Review: She-Hulk #10
CHARLES SOULE (W)
JAVIER PULIDO (A)
Cover by KEVIN WADA
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
THE GOOD OLD DAYS, CONCLUSION!
• She-Hulk and Daredevil battle it out in the court and on the streets
• And it finally comes down to this – is Captain America guilty?
This is the conclusion of a story that ran for three issues total, and allowed a closer look at the Marvel legal system, especially when two heroic characters that are attorneys find themselves on opposite sides of the courtroom. The conclusion of this case is a little too convenient for me, and harder to understand, except that it was a jury trial, which meant the whole “he’s Captain America” appeal probably should work regardless of what evidence you have or the testimony.
The script is above average, and captures the spirit of Captain America better than most writers have been able to. I really like Charles Soule’s portrayal of Hellcat, although here, it’s obvious that her flippant attitude is hiding some very difficult issues that she’s dealing with. His flashback scene, part of which I included above, is fantastic and definitely the best attempt to capture the reason that Steve Rogers was destined to be Captain America since Captain America: the First Avenger.
Javier Pulido is an acquired taste with his art, but definitely a breath of fresh air from the hyper-realism that seems to be the running trend in mainstream super-hero comics. When judging an artist with such a distinct style, it always falls back to seeing if the fundamentals are there. His likenesses are consistent, to the point that it’s obvious that the Steve Roger of 1940 is the same person as the Steve Rogers of 2014. I’m not certain that I like his She-Hulk, but it’s obviously She-Hulk, which is more than I can say for some artists.
Finally the colorist Munta Vincente does a great job going back and forth between the flashbacks and the courtroom. His colors are bright, which is refreshing when so many colorists blend to a yellowish-brown, and in the flashbacks, he does exceptionally well in rendering with grey-tones, yet keeping the important elements distinct with Steve Rogers’ blond hair and the red of the Nazi banners, yet not making them garishly bright.
It’s a shame that this book is being cancelled, that’s all I have to say.