Issue(s): She-Hulk #48, She-Hulk #49
Meanwhile, Weezie fights the villain of your choice.
For me it's down to either Mr. Fish or the Starsky & Hutch Pym Particle guy i made up for Iron Man #194.
The Thing comes in at the end to help out.
Eventually it turns out that the reason Mr. Fantastic can't fix the mind-swap problem is that Weezie doesn't want to give up her new body, at least unconsciously.
This is based on the way things place out in the original Ovoid story in Fantastic Four #10, when Mr. Fantastic and Dr. Doom only switched back when Dr. Doom had a shock. But it's also reminiscent of the reason that Byrne established for why Mr. Fantastic's attempts to cure the Thing never worked. It all makes sense, but it's a little disappointing after Weezie "negotiated" for a body type that she was happy with in the previous arc.
Despite how it sounds in the panels above, it's confirmed in issue #49 that Weezie is only unconsciously holding back on the body swap. The problem is that Weezie is just having too much fun being She-Hulk.
In the meantime, we finally get a She-Hulk/Titania fight in this book, but it's with She-Hulk her short plump form.
Luckily, She-Hulk's father, who had been dating Weezie, arrives and tells Weezie that he liked her in her original form.
So that provides the impetus for Weezie giving up the She-Hulk body.
Nicely wrapped up (and the seeds of this were sown much earlier, when Weezie first returned to the book at the beginning of the last arc).
This is basically it for John Byrne's run (he's still here for next issue, but it's an unusual format). It's been great. I sometimes felt the jokes were too repetitive, and i continue to have mixed feelings about the cheesecake (like She-Hulk's torn shirt in the final scan here), but overall it's been a very enjoyable run. Great art, usually very funny, and a fun exploration of the weirder elements of the Marvel universe. It's been a breath of fresh air amongst a lot of 90s dreck, and i'm sorry to see it go.
Statement of Ownership Total Paid Circulation: Average of Past 12 months = 61,907. Single issue closest to filing date = 60,850.
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showBlonde Phantom, Invisible Woman, Morris Walters, Mr. Fantastic, Razorback, She-Hulk, Taryn O'Connell, Thing, Titania, Wyatt Wingfoot
"In general, a good portion of each issue of She-Hulk seems to be devoted to recapping previous issues of this series or older issues in general in much more detail than seems necessary."
Posted by: Michael | March 2, 2016 9:59 PM
The SOO numbers seem to seriously belie the notion of Byrne's socalled Faithful Fifty.
The recapping is so he has to tell less story. Much like the recurring lack of backgrounds, it's Byrne's own brand of laziness. It is particularly bad in his Wonder Woman run but I remember groaning at the terrible pacing in these She-Hulk issues too.
Points for using Silver Age concepts seriously, but demerits for the fetishization of She-Hulk. It doesn't help that he draws balloons for breasts rather than more natural forms.
Posted by: PeterA | March 3, 2016 12:49 AM
That may be lazyness, since his breasts of comics past were of more natural form and balloons are just easier. Or it could be another side effect of the Image gang mucking up the artistry in favor of cheesecake, like Jim Lee's boob cones on many of his women, Rob Liefeld's basketballs etc. and Bob Harris simply wanted all his artists to draw what was hot at the time. Still I find John's balloons a bit more tasteful than some of the other artists of the era, mainly DC's Jim Balent and the boobsocks he gave Catwoman just one year later.
Posted by: Darren | March 3, 2016 2:14 AM
Blevins did the best boobs, bar none.
Posted by: MindlessOne | July 4, 2017 10:58 AM
Uh uh. Richard Corben. Well, not for Marvel, obviously...
Posted by: Mark Drummond | July 4, 2017 8:11 PM
Posted by: Andrew | July 4, 2017 8:26 PM
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