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Here’s a Little Ditty, About Jack and Jen, He’s Got A Heart On His Face, And She’s 6 Foot Ten.

By Michael Keskeys Hello friends, and fellow She-Hulk fans, we are back once again to discuss the latest issue of “She-Hulk” by Rainbow Rowell, Rico Renzi, and Roge Antonio. I’m so glad to have recently heard from the writer herself on Facebook that the series is ongoing, and not just a limited series as some of the solicits have suggested, which is fantastic news, as this is a character that deserves to have an ongoing series as much as any other Marvel character, especially as we have our Shulkie back again after a recent stint of being just a green (and briefly red, rage monster) This issue picks up where we left off last time, Jen’s off to work, where she runs into a former co-worker from the Dan Slott run, which I legit cheered when I saw their return, and we get some brief work-related humor as Jen goes through her rolodex of super friends to find some work and we get some great interaction with Jen and her Fantastic Four teammate Ben Grimm. We also get some more on Jack of Heart

Can She-Hulk Break The Fourth Wall?

Hello to all of you She-Hulk fanatics!

Welcome back to She-Hulk’s museum and gift shop. I hope you brought some comfy shoes to walk in and plenty of money as you’ll need it for all the She-Hulk merch at the end!

Kidding ... Or am I? That banner at the end of this post may suggest I'm not.

This week I’ll be answering one of my favorite questions about the Jade Giantess:

Can She-Hulk Break The Fourth Wall?

For starters, let us establish exactly what breaking the fourth wall means.

When a fictional character breaks the “fourth wall”, they essentially speak to the person reading the material.

As many, many Deadpool fans would like to point out, he is famously known for his habitual fourth-wall-breaking. 

But are you ready for me to break your heart? She-Hulk did it first!

Whew, I’m glad to have got that off my chest.

Sensational She-Hulk #1, written and illustrated by John Byrne, was released in July of 1989. This issue debuted the first-ever usage of She-Hulk breaking the fourth wall in an ongoing series, speaking to readers right on the cover.

[Editor's Note: She-Hulk first broke the fourth wall during a Marvel one-issue special earlier that year which featured her taking out Magneto in the most hilarious way possible.]

Jen was NOT pleased that her first series was canceled and she was left to drift aimlessly until John Byrne incorporated her into his seminal run on Fantastic Four in issue #265)

So to answer the question, yes She-Hulk can break the fourth wall. 

*Knock, knock* Sounds like the pizza I ordered is here. 

She-Hulk: No pizza here, but I’ve got a copy of this here FAQ page printed off to make an in-person complaint. Where's BJ?

Devin: He's working at his day job, selling encyclopedias door to door.

She-Hulk: People still do that?

Devin: BJ does.

She-Hulk: Who even buys encyclopedias anymore?

Devin: Your guess is as good as mine.

She-Hulk *cracks her knuckles* Well. I guess I'll take my complaint up with you then.

Devin: Gulp! Uh, how can I help you Ms.Walters?

She-Hulk: Well first off, you can stop scripting our conversation for starters. I’ll be taking over to wrap up this week’s question. 

*Clears Throat*

As I told Devin, who’s now weeping in the corner, I’ll be wrapping this up as I’d hate to sue the poor guy for defamation.

For many years, I’ve spoken to readers using my quirky fourth-wall-breaking antics to speak what was on my mind.

That is one of my staple moves often used to bring humor into the mix as opposed to just making jokes to other characters in my books, as that gets boring you know? 

Heck, my fans loved me more than my copycat, Canada’s other smelly hero, and resident X-Men character, Deadpool.

I even called him out in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 if you listen carefully to the pre-match smack talk. It's that last segment at the end of this video:

You know, I have no idea who started the trend of that hack highjacking my shtick, but I think it is high time to take him to court and get it back.

And if Ryan Reynolds was smart? Deadpool would make his debut in my Disney+ show. This way I can call him out in front of the largest audience possible.

Well, would you look at the time? Looks like I’m going to be late for my next case, so I’ve gotta go. Thanks for reading and hopefully these guys won’t require another visit from me. I’ve got hero lawyer stuff to do, and maybe even a Ryan Reynolds to bang.

Call me, Ryan!


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Image Source: Sensational She-Hulk #1 (1989), written/illustrated by John Byrne.

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