The Incredible Hulk 56 (August 2003)

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Much as I enjoy Fernandez's art with setting and people, he's not a good Hulk artist. The Hulk has very, very awkward proportions. Pudgy almost. Muscularly pudgy.

But since it's a Bruce Jones Hulk there's not much Hulk action. Instead, he splits the comic between Bruce (Banner) and his new lady friend recovering from an Absorbing Man possession and then the things going on back at the Absorbing Man's cell.

Jones is trying hard to give Bruce something more to do than smash, he's just trying to hard to use existing ideas. Absorbing Man is okay, but the powers are more important than the character, so Jones has to spread himself thin rationalizing the Absorbing Man cameo.

There are some weird moments at the end. They're more interesting than anything else. The narrative is pretty set once Jones opens the comic.

Still, the issue is fair enough, if decidedly undercooked.

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CREDITS

Hide in Plain Sight, Part Two: Inside Out; writer, Bruce Jones; artist, Leandro Fernandez; colorist, Steve Buccellato; letterer, Dave Sharpe; editors, Warren Simons, John Miesegaes and Axel Alonso; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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