Ahead of the Disney Plus series featuring the angriest Avenger’s lawyer cousin, Marvel are clearly shining a spotlight on She-Hulk.
Popular YA author – and writer of the 2017 Runaways series for Marvel – is on scripting duties here, with a story bringing us up to speed with She-Hulk’s (aka Jennifer Walters) current status quo and introducing quite a surprise in the final moments, though it won’t be one that means much to casual fans. This is a bit of a shame, because it feels as if this issue is very noob-friendly and written to ease people into She-Hulk’s world.
It’s actually a really old-school comic book from beginning to end – including that bold, bright and colourful retro-style cover. The set-up feels almost hilariously convenient, with Walters being accosted in the street by an old foe, with them trading quips and blows over most of the issue. It’s how comics used to feel when I was growing up in the 80s; uncomplicated, tongue-in-cheek fun. Though a little shallow, it is undeniably entertaining and the dialogue is great, thanks to Rowell’s scripting. Roge Antonio’s bold art adds to the charm (though that strikingly simple, beautifully bold cover comes courtesy of Jen Bartel) too.
Perhaps I was expecting a little more; John Byrne’s 80s She-Hulk series saw the character regularly breaking the fourth wall and that’s apparently also an aspect that’ll be coming to the Disney Plus show, so it’s a shame that everything feels so basic here.
Still, it’s the first issue of five and as an introduction to the character, it works really well. The cliffhanger is exciting for old Marvel Zombies like me, but I can see a fair few people shrugging their shoulders at the ending – but we shall see where we go from here.
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