She-Hulk #8

Story by
Art by
Javier Pulido
Colors by
Muntsa Vicente
Letters by
Clayton Cowles
Cover by
Marvel Comics

In "She-Hulk" #8, Jennifer takes a wrongful death case, one with high personal stakes for her so far, since her client is none other than her friend Captain America.

Soule takes the storyline in a surprising new direction. A former lawyer himself, Soule is takes the law side of "She-Hulk" more seriously than previous writers who have taken on the character. Jennifer Walters is a general practitioner, and Soule's approach has introduced a significant amount of law without information-dumping. The first story arc centered on immigration law, and her newest case is solidly in civil action. "She-Hulk" #8 mostly focuses on Jen's lawyer side, with no punching and only one hulking-out scene for comic effect. Soule's creation of "Matt Rocks" is even funnier and this manic and ridiculous introduction is one of the highlights of the issue.

Soule teases the reader by withholding the details of what Cap was alleged to have done, with the exception of one mysterious flashback to the past on the opening double-paged splash. This tactic is fair game within a relatively speedy exposition, tough, and it's not a boring issue, despite all the talking heads. Soule and Pulido keep things crisp with sharp pacing and animated conversations. Soule writes distinctive dialogue patterns for each major character. "She-Hulk" #8 is rich with character moments, each one a small illumination of Jennifer Walters' personality, such as her enjoyment of using the intercom or her anxiety about being responsible for a friend's reputation.

Soule's storytelling is pleasantly clean, and its ease and readability are superb. He doesn't keep the reader in suspense too long and ties off loose ends neatly. The last page cliffhanger comes off well, especially with the help of Pulido's camera angles and spot-on facial expressions. The revelation when Jen arrives in court flies in the face of reader's assumptions, so in spite of Soule's hint in the middle of "She-Hulk" #8, the ending may still pack the oomph of a pleasant shock for the reader.

Pulido really matches the upbeat tone of "She-Hulk". His version of Jen Walters feels definitive. He expresses her bouncy attitude and her intellectual and physical strength in every scene. The variations in her body shape are smartly tailored to the situation, from being beefed up in battle to dressing elegantly in skirt suits for the courtroom.

Muntsa Vicente's color work continues to be exceptionally thoughtful and attractive. She boosts the effect Pulido's strong line with bold hues, and her hue juxtapositions are fresh and original. She-Hulk's pond green skin is tough color, but Vicente always dresses her in colors that make her look fabulous and flatter her complexion. This is in stark contrast to previous color work on older version of "She-Hulk." Vicente's in the same top-notch class as Jordie Bellaire and Laura Allred. Her palette skews warm like Bellaire's but her approach of laying down sequences of flat brights is more like Allred's work.

"She-Hulk" #8 is a smooth, very enjoyable opening to a new story arc. This particular creative team is still gelling together beautifully, so one hopes that along with Patsy and Angie, they'll be on the Jen team, so to speak, for a good long stretch.

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