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She-Hulk #3

Posted: Saturday, May 15, 2004
By: Ray Tate



"Dead Certain"

Writer: Dan Slott
Artists: Juan Bobillo(p), Marcelo Sosa(i), Chris Chuckry(c)
Publisher: Marvel

Dan Slott teams She-Hulk with the catty attorney Book to defend an unusual murder case. Along the way, Shulkie meets a new friend/potential new beau. Ben Grimm and Dr. Strange also pop in for cameos.

Dan Slott's characterization of She-Hulk happens to be flawless. The presence of Dr. Strange grounding the story to the Marvel Universe adds a nice twist and some fun. The dialogue and many of the events seen in the story amuse, but in the end, I just did not buy the story.

The motive for the crime is way out there, and while it makes sense somewhat given the situation, I really could not accept it as a reasonable solution. Minor problems also occur within the tale. Shulkie's new friend looks a lot like Wyatt Wingfoot, her former boyfriend. Juan Bobilla perhaps missed a meeting and thinking that the character was Wyatt drew him that way. I certainly would think the same if quickly flipping through the book. This is not to say that he is a bad character, and I like his rationale for joining the firm and how that rationale relies upon a Marvel character. He simply looks like Wyatt.

Bobilla while providing a strong, pleasant She-Hulk offers readers a butt-ugly version of the Thing, and Dan Slott ties the Thing's part into the events of Mark Waid's Fantastic Four which is annoying but lightly done for those who wisely skipped those issues.

One of the standout moments in She-Hulk occurs during the climax in which She-Hulk and Book are trapped in a wind tunnel. It took me a couple of seconds to realize what Mr. Bobilla was doing, but then I figured it out. He provides multiple-angles for the scene and superimposes the sideview onto a daring open panel focused through the forward "camera." I'm not sure that the duplication heightens the tension, but it certainly provides more visual interest.

This is a decent issue of She-Hulk, but the first two issues were simply better.



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