Recommendations for 10/13

This article was originally published at ComicBook.com on October 12, 2021.

THE IMMORTAL HULK #50

A little more than three years ago, Al Ewing and Joe Bennett began The Immortal Hulk, a series that would redefine and provide a definitive lens on one of Marvel Comics’ oldest characters. Across 49 issues and various one-shots and tie-ins, they constructed a vision of Hell and the many ways in which we define it as a study in both power and humanity. From the terrifying early issues through sprawling confrontations with the military-industrial complex and, finally, to confrontations with generational trauma and inner-demons, The Immortal Hulk has delivered a comprehensive look at the cycles of rage, destruction, and evolution which have simmered around Hulk and his mythos for decades. The final chapter arrives tomorrow in an appropriately epic format – a graphic novel unto itself at nearly 100 pages. With Hulk and his few remaining companions spiraling into Hell and the culmination of The Leader’s plans, it’s impossible to predict how this final adventure will conclude. However, given everything that has come before, it’s easy to expect an outstanding finale. From start to finish, reading (and, in my case, covering) The Immortal Hulk has been a joy, even in its most harrowing installments. I simply cannot wait to see how it ends. — Chase Magnett

Published by Marvel Comics

Written by Al Ewing

Art by Joe Bennett, Ruy Jose, and Belardino Brabo

Colors by Paul Mounts

Letters by Cory Petit

SUPERMAN AND THE AUTHORITY #4

Superman and The Authority has provided Grant Morrison an unexpected denouement for their work at DC Comics, specifically their wide-ranging stories focused on the Superman mythos. While this miniseries may not possess the definitive tone of All-Star Superman or the ambition of Action Comics (or even the razor-edged critiques of Mastermen), it has touched on all these earlier ideas and delivered an adventure that spans the range of Superman’s existence. In the midst of a colorful set of adventures following the assembly of this new Authority team, it has also provided reflections on history or the essential value of Superman. Combine those notes and ideas, loosely collected as they may be, with outstanding presentation and a densely-knitted variety of modern superhero capers and readers are left with a very impressive reverie on what makes the genre tick. However this story arrives at its conclusion, given the team is still barely assembled, it’s bound to be one of the most engaging and discussion-worthy superhero reads from DC Comics this month. — Chase Magnett

Published by DC Comics

Written by Grant Morrison

Art by Mikel Janin

Colors by Jordie Bellaire

Letters by Tom Napolitano

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