The Incredible Hulk 59 (October 2003)

The Incredible Hulk #59

I don’t tend to go on at length about bad art. Well, maybe I do sometimes. But not often.

This issue features the Hulk versus the Absorbing Man. Fernandez might draw the Hulk bad, but the Absorbing Man? Oh, he’s a disaster. From the panel Creel gets out–maybe even a few panels earlier where an establishing shot or two gets missed–the issue is a disaster. Fernandez is clearly trying, there’s lots of detail, it’s just inept visual storytelling.

There’s also a lack of commitment from Jones. The arc’s plot threads don’t great resolved; he sends Bruce off into the sunrise, Bill Bixby-style, ready for his next episode. There’s an orphaned kid and the super-woman female lead of the arc not getting any resolution. Worse, there’s even an ominous epilogue.

Jones also loses the too smart supervillain vibe this issue. It’s bad stuff, disjointed and rather dispassionate.

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CREDITS

Hide in Plain Sight, Part Five; writer, Bruce Jones; artist, Leandro Fernandez; colorist, Steve Buccellato; letterer, Cory Petit; editors, Warren Simons, John Miesegaes and Axel Alonso; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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