When I found out that X-Factor #33 was part of a three part Secret Invasion tie-in with She-Hulk, I was not happy. Iâ€™m never happy when X-Factor gets dragged into another event or mini-series.Â But there was more to it; what I didnâ€™t know that Peter David was writing She-Hulk.
First, the front cover is really funny.Â I donâ€™t often go for admiring the front covers of books, mainly due to the lack of words and story (Iâ€™m one of those comic readers). But anywhere where you have a large amount of Jamie Madrox Skrulls trying to pull down Jennifer Walters, aka, She-Hulk, from her own title, you have to giggle a little.
Even with the great cover, turn the page, and readers find the same scene where X-Factor ended. However, this time around, the page wasnâ€™t drawn by Larry Stroman, but rather by Vincenzo Cucca, who I immediately loved! Now, without dragging this through the stereotypical â€œI hate Larry Stromanâ€™s artworkâ€ quagmire, letâ€™s just say that this one page â€“ pretty much a mirror copy of Stromanâ€™s â€“ featured a She-Hulk who actually looked like a human with a human face.
I really enjoyed Cuccaâ€™s artwork the whole way through this issue. He has a real grasp of how to draw a comic book. The humans looked like humans, but still have that very modern cartoon look to them that you would expect to see on a Saturday morning cartoon.
For once, I wasnâ€™t overly unimpressed with the large bust being sported by the title character. It makes sense, that someone who â€œHulks outâ€ would have naturally large breasts. Here, it didnâ€™t seem to be a blatant attempt to please the boys who have never spoken to a woman that wasnâ€™t their mother.
With Peter David writing both X-Factor and She-Hulk heÂ managed to keep a measure of control over the tie-in.
Peter David knows how to tell a story. The flashbacks to Jen and Jazindaâ€™s journey to Detroit was really well done. The story that unfolded in the past was told in the present just as it was needed.Â The tension and prevailing fight scenes between She-Hulk and Monet St. Croix were really well done too, and though Iâ€™ve never even seen the two on the same page before, I really got the impression they didnâ€™t like each other.
There were two things that I really loved about this book that I want to make mention of. First, towards the end of the book St. Croix catches up with X-Factor’s target, Darwin, and touches him on the shoulder saying that she was glad to catch up with him. His little â€œShe touched me. Monet touched me.â€ moment was good, but it was so much better that his speech bubble was a love heart.
And similar to what I said about the front cover, there is nothing quite like seeing Jamie Madrox in full clone mode, pumping them out and piling them on top of one solitary person. Great dialogue, great art, great idea.
All in all, I was pleasantly surprised with this book, and I give She-Hulk #31 4 out of 5 Stars.