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She-Hulk #3 [100]

Posted: Monday, January 2, 2006
By: Shawn Hill

ďTime of Her LifeĒ

Writer: Dan Slott
Artists: Juan Bobillo and various others

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Plot: Charged with breaking laws of time travel by the Time Variance Authority, She-Hulk must face a bizarre trial to prove her unique value to the time stream, or be erased completely from history.

Comments: This comic is the definition of fun. Bobilloís art captures a kind of skewed cartoonish generally, but this issue brings in relevant Shulkie illustrators past including Pelletier, Kolins, Vosburg, and Mayhew, plus appropriate and simpatico current choices like Amanda Conner, Ron Frenz and Don Simpson. The trial format (this series really is a completely skewed and goofy legal procedural, after all, which trades on Jenniferís brains and human attributes as much as her big green sexiness) allows them to create a series of vignettes that tap into what makes Jen a heroine, and brings back troubled friends like Wanda Maximoff, Wyatt Wingfoot, Razorback and some very, very angry Watchers in cameos.

Thereís a brilliant sequence by Mayhew presenting pivotal She-Hulk adventures, now replaced by Valkyrie, Thundra and Power Princess (i.e., the other super-strong Marvel ladies), that is a real blow to Jenís confidence.

Sexism watch: Simpson illustrates the Razorback sequence, which amounts to a defense of her uniqueness based entirely on her cleavage. But then Pug and Southpaw (her legal counsel) remind everyone that itís Jenís legal work as much as her heroism that has made a difference to countless lives, and she even gets a reward for this arduous self-examination.

Earlier days: This issue may only be the third, but itís also the 100th issue of solo She-Hulk stories (Iím glad someoneís counting), and so we get two pertinent reprints, the first issues of her first and second series. One features beautiful art by John Buscema and her origin, the other is John Byrneís comical approach that innovatively broke the fourth wall. Byrne has always drawn the sexiest, most accessible Jennifer Walters, and Slott has managed to retain that appeal while giving her comical stories that also possess poignant drama.

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