“She-Hulk is the new Hawkeye.” I debated on whether or not to use that sentence. It’s obviously not a great start to champion a new series by simply comparing it to another. I think a lot of people are going to draw comparisons between the two, but I’m not talking about it in terms the art and the tone, I mean this is another book starring a character you may have always overlooked, that you’re about to fall in love with.
She-Hulk is a character that had one of the most awkward origin stories in comics. I’m not talking about how Jennifer Walters gained super powers, I’m referring to the reason the character was created in the first place. Yes, like Spider-Woman, She-Hulk has the uncomfortable honour of being a character invented primarily to establish a copyrighted female spin-off of a male character. But since then she has become so much more… not that it wouldn’t be rather easy to drag a character out of those very meagre beginnings.
I first fell in love with She-Hulk during Dan Slott’s run. I enjoyed her as a character because she was funny, a good person, but also prone to the occasional screw up. She wasn’t perfect but she was doing her best. Essentially I liked her for the reasons I like most of my favourite comic book characters: she felt human. She’s relatable, but she’s fiercely smart and confident too. As a hero should be, she’s a role model.
The new Marvel NOW She-Hulk run has only just begun, but so far it’s a treat. Rather than re-hash an earlier run with a new cast, she’s been given a fresh start. Charles Soule writes a She-Hulk that sounds as friendly and fun as I remember, but also as still rocking that confident attitude and kind-hearted nature.
Javier Pulido brings a funky looking retro look to the book that is just a great deal of fun. There’s a two page spread in the first issue that cleverly lays the panels out just right to match the actions of the story in an amusing way. It shows that Pulido can deviate from the standard layout but still tell a visual story that doesn’t miss a beat. I’ve read some comics before where the layouts start to get experimental but the story telling really suffers as a result. Although it’s just two pages here, I’m looking forward to seeing if Pulido tries anything similar in future issues.
The dollop of bright, expressive colour added by Munsta Vicente cannot be ignored either. It’s rare I’d say colour is one of the most memorable parts of a series but it completely is here. It’s really refreshing to find another series that actually looks cheery and colourful, it gels together with the story and tone of the book.
Basically what I’m saying here is: buy She-Hulk. The creative team is fantastic. We need more comic books like this. It’s funny, accessible and it’s even suitable for kids. Marvel has got a lot of books out these days that are very grim and I wouldn’t dare hand to a child. But so far She-Hulk is just fine for all ages.
Next time someone says they’re sick of the doom and gloom in comics and they want something fun, I’m going to direct them to She-Hulk. If you’ve not checked it out yet, then I’m directing you to She-Hulk! If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend giving it a go.