Phillip Kennedy Johnson continues his horror-infused take in The Incredible Hulk #5, this time with art by Travel Foreman.
We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!
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The Incredible Hulk #5 Review:
In The Incredible Hulk #5 from Marvel, Hulk is recruited by Man-Thing to take on the Swamp Siren, a horrific creature luring children to their deaths.
Host Justin Tyler shouted out Travel Foreman’s art first and foremost, noting it compliments how Phillip Kennedy Johnson is “diving into… the horror” of the issue. “It’s such a different swing on all of this… Truly horrifying, in a good way.”
In particular, Tyler called out a transformation from The Hulk to Bruce Banner that sees him hacking and vomiting pieces of himself out. “I love [when] the Hulk barfs, it’s eight panels of transformation. In the third one, he just straight up barfs.” Added Alex Zalben, “Including the entire run of Immortal Hulk, this is the worst Hulk transformation I’ve ever seen. Compliment, truly.”
Pete LePage agreed that the “body horror element of this comic is impressive.” But he added that the story is also “powerfully moving” as Hulk grapples with trying to be a hero – or not – to this little girl. “I am enjoying what’s happening even though it’s super gross,” LePage finished up.
The Incredible Hulk #5 Official Synopsis:
THE SWAMP SIREN REVEALED! Hulk tracks down the beauty that has been luring man and monster alike to their dooms! An epic brawl breaks out between the Jade Giant, Man-Thing and the true face of the Swamp Siren… …but even the Jade Giant is not immune to her song! Plus… A backup story featuring a surprise guest character to honor Latin and Latinx characters and creators!