Teleporting mutant Nightcrawler calls in at Jen’s workplace, looking for legal representation for an entire island of mutants. Problem is, Jen has been forbidden from working on any legal cases involving superhumans or superpowers. So how will her ex-law firm nemesis and current boss Mallory Book handle the news? Plus, what’s up with Jack of Hearts – and does anyone truly care about him?
Though initially planned as a five issue miniseries, Rainbow Rowell’s She-Hulk seems to have been granted an extension. It certainly helps the deliberate pacing; my concern was that the narrative was ambling towards a conclusion in issue five and didn’t have enough time to get through the story beats in a way that wouldn’t feel rushed by the end. However,with more breathing space in the form of further issues, that concern has definitely been alleviated.
And this issue pays off one major thread in a beautifully affecting way. It’s a seriously wonderful development for two characters and it’s handled brilliantly; both superbly illustrated and written in a way that’ll just melt your heart.
Rowell’s strength has always been in the more sedate, feminine and romantic scenes, with action scenes and general superheroics feeling somewhat awkward in comparison. Thankfully, there’s no outright action to be found here – and all of the character development and dialogue truly hits the mark.
Some issues of this series have felt somewhat inconsistent after a strong start, but issue six is an undeniable return to form. Though a few threads are left hanging here, I wouldn’t be sad if it ended as it does in this issue.
Still, I’m looking forward to catching up with the comic incarnation of She-Hulk in issue seven; Rowell really does seem to get to the heart of the character and – despite spending her time being big, green and surrounded by other superheroes – she’s appealing, relatable and definitely someone readers will want to continue being involved with.
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