William Rosenthal ’16 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer
She-Hulk #1 by Charles Soule and Javier Pulido is Marvel Now!’s attempt of recirculating the character through her own self-titled series. Prior to this, She-Hulk, Jennifer Walters played lawyer to the Mighty Avengers and a leading member for the Fantastic Foundation, but this series brings her back to her roots as a private lawyer with the perks for being 6 foot 7 green lady.
The story’s set up begins with Walters underappreciated by her law firm, resulting in the firm withhold her yearly bonus. So, she reacts accordingly:
Instead, Walters goes completely independent, picking up her first case on accident in a bar. Holly Harrow, a widow of an inventor whose work has been withheld, is looking to receive the financial compensation her family deserves. Her late husband’s company is none other than Stark Industries.
It was skeptical whether this formula would succeed, but it’s definitely entertaining and refreshing. The writing is very self-aware while avoiding taking itself too seriously. Soule’s strength comes from his dialogue, which is consistently natural. It refrains from getting too elaborate or length. In fact, She-Hulk herself is aware of when characters speak in unnecessary droves.
The dialogue wouldn’t succeed so well if it weren’t for its artwork by Pulido. It has a strong cartoon element to it, as well as thick black lines and saturated colors. It’s reminiscent of something like Mike Allred or an artist similar. Any problems it has though come from some character illustrations feeling static.
Overall, the series comes off with a good first impression, enough to earn a place in a stack for the rest of the year.
Emertainment gives this issue an 8 out of 10.