The Literary Horizon: The Sensational She-Hulk—Volume 1, Savage She-Hulk

Ever since Captain America, I’ve been feeling all warm and fuzzy towards Marvel; the uncertain nature of the new DC reboot certainly helps. But I’ve always been fond of She-Hulk, the Hulk’s distaff counterpart. Quick version for those who don’t know She-Hulk—once upon a time, timid lawyer Jennifer Walters gets a blood transfusion from her cousin, Bruce Branner, and becomes the She-Hulk. Except that instead of becoming an enormous slab of anger, she becomes a jade giantess with a good sense of humor and her mind intact. And she occasionally punches the forth wall in the face. Love it.

The Sensational She-Hulk: Volume 1 by John Byrne

From Savage to Sensational! With John Byrne writing and penciling, witness She-Hulk go where no super hero has gone before: right through the 4th wall! See She-Hulk vs. Spider-Man! Beheaded! Against the wrath of Dr. Bong! Alongside Santa Claus! On her own Star Truck! Hosting her own golden age guest star! Guest-starring the Wasp, Mr. Fantastic and Razorback!

COLLECTING:

Sensational She-Hulk #1-8, Marvel Comics Presents (1988) #18 (She-Hulk story)

via Amazon

This is the run that everyone tells me to pick up. I’ve heard it referred to as the only decent thing Marvel put out in the nineties (it ran through the beginning of the decade), and frankly, it seems like a great place to jump onto, neatly avoiding the growing pains where Jen was essentially lady Hulk, if a bit more eloquent. I was over the moon to find this new trade paperback available, and I hope the rest of the run is collected. (Also, Jen in the best fashion the eighties have to offer.)

As you can imagine, it’s a bit difficult to track down specific reviews when it comes to certain runs; this is just a collection of a comic, rather than its only release. But the Amazon reviews are positive and I hear so much about this series from comic fans that I feel I’m being steered in the right direction.

The Sensational She-Hulk: Volume I was published on April 20, 2011.

Savage She-Hulk by Fred Van Lente

From a world where society as we know it has crumbled and humanity has been irrevocably changed, she comes-the all-new, all-different SAVAGE SHE-HULK! But now, a deadly mission has brought her to current Marvel continuity. What terrible secret does this gamma-irradiated beauty bare? And is she friend or foe, Inhuman or mutant, Avenger, Defender…or Invader? Collects Savage She-Hulk #1-4.

via Amazon

Yup, that’s not Jen. That’s Hulk’s daughter from the future, Lyra, which makes her a distant relative to Jen, who ends up mentoring Lyra. Comics. Whatcha gonna do?

Again, most comic book aficionados review one issue at a time, focusing on trades every once in a while, and usually older ones to boot. The single Amazon review is positive, and what I’ve read seems promising—how dare someone punch Jen to New Jersey! She had to take a cab back!

Savage She-Hulk was published on October 7, 2009.

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