Issue(s): She-Hulk #10, She-Hulk #11
One thing that is really an unexpected pleasure is the art of Bryan Hitch. I didn't buy She-Hulk in realtime, but i did snatch up all the Byrne issues once i really started following creators instead of characters. But i mostly avoided the non-Byrne issues even when i found them in the bargain bins (except when tempted by a guest appearance or something), and i think a lot of that had to do with the very messy Rick Leonardi covers. The interior art by Hitch is very nice and clean, and between that and the relatively realistic plotting and scripting by Gerber, i was really enjoying these issues until the Lexington Loopner plot got going.
She-Hulk is dealing with the annoyance of modern journalism, which is more interested on whether or not a case is "boring" than whether or not justice is being served...
...when She-Hulk is forced to rescue the reporters and nearby bystanders from a falling construction crane.
One thing to notice is how She-Hulk's muscles "pump" as she uses her strength. It was explained in an earlier lettercol that unlike her cousin, She-Hulk is not normally super-muscled but the muscles do become more prominent when she uses them.
To avoid the press after the crane incident, She-Hulk ducks into an alley where she's approached by Mr. L's driver, who offers her a ride home in exchange for a discussion about her boss.
The driver gives her Lexington Loopner's business card and an invitation to meet him for dinner. She-Hulk has Weezi check the guy out.
Later, back in the court room, the defense attorney for the case She-Hulk is prosecuting moves for a mistrial, because her role as a super-hero, especially after the crane incident, would unduly prejudice any jury.
The judge decides to seriously consider the request. So when She-Hulk gets back to DA Tower's office, he is forced to fire her, since the same thing could happen with any case.
This is all very interesting, and i'd like to see the whole series be focused around these kinds of problems. But it actually just seems to be Gerber wrapping up that part of the previous writer's status quo.
At dinner that night, Lexington Loopner gives She-Hulk a pretty good assessment of the public's opinion of her.
His point is that perception and reality are two different things, and his business is the manipulation of perception.
Honestly, this is the sort of thing i always wanted from Gerber's Howard the Duck but never felt like we were quite getting.
But we go from there to zany, when Loopner is attacked by the foe he wants She-Hulk to help him with. He uses Loopner's perception technology to hit She-Hulk with speeding bullets, powerful locomotives, and tall buildings.
And then reveals himself as Pseudo-Man.
Thaaaat's what we got from Howard the Duck.
After taking a beating from him, She-Hulk gets back to Loopner's place to find him nearly catatonic from having his own manipulation technology turned on him. When She-Hulk cleans him up and gets him a cup of coffee, he reveals that Pseudo-Man is really Clark Finark, a Congressional candidate that found out he was really an alien.
She-Hulk goes after Pseudo-Man, who is using his helmet to create anti-capitalist illusions.
Yep, now we're in a Steve Gerber comic.
Since her Jen Walters side is vulnerable to Pseudo-Man's powers, She-Hulk tries to attack him without using her own strength. So she gets her flying car...
...but it gets totaled.
She eventually destroys Pseudo-Man's helmet in a not particularly clever way.
A strong start but a weak finish. For a little while there, i thought i had been missing out on something all these years.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
I wish Hitch would have kept this art style; it's very clean and perfectly professional looking.
Posted by: Bill | November 6, 2014 2:24 PM
In Avengers Annual 19, Cap says that Jen was unable to help in the battle to save Hydrobase from Doom's robots because she was battling Pseudo-Man. So this story takes place at the same time as Avengers 311, and therefore at roughly the same time as Quasar 4.
Posted by: Michael | November 6, 2014 8:05 PM
This comic started off sooo well then it went HTD and I'm totally lost to what's really going on. It's the reason I couldn't ever get into HTD in the 1st place as it went totally over my head. I feel sorry for some poor kid picking the book up expecting a super-hero adventure. Even with some of the adult type themes like The Punisher at least a kid could take it at base level and just enjoy the A-Team, The Equaliser style stories.
Posted by: JSfan | November 7, 2014 8:40 AM
I was already geeked on Hitch from his work on the UK Transformers and Death's Head. I was glad to see him getting US work, though I was a bit disappointed by his aping of Davis, which had been much less pronounced in his earlier work. (And he'd eventually move away from it).
I was definitely let down by the "Lexington Loopner" thing. It seemed like Cracked Magazine-level "parody."
Byrne dissed Gerber's run pretty hard. (Probably not surprising!)
Posted by: cullen | November 7, 2014 7:13 PM
Comments are now closed.
|SuperMegaMonkey home | Comics Chronology home|