|Alex Ross cover art for Immortal Hulk #49|
Consistently chosen as my "comic book title of the year" every 12 months since it started publication, Al Ewing's groundbreaking run on Immortal Hulk is coming to an end with issue 50, Marvel announced this week.
Obviously, it had to happen some day, but I'd hoped this day would be years away.
However, in the solicitations for its August releases, Marvel dropped the bombshell that #49 would be the penultimate issue of Ewing's tenure on the title.
Ewing is quoted on Marvel's website as saying:
"It's finally time to admit it - Immortal Hulk is reaching the end of the story we set out to tell. Issue #49 brings jade-jaws to the gates of the abyss and a final accounting of his life — in time for a last issue you'll have to experience to believe."I'll be heart-broken, but I'm delighted that the story is getting a proper wrap-up, which I'm expecting it to be nothing less than mind-blowing.
As a long-time fan of the Hulk, for me Ewing's take on the character was delightfully leftfield and original, yet consistent with, and respectful of, Bruce Banner's storied development over the decades.
This run has also cemented Al Ewing as one of my favourite comic book writers (his Empyre event was magnificent and I'm really enjoying his version of Guardians of The Galaxy) and pretty much guarantees that I'll pick up whatever superhero saga he tackles next.
Don't be surprised if next month, with the September solicitations, there's a lot more coverage on the impending finale of Immortal Hulk.
And maybe we'll hear what poor soul has been tagged to pick up the jade quill in Ewing's wake as the next Hulk scribe? Talk about a hard act to follow...