The New Marvel: 'Red She-Hulk'

Red She-Hulk 58The New Marvel is a series that looks at the changes that the mega-comic empire made following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men and the impact that those changes have on the stories of Marvel NOW!  Six issues (or more) into each Marvel NOW! title, we see what our favorite characters are up to and what to keep an eye out for in the future.


The one-time and forever great love of Bruce Banner’s life, Betty Ross, has often been at odds with her sense of duty to what is right and her love for the man her father spent years chasing after. Even before her change, she struggled to be a force for good in the world in which everyone saw the Hulk as a force of destruction. Now, coming to terms with her own status, she tries to help change the world for the better to prevent a disastrous future. She is one of many, one of few; she is the Red She-Hulk.

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Covering Issues #58-63

I have very little background knowledge on the Hulks, but I always believed that it was rather insane how so many other characters within the Marvel universe see them as rampaging monsters that can’t be controlled—with the exception of Jennifer Walters, who seems to be able to control her abilities. And, despite her dubious standing with the rest of the superhero community, Ross does the right thing for the future against all odds, which is the main focus of what’s been going on since Issue #58 came out: the attempt to stop the military from a horrific mistake that will cost the world its very freedom much like Skynet. Her methods aren’t subtle, aren’t entirely well-planned, but they are somewhat effective—to a point.

While I enjoy the writing, and the characters' personalities that have been displayed—as well as the subplot of the deeper and more archaic form of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s past, I don’t enjoy the way they have shown X-51. I see a lot of this in comics and stories concerning artificial intelligences, in which the A.I. has the ability to feel emotions; it has become so much of a usage to be the “unique” A.I. with feelings that it is more a cliché now than praise to good writing. His deadpan humor and one-line witticisms might make him a great choice to play the straight-man in this little duo, but it doesn’t really give him an unexpected measure of uniqueness. Likewise, the parallel of yet another military general on a quest to stop a Hulk was a bit too much like the original Ross/Hulk situation, but at least this one has a good reason. Although, I am very disappointed in this particular general’s military branch—the United States Army Air Force? I wasn’t aware this was World War II.

There is a moment in which the original She-Hulk, Jennifer Walters, makes a cameo as though she’s contemplating the idea of tracking Betty down, but so far that hasn't happened; I eagerly await for it to come up again. Likewise, what about General Ross himself, the Red Hulk, now leader of his own team of adventurers? He’s got to have some pull with his daughter, and he’s in good standing with the Avengers and Captain America. He’d be the perfect choice to bring into the equation—but also an expected one, and I prefer to have some unexpected developments to keep me on my toes, so it doesn’t become stagnate.

 

 

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