Review of She-Hulk #12

cby Charles Soule & Javier Pudilo

Issue twelve of She-Hulk closes out the way the series always has been, kind of fun, kind of light, kind of underwhelming but with an interesting ambition. This version of She-Hulk never felt all the way there for me, sort of a precursor to Batgirl as an imitation of Hawkeye & Young Avengers. Now it was nowhere near as pandering as Batgirl has been and I don’t think the intention was ever to come off as derivative, it’s just that it never transcended what preceded it. Charles Soule has never written anything quite like this before in terms of tone and style and you could feel him working it out as he went along. At it’s best he could make it feel personal and heartfelt while there where also times the plotting and story structure faltered. Issue 12 is basically a microcosm of that, the story itself is a conclusion for a plot point that’s been threaded for the majority of the series and there isn’t a whole lot to it. A little mind control, a little double crossing, a little late heal turn ect. this isn’t Hickman, it’s basic superhero 101 stuff and it’s not even all that great by those standards. The small personal moments at the end are where the meat of the comic is, it’s funny and heartening character work that makes it endearing and gives the book it’s voice. Javier Pulido is as singularly brilliant as always with his Gilbert Hernandez in the Marvel universe style that he’s consistently sustained for the books entirety. The frustration with She-Hulk ending feels partially rooted in the comic not reaching it’s potential and becoming the book it wanted to be. The effort and ambition worked in moments and that’s better then a lot of corporate comics, in the end She-Hulk is an interesting series that let writer Charles Soule stretch his creative muscles in ways he hadn’t before and that’s worth something. Everything ends, it’s what you make of it that matters.

2 thoughts on “Review of She-Hulk #12”

  1. I liked the short story arcs and nod to nostalgia with characters like Hellcat and Ant-Man making appearances without requiring a cosmic event to do so. I also liked how the book didn’t get dragged into the events series like Original Sin and Axis.
    I bounced back and forth with the art from thinking “that’s a nice layout page” to “ugh, what’s with the eyes, dude?”
    Overall it was worth the $$$ but it didn’t do enough to stay in my long box collection and will be making its way to eBay in a listing near you.

  2. Yeah, I never felt as though this ever lived up to its potential. I thought that the first issue was a lot of fun, but from there the series gradually lost steam. Again, never bad, but never great either. After several issues I dropped the series.

    I do give Soule and Marvel credit for trying the book. It just never had the same distinct voice that Ms Marvel, or more recently, Squirrel Girl have been able to achieve . . .

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