SHE-HULK #1

Writer: Charles Soule

Artist: Javier Pulido

Colorist: Muntsa Vicente

Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles

Review by Suzanne Nagda

“No one is only one thing.”

Jennifer Walters is a legacy character with a rich and complex history (as Bob Reyer can attest). Seriously, her Wikipedia page is as lengthy as Tolstoy’s War and Peace and possibly just as dense. Is she still the violent, quick-tempered hero of her early days? Or does she pair better with a quirky tone, like Dan Slott’s run of She-Hulk or Matt Fraction’s FF? Thankfully, the first issue blends new-reader sensibilities with respectful nods to the past. My biggest question is–WHEN IS SHE GOING TO BREAK THE FOURTH WALL?

Readers get a glimpse into the life of She-Hulk: Super Lawyer. Jennifer quits/gets fired from her corporate gig and shakes it off by hiding out in a bar full of lawyers. Fast forward a few panels–she takes on an impossible case and fights back against the man (a.k.a. Tony Stark and his legion of lawyer robots). Jennifer kicks the robots back into the ’90s and gets paid a tidy sum for her efforts. She opens up her own practice and gives Charles Soule an excuse to show off his expertise as a lawyer.

Soule maintains a careful balance between poking fun at the legal profession and giving agency to She-Hulk. Who hasn’t heard a lawyer joke, right? Jennifer meets one of Tony Stark’s employees who actually says (in a deadpan voice, I imagine): “I am neither bad nor good. I am simply legal.” She-Hulk comes off as instantly likeable and fun. Her biggest appeal seems to be her confidence–she is proud of being herself and isn’t afraid to show her strength.

Javier Pulido wins me over here with his ability to capture physical comedy. He highlights She-Hulk’s reaction to being fired in two panels that reflect her bold personality. Pulido also uses some inventive panel layouts–I think he’s bringing his A-game to this series.

My only complaint is that the book may be overburdened with dialogue. At times this works to great effect–like with Legal citing rules and regulations. Yet I hope Soule can bring more action to the next issue.

THE VERDICT: Buy it! Soule and Pulido bring out the best elements from a fan-favorite character. This is a book for readers who have grim-and-gritty fatigue. She-Hulk is a fun start to what looks to be a great addition to All-New Marvel NOW!

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6 Responses

  1. Bob Reyer

    Suzanne,

    I found the new She-Hulk another fine example of the broad range of tone and styles that Marvel should be cited from the bench for! If people are wondering about whether-or-not to add this series to their pull list, well, I would say that in the court of this reader’s opinion, it’s an open-and shut case! You…

    All right, that’s about enough of that, old-timer; move over, and give a lady some time to chat, willya! Sorry folks, sometimes Bob goes a bit goofy and actually thinks those jokes of his are funny, and so I just have to take the reins and pull things back together.

    As to the new series, I’m liking that Charles Soule is focusing on my legal career, so maybe I can avoid some of the lame-o bad guys (and huge dry-cleaning and clothing repair bills!) that Byrne used to have me facing back when he had me fighting folks like the Stilt-Man, Mahkizmo and the Living Eraser. (I know, right?) I’m also loving the art by Javier Pulido; he has a nice sense of style, particularly with that suit he had me wearing in the court-room scene.

    (Yes, it was very chic, Jennifer. It might have even been a Givenchy, darling! @udrey)

    To the story though, I know that it was dicey to take a case revolving around a “mad scientist” (and the guy who created Hammerhead and Kangaroo, no less!), but there were kids involved; bratty ones, but still…you have to take care of the little tykes!

    See you in the funny papers, gals and guys!
    JENNIFER

  2. Suzanne Nagda

    Did you read Dan Slott’s run? Is it worth checking out? Your recommendation got me to even appreciate Power Girl–and I can’t stand the boob window outfit.

    • Bob Reyer

      Suzanne,

      Firstly, a belated “Happy Valentine’s Day!” to you!

      Secondly (and I’m courting an interruption from “outside forces” by saying this), but I’ve read more She-Hulk comics than Ms. Walters has! (*ducking*)

      Thirdly (…and seriously), the Dan Slott run is very good, and is the tonal model for the new series, at least based on this new first issue. I would say that you’d quite enjoy it, but beware of a few “deep continuity” in-jokes such as the name of the law firm Jen works for: Goodman, Lieber, Kutzberg and Holliway, who operate out of their offices in the Timely Building.

      • Suzanne Nagda

        Thanks :) Hope you had a nice Valentine’s Day yourself. I’ll definitely check it out despite the “deep continuity.” As long as I don’t need to wade through 20 years’ worth of Marvel history to follow along I think I’ll be fine.

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