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Red She-Hulk #58

Story by Jeff Parker

Art by Carlo Pagulayan & Wellinton Alves

Review by Mara Whiteside

 

This is my first Hulk-related book. I have avoided the Hulk like the plague, tolerating only in small doses in team books. She-Hulk was on the fringes of my personal Marvel Universe, and Red She-Hulk was off the radar.

While Red She-Hulk #58 didn’t shock and awe me, it has gained my respect. To be honest, the only reason I picked up the issue in the first place is because it’s a female-lead Marvel book. Yeah, I’m that kind of comic book reader. I am excited to see how this character will carry a series. The first issue contains a lot of fighting and brawling on Betty’s part, not so much character development or plot outside of action.

Don’t get me wrong. I love a strong woman who isn’t afraid to beat up people to get what she wants. I was just a little wary about the lack of depth in this issue. One issue, so I’m not seeing this as a big deal.

Betty has a reputation as a non-lethal Hulk, but that reputation is at stake when she goes after the people involved in the Echelon program. This program has super-soldier overtones. We all know messing with DNA and super-abilities doesn’t go over well with the heroes. Overall, not an overwhelming first issue, but it certainly has it’s potential.

THE VERDICT

Meh. Buy. The more you support and read female-lead series, the more we get. And I want to see more strong women like Red She-Hulk in my pull list.

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