you’ve never read a Marvel comic like this before. The death of our universe has come and gone and the Hulk is finally dead in this week’s all-new, groundbreaking, double-sized issue of IMMORTAL HULK #25 by Al Ewing. Let’s smash through this comic to see billions of years from now as the Ninth Cosmos cowers…before the BREAKER OF WORLDS.
It’s fourth down and Al Ewing is at the goal line. He rifles a throw to the back of the Endzone and it flies way over this reviewer‘s head. We lose the game… and that my fellow readers are how this critic felt after reading this week’s installment. IMMORTAL HULK #25 was way over the top, extremely heavy, and way too intense for this critic to comprehend. This reviewer doesn’t claim to be extremely intelligent, overly quick, or immensely gifted in the art of understanding plot narratives. However, this comic enthusiast doesn’t profess to need his handheld either. Hulk fans, this issue left me scratching my head as to what its purpose was, what the meaning of the comic was, and it’s importance to the overall narrative. Excuse my language but, what the $&@$ happened throughout this issue?!
This was supposed to be an issue about the Hulk and the massive Green Goliath didn’t enter the story until over halfway through this double-sized issue. Even after he arrived, the Hulk was barely visible in the issue. On top of that, what was the point of it being double-sized? The focus of the issue was on beings that spelled their names with percent signs, who very well may have been reproducing asexually (…I don’t know…) and were trying to survive the end of everything. These beings came and went as we discovered nothing about the ”Breaker of Worlds” A.K.A. the Hulk, who may this critic remind you is supposed to be the main focus of HIS story. Readers, at first this reviewer thought, “ the story may be a bit confusing to start… Maybe the first couple pages or so? But then, it will focus on the Hulk being something like the New Galactus maybe? And then, I can just overlook this nonsense in the beginning.” Boy was I wrong! This “nonsense” was the entire issue in which this reviewer still can’t wrap his head around what he read after multiple rereads.
This critic wants a book that will make him think, provide insight into something a bit deeper, and stimulate positive discussion. Sprinkle in some great character development, emotional ties, clever and humorous moments, as well as some amazing action, with some of your favorite characters and you have yourself a comic stew filled with something that warms your belly, mind, and soul. Fans, there is very little action, absolutely no humor, character development that this critic can’t understand, and thoughtful discussion that honestly makes my brain hurt. Maybe this reviewer is an idiot? Honestly, there are moments and this very well could be one of those moments where I’m the only one that doesn’t get it. Please let me know if that’s the case.
Readers, this critic has reviewed almost every issue of this series. The adoration this reviewer has for the series as a whole is still there. My scores on average have been so very high for this series. However, if the objective of a review is, to be honest, and to give proper feedback, then the point of this review will not only be to state where the struggles may have been BUT to also give constructive explanations in order to improve. That said, Al Ewing needs to add clarity and relieve a tremendous amount of weight to the narrative. More clues and less ambiguity need to be introduced into the story while divulging more critical details to the direction and purpose of the overall theme of his run. Ewing needs to be more transparent, straightforward, and actually give a few answers to his dedicated readers and fans. It’s 25 issues into his run and this issue hammers home the idea that the overall theme is cloudy at best. Ewing, give us something more, please.
If you love mind-blowingly freaky, possibly hallucinogenic, out of this world storytelling with back words dialogue, made-up names, incomprehensibly futuristic beings, and a cliffhanger that really made no sense to what you just read, this issue is entirely for you. The issue is way too deep and too heavy for this reviewer to understand its purpose, intent, and it’s significance to the overall narrative. This analyst genuinely wants to understand and actually thought he was getting somewhere until this issue fell on his lap. Pick this issue up in haste and PLEASE message me to explain what the $&@$ is going on if you know more than I. This reviewer is always willing to alter a score if true clarity can be shared with actual proof from the reading. Otherwise, my score stands for this week. This reviewer was lost and hopefully isn’t stuck on an island by himself.