I don’t know that I can say I’ve ever been a big fan of She-Hulk, but then again, until relatively recently, I haven’t been much of a fan of the various Hulk series either. Big green rage monsters aren’t really my thing, even when they maintain their intelligence like She-Hulk does. But, given that I’ve enjoyed some of the recent Hulk offerings, I decided to give Jennifer Walters a shot in her solo series.
So let’s see what Marvel has to offer in the first six issues of She-Hulk.
When Jennifer quits her day job and starts her own law firm catering to superpowered clients, she has no idea what she’s in for. It’s an interesting concept, one that doesn’t get addressed as often as it should. Sure, you occasionally see Matt Murdoch playing lawyer but that’s not really what Daredevil is about. This is a comic that is primarily about lawyering first and being a superhero second. That’s kind of a cool idea.
Okay, before we get started I need to get one thing out of the way, I don’t like the art. There, I said it. As with quite a few comics I’ve reviewed lately, the art just isn’t my style and I stand by that but it’s all personal preference and some people might enjoy a lighter style, I don’t. Unfortunately, at least in these first six issues, it starts out slightly bad and it just gets worse until it’s almost impossible to take seriously. The end, drawn by Ron Wimberly, looks like an 8-year old drew it.
But aside from the artwork problem, this is actually a pretty decent book that you don’t see every day. It casts superheroes in a different light, where they don’t have to be beating the crap out of things 24/7, they can be a part of the system and be interesting without having to be physical all the time. Unfortunately, that kind of thing doesn’t tend to do well in the superhero genre and the series has been cancelled effective with issue #12.
And so, while I think this is probably worth reading, it just doesn’t go on all that long and ultimately, doesn’t make any real changes to how comics are done. Maybe it was too much for a single book, although it is similar to Hawkeye and that at least got 22 issues before being canned.