Hulk 8 review

The first story arc of Jennifer Walters’s current series was very dramatic. She deals a lot with PTSD thanks to a rocket meant for Thanos that almost killed her, only to learn her cousin died while she slept in a coma. That’s bound to mess almost anyone up, no matter how tough they are. Issue 6 began her journey to recovery, and it’s clear that she felt a lot better in issue 7 than before. However, when the host of an online cooking show she often watches for comfort suddenly turns into a monster, she feels the need to get involved.

Written by Mariko Tamaki, Hulk 8 begins exactly where the last left off. The monstered up host spends the first half of the issue suffering, and goes on a rampage by the issue’s end. In the meantime, Jen and her assistant begin their investigation. It plays more like a detective comic than a legal drama like the first arc, but that’s by no means a bad thing. There’s a good mix of drama related to the host, story development with Jen’s investigation and humour mixed throughout.

The man responsible for the host turning into a monster is just some punk who wants to be famous, with a drug related criminal record. He’s the kind of vain jerk you love to hate, and it’s almost justified when the monster host attacks him. Jen reflects on why she’s more willing to use her hulk form a bit at the comic’s end, but most of the drama focuses on the cooking show host, and it’s well done. And perhaps helping the host recover from his new monster self may help Jen further her own recovery too. At this point she seems to be accepting her new Jennifer/Hulk dynamic.

The art by Georges Duarte is great. It’s a simple, clean look, but with plenty of detail in places. The opening page showing different reactions online is fun, showing how a lot of people think it’s fake, while others are worried. There’s also a random spam comment talking about clear skin that probably should have been taken further. Not all panels have backgrounds, but those that do are well detailed, whether it’s Jen’s assistant’s office desk with a plant and a couple pictures, the destroyed studio where the cooking show incident took place or the view of the city when Jen’s standing on top of a roof. Facial expressions perfectly convey emotions, like Jen’s cold anger when she first calls her assistant about the incident, the grin on the culprit’s face when he sees the view count, and the look of fury when the monster host tracks down the culprit. The monster looks like a bizarre mix of a hulk and a walking swamp covered in boils. It’s a gloriously hideous look. Matt Milla’s colouring is fantastic. Everything is bright and colourful, and the shading often gives the comic a 3d feel, more than most comics I read.

This is a great comic. It’s funnier than the first story arc, yet there’s still enough drama to keep things emotionally interesting. From what I’ve seen of her writing, that’s where Tamaki seems to work her best, when she focuses on characters dealing with serious issues yet still mixing some fun into it. This feels like a classic She-Hulk comic in tone, and it’s an easy recommendation to Jennifer Walters fans.

8.5/10

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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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2 Responses to Hulk 8 review

  1. Pingback: Comics of July 12, 2017 | healed1337

  2. xmenxpert says:

    This is really good. I’m still loving this series. This exploration of how Jen feels about her new Hulk form is interesting to see.

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