She-Hulk: Single Green Female

This volume collects the first six issues of the acclaimed superhero comedy series. Writer Dan Slott does a great job balancing jokes and character bits while exploring how a citizen of a superhero universe deals with life.

Jennifer Walters is an accomplished lawyer who’s also the super-strong She-Hulk. She’s become something of a party girl, dating models, winning cases, and saving the world with the Avengers. Her new boss, though, the head of a prestigious law firm, wants Jennifer, not She-Hulk, which brings back all her feelings of inferiority from before she became a hero. She’s been used to living as She-Hulk, feeling capable of handling anything, but she has to learn that there’s some things only Jennifer can do.

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During her practice of superhuman law, there are plenty of Marvel universe in-jokes and asides, but they’re all handled lightly. The unfamiliar reader won’t feel left out or overwhelmed. Unlike some writers, Slott doesn’t try too hard for the joke, and he writes comedy without making fun of the superhero genre. He also doesn’t forget the action, which means the stories work as adventures while still being funny. Cameos include Doctor Strange, the Wasp, the Thing, and a shape-shifting process server with a fondness for old movies.

Juan Bobillo, artist of the first four chapters, gives Jen an unusual baby face with a Clara Bow mouth that emphasizes her immaturity. The remaining two chapters are drawn by Paul Pelletier in a more traditional style, moving away from the Kewpie doll look. He illustrates the most entertaining story to date, revolving around a prison where super-villains are shrunk for more efficient storage.

He also does a terrific job with the wordless emotion of comics’ best new supporting character, Awesome Andy. This android has what looks like an anvil in place of a head, so he communicates through movement and a chalkboard he wears around his neck. He’s big, quiet, and lovable.

If you want to know why a ghost is allowed to testify, or why a man wouldn’t want to be a superhero, or what happens when Spider-Man sues J. Jonah Jameson for libel, check out Marvel’s most enjoyable series in this convenient collection.

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  1. The She-Hulk Diaries » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    […] a quick read, and it makes most sense if you’re familiar with the She-Hulk comic run written by Dan Slott in the middle of the last decade. There are a lot of similarities, from the […]

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