She-Hulk (2004 Series) #9
Quick Rating: Great
Title: Strong Enough
Back on Earth, She-Hulk’s got to deal with her increased power level. Meanwhile, Hercules has some legal troubles of his own.
Writer: Dan Slott
Pencils: Paul Pelletier
Inks: Rick Magyar
Colors: Dave Kemp
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Cover Art: Mike Mayhew
Publisher: Marvel Comics
She-Hulk is one of those titles that everyone who samples it seems to love, but there aren’t enough readers. So if I’m persuading people, I can either write a list of each and every thing I love about this book, or I can just tell you to read She-Hulk #9, because it’s all in here.
This is a done-in-one story, but it picks up on the ongoing plot threads of the title and introduces a few more, while still supplying the reader everything he could need to know to enjoy the title. Back on Earth, the She-Hulk discovers that she doesn’t have total control over her increased strength, and she looks for help in a very logical place – her old friend Reed Richards. Meanwhile another attorney at her firm has her own problems – the Constrictor has filed a lawsuit against Shuklie’s sometime teammate Hercules for beating him (badly) in a superhero rumble.
You want to know what this issue has? Guest-stars. Comedy. A dash of romance. A faithful nod to continuity without being confusing. Logic. An ending you don’t see coming but that fits perfectly. And even a few tidbits that warn us there may be some bad times to come for our heroine.
You know what else it’s got? Great art. Paul Pelletier joins this issue as the regular penciller (after doing a two-issue stint a few months back), and he couldn’t be more welcome. He does incredible superheroes, including a more muscular She-Hulk than we’re used to, and does it in such a way that the casual reader is aware that things are unusual. He’s got a great feel for layout and storytelling, and his poses and choreography are second to none. He does a great Fantastic Four as well – his rendition of the Thing is one of the best I’ve seen in quite a while.
Haven’t tried this title yet? No time like the present. This issue gives you two complete storylines twined together (as opposed to some comics that take six issues to tell one), and the trade paperback of the first issue is on sale now. Jump on, folks. You won’t regret it.