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Follow the Leader! Hulk's archenemy sets his sights on infiltrating the green behemoth's friend group in preparation to enact his nefarious, long-fomenting plans. Can the Leader push Hulk beyond his breaking point? Al Ewing's best-selling, pulse-pounding story reaches new heights and new lows for the Hulk! COLLECTING: Immortal Hulk (2018) 36-40 Follow the Leader! Hulk's archenemy sets his sights on infiltrating the green behemoth's friend group in preparation to enact his nefarious, long-fomenting plans. Can the Leader push Hulk beyond his breaking point? Al Ewing's best-selling, pulse-pounding story reaches new heights and new lows for the Hulk! COLLECTING: Immortal Hulk (2018) 36-40


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Follow the Leader! Hulk's archenemy sets his sights on infiltrating the green behemoth's friend group in preparation to enact his nefarious, long-fomenting plans. Can the Leader push Hulk beyond his breaking point? Al Ewing's best-selling, pulse-pounding story reaches new heights and new lows for the Hulk! COLLECTING: Immortal Hulk (2018) 36-40 Follow the Leader! Hulk's archenemy sets his sights on infiltrating the green behemoth's friend group in preparation to enact his nefarious, long-fomenting plans. Can the Leader push Hulk beyond his breaking point? Al Ewing's best-selling, pulse-pounding story reaches new heights and new lows for the Hulk! COLLECTING: Immortal Hulk (2018) 36-40

30 review for Immortal Hulk, Vol. 8: The Keeper of the Door

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dan Schwent

    Immortal Hulk, Vol. 8: The Keeper of the Door collects issues 36-40 of The Immortal Hulk. I only read two current Marvel books and The Immortal Hulk is one of them. I'm getting to the point where I need to reread the previous volumes, though. In this volume, Bruce Banner goes up against The Leader. Gamma Flight and Doc Samson are also in the mix. Body horror abounds in this one as The Hulk gets a laser blast through the head and various characters are torn apart in various ways. Even more than pre Immortal Hulk, Vol. 8: The Keeper of the Door collects issues 36-40 of The Immortal Hulk. I only read two current Marvel books and The Immortal Hulk is one of them. I'm getting to the point where I need to reread the previous volumes, though. In this volume, Bruce Banner goes up against The Leader. Gamma Flight and Doc Samson are also in the mix. Body horror abounds in this one as The Hulk gets a laser blast through the head and various characters are torn apart in various ways. Even more than previous volumes, this one reminds me of the Len Wein-Berni Wrightson Swamp Thing run of the 1970s. Ewing and Bennett continue taking the Hulk t0 some uncomfortable places and I'm all about it. My only gripe is that like the last two volumes, this one feels a little too decompressed for my taste. Immortal Hulk continues to be one of the top Marvel books. Sad we only get two more trades of this. Four out of five stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    Another mind-blowing volume of Immortal Hulk, which keeps going from strength-to-strength. Al Ewing keeps dropping subtle hints that the run has a definite end point planned but I hope it's not coming as soon as these hints seem to indicate, as I'm going to bawl like the Big Guy does in this volume when this run is over! My next book: Skulldigger and Skeleton Boy Another mind-blowing volume of Immortal Hulk, which keeps going from strength-to-strength. Al Ewing keeps dropping subtle hints that the run has a definite end point planned but I hope it's not coming as soon as these hints seem to indicate, as I'm going to bawl like the Big Guy does in this volume when this run is over! My next book: Skulldigger and Skeleton Boy

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

    Still enjoying the Immortal Hulk run. All that inner-landscape stuff is FUN when you get to stir the pot a lot. And the Leader? What a cool villain he is, here. Alpha Squadron, tho? Laughable. Did I mention I like Fix-it Joe? I really do. What a weird alt he is.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Al Ewing's freaky horror Hulk book marches ever onwards, with the Leader's plan on the table at last. Seeing how he has wound himself in and out of the series thus far is impressive forward planning, and the mindscape stuff with Devil Hulk and the World Breaker is insane. We end in a very, very different place to where we start, and with rumours that this book is ending at #50, I'm terrified as to what's going to happen next with only 10 issues left to go. Joe Bennett and his ever-growing army of Al Ewing's freaky horror Hulk book marches ever onwards, with the Leader's plan on the table at last. Seeing how he has wound himself in and out of the series thus far is impressive forward planning, and the mindscape stuff with Devil Hulk and the World Breaker is insane. We end in a very, very different place to where we start, and with rumours that this book is ending at #50, I'm terrified as to what's going to happen next with only 10 issues left to go. Joe Bennett and his ever-growing army of inkers and colourists turn out another five issues of warped visuals that are always about || that far away from making me feel ill. There are some shapes that the body shouldn't make, and Immortal Hulk has all of them. There's never going to be another Hulk book like this, and I don't think I ever want there to be.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Malum

