She Hulk 4 review

SHEHULK2014004-DC11-5e4b2The last issue if She Hulk was kind of intense. Kristoff Vernard, the son of Dr. Doom, asked Jennifer Walters to help him seek asylum in the United States. While she ended up winning, Dr. Doom showed up within seconds and abducted his son, taking him back to Latveria. It was the perfect mix of action, lighthearted fun, legal drama and the kind of humour you’d expect from a book starring Bruce Banner’s lawyer cousin. This issue picks up shortly after the last ended.

The bulk of today’s issue views another angle of a superhero legal drama. How far is the lawyer willing to go to protect their client – even one as rude as Kristoff? After a brief office meeting and a broken desk, She Hulk heads for San Francisco to seek advice from fellow lawyer/superhero Matthew Murdock. It’s a nice scene that shows the potential friendship between the two, followed by a splash page of them spending “a night on the town”. What follows is a great action scene in Latveria that’s both intense and hilarious. Even Doom’s servo bots are proud to a fault, and She Hulk enjoys that big gun a bit too much. The plot resolves itself smoothly, and the remainder of the issue teases the next storyline complete with antics from the other occupants of the building where She Hulk’s law office resides.

Javier Pulido’s art is polarizing, but it fits the comic’s mood perfectly. The simple, slightly cartoonish look and flat appearance will turn off some, but there’s a charm factor for those who enjoy it. There’s a lot of environmental detail that add extra touches to the storytelling, including an excited kid who points at the green superhero as she and Daredevil climb down from the Golden Gate Bridge. While they’re on the bridge, they have a number of flags and banners showcasing the issue’s title and credits, one hanging from the back of a plane. Also, there’s a parachuting monkey. The “night on the town” page is a splash image complete with angry thugs with their improvised weapons and all sorts of neon-lights in the background. In the Latverian action scene, there’s plenty of debris as Jennifer smashes through Doom’s bots. There is one panel as they descend the bridge where She Hulk’s footing is odd, almost making it look as though she’s flying, but otherwise the only complaints one could have are of personal taste.

Charles Soule is killing this series. It’s a consistently fun title where each issue stands on its own, and it seamlessly combines superhero action with legal drama while making it easy to understand. It has a real sense of authenticity, surely helped by the fact that Soule is a lawyer himself. While the art may turn off some, this is well worth checking out for anyone looking for a fun solo title that’s really not like any other current Marvel series.

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - www.healed1337.blogspot.com As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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4 Responses to She Hulk 4 review

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  2. xmenxpert says:

    This is great. So much fun, and so much heart. The scene between Jen and Matt was great, as was the scene between She-Hulk and Doom.

    Like

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