The All-New Marvel: ‘She-Hulk’

The All-New Marvel provides an overview of the new series coming from Marvel Comics’ All-New Marvel NOW! banner and the impact they have on the classic and new characters we love (and those we love to hate). With each installment of The All-New Marvel, we see what our favorite characters are up to and where they are headed in the future.


A highly successful lawyer in a world where superhuman defense and crime run rampant, Jennifer Walters has made being a superhero not just an activity, but a part of her legal career. Being the voice of reason in many situations where legal proceedings are a certainty, she has been able to persuade her colleagues not to act in a fashion that would cause public image situations for themselves and the lives of their friends. A tough hand-to-hand combatant, she’s not afraid to get dirty when needed but seems most at home in a business suit and logging billable hours to her clients; however, despite being a busy attorney, she’s still in touch with the people who need her help and will go to great lengths to stand up to injustice both in and out of the courtroom. After all, she’s the She-Hulk.

MINOR SPOILERS BELOW

Covering Issues #1-7

Despite being a high-profile lawyer in a city where superhuman activities are followed the way celebratory gossip is, Jen Walters is not happy with her life at the firm she works for. After her performance evaluation results in the need for some renovations for the conference room, she decides to take a chance and open her own law practice, so as not to deal with office politics and be able to set her own moral compass. While one would think there would be an issue with a super-power Hulk-like woman operating out of someone’s building, she’s been able to find a community that accepts her and others who are “different,” regardless of the reason.

I’m not the biggest fan of the art style, but I do believe that it meshes well with the way the title is being written. This is not an action-packed series; there’s a lot more to it than just “beat up the bad guy.” This comic takes a good, long look at the actual life of Jen and what she has to deal with as she tries to build her own spot in the shadow of so much competition, both in the superhero community and in the endless array of lawyers peppering the world. There are some combat scenes, absolutely, but there’s a lot of “slice-of-life” realism at show, too; it is a nice departure from the standard “We must save the world!” scenarios that are seen in many other superhero comics.

The one thing I really enjoy about this comic is that Walters is taking a chance on finding her place in the world. She could have stayed with the firm that was not making her happy, just so she could earn a sizable income without having to worry about things such as how to make rent or where she was going to find food for the night, but she really stood up and wanted to find something that was right for her. I think that sends a great message to the readers, that superheroes have dreams that they want to pursue, and that they take chances for their own happiness. It shows a real connection to us “normal” people.

With all the seemingly normal activities that are going on in Jen’s life, it is good to see that a new wrinkle has popped up in the form of a lawsuit against her and others in the superhuman community. Without details being available, I can’t say just what I expect to see in the future, but the idea of a powerful lawyer being subjected to the same tenants that she practices is an appealing prospect. Hopefully, soon we’ll be able to see just what is the mysterious Blue File and how it relates to Jen’s life.

Last modified on Friday, 15 August 2014 07:12

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