Marvel’s god, the One Above All, is the final villain of Immortal Hulk

Al Ewing’s Immortal Hulk finished out its run this week with an extra-long 50th issue in which several of Bruce Banner’s alternate personalities came face-to-face with the series’ ultimate cosmic villain: The One Below All.

If that doesn’t ring a bell for you, well, the Marvel Comics universe has a lot of gods, whether they’re Norse, Eternal, or giant robots. Above them all, there’s The One Above All. It was first introduced in 2004 issue. Fantastic Four. Ewing’s Inmortal Hulk Introduced the One Below All, who is, get this: the large, green, hateful counterpart to God and creator of all gamma mutated characters within the Marvel Universe.

So, naturally, the climax of the final issue involves the Hulk literally yelling at God, demanding to be told why he was made, if it’s just to suffer.

Is there anything else happening inside our favourite comics’ pages? We’ll tell you. Welcome to Monday Funnies, Polygon’s weekly list of the books that our comics editor enjoyed this past week. It’s part society pages of superhero lives, part reading recommendations, part “look at this cool art.” There may be some spoilers. You may not have enough context. There will still be some great comics. This is the latest edition.

50th Anniversary of the Immortal Hulk

The One Above All, a massive glowing yellow human figure appears in Immortal Hulk #50 (2021).

Image by Joe Bennett and Al Ewing/Marvel Comics

It also includes the very first page of its history. Inmortal HulkFeatured an appearance by the One Above All

Wonder Woman #780

“My greatest hope was for others to take up my cause after I died,” a resurrected Wonder Woman tells Queen Nubia. “Wonder Woman isn’t just me anymore,” in Wonder Woman #780 (2021).

Image Credit: Michael W. Conrad. Becky Cloonan. Travis Moore/DC Comics

One significant mark of a superhero’s importance within their setting is that they have an established supporting cast that remains consistent over time and different creative teams. One of the reasons I am most excited for Wonder Woman in the coming year is the fact that they will soon have a supporting cast. Three ongoing books under her umbrella — four, if you count Justice League

That’s a lot of development of her supporting cast, and this weekend we found out something even more exciting: All those books are winding up for the first crossover event spinning out of the Wonder Woman mythos since 1991.

Six Sidekicks to Trigger Keaton #5

“I don’t want to die,” says Skippy. “We’re not going to kill you. We’re just going to beat you up real bad,” answers a burly man. “Well, I don’t want that, either! Shit shit shit shit shit,” yelps Skippy as he runs out of the room, leaving his friends behind in Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton #5 (2021).

Image: Kyle Starks, Chris Schweizer/Image Comics

Six sidekicks to Trigger KeatonIt continues to be delightfully entertaining at every level. This is the classic Sidekicks gag where Skippy beats his feet when he encounters a dangerous situation. But it’s the motif of his repeating “SHIT SHIT SHIT” in a string of connected word balloons that follows his retreat like footprints in a Family Circus comic — that’s what keeps it funny every time. Only the finest work.

Suicide Squad: King Shark #5

A photograph of a toddler King Shark in blue swim trunks, holding his mom’s hand at the beach and pointing happily in Suicide Squad: King Shark #5 (2021).

Image: Tim Seeley, Scott Kolins/DC Comics

It’s dangerous to go alone. This is a baby photo of King Shark. Do we name him Prince Shark or King Shark?

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