She-Hulk # 22
Writer: Peter David
Penciller: Shawn Moll
Inker: Victor Olazaba
Colorist: Rob Ro
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover Date: December 2007
This week, I’ll be taking a look at She-Hulk # 22, the first issue in Peter David’s run following the departure of Dan Slott.
PAD establishes a new situation for Jennifer Walters as she’s now a bounty hunter working for Freeman Bonding, Inc. (Which is a subsidiary of Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg, and Book); her first job is to bring in a supervillain named Hi-Lite, who broke into the New York Museum of Antiquities to steal a goblet but gets caught off-guard by a security guard who suddenly has a heart attack (Thanks to Hi-Lite, who struck the guard’s arm), thought he tried to save the guard’s life by giving him CPR, he gets arrested but here’s where the story gets exciting- Hi-Lite made bail…..but he decided to skip his court date, so now it’s up to Jen to bring him in.
When Jen finds him, she’s shocked to find out that Hi-Life’s got a very important cousin- Crusher Creel, The Absorbing Man! After he snaps Jen’s neck (Brutality I might add) he’s suddenly ambushed by the real She-Hulk and the two of them deliver a knockdown fight. Oh, and believe it or not, Jen gets a pain in her skull and it turns out to be a miniature Titania (I swear this actually happened); For those that were wondering, The ‘”Jennifer Walters” that got her neck snapped by The Absorbing Man is actually Jazinda KI’rt Spawn, the daughter of the Super-Skrull KI’rt and Jen’s new partner.
Jen’s new venture as a bounty hunter is tremendous because of how it opens up new possibilities that no one has ever seen in a She-Hulk series, and as much as I enjoy seeing Jen as a lawyer it’s always a pleasant thing to see the status-quo of a character get shaken up every now and then before things get stale. But for me, it’s a great thing that PAD made Jen a bounty hunter instead of replacing her with someone else or god forbid….a clone!! Peter David can still crank out an entertaining story that keeps the momentum going but always finds a way to stay true to the character without going overboard. Shawn Moll’s artwork is outstanding due to the incredible (No pun intended) details he puts in his layouts that highlight the grittiness and action-packed moments that this issue delivered.
This new era of She-Hulk may or may not have been a fan favorite due to the fact that Jen’s law career was put on the back burner, but since she’s still upholding the law in a different way, it breathes new life into a character who’s tied to The Incredible Hulk has been a huge part of her since her debut, but it never holds her back. Seeing Jennifer Walters reinvent herself makes for an intriguing story, no matter who’s writing her.
*Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg, and Book- I’m sure anyone can recognize these names with ease.
*Titania being reduced to a size of an ant was due to her being shrunk with Pym Particles when she was incarcerated in the Lang Memorial Penitentiary (Just wanted to put out those Fun Facts)
Well, that’s it for me this week. I’ll be back with another She-Hulk Review (This time, a team-up story); Thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.
She-Hulk # 22