Review: SHE-HULK #1

Written by Charles Soule
Art by Javier Pulido
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: February 12, 2014

SHEHULK2014001_DC11_LRCharles Soule is exploring the non-superhero side to Jennifer Walters, the sensational She-Hulk, in this latest relaunch of the character’s solo title. Those who are not familiar with our leading lady get an origin story crash course via the Marvel summary page, and from there the art takes over the summarizing duties for a page to show the sides of She-Hulk we often see in other books. After that, her professional life takes the stand.

Javier Pulido’s art is a charming companion for this strong girl’s adventures in the non-superhero life. She-Hulk lacks the bulk of previous issues and seems more like the slim-character seen back in the early 90s. Reactionary faces, dynamic panel layouts and Muntsa Vicente’s dynamic color work to keep the action flowing. This provides plenty of tension, laughter and convey Jennifer’s own frustration when dealing with the the bureaucracy and red tape that gives the legal profession a bad reputation.

Soule  has captured the classic, sassy and confident personality of Shulkie with a storyline that has a feel of an issue that would typically provide breathing room between large story arcs. The classic elements are all there: knowledgeable, logical, tough lawyer who likes to cut through the B.S.  There are also great touches that call back to her previous stories and relationships that will give long time fans big grins. This isn’t a big-impact or quick read story, though. In an effort to reinforce the legal world Jennifer Walters works-in, there are text heavy talking heads on several pages that could bog some readers down. However, if you take your time to take it in, you find Soule is crafting chuckle-worthy moments. Also, if you’re looking for big action, you might have to wait for another issue, since the biggest fight scene is left to the imagination and happens off panel.

The Verdict: 8.0/10


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