Rating: 4/5 – Case Closed on the Blue File and This Series.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Adam Alamo.
It seems that lately an ensemble of talented writers and artists have conspired to reinvent characters I don’t necessarily care about in ways that make me fall in love with them. So is the case with the work of Charles Soule and Javier Pulido on the current volume of She-Hulk. They took this character I never gave a second thought to and presented her in a way I found sensational. She’s right up there now as one of my favorite female leads, with the strength to go toe-to-toe with the toughest villains and the wit to outsmart Matt Murdock in the courtroom. Nevertheless, brains, brawn, and beauty weren’t enough and with this final issue one of my favorite new series of the past year is relegated to history.
Writer Charles Soule chose to end this series where it began–with the mysterious and inscrutable Blue File. Though we had some exploration of it earlier in the series, this issue lays it all out there in expository glory. What follows is a battle royal between Team She-Hulk and the revealed villain. There’s nothing wrong with a good rumble, but I thought the highest points of this series involved She-Hulk battling her enemies in the courtroom with words instead of fists. This was clearly attorney-by-day Soule’s strong suit and he helped She-Hulk shine in front of the jury with his extensive legal expertise. Unfortunately, none of this was showcased in the final issue and attorney Jennifer Walters took a backseat to her alter ego in some pretty standard superhero fare. Still, the ending was hopeful and it looks like the set-up is there to move She-Hulk’s story forward should Marvel and a new creative team decide to pick up the mantle. If we’re lucky, we may even see She-Hulk guest spot in the new series of a character that made a cameo appearance this issue.
With the exception of a couple issues, Javier Pulido has been the mainstay artist on this series and although I was initially turned off by his art, I picked up the first issue based on Soule’s other work. Pulido’s art style rapidly grew on me and I now consider myself a huge fan. His art is quirky, cartoony, and unquestionably different, but it’s part of what gave this series such charm. For this final issue, Pulido noticeably ups the ante on his She-Hulk portrayal. She seems strikingly bigger and more muscular, which makes sense given that she hulks out quite a bit this issue. Pulido has one very sparse, two-page splash that I love for its simplicity. It’s not his first splash page of the series, but I think it’s one of his best. Kevin Wada gives us one more beautiful cover for this final issue, rounding out what I believe to be some of the best covers in the business. I can totally see the next volume of She-Hulk with Wada tackling the interiors as well. It would strike a different tone from Pulido’s portrayal, but it would be equally as noteworthy.
The outpouring of support received after the series end was announced was huge and in my opinion rightfully so. Charles Soule breathed new life into She-Hulk and gave us a cast of interesting supporting characters that I want to learn more about. I don’t know what’s going to happen to She-Hulk moving forward, but it’s going to be tough to top this current run and creative team for me. Still, I’d like to see someone try to do it, rather than closing the book on She-Hulk like she did with the Blue File. I couldn’t agree more with She-Hulk at the end of this issue when she said “see you in court.” I most certainly do want to see more of She-Hulk in the future, both in and out of court.
Reviewed by: Adam Alamo
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