I took a look at the first six issues of this series a couple of months ago, noting that it was different from most of the offerings Marvel provides, which is why it was invariably cancelled with issue #12. Still, it was interesting enough to take another look at and review the second half of the series to see if it was worth recommending picking up in the trades.
Therefore, let’s jump into She-Hulk #7-12, the tale of a large green woman arguing the intricacies of the law in a court room.
If you read my first review, it’s largely the same. She-Hulk continues to provide legal help to the super-powered, this time out, former Captain America takes up much of the story as he’s being sued for a wrongful death when he was a kid. She goes up against Matt Murdoch in the battle for Steve Rogers’ reputation. Then, we finally dive into the “blue file” and discover exactly what that case entails.
While I don’t want to go into too much detail on the whole “blue file” thing, let’s just say that with all the build-up it’s had, the end result is pretty disappointing. Here is this case that nobody else will touch, that Jen gave up on because it was too confusing, yet which gets solved pretty simply in the end. The ultimate motivation, that a bad guy wanted to be a good guy, is very simplistic, especially when you have other bad guys saying they wanted to be good guys too. Great, then just DO IT! There are plenty of things left unanswered and even though Charles Soule promises to stick She-Hulk and her companions into other comics, that really doesn’t make the ending satisfying.
The art still sucks. Sorry, it hasn’t gotten any better. One of the very first pages of issue #7 has virtually the exact same picture of Jen with virtually the exact same expression multiple times on the page. Copy and paste does not make for good art, sorry. It never sinks as low as I pointed out in my first review but it doesn’t rise much above the norm either. Some people seem to like Javier Pulido’s artwork, I don’t. It’s not just minimalist, it’s out-and-out bad as far as I’m concerned. This is stuff I’d expect to find in a crappy indy comic, not Marvel or DC. Maybe I just fondly remember “Drawing Comics the Marvel Way”.
Of all of the quirky short-lived comic series that came out in 2014, She-Hulk probably fared the worst. Lots of “critics” loved it, but critical love doesn’t translate into financial success. I wouldn’t mind seeing other comics in the future borrowing some ideas from the She-Hulk mold, focusing more often on the hero’s regular life and showing more than flying fists, but this went too far the other way, with actual superhero-style combat being extremely rare within it’s pages. There can be a balance but this isn’t it. Maybe the next inevitable reboot of the She-Hulk character can get it right.