    Still no resolution to the arc that started last volume, but this volume is packed with really good stuff nonetheless. They even managed to turn little wimpy the Leader into a body horror nightmare.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    As the best Marvel book of the moment approaches its end, inevitably we're at the point where a volume can't necessarily tell its own tale as well as playing its part in the overarching work. So there isn't necessarily a volume-specific theme to be picked out in the same way as before, but this is still an excellent mix of body horror with cosmic horror/psychodrama (in that it's largely taking place within the tortured psyche of Banner and the Hulks). The lead's oldest enemies are manoeuvred int As the best Marvel book of the moment approaches its end, inevitably we're at the point where a volume can't necessarily tell its own tale as well as playing its part in the overarching work. So there isn't necessarily a volume-specific theme to be picked out in the same way as before, but this is still an excellent mix of body horror with cosmic horror/psychodrama (in that it's largely taking place within the tortured psyche of Banner and the Hulks). The lead's oldest enemies are manoeuvred into place by his ultimate foe; his allies are battered, separated, reshaped. And of course anyone who says things are always darkest right before the dawn only betrays their own ignorance - it's always darkest in the middle of the night, obviously.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Blindzider

    Another outstanding volume. Some answers are revealed, some insights into Bruce's personality and plenty of grotesque imagery. I'm really curious how this run is going to end. Another outstanding volume. Some answers are revealed, some insights into Bruce's personality and plenty of grotesque imagery. I'm really curious how this run is going to end.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rocky Sunico

    This book just keeps on giving and this latest volume brings us deeper into this latest twist in the tale - one that speaks of an old enemy that has managed to worm his way far deeper into Bruce Banner's life in a manner than evil his fearsome Devil Hulk could never have predicted. And this leads to his potential downfall in this case as our secret puppet master comes into the light and reveals himself for true. I love how this book continues to use the imagery of horror but remains a superhero s This book just keeps on giving and this latest volume brings us deeper into this latest twist in the tale - one that speaks of an old enemy that has managed to worm his way far deeper into Bruce Banner's life in a manner than evil his fearsome Devil Hulk could never have predicted. And this leads to his potential downfall in this case as our secret puppet master comes into the light and reveals himself for true. I love how this book continues to use the imagery of horror but remains a superhero story at its core - of course calling the Hulk a hero is always a tricky thing. And you can feel the story is building to quite the climax as we want the Hulk to find a way to fight back - it's just not quite clear what chances he has given the thoroughness of the plan his antagonist has prepared and trapped him in. And yes, I'm being coy about stating his identity here in order to not spoil the fun for other readers - maybe we'll discuss if further in my eventual review of the next volume.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    If people affected by gamma radiation are, in this series, functionally immortal, then what about the Hulk's greatest enemy, the Leader? That's the central question at this stage in the Immortal Hulk story. The Leader is a lot more amenable to The One Below All's plans than, well, anybody. And the Leader isn't stupid--his whole thing is he's a genius--so what trap did he set for his old enemy, a being who cannot really die and has lots of Hulk personas to back him up? Well, it involves tapping int If people affected by gamma radiation are, in this series, functionally immortal, then what about the Hulk's greatest enemy, the Leader? That's the central question at this stage in the Immortal Hulk story. The Leader is a lot more amenable to The One Below All's plans than, well, anybody. And the Leader isn't stupid--his whole thing is he's a genius--so what trap did he set for his old enemy, a being who cannot really die and has lots of Hulk personas to back him up? Well, it involves tapping into what the Devil Hulk and the Savage Hulk really are it turns out, and it sure does look like there's going to be problems for somebody, and that somebody is probably Banner. Fortunately, he has other personas to keep up the fight. I love this series, and the only thing that keeps it from five stars is how it ends on a cliffhanger and I have to wait for at least a few months before I get more.

