Writer: Al Ewing
Art: Joe Bennett, Ruy José, Belardino Brabo, Paul Mounts, Matt Milla, VC’s Cory Petit, and Alex Ross
Release Date: February 3, 2021
After escaping from Alpha Flight and walking away from a fight with the ever-loving Thing, Joe Fixit and the Incredible Hulk try to survive the mean streets of New York without Bruce Banner or the Devil Hulk. Let’s see how these two Hulks fare on their own.
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So, here we get another opening quote how being a good man doesn’t always mean being a good citizen. And Joe Fixit fits that to a tee. Throughout the comic we get excellent narration from Joe Fixit delivering solid recap of past events while showing not only his wise-cracking personality and street-smarts but his heart as well. Throughout the comic, Joe will comment on the fact that he’s not a good guy and he doesn’t want to be.
We see him indulge in crime and quickly build himself back up to be good ol’ Joe Fixit, with a suit and shades to boot. However, what we also see is what makes him an anti-hero these days. Ewing has him repeat in one way or another how he’s not a good guy like Bruce and doesn’t want to be a hero. How he only looks out for himself, Bruce, and the Hulks if need be. Only for this story to follow how you expect when trouble comes calling. It’s a bit predictable but it is written well.
When Joe finally lets the Hulk out to do some good in New York, he ends up drawing trouble, as you’d expect, in the form of Gyrich’s new Alpha Flight team: The U-Foes. If you don’t know who they are, the issue provides enough of a sample size of their powers, personalities, and even a quick line about their backstory as another version of the Fantastic Four. Joe Bennet continues to excel in his art whether it’s depicting the grimy streets of New York, the ghastly abilities of the U-Foes, or the vast outback of Los Diablos.
On that note, this issue finally chooses to tackle what’s happened to Samson as he, Puck, and Shaman of Alpha Flight head to Los Diablos to find Doc’s old body and figure out why for over ten issues Walter Langowski aka Sasquatch hasn’t properly resurrected. They don’t exactly make much headway there but run into a big gamma-sized surprise that readers may recognize from issue #41. I won’t spoil what it is because even I don’t know what it is, though I have my suspicions. But Bennet illustrates this new gamma horror like he always does in brilliant horrific fashion as you’d expect from the Immortal Hulk series.
This issue cools things down and takes it slow as Joe Fixit takes the driver’s seat and takes readers on a cool yet predictable story. However, it’s not without a good bit of action, mystery, and suspense as it reopens a few past storylines and sets up new ones. This comic is a recommend for readers who want to see more of Joe Fixit in charge and like a slower story. But if you want more action and heart-pounding body horror, then you might want to wait for the next issue when the Hulk faces off against the U-Foes.