Charles Soule and Javier Pulido take the time to explore the life of She-Hulk not as a superhero working with the Avengers and the Fantastic Four, but in her personal life as a lawyer working in Manhattan. What we get is an irreverent comedy full of legal wrangling and super powers. The first four issues of their “She-Hulk” comic have been collected by Marvel Comics in “She-Hulk: Law and Disorder” which includes a bonus two-part story by Soule and Ron Wimberly.
The off-beat tone of the book is set by the art of Pulido. The work looks stunningly simple but it conveys the story in a way that makes it look complex. The artwork is not set up like a traditional comic it moves and changes and reads across the page as well as it reads down. The depiction of She-Hulk is a welcomed departure from the sexualized look she usually sports. Instead of seeing her as a sex symbol, she is instead a lawyer in suits but when she does need to go into action she is wearing practical workout attire, still beautiful but realistic for a gamma powered super hero.
The art is clean and clear with Pulido able to show subtle changes in emotion from simple things like She-Hulk’s eyes or to her suits getting torn from battling defense robots. Thsis all works together to keep the book moving forward and making the read unique.
Playing with the style of Pulido, Soule is able to introduce a wide range of characters to compliment and complicate the life of She-Hulk. From the building she is setting up her new law practice, which rents to people of the super powered persuasion, to her paralegal who strangely keeps a monkey with her at all times, to her private investigator Patsy Walker the hero known as Hellcat who is dealing with her own issues.
The stories have a smart edge to them as She-Hulk does not just jump into action with fists flying; instead she uses wits and reason to work on her cases much to the relief of some of the people she comes in contact with. She does flex her muscles from time to time usually when she is attacked but also out of frustration, just check out what she does to her old employers’ expensive table imported from Madripoor.
The cases she takes are fun and interesting and put her in the right kind of situations for Soule and Pulido to have fun with the character, whether it is dealing with the legal teams of Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, over patent issues to dealing with Doctor Doom when his adopted son hires She-Hulk to work his case for political asylum.
The final case features the artwork of Wembly which is a departure from the work of Pulido. His lines are more rugged and the whimsical nature of the previous stories is absent. But the story still moves along and it features She-Hulk working on the “Blue File” a bizarre case she has not been able to make heads or tails of that was hinted at over the course of the previous stories. The resolution is as bizarre as the case itself, but hints that there is more to come in this series.
“She-Hulk: Law and Disorder” with its combination of the jocular stories with the lighthearted artwork makes the combination of Soule and Pulido a classic pairing. It fits right along with Marvel’s other books like “Hawkeye” and “Ms. Marvel” the escape the norm of comic book storytelling and offer something different that is visually appealing and surprisingly fun.
The book is clearly written with a specific demographic in mind, everyone. It has a little something for everyone that makes it a fun read. “She-Hulk: Law and Disorder” is the perfect book to grab to get a solid comic book fix of action and character but it also makes a great gift to anyone who may or may not have ever tried reading a comic. Buying “She-Hulk: Law and Disorder” is a sure fire way to show Marvel we won’t more books that break the norms of comics in positive ways.