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She-Hulk (2004 Series) #6

August 20, 2004

Quick Rating: Very Good
Title: Minor Complications (The Big Picture Part Two)

When a squad of shrunken supervillains stage a jailbreak on She-Hulk’s hand, will she and Yellowjacket be able to take them all on?

Writer: Dan Slott
Pencils: Paul Pelletier
Inks: Roland Paris
Colors: Avalon Studios
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Cover Art: Mike Mayhew
Publisher: Marvel Comics

I was amused by the announcement that a new Marvel Team-Up series in the works, since that title could just as easily serve every other issue of this title. Six issues in and we’ve already had guest-spots by Dr. Strange, the Thing, Spider-Man and now Yellowjacket.

I want to stress, though, that this is not a complaint. Far to the contrary, I think the device Dan Slott has found to allow She-Hulk to interact with virtually any character in the Marvel Universe is logical and devilishly clever, and used to its maximum potential in this issue. After paying a visit to a prison where supervillains are shrunk down to maximize space, She-Hulk is unaware that several of the villains have stowed away on her hand. When they cut loose in her law office, she and Yellowjacket, with the unlikely help of the Awesome Android, have to reign them in.

This issue brings back some of the trademark comedy that I thought last issue was lacking, particularly in use of the Android, or “Andy” to his friends. Including him in this series as an employee of the law office was a stroke of genius in the first place, and the chance to see him face off against his creator, the Mad Thinker was wonderfully done – so much, in fact, that he almost relegates She-Hulk to a supporting role in this issue. Slott does find time to play with her, though, first showing her revulsion at her boss essentially using her to keep his supervillain granddaughter out of jail, then showing how a number of factors come together to affect her.

Paul Pelletier is welcome to draw any comic in my pull folder any time he wants. I’ve been a fan since his days on Flash and through his tragically-short run on Negation. He’s really a wonderful superhero artist, managing to draw the most preposterous costumes or goofy sci-fi concepts and never making them seem hokey or hamfisted. He knows when to go for the visual gag and when to pull back and let the look on a character’s face tell the story. It all comes together. The only artwork criticism one could have for the book is the cover – a fine painting by Mike Mayhew of Shulkie smashing her own logo, and a helpful blurb informing us that Wizard named this title book of the month… none of which has anything to do with the story. Yep – it’s a case of Irrelevant Cover Syndrome.

In just six months, this has become a favorite title of mine. Any week it appears in my folder is a good one, and when I close an issue, I find I can’t wait for the next one.

Rating: 8/10

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