Friday, October 12, 2012

She-Hulk 13: Blame It On Thanos

This issue concludes the Thanos storyline, and longtime Starfox fans are vindicated in that their hero is found to be innocent (he does voluntarily give up his love powers, which were corrupted by Thanos--I suppose that makes sense, since in the era of roofies and date rape, his powers are kind of creepy, but they were what also made him a bit unique among heroes in the 1970s and 1980s).  Yet another fun comics from writer Dan Slott and crew!  Here are some random thoughts on this issue:

*Marvel in this era would waste the splash page with a full page recap of the storyline.  As former Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter knew, recapping storylines are important since every comic is someone's first, but I don't think they needed to waste a whole page on this.  I suppose this is better than wasting a page or two of the actual comic to cheesily recap the story through some lame character dialogue like they would often due in the 1970s and 1980s, but a text box across the top of a splash page would have sufficed and then the reader could have had an extra page of the comic.

*Assistant editor Aubrey Sitterson is a professional wrestling fan and has since gone on to work on wrestling video games.  I'm not quite sure why She-Hulk needed two assistant editors and an editor (as I stated in an earlier post, I'm not sure why a Marvel editor even needs an assistant), but Sitterson made a fun letters page (even when no one wrote in such as in this issue).  I thought the other assistant editor, Molly Lazer, might have made him up as an over the top persona who enjoyed wrestling and pornography and could go toe-to-toe with such fictional characters as Pip The Troll, but Sitterson is apparently real.  It's too bad that Slott didn't work in a She-Hulk becomes a professional wrestler storyline for Sitterson.  He did have a boxing storyline in the last series at least, so there was a bit of ring action.

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