Jennifer Walters is…the She-Hulk! A stalwart member of the Avengers and the FF, she’s also a killer attorney with a pile of degrees and professional respect. But juggling cases and kicking bad guy butt is a little more complicated than she anticipated. With a new practice, a new paralegal and a mounting number of super villains she’s racking up as personal enemies, She- Hulk might have bitten off more than she can chew! When Kristoff Vernard, the son of Victor von Doom seeks extradition, it’s an international jailbreak, She-Hulk style! And She-Hulk and Hellcat must uncover the secrets of the Blue File – a conspiracy that touches the entire Marvel Universe! Someone important to She-Hulk is killed, and she won’t let it stand…but who can she trust? She-Hulk takes on her most terrifying role yet: defendant! COLLECTING: SHE-HULK 1-6
I was very intrigued starting this graphic novel as to whether or not I would like it. I’ve never actually read a She-Hulk title comic before this one, as she isn’t a Marvel character I’d be hugely drawn to. The only time I would have encountered her before now is if she was a guest star or cameo in another comic I was reading. Don’t get me wrong though, I’ve always been slightly fascinated by the character and how her powers work, in comparison to her cousins’, The Hulk himself. My first proper encounter with Jennifer Walters and the She-Hulk was in a story from Avengers (vol. 3) #72-75 where she loses control and basically Hulks-out like her cousin and ends up going toe-to-toe with the Avengers and the Hulk.
So as you can imagine, I didn’t know what to expect from this at all. I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish! The story is excellent, with Charles Soule starting She-Hulk off as a lawyer working for a big firm who ends up going into business on her own with the thanks of a very healthy check received from a client. Soule removes She-Hulk from super heroics for the most part and shows her struggles as an attorney. It’s a refreshing, witty and intelligent take on a super hero.
If I were to pick out something I disliked about this volume, it would be that the artwork wasn’t all that up to scratch for the last two chapters (issues 5 and 6). Issues 1-4 were drawn by Pulido, and while his artwork isn’t my favourite, I certainly preferred it to Wimberley’s. I don’t know what he was trying to do with Tigra in a couple of panels, but his perspective was completely off, and it looked like she had really long elongated arms and legs in certain parts. No offence to the artist, but I think they should go and take some classes in perspective.
I think the highlight for me in the whole volume was that there were plenty of excellent guest appearances in there including Daredevil, Patsy Walker: Hellcat, The Shocker and least I forget the formidable Dr Doom!
If you’re looking for a graphic novel that’s not too super-hero-orientated, and more story focused, you’ll certainly enjoy this graphic novel. I can also guarantee you that you need not know anything previously about She Hulk, other than she’s a female (and more calm) version of the Hulk. There are very little references (if any) to the wider Marvel Universe, so you won’t be over whelmed and super confused about what is going on, which is always great when you’re starting a new comic and/or a comic about a character you’ve never read before.