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Subj: Re: What Was The Problem With The Paul Jenkins Run, Or The Professor?
Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 at 08:05:23 pm EDT (Viewed 252 times)
Reply Subj: Re: What Was The Problem With The Paul Jenkins Run, Or The Professor?
Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 at 03:48:24 pm EDT (Viewed 289 times)


      It was a thought provoking 12 year run that was reduced to a memory with a few issues that lacked any real exposition. 12 years of excellent Hulk lore was destroyed in a few panels.

    To defend Jenkins a bit, one could easily argue that PAD threw out important bits of Hulk lore during his run - and that's not even touching on his second stint on the book where his first storyline existed mainly to give readers who didn't like Bruce Jones' run an out.

This is true to a small extent, but I still stand on the point that at least PAD added well planned out characterization to the Hulk mythos. If Paul Jenkins had a plan and I don't doubt he did, it did not pan out. Believe me I have a few concerns with PAD's run and some of his Hulk work after his first run.

    Jenkins was within his rights to retcon the merged Hulk into the Professor personality. That type of stuff is something that comic writers often do. However, I think the problem with the retcon was that it never went anywhere. The discovery that the Professor was just another aspect of Bruce led to no confrontation between that incarnation and Banner. It led to no real character development. The only way it served the story was that it gave a smart green Hulk to show up whenever Jenkins needed a Banner Hulk stand-in.

This is pretty much my stance, but the retcon was done without rhyme or reason and never given a satisfactory explaination as you've noted below. As I stated above, I have no problem with writers being creative. The concern I have is destroying a good idea without giving much thought to what preceded it and replacing it with a half-a$$39 less thought out explanation.

    A good story has all the parts serve a larger theme. Jenkins put the pieces in place for something that probably should have taken 5-6 years to set up, but he left quickly as new projects came in. As such, things like the Professor Hulk revelation fell flat because they introduced a lot of potential new stories but never delivered on any of them.

Yes indeed. Which is my major complaint, not so much that he changed great ideas, but that he never followed through on the ones he implemented. I can't say for certain if I would have enjoyed his run had he stuck around to some end, but he didn't, and because of it his run was left with nothing more than many open plotlines.


      Caterpillar Hulk?!? Why would Banner turn into a Caterpillar Hulk?!?

    Well, since the caterpillar is often seen as a symbol of growth and change, I would argue that this is one of the most apt incarnations Jenkins showed off.

Metaphorically and symbolically speaking yes, but it just doesn't fit on a physical level within the history of Banner's metamorphosis IMO. I even wrote a story that steamed from an idea I once posted on this board many many years ago about how Hulk ended up floating in space and how the natural occuring gamma energy cacooned him and further transfomed him.


      All in all I think the lack of knowledge, history and care for the Hulk, caused his run to fail!

    I think he had plenty of knowledge and care about the character - just a different interpretation on them than fans here would prefer.

Certainly a different interpretation.

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