Wednesday, 19 February 2014

She-Hulk #1 Review

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Javier Pulido

She-Hulk is back, but is this a series fitting to the character? Read on to find out.

The official description from Marvel:

JENNIFER WALTERS IS…THE SHE-HULK! A stalwart Avenger, valued member of the FF, savior of the world on more than one occasion, she's also a killer attorney with a pile of degrees and professional respect. A 7-foot-tall drink of cool, emerald water, she's tough enough to knock out Galactus with one punch (possibly?) and has a heart bigger than the moon. But juggling cases and kicking bad guy butt is starting to be 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 a little more than she can chew…but she just calls that that Tuesday.

She-Hulk is one of my favourite female characters, as although I've never read any of her solo adventures, I've enjoyed her appearances along side her cousin Bruce Banner (aka Hulk) and the Fantastic Four.

Charles Soule has created a lawyer based series that can rival Daredevil any day, utilising his experience as a lawyer perfectly. Soule gives us an entertaining opening issue that is both fun and gripping. The way that he makes light humour of legal jargon is simply amazing, and along with the fantastic dialogue this adds a lot to the overall tone of the issue. The issue was however not quite perfect, as despite being fun and enjoyable the story flew by rather quickly, with the lack of actual action during Jen's robot fight being a little annoying. I still however feel that this will be the kind of series that Jen needs, and look forward to reading more.

I've never been the biggest fan of Javier Pulido's work, but his quirky style actually suits this fun tale. The layout of Pulido's art simply astonished me, as it had a very unique feel, helping the story to flow smoothly. The thing that I loved the most however was the way that Pulido managed to make Jen look like the powerful character she is, as despite not showing her quite as the physical specimen she usually is, she still looked like a lady you wouldn't want to mess with. Added to this the fantastic colours from Muntsa Vicente and I can easily see myself becoming a fan to this style of artwork on this series.

She-Hulk gets off to a terrific start, being  both fun and entertaining. Highly recommended.

Rating: 8/10