  10. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Okay this was better than the last volume as the Leader gets to outsmart everyone. This volume is far more focused with watching the Hulk losing himself to the Leader. The Leader is back and with a vegence as he goes after everyone who is near the Hulk. In doing so he's able to get close enough to finally take down the hulk or least one of the hulks inside the big green monster. But can he finish off the hulk completely? Who will stand up to a creature who can control you? This was horrific in w Okay this was better than the last volume as the Leader gets to outsmart everyone. This volume is far more focused with watching the Hulk losing himself to the Leader. The Leader is back and with a vegence as he goes after everyone who is near the Hulk. In doing so he's able to get close enough to finally take down the hulk or least one of the hulks inside the big green monster. But can he finish off the hulk completely? Who will stand up to a creature who can control you? This was horrific in watching many people getting deformed and destroyed and I loved that part. Hulk is pushing body horror and doing it so well. On top of that, any time we get inside the Hulk's mind it's always interesting and trippy so I want more of that. Leader is vicious and a piece of shit so he's a perfect villain for the big green monster too. Overall, a far stronger arc this time around leading to a ending that leaves me asking, where do we go from here? A 4 out of 5.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    The most focused and most fast-paced Immortal Hulk has been in a while. If you stop to think about it too hard, I imagine the multiple personalities pseudo-psychology and the metaphysical meshugas don't make a hell of a lot of sense. But it's to Ewing's great credit as a writer that he sucks you in and doesn't let you think too hard about whether or not the rules he's set up make sense. So when (MILD SPOILER) one of the facets of Hulk's personality dies inside his "mindscape", you really feel th The most focused and most fast-paced Immortal Hulk has been in a while. If you stop to think about it too hard, I imagine the multiple personalities pseudo-psychology and the metaphysical meshugas don't make a hell of a lot of sense. But it's to Ewing's great credit as a writer that he sucks you in and doesn't let you think too hard about whether or not the rules he's set up make sense. So when (MILD SPOILER) one of the facets of Hulk's personality dies inside his "mindscape", you really feel the loss as though a "real" character just died. Just fantastic pulp storytelling, with a compelling and threatening villain this time out, plus all the wonderfully icky body horror stuff we've come to expect from this series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    MINOR SPOILER BELOW: "Not Daddy dead... Just... ...Just to love Hulk. Please. Just love Hulk." With those lines the entire series from the start and I mean from 1962 until now makes a complete shift, every story before this one takes on a new focus and does not mess up what has come before. I'm looking at you Doctor Who and your "Timeless Child" shenanigans... There hasn't been this level of new Hulk ideas since Bill Mantlo started us on this road WAY BACK in his run with Sal Buscema. Peter David pic MINOR SPOILER BELOW: "Not Daddy dead... Just... ...Just to love Hulk. Please. Just love Hulk." With those lines the entire series from the start and I mean from 1962 until now makes a complete shift, every story before this one takes on a new focus and does not mess up what has come before. I'm looking at you Doctor Who and your "Timeless Child" shenanigans... There hasn't been this level of new Hulk ideas since Bill Mantlo started us on this road WAY BACK in his run with Sal Buscema. Peter David picked it up next and now Al Ewing. There are a lot of good Hulk runs out there but this is something special. And creepy AF.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Lawson

    There is no other comic book I’ve read to which I regularly react out loud. This volume was good for a solid three jaw droppings. The preposterous monster gore by absolute all-star Joe Bennet is so insane I can’t comprehend it on first look and I have to follow paths of viscera and entrails to their source to figure out what is going on. Immortal Hulk is just so freaking good. Can’t believe I have to wait until June for the next trade.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Molly Lazer

    I'm in too deep with Ewing's run to stop now, so I'm seeing it through to the end. But this wasn't as enjoyable as I found previous volumes. Every time poor Hulk is exploded, shot, torn apart, disfigured, it just makes me sad. I want to give him a hug. The bizarro body horror isn't as fun as it was before because there's SO MUCH of it. But, like I said, I'm seeing this through to the end. I'm hoping that Hulk will get some glory--and a break from all the horrors visited upon him--in the end. I'm in too deep with Ewing's run to stop now, so I'm seeing it through to the end. But this wasn't as enjoyable as I found previous volumes. Every time poor Hulk is exploded, shot, torn apart, disfigured, it just makes me sad. I want to give him a hug. The bizarro body horror isn't as fun as it was before because there's SO MUCH of it. But, like I said, I'm seeing this through to the end. I'm hoping that Hulk will get some glory--and a break from all the horrors visited upon him--in the end.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stewart Mitchell

    The storyline is officially suffering from backstory-itis, and as someone who’s mostly unfamiliar with the Hulk’s history (never read him when I was a kid), I’m feeling a bit lost. But even through the confusion, this series is still really damn fun. The art is getting more gruesome with every release, and the plot is almost psychedelically surreal in its twists and turns. A new volume every few months is always a treat.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Another excellent volume in terms of both writing and art! Samuel Sterns is back and particularly malevolent as The Leader, I highly recommend the entire run so far! Another excellent volume in terms of both writing and art! Samuel Sterns is back and particularly malevolent as The Leader, I highly recommend the entire run so far!

