Today’s Super Comics — She-Hulk #8-10 (2014)

She-Hulk has always thrived when interacting with the broader Marvel Universe, and a fairly recent story took full advantage of that shared setting to excellent effect. It also took full advantage of its protagonist’s legal acumen.

In She-Hulk #8-10 by writer Charles Soule and artist Javier Pulido, She-Hulk is hired to defend none other than Captain America himself in a wrongful-death civil lawsuit. In recent events outside this title, Cap had been aged to his true 90-some years. Even with the super-soldier serum, he doesn’t have a long life left, so naturally an old enemy would try to tarnish his legacy in his final days.

With Cap being Cap, he wants She-Hulk (or more specifically Jennifer Walters) to win the case fair and square, exploiting not a single legal loophole. No technicalities allowed. He wants a righteous win, not an easy one. So he asks Matt Murdock (Daredevil) to represent the plaintiffs to the absolute best of his ability, pulling no punches.

So Jen’s got to be at her lawyerly best to save Captain America’s legacy. There’s hardly any superhero action in sight. This is pure legal drama with Marvel flourishes (and nice bits of comedy, too). For all her incredible strength, Jen needs to be clever more than anything else as Marvel’s preeminent attorneys clash in court.

And if that’s not enough, the story also includes Patsy Walker (Hellcat) and, quite randomly, an eccentric duplicate of Madrox the Multiple Man.

The Marvel Universe is a bustling place indeed, and She-Hulk is right at home in the thick of it.

Writer: Charles Soule

Artist: Javier Pulido

Cover: Kevin P. Wada

Publisher: Marvel Comics

How to Read It: back issues; Marvel Unlimited; Comixology; included in She-Hulk vol. 2: Disorderly Conduct (TPB)

Appropriate For: ages 12 and up

Today’s Super Comic — She-Hulk #4 (2004)

She-Hulk 4Marvel 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