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She-Hulk: Single Green Female by Dan Slott
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She-Hulk: Single Green Female

by Dan Slott (Writer), Juan Bobillo (Illustrator)

Series: She-Hulk (1)

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I felt a little stupid picking this book up, but I'd seen some good reviews, and thought I'd give it a shot. I was pleasantly surprise, enough so that I ran out and bought the next two volumes.

The premise is simple. Jennifer Walters is a lawyer, and due to an accident involving gamma radiation, she can transform into the She-Hulk. But the book isn't about her fighting super-villains (although she does). In fact, it reminds me of nothing so much as the Superman speech from Kill Bill, Volume Two. Bill's speech is about the fact that, unlike most superheroes, Superman (the hero) is the secret identity, while Clark Kent is the disguise. Jen Walters provides another unique perspective on this kind of duality because her secret identity is common knowledge. So the relationship between Jen and She-Hulk isn't a question of disguise, but rather an issue of identity. Who does Jen want to be? Who, for that matter, does She-Hulk want to be? There's a lot of playing around even with the notion of which one of them is the hero and which one is the normal identity, because most of the book deals with Jen being hired by a new law firm, specifically as Jen and not as She-Hulk.

The book is a little goofy, and some of it doesn't work, such as the idea of a law library made up of comic books. It might have worked as a throwaway joke, but too much effort is wasted trying to justify it. And the format is a little stale, with Jen working on cases that, surprise surprise, just happen to have a bearing on her own problems. And there's some predictable fighting. But the Jen / She-Hulk dichotomy is interesting and feels fresh.

Or at least, it does for Volume One. ( )
  jawalter | Nov 18, 2012 |
Seriously...She-Hulk? Yes. And I'll tell you why. Both the writer and artist clearly had a lot of fun with this one, and it shows. The story doesn't take itself too seriously, there's a great deal of poking fun at the Marvel universe, and there's a law library made up of comic books. It's not about fighting supervillians, it's about identity. Or something. It's just fun to read. ( )
1 vote icarusgeoff | May 11, 2009 |
She-Hulk gets kicked out of the Avengers mansion and one job because of being too much of a pisshead horny party girl.

A fancy law firm offers her a job if she will stay in human form. The catch is that she will be working in the superhuman law division, where all Marvel comics published under the code are admissable in a court of law.

So, this is a legal superhuman comedy, pretty much.

http://graphicsf.blogspot.com/2006/12/she-hulk-single-green-female.html ( )
1 vote bluetyson | Dec 22, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0785114432, Paperback)

Single Green Female, outgoing, intelligent, great sense of humor. Enjoys clubbing, dishing with gal-pals and saving the universe. Ready to put old issues behind and make a fresh start. Contact Jen W. at Avengers Mansion. That's right...everyone's favorite Jade Giantess, She-Hulk, has returned for tons of fun, both on and off the field of battle! Collecting SHE-HULK #1-6.

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