Thursday, February 13, 2014

She-Hulk #1

   The She-Hulk is a character that just keeps hanging around (which is usually a good thing).

   That's because, when she's well written and well drawn, the character is a heck of a lot of fun.

   She's had several different incarnations - from straight-laced super-hero to savage she-beast to comical adventuress.

   So which character shows up in this series? So far, the story is focused more on Jennifer Walters the attorney (although she never changes her Hulkish appearance) than She-Hulk the superhero.

   And that's a great thing, because it's sharply written by Charles Soule. It follows Jen as she faces upheaval in her career as a lawyer, and follows her humorous attempts to help a woman who was cheated by one of the world's most powerful men.

   It has a bit of superhero action, but not much. But it's chock full of strong characters and lots of humor (though not the over-the-top, break-the-fourth-wall humor that John Byrne used so well during his run on the series).

   The art is by Javier Pulido, as it has a light-hearted, Mike Allred feel to it. It hearkens to the fun and earnest energy of the Silver Age, but it appeals to modern sensibilities.

   So it's a good start to this new series, and a fresh take on this (now) classic character. Here's hoping for more along these lines!

Grade: A-




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