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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

There’s No Member Jackets When You’re In A Fight Club

 Review written Michael Keskeys



After what feels like forever (about four months), we finally have a new issue of She-Hulk written by Rainbow Rowell, with art by Luca Maresca, Rico Renzi, the color artist, and lettering by VC’s Joe Caramagna to talk about.  


And this issue is worth the wait if you’ve been wanting more of Jen and Mary’s super-powered fight club.  


Jen of course is our titular She-Hulk and Mary is Mary “Skeeter” Mcpherran aka Titania, once a rival to She-Hulk back in the day, and these days more of a friend with fighting benefits, as they fight each other about once a week from the looks of things to blow off some steam and kill some stress … Because that’s what you do when you’re a woman with superpowers living in New York City.  


Can’t exactly take a Spin class when you can bench press a taxicab, you know?


This time out Mary brought her long-time best friend Marsha “Volcana” Rosenberg for support.  

Like Mary, Volcana was given superpowers by Dr. Doom back in the day. (Doom very likely forgot he ever even did this, of course.)


Jen also inadvertently brought support in the name of Ben Grimm, who oversees their dust-up and tries to help, before realizing that this is all just for fun.   


 I love the dynamic here that Rowell brings to Mary and Jen, friends of convenience, it’s so much more fun than the usual superhero/supervillain roles.  I love the touch of Jen’s workout gear being a Lila Cheney concert t-shirt.  Not sure if that’s added in by Luca Maresca or was written in the script by Rainbow Rowell but in any case it’s a nice touch and I love it when Marvel characters show off their fandoms for Lila Cheney or Dazzler, who are like the Beyonce and Pink of the Marvel Universe. 

Also props to Rainbow for bringing Marsha into this too, I’ve always liked the character and her friendship with Mary.  I’d honestly read a whole series that was just them two living life and maybe bring back Marsha’s ex, Owen “Molecule Man” Reese into the story for good measure. They always had a fun dynamic, suburban life with superpowers. 


Back to the story: Ben is there to meet Jen for a legal matter, he was summoned to court for walking Black Bolt’s dog Lockjaw without a leash, and he also mentions that he sent some clients over her way, and when she gets to the office, it’s a who’s who of recent MCU star characters like Captain America (Sam Wilson), Moon Knight, and Shang Chi plus some others not yet known to the MCU fandom. 

But.

 I’m sure everyone will have their own movie or Disney Plus tv show at some point.   


Speaking of people with upcoming films to plug, Reed Richards is also there, and he gives Jen a gamma radiation meter, which is good to measure her own output as well as her new unexpected roommate Jonathan Hart aka Jack of Hearts’ levels since he has to constantly worry about overloading with radiation and blowing up.   


The two of them have another sweet scene together, and they also are trying to get to the bottom of how he came back to life in the first place.  (In case you forgot since the last issue happened a while ago: Jack’s death happened back in 2005 our time.  He blew up real good, as they say in the South, during the Avengers: Dissassembled event, and then just showed up alive in Jen’s apartment at the end of issue one)   


And after realizing that he wasn’t just having a random vision but was in Brooklyn, the two of them stop for Bubble Tea before running into a mysterious someone who proclaims that they have found Jack of Hearts!   


And that’s our story for this time out, I can’t wait to see who the identity of the person is that they encounter, I’m almost certain it will be some deep-cut character and not in fact any kind of plot revelation moving forward here, but I could be wrong.  

After all, we’re at issue 5 next time out, this is when things should start popping off in any sort of self-respecting story arc.  I have to say though, I appreciate the slow-burn approach Rainbow has to this comic.   


There’s no rush to get to any big superhero action it’s really more about Jen Walters trying to get her life back on track, as well as Jack Hart trying to get his life back on track after not having one for a very long time.  

Publishing delays have hurt the integrity (in my opinion) of this story since the two characters Jen and Jack are also appearing over in Fantastic Four these days and they’re a full couple but here they’re still developing that relationship.  


Not that there’s any sort of “will they won’t they” tension going on but still.  Nevertheless, She-Hulk still remains a blast to read and one of my favorite comics every month.   Can’t wait to talk more about the next issue when it comes out, hopefully not too far long from now.  

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