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Sunday, September 30, 2012
She-Hulk 12: Another She-Hulk Series Bites The Dust
In this finale, writer Dan Slott wraps up the Titania story with another fun issue. Here are some random thoughts on this issue:
*I miss letters pages. I have no idea if this series was intended from the beginning to be a twelve-issue miniseries or if it was a regular series that Marvel canceled for low sales, then saw the good buzz the series received and decided to reboot it a few months later. If comics had letters pages during this era, I'd probably know this. And, no, I'm not searching ancient Internet message boards to figure this out.
*Though the series isn't metafictional, Slott keeps the John Byrne spirit alive a bit by having She-Hulk seek out answers in a comic book store as to how to beat Titania. Marvel in the Marvel universe publishes officially-licensed comics, you see. I'm pretty sure also that She-Hulk meets Evan Dorkin's The Eltingville Club in the comic shop, though only three of them (maybe the fourth doesn't like comics).
*An ad for Westfield Comics comics mail order service quotes a customer from Somerville, Massachusetts, USA which is puzzling. Is the guy an invalid? There are a zillion (well, maybe not a zillion, but a lot of) good comics shops in the Boston area. Why does he need mail order? When I was in Boston earlier this year, I visited a number of them and those were just the ones in walking distance from downtown (if I had taken the T, Boston's mass transit, I could have hit even more). Admittedly, not everyone will walk from Boston to Somerville and back, but I did. Maybe Westfield gives big discounts or something. I used to get mail order comics when I lived in the boonies. It was like Christmas twelve months a year. I don't get as many comics anymore, so even with the discounted price, it doesn't pay for me since I'd have to pay postage and that would end up costing me more overall.
*The comic also has an ad for a cd-rom collection that had forty years of Spider-Man comics on them. This was a good deal for $50. Unfortunately, Marvel realized that the digital comics market was growing and took the license away from GIT Corp, the company who made the cd-roms. It was nice while it lasted.
*She-Hulk would go on hiatus after this issue, but it would return in eight months with a new number one issue (much to the confusion of future collectors, I'm sure). You only have to wait until tomorrow though to read about it!
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