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She-Hulk (2004 Series) #7

September 10, 2004

Quick Rating: Very Good
Title: Space Cases (Universal Laws Part One)

She-Hulk gets yet another new job – in the depths of space!

Writer: Dan Slott
Pencils: Juan Bobillo
Inks: Marcelo Sosa
Colors: Dave Kemp
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Cover Art: Mike Mayhew
Publisher: Marvel Comics

She-Hulk is offered another new gig this issue – sitting on an intergalactic court as a magistrate, under the gaze of the Living Tribunal!

This issue contains just about everything that makes this one of the most entertaining comics on the stands today. We delve into Shulkie’s role not as a superhero, but as an attorney. We advance the “Odd Couple” subplot revolving around our heroine and the would-be supervillain Southpaw, and the book is packed with cameos and nods to Marvel continuity. None of it is presented in an obstructive way, though, someone with no prior knowledge of the characters are given all the info they need to follow along. I’d be worried about the “new job” angle, but I really don’t expect it to last past this story arc. The stuff with She-Hulk at the superhuman law firm is just too good to sacrifice this soon into the title.

There is also a lot of comedy in this issue. Quieter character-based stuff, such as an early argument between She-Hulk and Southpaw, is balanced with goofier moments in She-Hulk’s court, like a segment where an allusion to a legendary court decision backfires.

Juan Bobillo returns to the artist’s seat this issue, which is a mixed blessing for me. He’s very good with our title character and a lot of the rest of the cast, but he struggles with certain characters. His rendition of the Watcher doesn’t really mesh with any version we’ve seen before, for instance, and his Beta Ray Bill is somewhat more bestial than he should be.

The cover loses a point for Irrelevant Cover Syndrome – the scene and, in fact, none of the characters except She-Hulk herself even appear in this issue. On the other hand, it makes up for it by including such wonderfully goofy and obscure characters. I can’t believe Forbush Man is actually on the cover of a comic book again.

This is a fantastic book, one of Marvel’s best these days. If you’re not reading it yet, you’ve got to give it a try. This is a perfectly accessible issue, one that new readers will be able to jump right on. There are nagging, frustrating rumors that this book is hovering around the fringe of the cancellation bubble. Read it. Love it. For heaven’s sake, save it.

Rating: 8/10

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