Though I wasn’t overly keen on the first issue of Rainbow Rowell’s five issue She-Hulk mini-series, I’m glad I persisted – from issue 2 onwards, it’s been a wonderfully charming, beautifully drawn experience.
Jennifer Walters – the titular She-Hulk – is still searching for a reason as to why her friend, the long-thought-dead Jack of Hearts, has been resurrected. In the meantime, life goes on; Jennifer has her fight club, which leads to lots of new clients at her law firm – and her bond with Jack is deepening too. Yet the nagging mystery around Jack’s return still lingers…
Though this issue is as beautifully written and gorgeously illustrated as the rest of the series so far, there’s a slight feeling that it’s meandered to the conclusion a little too much. There’s only one issue left and we still aren’t any closer to solving the Jack of Hearts mystery, but I guess what’s important is that the interplay between all of the characters who weave through the narrative is believable and incredibly charming.
It’s almost a shame that we even have to get back to that mystery so soon, as it surely can’t be resolved in a manner that’s going to feel satisfying. I understand where readers may be frustrated with the lackadaisical approach to the narrative, but I actually wish that the mystery wasn’t lingering over the charming and heartfelt relationships that form the core of the comic.
With only one issue to go, we’ll see how everything turns out soon enough of course, but I’m definitely going to miss catching up with Jennifer Walters and her friendship group.
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