Writer: Dan Slott
Artists: Paul Pelletier (p), Rick Magyar (i)
Publisher: Marvel Comics
As the issue opens we see a mystery individual pays a visit to a Watcher entity to ask the question who in all of creation hates She-Hulk the most. We than discover the answer to this question is Titania, and the rest of the issue is devoted to Titania's origin, and establishing the reason why she would bear such a passionate hatred of She-Hulk. As the issue ends we see Titania is given the opportunity to have her desire for vengeance made a reality.
While I was pretty much up to speed on Titania's backstory this issue acts as a pretty engaging little refresher course on the character, and truth be told it's never a bad idea for a writer to expend some energy reminding readers why they should be excited that this villain has shown up to give our hero a rough time. Now I'm not sure this issue is going to win over a legion of fans who'll be demanding Titania become a more regular player in the Marvel Universe, but I will concede that Dan Slott does a very effective job of selling the whole reason why Titania would have such a chip on her shoulder when it comes to She-Hulk. In fact this issue manages to do such an effective job of detailing the original reason for why Titania would hate She-Hulk that there's no longer any doubt that the character is a card carrying member of Jennifer's Rogues Gallery. Dan Slott also manages to offer up a pretty exciting framing device, as the reason why we are taken on a tour of Titania's past is deftly established in the opening pages of the issue, and the final sequence results in a surprisingly effective cliffhanger development. The issue also manages to evoke quite a bit of sympathy for Titania, as it's pretty clear her path to becoming a super-villain was not really her own choice, and that her villainous actions are driven by a desire to prove herself, rather than any truly evil intentions. However, issue also manages to offer up some nice little moments where we see how her desire to prove herself results in her performing some rather disturbing acts, such as her attack on her former tormentor.
Paul Pelletier is a fine artist, and while this book is on the chopping block, I'm happy to see he's found a home for his art as it's been far too long since he's been on a title that I pick up. He has a clean style that delivers the action in a visually engaging manner, and one can't help but be impressed by the level of detail that he puts on the page. He also gets the opportunity to play in the "Secret War" sandbox, as how can one not smile in fond remembrance at the leg warmers that used to be a regular part of She Hulk's look, and the art perfectly captures the mounting frustration of Titania as she discovers the simple truth that villains rarely if ever are afforded the opportunity to defeat the hero they're fighting. The art also offers up some solid work on it's facial expressions, from Titania's face on the credit page, to her wistful look as she imagines the fame and fortune that will come with her lottery win.
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