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She-Hulk: Single Green Female by Dan Slott

She-Hulk: Single Green Female

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

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"She-Hulk: Single Green Female" is issue 21 (volume 35) in Marvel's Ultimate Graphic Novel Collection and relates the adventures of She-Hulk from the first six issues of her 2004 (May - December 2004) series. The book is by writer Dan Slott and artists Juan Bobillo and Paul Pelletier and the story opens with Jennifer Walters (She-Hulk) living at the Avengers mansion. Unfortunately her party lifestyle ends up with the Avengers asking her to leave. At the same time, however, Jennifer is offered a job at the legal firm of Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg and Holliway (one of the many in-jokes in the book) whose speciality is super-human representation. Jennifer quickly finds herself embroiled in a series of odd cases, including a ghost who wants to give evidence at his own murder trial, a superhero that wishes to sue for defamation and a super villain prison breakout. She-Hulk is one of these slightly corny characters that I never really had the inclination to read. Originally created by Stan Lee and John Buscema simply to register the character as a defensive mechanism to ensure that Marvel retained the rights in the eventuality of the then popular Hulk TV series introducing a female Hulk character. She-Hulk had two less than successful series' of her own and drifted in-and-out of various teams and made the occasional appearance in other more successful books before Dan Slott took over in 2004 and took the character in a new direction. His take on She-Hulk is funny, touching, human and very, very funny. The comedy, although satirical towards the Marvel Universe, is done with a light touch that acknowledges the ludicrousness of super people and their lives, but is done with reverence to the characters and comic books in general. This is a difficult trick to pull off, but Slott manages it brilliantly in a set of wonderful, high quality character driven stories. Slott's approach is helped immensely by the beautiful, clean line artwork from both Juan Bobillo and Pail Pelletier. Their artwork is full beautifully rendered with nice compositions and busy, but not overcrowded, panels that are full of subtle wee jokes in the background. Both artists also have a marvellous facility in regard to capturing moods and expressions – a skill that is essential for this kind of story-driven book. The book itself is a sturdy, full colour, perfect bound hardback. The extras in the volume are, however, a bit meagre in comparison to some of the other books in the series, comprised of a simple piece on Dan Slott and an artist’s gallery. The excellent covers from the monthly She-Hulk series by Adi Granov are also reproduced. All in all this is an excellent book with first class storylines and superior artwork. I enjoyed this so much that I'll probably go and try to pick up back issues for the rest of the 2004 She-Hulk series. ( )
  calum-iain | Jan 20, 2014 |
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. ( )
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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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