Author Charles Soule, Illustrations Javier Pulido
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This is a 12 issue run of She-Hulk written by Charles Soule. I really ended up loving his run of Daredevil so I thought I’d see what he could do with another super-lawyer.
I’ve been meaning to read She-Hulk for a while now and I’m sorry to say I was a little disappointed by this one. Soule set the bar too high with Daredevil and now I’ve dropped down.
Maybe if he had had more than 12 issues he would have been able to create a better long form story but this run ended up feeling more like a few short stories that got kind of repetitive by the end.
At the top of the run She-Hulk is denied a raise from her high paying firm job. They thought she would bring them high profile superpowered business but her ethics stood in the way of her exploiting her friends and cohorts. So she quits.
While she’s drinking at the lawyer bar and trying to come up with her next move she’s offered a case against Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. Only a fool would take this case but she’s desperate so she does.
She wins the battle against Legal, Stark’s infamous personal lawyer, and takes her payday to start up her own office.
Her and Hellcat go out drinking and punching bad guys until they come back to the office to find the son of Victor Von Doom looking for political asylum.
Too bad he waited until the very very last second to seek help, they race to the courthouse to file his paperwork and Doom interrupts the proceedings.
She goes to California to consult with Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil, and then goes to deal with Doom.
Back at home she shows Hellcat, aka her new assistant, the “blue file.” Some mysterious case that lists Jen Walters, aka She-Hulk, as a defendant but she can’t remember anything about it.
It is at this point in the story that the art suddenly changes and I hate it. It’s so ugly.
It stays like this for a couple issues and I hated every panel of it.
So She-Hulk, Hellcat, and She-Hulk’s paralegal who has some sort of mystical monkey are all investigating separately.
The paralegal finds some helpful documents and is promptly shot, the monkey breathes life back into her.
Hellcat mentions the case to Tigra and it triggers something in her to turn her very violent.
She-Hulk decides to abandon the investigation because it’s too dangerous and I don’t like that. Why should she give up? Other heroes wouldn’t give up just cause Tigra went crazy. One of the paramounts of super herodom is to not break down every time something gets dangerous!
So then She-Hulk and Hellcat go on a side adventure with Ant-Man, whatever, it’s pointless and forgettable . It just gets them to come back to the office to find another surprise guest, this happens a lot in this book.
This time it’s old Captain America (aka Steve Rogers).
Ol’ Cap is being sued for wrongful death from back before he was even a super soldier. He asks Jen to represent him.
She calls up Murdock again for help and he abruptly declines. She heads into court and sees Murdock is the opposing counsel, which you would think would already be known to her through disclosure but whatever.
So they are both involved in this absolutely ridiculous case against Captain America. What judge in the world is going to hear a 50 year old hearsay case against Captain freaking America?!
The whole case is malarkey and should be thrown out and I didn’t buy this whole plot line for a second and Soule knows better, he has a law background.
Turns out Cap hired both Walters and Murdock because he wanted this taken care of fairly in the public eye so as to not tarnish his reputation before he dies.
And then it’s revealed that one Dr. Faustus was the mastermind behind the whole blemish Captain America’s delicate reputation plan and Ol’ Cap goes and knocks him out. End of plot.
We still have this whole blue file thing to deal with though so She-Hulk returns to the office and finds yet another surprise guest waiting for her.
Titania is hanging out and ready to kick her butt and then all the ladies including a now present Volcana show up to battle.
At this point I was fed up. I really hate in female led comics and action movies or stories when the women can only battle other women. She-Hulk is ultra strong and powerful but they had to drudge up Titania and Volcana for her big fight. Who the eff is Volcana?! Give her a real baddie like you would for any other hero!
It’s stuff like this that keeps female heroes on the B list. I hate it.
The blue file had something to do with Nightwatch being bad and then good but not really. Whatever, I stopped caring.
Wow, so I started to dislike this one more and more just as I typed these words out.
She-Hulk is supposed to be super strong and super smart. She kind of got to show how smart she is but not in any meaningful way, and her strength was definitely underutilized.
Seriously, don’t give me this female against female shite. If you wouldn’t put Volcana against Man-Hulk why put her against She-Hulk? It’s not even a good fight.
Additionally, the art really sucked for two issues. This all adds up to not worth it. I don’t recommend this one but for some reason a lot of other people seem to love it so I guess just make your own call.
I was going to give it two stars but the feminist issues just always push me over the edge so screw it:
1/5 volcanoes 🌋
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