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Can You Believe We're Getting a She-Hulk Series?

   By Michael Keskeys At the time of this writing, we are a little over two weeks out from the premiere of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law on Disney Plus.  A week ago, at Comicon, Marvel dropped a new trailer for the series, starring Tatiana Masanley ( Orphan Black) as our favorite gamma-powered superhero/attorney, and I’ve seen it so many times now and I still am in awe of the fact that we’re getting this show.   I’ve been a fan of this character since I was a 13-year-old kid getting into Marvel and saw some cheesecake pin-up art in an issue of Wizard Magazine.  That checked off all the boxes I needed at that age to try to find comics, and what I did was seek out what was the run at the time, Sensational She-Hulk, which was hilarious, awesome, and way more than just a cheesecake eye candy type character I went in for, and I’ve been a fan ever since.      The fact that she got to be a supporting character on the 90’s Hulk animated series was I figured as good as it would get for us fans, but

She-Hulk Issue #2 Review: She Hulk And The Return of Jack Of Hearts

She-Hulk Review written by Michael Keskeys

Welcome back She-Hulk fans, after a little longer than expected wait we have the second issue of Rainbow Rowell and Roge Antonio’s She-Hulk series. While the first issue was a perfect jumping on point for fans new and old alike, giving us the rundown on who Jennifer Walters is and what she’s been up to, this one is focused primarily on the return of a character who hasn’t been seen alive in Marvel Comics since 2004, and that is Jack of Hearts.

We ended our last issue with Jen surprised to find him not only in her apartment, but also alive. The last time we saw Jack of Hearts as a living character was in 2004 during Geoff Johns’ Avengers run, but a brief rundown on who he is for the uninitiated is Jack Hart was the son of a scientist who created something called Zero Fluid, which Jack got covered in, granting him superpowers and basically turning him into a living nuclear reactor. (Think Firestorm but for Marvel and without the duality of two people merged into one body. Now, I’m sure you have questions there but unfortunately this isn’t the Firestorm Expert page) In any case, all you need to know is he was a superhero for many years until the nuclear power inside him got too much to control and he flew off into space to sacrifice himself.

And then next thing Jack knows is he was alive again, in some kind of energy tube/bacta tank from Star Wars like thing and he broke out and went to find Jen for reasons he is unsure of, but felt compelled to do so, being able to track her gamma signature as he was familiar with her, a new aspect of his powers to my knowledge, but it makes sense that a living reactor would be able to track people down using their radioactive signature, if they had one that is.

With all this recap, one thing I wish the comic book did was put some footnotes in there as to when these events that are referred to happened. It would make even more sense now than it did back in the day when they used to do these footnotes all the time in comics, seeing as all of this stuff is just a click away on Marvel’s digital comics app, Marvel Unlimited.

There is some great comedy to be found in this issue, especially as Jack discovers that he once again has human needs for water and food, and rediscovers how good food is. A clever joke Rowell writes here is that he hasn’t had to eat food since Bush was President, as that was the last time (in our time) that the character was alive and well in the Marvel Universe.

I do wish however that there was more She-Hulk in this She-Hulk comic, but I also appreciate the format, and this issue has to serve as a recap as to who the character of Jack of Hearts is, how he died and how he came back to life once more, and it’s hard to do that and give focus to the star of your book, especially if you’re trying to keep the book down to a regular length and cover price, so I completely understand.

I’ve talked about my praise for Rowell’s writing and for Roge Antonio’s art, but it would be a complete disservice if I didn’t make mention of the colors by Rico Renzi, the colors in this series pop off the page, and it makes Jen and everyone in it feel like old friends that we haven’t seen in a while.

And speaking of not seeing in a while, let me once again write of my appreciation of having this version of the character back again. This is who She-Hulk is supposed to be, not the musclebound dumb She-Hulk that Marvel has done the last few years, taking away all of Jen’s heart and humor and turning her into a Gamma fueled rage monster to check that box on the Avengers roster since her cousin Bruce was off doing body horror metaphysical adventures over in his own book, The Immortal Hulk which was written by Al Ewing and is definitely worth your time if you’re any kind of Hulk fan in general.

But back to this comic, and all of this issue serves to set things up for the future of the story, as we get our first glimpse of sorts at our mystery villain, who had resurrected Jack of Hearts for reasons unknown to us for now and has their sights set on She-Hulk, I look forward to once more seeing what happens next month with Jen and Jack, and hopefully with some more clues as to who the Big Bad is of this arc.

I’ve read things online that suggest this series, which was first announced and advertised as an ongoing is in fact a limited series that will end after issue 6, but I hope that is not the case, as I am loving this series so far. My hope is that enough people are going into their comic shop and demanding that they want more She-Hulk action, and we can keep the fun green party going for many more issues to come.


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