Collects issues 1-6 from She-Hulk (2004).


Writer: Dan Slott
Artists: Juan Bobillo, Paul Pellettier
Publisher: Marvel

I thoroughly enjoyed John Byrne’s She-Hulk run back in 1980s which was wacky and fun in many ways. So I was a bit concerned looking at this more modern approach. It’s not as good as Byrne but quite entertaining. While Byrne’s run concentrated on space battles and other superhero stuff, this one is very down-to-earth.

In the first issue, Jen is enjoying her live in the Avengers mansion: wild parties, sleeping with an underwear model, and hurrying out of the court room when an Avengers mission calls for it. But her life is turned upside down: Cap and the Wasp tell her that she must move out of the mansion because the underwear model is a security risk, the model dumps her, and she’s fired from the law firm.

A very prestigious law firm promptly hires her but under the strict condition that she be only Jennifer when working. The law firm had a new superhuman law branch and Jen is going to work there.

Issues two, three, and four each have a superhuman law case that Jen must deal as a lawyer. The last two issues are a two-part story, also involving a law case – and supervillains breaking out from a prison.

This was fun, as Jen gets to know her new colleagues. Among them are a snide and very successful lawyer and the Thinker’s android who has developed sentience. Also, Jen’s new boss seems to have some ulterior motive for hiring her. A budding love interest or two is thrown her way, too. The series has several guest-stars, including Spider-Man and the New Warriors.

The comic shows a slightly different view to the superhuman community which was entertaining enough. I’m not sure how long Slott can keep that up, though. The art was quite different from the usual superhero stuff and Jen isn’t nearly as sexualized as, say the Black Cat in her series. That was refreshing.

For the most part, Jen’s personality is similar to what I’m used to. However, I was a bit surprised when Jen said that she doesn’t work out because her She-Hulk form is super strong. She did work out in other series, especially in the Fantastic Four. Also, she doesn’t like being in her original form. She feels powerless and vulnerable which I can understand. However, because she can change to She-Hulk at any moment, I didn’t think it was as huge a problem as Slott made it out to be.