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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 Vs The Filler Issue

Review Written by Michael Keskeys

Well, it's finally happened. 

I should have figured it would happen at some point, given the nature of consecutive and serialized storytelling, but we've hit a filler issue, or at least it lands with me as such as of right now. After four solid issues of fun character development, reintroductions and introductions alike, we've hit an issue where not a lot happens. I feel like this is because this issue came out mere weeks after the previous one, after a nearly two-month hiatus, so Rainbow Rowell had to do two issues worth of plot in less time than usual, perhaps?   

The story is the only thing that suffers this time out.

The art by Luca Maresca and colors by Rico Renzi is as vibrant and fun as ever, but this time out, we don't get any fun legal cases with cameos from other heroes or villains, nor any Superhero Fight Club with Titania and Volcana.

At the most, we get some more development of the relationship between Jen and Jack, which is nice, but as I've mentioned before, if you've been reading Fantastic Four, you know that they're a couple, and this whole buildup to that feels off because of it. They're great characters and great together, but this slow buildup feels dragged out for no reason.  

Enough preamble; let's get down to what happens this time out. So, when we last left Jen and Jack, they had traveled to Brooklyn to find more clues about how he returned to life, when they were ambushed by a mysterious person, calling out that they had found Jack of Hearts.

As it turns out, this person is a large man, the size of The Juggernaut, in civilian clothes.

One who repeats over and over that "Jack of Hearts stole the tarts," as he throws down with Jack and Jen, well, mostly Jen s, Jack can't seem to use his powers in time; Jen is getting beat down here like I haven't seen in a while.  

Thankfully, a mysterious and small woman shows up, breaking the fight. We find out that her name is April, and the big guy is named Mark. "Oh, hi, Mark!" I exclaimed in my best Tommy Wiseau impression upon reading that. April apologizes to Mark, explaining that he thought Jack was a playing card, not that that is a logical answer. But then again, Mark doesn't seem to be the most rational guy anyway.    April and Mark walk away at this point, asking not to be followed, as not every superhuman is as super as Jen is.    Jen doesn't believe this is a coincidence, but they have no choice but to let them go at this point.  

At dinner later, Jen and Jack discuss what will happen when the rest of The Avengers discover that Jack is alive, concerned that they may be upset at Jack, who, when last they all saw each other, blew up and killed Scott "Ant-Man" Lang. Now, it's not mentioned here, but Scott, like most comic book characters, is alive and well. And he has been for some time now, thanks to some time travel shenanigans (Read: Avengers: The Children's Crusade for more info), so I don't think there would be a problem. They'd be happy to see their friend and teammate not dead anymore. Also, it wasn't even Jack's fault; his corpse was being controlled by Wanda, who was going through some things at the time (read Avengers: Disassembled for more), so there shouldn't be any problem with any of The Avengers. This conflict here, I think, is the result of Rainbow Rowell being given that event as background material to read before starting her run, but not anything that has come since, so she's crafting this story with only half of the backstory she needs.  

This is a problem. I know that nobody can be expected to read everything, but this is why we have editors to keep track of these things like continuity. Marvel needs someone, like their own Watcher, who can keep track of the decades worth of stories to help make these writers make the stories flow better. I would love to be that guy, using this encyclopedia of Marvel facts in my head for good, but they haven't come knocking on my door yet.

Back to the end of our story, and Jen is back in Brooklyn the next day; Jen is in the park watching over Mark and April, where she finds out from a person on the bench that she's chatting with that April is Mark's wife, a plot twist I guess is supposed to keep us intrigued to find out what will happen next time. Still, for me, I'm really underwhelmed here. Here's hoping that this is a fluke and next month we're back to a better story, the kind that I know that Rainbow Rowell is capable of.   Til next time, friends, stay green and mean. 


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