  17. 5 out of 5

    James Bowman

    Things do not go well for the Hulk in this volume, and the body horror gets turned up even higher than ever, especially with the newest take on the Hulk's greatest foe. Some big surprises as well; it's hard to say much about this volume without spoilers. Curious to see where the next volume will take us! (A-) Things do not go well for the Hulk in this volume, and the body horror gets turned up even higher than ever, especially with the newest take on the Hulk's greatest foe. Some big surprises as well; it's hard to say much about this volume without spoilers. Curious to see where the next volume will take us! (A-)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    This one is basically an extended fight between a multitude of character on either side of the green door. There's some nice improved explanation of what the green door is, along with a new mystery, and some good backstory on Bruce's dad and the Devil Hulk. But the fighting that takes up most of this volume makes it pretty forgettable. This one is basically an extended fight between a multitude of character on either side of the green door. There's some nice improved explanation of what the green door is, along with a new mystery, and some good backstory on Bruce's dad and the Devil Hulk. But the fighting that takes up most of this volume makes it pretty forgettable.

  19. 5 out of 5

    John Hartford

    Al Ewing's run is incredible. This book continues to get better and better with each volume. One gripe with this collection is before issue #39 they show a spoiler variant cover for issue #40. No idea why they would do that. Al Ewing's run is incredible. This book continues to get better and better with each volume. One gripe with this collection is before issue #39 they show a spoiler variant cover for issue #40. No idea why they would do that.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Kazimer

    I would describe this as a return to form for the series. A lot of revitalized characters plus storytelling that's easy enough to follow. I thought it was in a slump for sure, but it seems to be on the rise again. Overall, a 4/5. I would describe this as a return to form for the series. A lot of revitalized characters plus storytelling that's easy enough to follow. I thought it was in a slump for sure, but it seems to be on the rise again. Overall, a 4/5.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Smith

    The story is powerful, I like how it was presented. Good job writer! If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on NovelStar, just submit your story to [email protected] or [email protected]

  22. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    As expected, this series continues to expand its mythos in some of the most interesting ways. And the body horror element never leaves. This "mindscape" concept for Hulk is fascinating. It allows Ewing to show us so many different aspects of the character's emotional and mental state. As expected, this series continues to expand its mythos in some of the most interesting ways. And the body horror element never leaves. This "mindscape" concept for Hulk is fascinating. It allows Ewing to show us so many different aspects of the character's emotional and mental state.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ed

    Bringing in the Leader has led to some really wild twists and turns.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mr Alexander

    Aaaand we're back! After meandering for a couple of stories, this title feels like it's back in high gear. One of Marvel's very best current comics. If you're not reading it, you really should be! Aaaand we're back! After meandering for a couple of stories, this title feels like it's back in high gear. One of Marvel's very best current comics. If you're not reading it, you really should be!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Paul Harris

    This series continues to be super solid! Excited to see where it goes

  26. 4 out of 5

    Xroldx

    Marvels' strongest title again doesn't disappoint where it comes to body horror and metafiction. The Leader has been the main protagonist for the entire run and finally comes fully into play. Marvels' strongest title again doesn't disappoint where it comes to body horror and metafiction. The Leader has been the main protagonist for the entire run and finally comes fully into play.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    Forking awesome horror/Hulk/comics/psychodrama/action greatness.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pablo Martinez

    So, Palpatine's behind it all, like it usually happens. Everything's upside down for the Hulks and the Leader has Banner where he wants him. So, Palpatine's behind it all, like it usually happens. Everything's upside down for the Hulks and the Leader has Banner where he wants him.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Chase

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The greatest comic book single issue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    RWQuilter

    Usually don't appreciate this type of distorted art but it seems to work in this mind altering world Usually don't appreciate this type of distorted art but it seems to work in this mind altering world

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