Review: She-Hulk #1
Marvel continues to find critical success with their C-list characters. She-Hulk hasn’t had a series in quite a while, so with this resurgence of titles its the perfect time to give her another try.
Charles Soule, a practicing lawyer, fills She-Hulk #1 with plenty of lawyer jargon. The issue is void of action, which helps set the tone for the series. Marvel has plenty of titles that rely on action, so having a title set itself apart like this is a great thing. She-Hulk is a title that isn’t quickly digestible like other titles from the Big Two. It takes time to read, and the fans will love the book more for it. She-Hulk demands your attention while reading. Much like Hawkeye, She-Hulk has a self deprecating sense of humor. Walters is the butt of the best jokes, but it makes you root for her as she goes up against cogs in the machine of Stark Industries. Soule both breaks and adheres to conventional #1 rules for comics. She-Hulk is given plenty of characterization to help readers grasp what this series is all about and who she is as person. But Soule avoids a big hook near the end that will draw the reader in. He instead spreads the hook throughout the issue, with a self contained story that is superbly told.
She-Hulk is knee deep at the center of the Marvel universe, but Soule keeps it from being a crutch to the young series. Jennifer Walters has her contacts in metahuman affairs, but the creative team makes it abundantly clear that we should be caring about her brain instead of brawn. The only mention of super heroics happens off panel and Walters writes it off as something that could have been avoided. She-Hulk is filling a niche that I didn’t know I wanted to read about for a superhero. I’m not normally a fan of font gimmicks, but the constant letter sizing adds to the boring nature of the lawyer talk. Clayton Cowles lettering shows everything from Jennifer’s perspective, as you can see when her attrition starts to drain and when she perks up to attention again. It also helps break up the text bubbles and make the walls of text easier on the eyes.
Javier Pulido was a perfect choice for She-Hulk. The humor is handled perfectly with stagnant panels flow like a movie. When Jennifer Walters uses her strength it jumps off the page. The reader is as surprised as the lawyers on the page. Pulido uses some unconventional panel structure that draws the readers eyes quite well. The courtroom scene is one of the few that will look better on digital with one panel being a little cut off because of the binding. I was impressed by slight physical changes Pulido added to She-Hulk was she was Hulking down from her fight with the security with Stark. Muntsa Vicente’s colors pop off the page. She-Hulk’s color tone is in line with what we saw in FF. The bright color pallet gives an optimistic look that compliments the ending.
She-Hulk continues Marvel hit streak of new comics. This is an unconventional book for many, but it will no doubt have a dedicated audience like other critical darlings at the House of Ideas.
She-Hulk #1 gets 4.5/5.
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