Absolute Carnage: The Immortal Hulk #1 Review

by Harlan Ivester on October 02, 2019

Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Filipe Andrade
Colorist: Chris O’Halloran
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Publisher: Marvel Comics

            Yet another tie-in that I normally wouldn’t be interested in. At this point, though, if it’s got “Ewing” and “Hulk” on the cover, I’m there. The question is, how well will this fit into Immortal Hulk’s continuity? Will it matter to Absolute Carnage? Perhaps more important, will it matter to the Hulk?

            The answers to those should be obvious, and we should have learned to trust Al Ewing by now. The only one I can’t really say for sure is how much it will make a difference in Immortal Hulk in the long run, but it very well could. Who knows what Ewing has up his sleeves? Presently, I couldn’t believe how he so cleverly made Banner’s role in Absolute Carnage actually important to him personally, as well as his supporting cast. There are so many important character moments that I really think this might as well be an issue of the main book rather than a tie-in/spin-off. Of course, this issue has everything you’ve come to expect of a Ewing Hulk title. Intrigue, brutality, mystery, a little body horror, and introspective moments in unexpected places. Immortal Hulk fans will definitely want to check this out. Strictly Absolute Carnage fans probably don’t need to get this one, but they would be missing out.

            The writing feels just as good as any issue of Immortal Hulk, but I can’t say the same for the visuals. They’re really hit or miss. Andrade nails the feel of the main book – playing up all somber yet exciting kinds of moods you can think of. His characters emote well, but they can look kind of weird in the same panel. You know what emotion he’s going for, but something about it just looks a little off. Proportions can be really off here or there. I’m not sure what Andrade thinks Banner’s build is supposed to be. The coloring is simple, but never feels understated or lazy. There’s no cutting corners here. O’Halloran does truly awesome work at night, when knowing just how to apply light and how not to. The tone of any given scene is strongly amplified by his work.

            Absolute Carnage: The Immortal Hulk #1 is another great tie-in for this event, pushing it as whole further towards being one of Marvel’s best in years. Ewing rewards all kinds of fans by making this a book that really matters to the story he has been telling. The art can be a little wonky, but it does much more to elevate the book in total. Give this a read, especially if you’re an Ewing Hulk fan.

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