Do you know the problem with being the woman who has everything? You have so much more to lose. Your Major Spoilers review of She-Hulk #10 from Marvel Comics awaits!
Writer: Rainbow Rowell
Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Colorist: Rico Renzi
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Editor: Nick Lowe
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 22, 2023
Previously in She-Hulk: After the most intense experiences in She-Hulk’s superhero history, it’s time for the fallout. She-Hulk has experienced more trauma than most… Is this the straw, and is she the camel?
BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO
After an encounter with a pair of scientists who wanted to steal her gamma radiation in order to heal the damage they accidentally did to themselves, Jack of Hearts was blasted with a torrent of the Zero Energy that created him. Though the villains fled, She-Hulk found herself kneeling over her dead boyfriend…
…or at least, what she THOUGHT was her dead boyfriend. When Jack sits up, she’s overjoyed. When he blasts through the ceiling, telling her that he’s sorry, she’s crushed. And over the next few days, Jennifer Walters has to deal with one of the worst feelings of all: Being ghosted. It’s even worse, since Jack of Hearts is technically an actual ghost, and she still doesn’t understand how he returned from being blowed-up-real-good. Still, She-Hulk’s life goes on, as she has to do her job (defending the AI called Doombot in court), deal with her bosses, and try and keep it together as she worries that she’s done something wrong and Jack will never call again. She even tries booty-calling Thor, but instead calls in a more appropriate form of backup: Her dear friend Patsy “Hellcat” Walker.
IT’S EVEN HARDER WITH EXPLOSIONS
Much of this issue is devoted to She-Hulk living her life, going to court, and returning home to eat frozen lasagna in her suddenly-too-large apartment. It is reminiscent of the She-Hulk television series in all the best ways, and I especially enjoy Patsy and Jennifer’s quiet discussion of how this relationship differed from her long-term association with Wyatt Wingfoot or her marriage to John Jameson III. After last issue’s intense emotional breakdown, it’s good to see She-Hulk has a support system in place, and the emotional beats set up the end of the issue perfectly. The final two pages really well-crafted story, with wonderfully intimate art by Miyazawa. I’m not always a fan of the rougher-edged, pencil-style artists, but this story features a number of moments that are visually stunning. She-Hulk being told that she has won her new firm’s first case, then turning down an expensive dinner has a lot of punch, with an angry Mallory Book, a heart-broken Jennifer, and the always-stoic-because-he-has-no-face Awesome Andy all playing off one another’s body language and expressions perfectly.
BOTTOM LINE: UNEXPECTEDLY SWEET
In short, She-Hulk #10 at least temporarily dissipates the worries that I had after the last issue’s ending, completely forgets about the mad scientists in favor of emotional drama, and is all the better for it, earning 3.5 out of 5 stars overall. It’s a story that feels like real life, in that many questions are left unanswered, but the hesitantly positive events near the end of the issue still feel like a big win for Jennifer, and that’s really what the best stories are all about.
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After all hell broke loose last time, Jennifer deals with the quite-literal fallout and balances her personal, professional, and superheroic lives as best she can, with a a lovely, quiet ending.