Wednesday, October 3, 2012

She-Hulk 3: Or Maybe This Is Issue 100

This extrasized special issue celebrates 100 issues of She-Hulk, though officially it's just #3 of her current series.  The main story features She-Hulk being on trial by the timecops for violating time travel protocols, which provides writer Dan Slott with a good excuse to recap She-Hulk's entire career.  As a bonus, the comic includes reprints of issues #1 of both The Savage She-Hulk and The Sensational She-Hulk.  Here are some random thoughts on this issue:

*Not only is this issue a lot of fun, it's actually a good value, which can't be said of most comics from this era, or even today.  For $3.99, readers got 82 pages of comics.  I wish comic companies published more issues like this!  Of course, I think I got it for a buck years later, making it even more of a bargain.

*The cover is a homage to #100 of The Invincible Iron Man (or, as artist John Byrne liked to call it, a fromage, especially when the artist was attempting to swipe the work of a previous artist and then got caught doing so--this one's clearly an intentional tribute though).

*Speaking of Byrne (figuratively, literally I'm blogging of Byrne) he appears in this issue alongside other She-Hulk creators and a cast of characters that includes everyone from The Avengers to Howard The Duck.

*The issue is also filled with guest artists including Don Simpson of Megaton Man fame (well, "fame" might not be the right word, but I like his work), which might be the only time Simpson's art has graced a Marvel comic.  Note to Marvel:  If you could get Simpson drawing something else, then I'd probably buy it.

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