This past week revealed that “She-Hulk” is coming to a close with #12, and that’s a genuine shame. Because as “She-Hulk” #9 shows us, the book’s set-up gives Charles Soule and Javier Pulido a chance to tell stories that aren’t the norm within Marvel Comics, but are delightfully fun and intriguing.
What’s great about “She-Hulk” #9 is how Soule is able to take Jennifer Walters’ status as someone who has no secret identity — everyone knows that she’s She-Hulk — and runs with it as her as a lawyer. Her cases are a little more super-powered oriented than Daredevil’s, because she has nothing to hide. It’s that general attitude that brings us stories where Captain America is on trial as her defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit, and the world is just full of possibilities.
Right off the bat, you’ll quickly see that Soule understands how to write not only She-Hulk, but Daredevil and Captain America too. Every one of them has their own distinct motive for being involved in the case, and they all approach it in a different manner. It’s the moments where Daredevil explains why he agreed to prosecute the case, and Captain America’s own moment on the stand at the end of the issue, where I found myself really enchanted by Soule’s script. The book is titled “She-Hulk” and she gets a lot of great moments of her own, but the fact that he’s not afraid to let the guest stars shine too is the sign of a good and confident writer.
I also appreciate that Soule knows just what a great artist he has working with him in the form of Pulido, and that he gives him moments like the chase across Los Angeles to really shine. It’s a simple set-up — a ten panel two-page spread with She-Hulk and Daredevil not only in the panels, but also popped out on top of them for an overall central image — but it works like a charm. Any one of those single panels would have looked great on its own; some are silhouettes as they bound across the night sky, others are close-ups on She-Hulk’s face as she desperately tries to catch Daredevil. All of them look amazing, though, with Pulido working well with colorist Muntsa Vicente to use strong solid colors to have every single panel stand on its own and not all blur together. At the same time, the central image of She-Hulk making a grab for Daredevil as he flips through the air is just iconic. She-Hulk is raw power, muscles rippling as she lunges forward for Daredevil’s feet. Daredevil is sheer grace, an effortless somersault through the air with billy club in hand and its line trailing behind him. This is how a two-page spread should work.
“She-Hulk” #9 is another fun comic in a great series, and it’s all the more frustrating to know that it’s going away soon. Hopefully Soule and Pulido will get to reunite after this series ends (or even shift to a series of “She-Hulk” mini-series?), because this book is a great read. We may only have three more issues to go, but I bet I’m not the only one who’s still looking forward to what’s yet to come. If this issue is any indication, it’ll be a blast.