I both love and dislike this issue. It was one of Marvel’s “’Nuff Said” titles, which actually allows Jones to really concentrate on his pacing. He loves the choppy fast pace.
Sadly, he doesn’t have the artist for it. Romita does much better than I would have expected but the art is still the problem. Especially when the Hulk shows up. It’s supposed to be an awesome sequence but Romita doesn’t break out the action well.
The issue ends happily, abruptly. Given Jones has a lengthy quiet period at the opening, he could have structured it better.
There are threats this issue, but they’re all boring. Jones has a quick plot for no talking, but there’s no room for those threats.
The nicest part is how Jones has just the right amount of pressure on the “Bruce Banner as a nice guy” moments.
It’s successful in spite of the art.
Silent Running; writer, Bruce Jones; penciller, John Romita Jr.; inker, Tom Palmer; colorist, Studio F; editors, John Miesegaes and Axel Alonso; publisher, Marvel Comics.