Kara O'Connor

She-Hulk #6: You’ve Been Served

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The mysterious “Blue File” continues to plague Jennifer Walters in Issue #6 of Charles Soule’s She-Hulk.

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She-Hulk #6
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Ron Wimberly
Cover Art: Kevin Wada
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: July 16, 2014

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Recently, screenwriter and director David S. Goyer called She-Hulk “a giant green porn star.” Understandably, he took some heat for it because many–including myself–felt he was way off the mark. I think that he really should read a few issues of She-Hulk, especially Charles Soule’s current version, and get his facts in order. I’ll make my case for why She-Hulk is a dynamite female role model, and here’s why: the cover for She-Hulk #6, as done by Kevin Wada, is a physical representation of why I love Charles Soule’s vision of the character. This She-Hulk is more about her job as a lawyer and less about pummeling evil doers with her massive strength. Also, the story never revolves around the way she looks, dresses or her sexuality in any fashion.

She-Hulk #6 keeps the momentum going with Jennifer Walters fighting crime and using her fantastic lawyer brain. Jen won’t give up on the case that currently irks her, the “Blue File,” an older piece of litigation that involves nearly all the Marvel Universe characters, including She-Hulk herself. However, every time Ms. Walters discusses the case with any of the defendants mentioned in the lawsuit, it flips a switch and all hell breaks loose. Jennifer and her friend/co-worker, Patricia Walker (aka Hell Cat), surmise that the “Blue File” clearly has a sort curse that is keeping prying eyes at bay. All the while, Jennifer struggles to keep her business afloat and pay the bills. After a group of mysterious monsters attack her building, the landlord is forced to raise Jennifer’s rent furthering her small business problems.

I adore Soule’s take on She-Hulk because Jennifer is someone (albeit a green someone) I can truly relate to. I feel an almost kindred spirit relationship to this incarnation of the character.  I enjoy partaking in her friendship with Hell Cat and even find myself making comparisons to those I have with my own girlfriends. They get together, have drinks and vent about real life issues. Additionally, I relate to a thirty something career-minded woman who is working hard to keep her business moving forward. She DOES have amazing superpowers that she uses to protect the weak, but that isn’t all she’s about. She has a fully-formed, multi-dimensional personality, and her dialogue is never corny.

I previously enjoyed Javier Pulido’s art style in issues 1-4, but Ron Wimberly has done a fantastic job taking over. Wimberly’s art form is very Andy Warhol-esque in its pop art style. I truly appreciate how he underplays the female anatomy, dressing Jennifer in clothes that actually cover her breasts and thighs. The color palette is very unique and the facial expressions, although enjoyably messy, are vivid and punctuated with emotion.

If you haven’t had a chance to read the new She-Hulk, I suggest you pick it up immediately.

Oh, and if you happen to see David S. Goyer, suggest he actually read it as well and then decide what sort of gal Jennifer Walters is. I rest my case.

Judge Judy style!

 

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