Young Adult fiction author Rainbow Rowell has really tapped into something special with her down-to-earth, charming approach to Marvel’s green lawyer. It got off to a shaky start, with a first issue that felt a little too much like a 90s superhero comic, with a quip-heavy fight kicking off in the street taking up most of the page count. Yet the cliffhanger at the end of the issue – which saw little known Avenger, Jack of Hearts, mysteriously resurrected, was intriguing enough for me to pick up issue 2.

Thank goodness I did; both the second issue and issue 3 are so effortlessly endearing that they’re a truly refreshing read. The interplay between the characters – particularly Jennifer Walters (aka the eponymous She-Hulk) and Jack of Hearts, but also between Walters and her friends – is beautifully handled – and the rather awkward, almost amateurish first issue is soon forgotten.

So Jack of Hearts has been resurrected – the reasons for which are still a mystery. Jack’s powers, even his metabolism, has completely changed after his return.

What’s interesting is that, despite this series only being a five issue limited run, Rowell isn’t in any hurry to move that mystery forwards – instead, Jennifer reconnects with old friends and gets to know Jack of Hearts better. Though some readers may be frustrated by the lack of progress by the end of the issue, I’ve actually found it to be a compelling read despite – perhaps even because of – this lackadaisical approach.

The art helps enormously of course; Roge Antonio’s illustrations are perfectly complemented by bright and appealing colour work by Rico Renzi – and just check out yet another gorgeous Jen Bartel cover.

I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but with me finding solace and gently heartwarming entertainment in diverse, inclusive fiction these days – such as Legends and Lattes – She-Hulk is right up my street.

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