The Incredible Hulk 50 (April 2003)

901296Oh, Bruce Jones, did you really set Bruce Banner up with the Abomination’s wife? It’s kind of a spoiler–though not really because Jones reveals it before the end of the issue (going out on a soft cliffhanger instead)–but it’s just about the most contrived thing one could imagine.

So long as Jones owns the contrivance, I imagine it’ll work out. And new artist Mike Deodato Jr. does draw Bruce rather handsome and heartthrob so I guess it’s conceivable the woman’s going to go for him. Hopefully it’s all part of the giant conspiracy I don’t really like.

Those obvious complaints aside, it’s a solid issue. Not much happens–secret agents go see the Abomination, Bruce finds the woman in a roadside cafe–but Jones gets a full issue out of it. I think he gears up to cliffhangers, ratchets down, does more story, ratchets up again.

It works.

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CREDITS

Dark Mind, Dark Hearts, Part One; writer, Bruce Jones; artist, Mike Deodato Jr.; colorist, Studio F; letterers, Richard Starkings and Wes Abbott; editors, Warren Simons, John Miesegaes and Axel Alonso; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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