Marvel has given the She-Hulk numerous series and numerous attempts to holding a long-term title, but of all of the attempts that have been made, this series was the one that actually seemed to grab the spirit of Jennifer Walters, lawyer, and that She-Hulk was just one element of that person. Add to that, it is the only other legal book out there by Marvel (Daredevil being the first) and that element of the story was not lost in this series. I am sad to say that the next issue will be the last, but if it has to go, it’s going out on a hell of a story.
Without spoiling anything, this issue is part 1 of a 2-parter, finally beginning to put some perspective on the “Blue File” that has been around since the start of the series. And, if you are going to have a She-Hulk book, you need to bring back her most popular nemesis… Titania. The 2 first came to blows in the original Secret Wars series, and have had recurring conflicts ever since. Titania’s best friend also gained powers during the Secret Wars, and she took on the name Volcana. So, guess who joins Titania in her approach on Shulkie? Yup, you guessed it. But, as always, Jen is not alone and has a few friends to help her out.
Writer Charles Soule has taken his history as a lawyer to bring the legal perspective to the forefront of this title. Before the blood transfusion from her cousin, Jennifer Walters was a lawyer, and that element of her only seems to rear its head as a plot convenience, rather than defining the character. Soule has made this one hell of a fun read, especially the last few issues which were primarily fought in the courtroom with Jen defending Steve “Captain America” Rogers, with the opposing council being Matt “Daredevil” Murdock. When a comic about a superhero has 2 pages that have one panel each – one with each lawyer standing and the entire caption area being closing arguments for each – and it’s something that you read every word… It’s no wonder Soule has become a fast favourite by the readers and the publishers, having so many titles on the go from Marvel and DC for so long (and soon to be just Marvel apart from a few creator-owned items).
Artist Javier Pulido has a unique style that, in some cases, seems kind of cartoony, it actually seems to work for this title. The title – beyond the legal-ese I mentioned – also has a great element of humour and humanity, and part of that is due to the work of Pulido. Although some of the art is not always for me, overall the tone of the book suits an artist like Pulido. I would not want to see a Jim Lee or Frank Miller style of artist on this book. This book has too much heart and light and doesn’t need an artist that is more detailed or dark. Pulido’s style is definitely unique, and in it I can see similarities to that if Mike Allred – definitely great company to be in. His visuals are supported greatly by Muntsa Vincente on colours and Clayton Cowles with the letters and this book is definitely one of the most fun reads I have had from Marvel in some time.
Although I am sad to see this book go, I am happy that it is going out on a strong note. Soule himself had mentioned that he is happy with being able to bring the book to its conclusion at this point. Because of that, I’m OK with it. (Also because I am trying to trim my monthly budget and the book ending on its own means that I don’t have to find something to cancel as I would have kept this one in a heartbeat.)
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Javier Pulido
Colorist: Muntsa Vicente
Letterer: Clayton Cowled
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Publication Date: February 2015