Immortal Hulk has revolutionized how readers perceive horror in a superhero comic, making it one of the breakout comics of the past year. As we approach the release of the double-sized Immortal Hulk #25 in October, Marvel plans to continue pushing the envelope by introducing a new entity to its deep roster of cosmic characters.
The first look at Immortal Hulk #25 by writer Al Ewing, artist Germán García and colorist Chris O’Halloran takes place in a completely new iteration of the Marvel Universe, set in the far-flung future. The pages focus on the introduction of this new character with a very unique name.
"Immortal Hulk #25 is set way in the future. The current Marvel Universe -- which is actually the eighth iteration of reality/the cosmos, so it’s known as the Eighth Cosmos -- has ended, and this story takes place in the Ninth Cosmos," editor Will Moss explained to Marvel.com. "Everything about the Ninth Cosmos is different from the Marvel Universe we know, as you can see from the character featured in these preview pages: Par%l."
"[This issue] is your first glimpse of Marvel's Ninth Cosmos -- the multiverse that is to come after the death of the current one," Moss continued. "It's 40 story pages of intense, ethereal, and flat-out gorgeous sci-fi and horror that's so far outside normal business that we can only show you a glimpse and ask you to take the ride with us."
While we get a good look at Par%l, the person missing is the star of the comic. But as Ewing teases, the Hulk has undergone a transformation himself over the last billion years.
"What we're not showing you -- just yet -- is what the Hulk has become, after billions of years of immortality," Ewing said. "What would a Hulk that survived the death of a multiverse be like? What would he do -- and could anyone or anything stop him doing it?"
Immortal Hulk #25 is by Al Ewing, Germán García and Chris O’Halloran, with a two-page epilogue by penciler Joe Bennett, inker Ruy Jose and colorist Paul Mounts. It goes on sale Oct. 23.