Characters Appearing: Blonde Phantom, Captain America, Christina Devasquez Ridge, Daniel 'Zapper' Ridge, Franklin Richards, Hulk, Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Jarvis, Keeper of the Comics Code, Morris Walters, Mr. Fantastic, She-Hulk, Thing, Titania, War Zone, Wyatt Wingfoot
Issue(s): She-Hulk #52, She-Hulk #53, She-Hulk #55, She-Hulk #55, She-Hulk #56, She-Hulk #57
I picked up issue #57 in a bargain bin at some point on the grounds that the Hulk was guest starring, and i was duly unimpressed and stayed away from the rest of this run. But now for the project i've gotten them all and "unimpressed" is putting it nicely. One problem seems to be that Eury wasn't sure if he wanted to continue to write She-Hulk as a meta-aware comedy or as a straight adventure. Everything about the concepts says the former - really it's more Steve Gerber than John Byrne but definitely not serious - but the trappings and pacing are all geared towards the latter, so it comes across being the worst of both worlds where we have these ridiculous concepts that everyone is treating with dire seriousness.
The whole plot pivots off of "explaining" the joke from She-Hulk #36 where She-Hulk's old boyfriend Zapper had a wife that looked just like She-Hulk with a different skin color. It's revealed in this story that Zapper was so obsessed with She-Hulk that his wife got plastic surgery to try to look like her, and all of this upset her scientist father so much that he initiated a plot against her, beginning by sending the robot War Zone after her in issue #50.
Meanwhile, weakened by a toxin that was released by War Zone, She-Hulk gets into a fight with Titania while wearing lingerie (RME)...
...and later gets "killed" by a super-powered pastiche of James Dean called the Rumbler.
You see they used to call fights "rumbles" back in James Dean's days, so he has earthquake powers. He should be teamed-up with the Wild One. And then both of them should be drowned in a sack in the river.
She-Hulk spends an issue as a ghost...
...and then in the afterlife.
I didn't even know the Kangaroo was dead.
Then Zapper brings her back to life with an infusion of gamma energy. But his father-in-law secretly increased the dosage, causing She-Hulk to become "savage"...
...necessitating the involvement of her cousin.
There's also a zany subplot about She-Hulk agreeing to act in a soap opera.
The filming is interrupted by the return of the War Zone robot.
Here's a scene making fun of people who bought the Marvel Swimsuit issue.
Hey Marvel, you published it! Don't act surprised that kids are "drooling" on it.
I did think the shading used to show the Hulk's shadow when he shows up to be an interesting technique.
I don't think i've ever seen that before.
The comic is sometimes funny...
...but like i said, it also takes itself seriously a lot of the time. And when it tries to be outright funny in the John Byrne fourth wall breaking style, it feels like a pale imitation.
And it's also six fricking issues long, which is way too long for a goofy story like this. It really seems like this book should have been mercy-canceled after Byrne left.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: She-Hulk was exposed to War Zone's toxin "a few days ago" but i want this book to catch up with publication schedule so i'm putting a fair amount of space between issue #50 and this arc. In issue #52, the Thing is shown to have an undamaged face...
...but Four Freedoms Plaza is shown to be damaged.
In issue #55, the Thing is now wearing his helmet. And it's not like a lot of time is meant to have passed between issues.
Since the FF's building was not damaged in issue #50, i placed it before Infinity War, but i'm placing this afterwards. I'm assuming that the Thing was using an image inducer in issue #52, as i've had to do in a few other places.
The Hulk's appearance is context free. I'm not counting Death or any of the dead characters as appearing.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Note that Jen's mother is described as having been killed by a drunk driver while in She-Hulk 2-5 she was described as having been killed by one of Trask's men.
Posted by: Michael | November 2, 2016 8:34 PM
"I didn't even know the Kangaroo was dead."- he seemingly died in Amazing Spider-Man 126.
Posted by: Michael | November 2, 2016 11:27 PM
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