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Subj: Re: What Was The Problem With The Paul Jenkins Run, Or The Professor?
Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 at 10:17:06 pm EDT (Viewed 234 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 280 times)

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    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.

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.

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.

    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.

    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.

I tend to think PAD's Tempest Fugit helped recton and maybe gave readers an out from Jenkins Run as well as Jones Run. I think it could have been fair to say The Professor just came out of the cave like The Devil Hulk and was not the same character as The Merged Hulk since Professor was left handed and Merged was right handed. I wish PAD would have said that later in addition to it all being a possible dream. It could have been an interesting story to see a confrontation between Banner and Professor like he had with Doc Green.

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