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Thursday, May 03, 2018

Reader's Diary #1812- Mariko Tamaki: She-Hulk 1 Deconstructed

I've been a fan of Mariko Tamaki before but had not known her to do superheroes, so I was excited to see her take on She-Hulk. I'd also consider myself a fan of that character but I've been disappointed in the past to see her passed off on Marvel's more comedic line. I like their comedic line, for what it's worth (Squirrel Girl, Howard the Duck) and so on, but there always seemed to be hints of more serious story lines involving the character, references to other comics that I somehow missed. On the back cover of this trade, I feared I was in for this again. "Jennifer Walters," we're told, "survived the second civil war... barely." Alas, I didn't read much about Marvel's Civil War event (because nobody did).

Fortunately, and not suprisingly given Tamaki's skills as a writer, she gives Jennifer Walters a.k.a. She-Hulk the balance she deserves. There's humour but there's also pain. She gives the character a sense of weariness and guarded-ness (likely based on the recent civil war events) but presents her as intelligent and empathetic. In other words, she's a fully developed complex superhero.

I enjoyed the art which started off, I thought, a bit simplistic. Backgrounds were often more basic  and it reminded me somewhat of comics from the 70s or 80s. However, they seemed to improve and increase in detail as the book progressed.

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