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Review – She-Hulk Annual #1 (Marvel Comics)

She-Hulk Annual #1 (Marvel Comics) Variant cover art (detail) by John Tyler Christopher
She-Hulk Annual #1
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Summary

Writer: Alexandra Petri
Artist: Andy MacDonald
Colorist: Matt Milla
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Publisher: Marvel
Maturity Rating: Teen
Release Date: August 28th, 2019

She-Hulk is back in her own series, though only for an annual issue (for now). Check out She-Hulk Annual #1 to see what Jennifer Walters has been up to lately.

 

She-Hulk Annual #1: A Change of Minds

There’s little doubt in my mind that She-Hulk Annual #1 was perfectly timed to release following the announcement that our favorite green heroine was going to be getting her own Disney+ series. And frankly, I’m more than okay with that planning, because it means I get another She-Hulk issue to read!

This issue, like most annuals, is a standalone plot. That’s probably a good thing since she doesn’t currently have her own comic series at the moment (which is a shame). And of course, standalone issues can be a blast, which makes them absolutely worth reading.

Here we get to see She-Hulk interact with a couple of other well-known Marvel characters—and to a somewhat comedic effect. So if you’re looking for a fun She-Hulk story, this is the one for you.

Writing

She-Hulk Annual #1 (MarvelComics) cover art by Mirka Andolfo
She-Hulk Annual #1 (Marvel Comics) cover art by Mirka Andolfo

She-Hulk must be a fun character to write—you can really tell that Alexandra Petri enjoyed writing this issue, in any case! Jennifer’s duality has always lent towards some of the more unique plots, and this mini plot arc is no exception.

She-Hulk Annual #1 is a fast-paced plot, full of action and character quips. It may not be the most serious plot out there—but let’s be honest, that’s usually how it goes with annuals. They’re limited on time, after all.

Adding in a few known villains to this plot made things go more smoothly; no time is wasted on explaining their motivations or anything like that. Instead, we were thrown right into the thick of things, giving us more time for the banter.

The introduction to this issue was surprisingly tense, given everything I’ve mentioned so far. It did an excellent job of grabbing the reader’s attention and holding it. Though now it’s left me sad that this was a solo issue.

Art

She-Hulk Annual #1 had a lot of different scenes and characters to portray within its pages, and it did a solid job of it. Every character is distinct, even the cameo characters that didn’t really get any lines (always appreciate the ability to tell characters apart).

The real fun in this issue came from the fight scenes, and the situation leading to the fight scenes. It was comical, sure. But the action was also really well done. And of course, we’ve got to love seeing She-Hulk use her strength.

Andy MacDonald was the lead artist for this issue, with Matt Milla providing the colors. Together, they clearly had a bit of fun with the characters they were portrayed. And it showed. It’s always so much more fun when you can tell the team is having fun along the way.

Conclusion

She-Hulk Annual #1 was a fun and interesting read. It doesn’t really connect to her series that ended some time ago. Nor does it connect with the current Avengers plot. But that’s okay. This plot was all about She-Hulk and the enemies she was up against. And it was fun.

Of course, the downside to this annual is that it left me missing her series. So now the wait for her Disney+ series feels all the longer. Perhaps we’ll luck out and see her comics rebooted, with the rising talk and popularity? One can hope!


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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