Written by: Mariko Tamaki
Art by: Nico Leon & Matt Milla
Published by: Marvel Comics
Something bad happened to our beloved She-Hulk during Civil War II. I won’t say what happened, but if you read CWII you already know. If you didn’t read the series, but really want to know what happened to She-Hulk, then you can google it like I did.
Now, it’s a whole new world for her, one where Jennifer Walters is awake, and the She-Hulk remains trapped in her body. Maybe for the first time ever, the Hulk in her is tucked away, fighting every second to be released. Sounds like the making pretty cool story, right?
Maybe it will be a great story in the end, but Hulk #1 wasn’t a great debut issue in my opinion. This was a slow story that sets up Jennifer Walters’ reintegration into normal life. That means in issue #1 Jen goes back to work as a lawyer, but not before dealing with her new set of insecurities.
This is not the confident She-Hulk that I’ve known for nearly 30 years, but I suppose it’s a good introduction for new readers. Hulk #1 goes deep into who Jennifer is and how she is currently adapting to her new normal, part of which is being unable to trust her own body.
One of the few things I did like in Hulk #1 was how uncomfortable people seem to be around Jen. For instance, mo one at Jen’s law firm knows how to treat her. These scenes are very awkward, but they’re also very real. Jen’s inner monologue to these situations was also pretty spot on.
Nico Leon’s art is different from any other She-Hulk story I’ve read. I don’t mean the art is bad at all, just different. There is a manga influenced style of Leon’s work, so maybe it will grow on me. Also, unlike other stories featuring the character, the whole story in Hulk #1 takes place with Jen in human form. As a matter of fact, this issue has zero action, so I haven’t seen what Leon’s art looks like when there’s a lot of stuff going on.
The new Hulk series is off to a subdued start to say the least. If you’re wanting the trademark She-Hulk humor, or massive She-Hulk battles, look somewhere else. Maybe I’m old school in thinking a #1 issue needs to be 36-48 pages with plenty of stuff going on. Because at the end of the day, Hulk #1 reads more as a zero issue than anything else.
Hulk #1 score: B-