Marvel Comics made a wise decision many years ago—if they were going to launch female counterparts of preexisting male superheroes, these new characters needed to be distinct in personality, style, and tone.
They certainly got it right with She-Hulk. She may be Bruce Banner’s cousin and capable of turning big, green, and strong, but the similarities end there. She retains her intellect as She-Hulk but becomes much more free-spirited and fun-loving. She’s proven capable of working splendidly with the superhero community, joining the ranks of both the Avengers and the Fantastic Four at various times. Her solo series have often adopted humorous tones, even smashing the fourth wall for a bit back in the ‘80s. And she’s a well-respected lawyer.
When She-Hulk relaunched in 2004, writer Dan Slott fused many of She-Hulk’s best elements into a highly entertaining series that focused on superhuman law. An excellent fit for the character, and great premise with endless possibilities for humorous stories.
Issue #4 is particularly amusing and features a story that had needed to happen for many years—Spider-Man sues J. Jonah Jameson for libel. Of course, this isn’t Spider-Man’s book, so you know there won’t be any major status quo shift. Nevertheless, the resolution is pure Spider-Man…after the book spends time poking fun at many years’ worth of Spidey stories (the Daily Bugle staff has lots of ties to super-villains, doesn’t it?).
And though Spidey’s guest appearance does threaten to steal this particular issue, She-Hulk doesn’t get lost in her own book, as she shows off her superb professional skills…even while fighting the Scorpion.
Pure fun from start to finish.
Writer: Dan Slott
Penciler: Juan Bobillo
Inker: Marcelo Sosa
Publisher: Marvel Comics
How to Read It: back issues; Marvel Unlimited; Comixology; included in She-Hulk vol. 1: Single Green Female (TPB)
Appropriate For: ages 11 and up