Review: The Immortal She-Hulk #1
The Immortal She-Hulk #1 is an intriguing comic. In many ways, it’s a continuation of Al Ewing‘s work on the Immortal Hulk. It dives into some of the concepts that began there and expands them further into the greater world of gamma-irradiated beings. But, what stands out is Ewing’s exploration of the superhero trope of their not staying dead and what that means.
She-Hulk has had a rough few years having died numerous times and come back each and every time. Unlike her cousin who wants to find peace in death and rages that he cannot, She-Hulk, Jennifer Walters, questions what it means. Is she really herself? Does she have a soul? Can she die? Immortality is at the center of the comic and Ewing uses concepts introduced into the Marvel Universe in the relaunched X-Men to explore that idea.
Jennifer has a sitdown with Wolverine, a character who knows about coming back from the dead. Ewing takes us through the “three deaths” of Jennifer Walters, each time revealing more about her experience, some of which she does not remember. We learn more of the rules about this “green door and space” that has played an important role in Ewing’s run in Immortal Hulk.
For those who haven’t been reading that comic, this debut might be a bit confusing. Ewing does a decent job of explaining what’s needed to know. He does so by adding nightmarish aspects with each revelation. And that’s possibly the one issue with the comic, it does rely a bit much on “Hulk history.” Characters are introduced and explained but the emotional punch from that history isn’t quite there. Most feel like we walk away with “that person is bad.” There’s never quite the fear and “oh crap” levied by each twist.
Jon Davis-Hunt‘s art gives us a nightmarish journey with a design and presentation that’s slightly off-kilter. With uneasy colors of Marcio Menyz and lettering by Cory Petit, there’s a visual “offness” to it all. The trauma and running from her nightmares is there and works really well. We see Jennifer’s unease and her questioning of it all. There’s a horror aspect to the comic but one that’s different that the nightmares that haunt her cousin Bruce. Davis-Hunt and his team have visualized trauma in some ways.
The Immortal She-Hulk #1 is a good and unexpected start. It definitely will be a hard read for some. But The Immortal She-Hulk #1 is a very different direction and take to concepts that haven’t been explored enough. While Immortal Hulk delivers the rage of these experiences, Immortal She-Hulk takes things in another direction. It’s a psychological exploration of trauma and thriller wrapped up in spandex.
Story: Al Ewing Art: Jon Davis-Hunt
Color: Marcio Menyz Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy
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