Wednesday, October 17, 2012

She-Hulk 18: Shulkie Vs. Shellhead!

In this issue, She-Hulk learns that Iron Man and some other Marvel universe icons conspired to shoot her cousin The Hulk off into space, and she goes to express her displeasure at that event.  Here are some random thoughts on this issue:

*This issue marks writer Dan Slott's 30th issue of She-Hulk, making him the writer who has written the most She-Hulk solo issues (actually he probably hit that mark last issue, but it's never too late to celebrate).  She-Hulk's been fortunate in her writers.  She's had some good ones including Stan Lee, John Byrne, Steve Gerber, and Slott.

*She-Hulk returns to her law firm in this issue and I suspect Slott agrees with her when she calls it the place she shouldn't have left.  Finally, he can put the S.H.I.E.L.D. She-Hulk as intelligence agent storyline away, which was likely imposed upon him by higherups, and return to the storyline he had to leave dangling for a few issues.

*S.H.I.E.L.D. thinks that The Hulkbusters have captured The Hulk and they set up a "Mission Accomplished" banner, which allows Slott to poke fun at the infamous too early declaration of victory by George W. Bush in the Iraq War.

*She-Hulk loses her powers, but she claims that she'll make Iron Man suffer more in her lawyer alter ego.  She-Hulk smashes, but Jennifer Walters sues.

*This was the best of Slott's S.H.I.E.L.D. stories, mainly because he was able to go back a bit more than in previous issues to the storyline he had been developing for twenty-five issues or so before the Civil War, Planet Without A Hulk, and World War Hulk events interrupted him.

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