I’ve been intrigued by She-Hulk for awhile, but never read anything or picked up any of her books because, to be honest, I tend to forget her when I’m in the comic store and I’m thinking about Captain America or Sandman or, more recently, Rocket Raccoon. On Tuesday, we went to our neighborhood spot and I finally picked up an issue of She-Hulk.
I. Love. Jennifer Walters.
Within three pages I was hooked. I love that she is tough, and smart, and doesn’t take nonsense. The first page shows her fighting crime, hanging out with the Avengers, and saying hello to a little fan, in the top left corner it simply says, “This is Jennifer Walters—the She-Hulk.” The next page shows her in a suit at her law office and says, “This is also the She-Hulk.” We watch her confidently march into her annual review, expecting to be praised for her hard work but she is instead informed that she will not be getting a bonus because she failed to generate any new clients from her personal connections.
This situation would enrage anyone, but Jen conducts herself with dignity pointing out the work she has done as an Avenger (gesturing to the city standing around them) and defending her work ethic as an attorney. When the boys sitting across from her fail to recognize her point of view, she quits, knowing she deserves better.
I love that this is how I was introduced to her. It rocks my world that she defends her personal relationships and that she is unwilling to compromise in order to keep her job. I am so excited about reading this run of She-Hulk, and about finding a new character to add to my favorites pile.
I strongly recommend picking up these books (there are only two so far, which means you wont have tons to catch up on for the story line) especially if you like strong female characters.
I’m sure there are criticisms to be had, but I’m glad I read these two issues, and I’m glad I’m getting to know Jen Walters.