The Incredible Hulk 52 (June 2003)

901317Jones slows down the pace a lot. Deodato gets to draw the Hulk for a while and the Abomination is still an undetermined factor in the story–Jones and Deodato are laying on the ominous foreshadowing–but it’s a breather of an issue. Bruce bonds with Nadia, who is also warming to him. Even though she’s working with the villains.

Maybe.

The issue isn’t bad but Jones has been so frantic it can’t help but disappoint. Having the other double agent take out a bunch of assassins isn’t really interesting. This guy isn’t a major player in the book. And Jones is trying hard to make the supporting villains into significant ones, but they’re anonymous persons in black. It’s not compelling.

Worst might be the cliffhanger where Jones teases a big revelation… of a plot detail he’s ignored for a long, long time.

Hopefully he can recover from the stall.

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CREDITS

Dark Mind, Dark Hearts, Part Three: Vicious Circles; 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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