Jen Walters, aka the She-Hulk, has found herself in a bizarre situation. She is in a restaurant called “Burgercake” with a woman she doesn’t recognize. This woman claims to be interviewing Jen for a medical journal, but Jennifer doesn’t remember agreeing to this. She leaves at the first opportunity, calling her friend Patsy Walker, aka Hellcat.
Jen’s phone is stolen by a pickpocket though, and her day only gets weirder from there.
Mariko Tamaki’s tenure on Hulk/She-Hulk has definitely brought the comic a more slice-of-life feel than previous iterations of the Jen Walters’ comic book. As such, it tends to have a slower pace and more character-focused than other comics from Marvel. I can often groove on that, with Dennis Hopeless’ Spider Woman, Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye, and Nick Spencer’s Astonishing Ant-Man being among my favorite comics to come out in recent years.
I’m not sure if Hulk/She-Hulk has hit that sweet spot for me yet, but this issue was a step in the right direction for sure.
It has a grabbing premise which ties into the struggles Jen has faced since Civil War II, it has a grounded, heavy tone, and it has humor to balance out the seriousness. I adore the friendship Jen and Patsy have.
They mysterious woman is awkward, a bit unnerving, but actually pretty entertaining in her own right.
The comic isn’t exactly high on action, but its plot does turn serious and creepy towards the end.
For those paying attention to the cover, don’t worry. The Leader does show up before the end.
Jahnoy Lindsay’s artwork is solid, and, like many modern artists, does take a lot of cues from anime and manga artwork. Like many artists of that sort, it does leave the comic feeling light on detail. However, Lindsay makes up for it with expressiveness and some subtle facial and motion tics from characters to convey smaller things.
The color work of Federico Blee and Chris Sotomayor is appropriately restrained, and it works for the conversational and understated tone of the overall comic. It jives with the book’s intent, and it does so skillfully.
She-Hulk #159 was a pleasantly surprising read. The story was gripping, if a bit slow. We don’t get to see Jen fully She-Hulk out, but she is a likable enough character that I was fine just reading about her. Hellcat has a great presence in the comic too, and the read was overall compelling. I recommend it. Check it out.
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