Writer: Rainbow Rowell
Art: Rogê Antônio, Rico Renzi, Jen Bartel, Adam Hughes, and VC’s Joe Caramagna
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: January 19th, 2022
Jennifer Walters, otherwise known as the Sensational SHE-HULK, is no longer savage and wants to put her life back on track. This Glamorous Gamma Gal needs to restore her career, reconnect with old friends, and rebuild her image. However, it’s not just friends who are reconnecting with Jen. What we are about to discover is that it’s also old enemies too. Let’s dive into SHE-HULK #1 by Rainbow Rowell and Rogê Antônio as fans travel on this new journey alongside Jen and see what changes are on the horizon for everyone’s favorite Gamma Powered Knock Out! Be warned. These changes may impact the entire MARVEL COMIC Universe.
SHE-HULK #1 REVIEW
Rowell’s technique and style fit the Young Adult motive well. And for a character like SHE-HULK who hasn’t had her own series in quite some time, as well as a TV series on the horizon, Rowell may be the best bet to revitalize a Jennifer Walters coming off the beastly WORLD WAR SHE-HULK we’ve seen since Jason Aaron took over THE AVENGERS. If MARVEL really wants to get SHE-HULK back to her old glorious Gamma Gal ways in preparation for the character into the MCU, why not use Rowell who’s charged the Young Adult scene in full force with the likes of CARRY ON, FANGIRL, and ELEANOR & PARK.
Instantly, readers will notice Rowell’s welcoming tone and inclusivity of the character. As someone who knows mainly surface-level SHE-HULK material, I found myself quickly getting caught up on the character in easy-to-digest bites. Rowell’s writing style normally focuses on interpersonal relationships which shines through beautifully as readers watch SHE-HULK find her new place in the world at large.
Moreover, it’s almost as if Rowell is trying to get fans acclimated quickly within the scope of Jennifer Walter’s so Rowell can tell her story, which I appreciate. Furthermore, the cliffhanger involves another character that this reviewer admits he’s not overly familiar with, which also made SHE-HULK #1 even more intriguing. The only negative that was a bit cumbersome to this reviewer was the heavy dialogue. Hopefully, it was just this issue to give fans a stronger foundation for the character and series.
Rogê Antônio draws an absolutely stunning SHE-HULK. The confidence SHE-HULK exhibited, and which I spoke of earlier, is part and parcel due to Antônio’s rendering as well as Rico Renzi’s soft color hues and touches. Together, these two artists find a way to promote SHE-HULK as both strong and eloquent, which is definitely a difficult task for any artist. However, these two make it look easy. Lastly, the lettering by Joe Caramagna was also welcoming and certainly had a Young Adult feel making this issue feel almost nothing like a Superhero Comic in a refreshing way.
If you’re looking for something new, inviting, and cute, SHE-HULK #1 is definitely for you. I was genuinely shocked as to how much I liked this opening installment. Readers will leave SHE-HULK #1 feeling almost endeared towards Jennifer Walters. And to those that have followed Rowell, she does a masterful job writing smart and sensitive characters which is exactly what SHE-HULK needs right now. Plus, Antônio is the perfect artist for this revitalization. SHE-HULK is drawn gigantic, hopeful, and downright gorgeous. Together, this creative team crafts a first issue that’s simply bursting at the seams with potential. I highly recommend giving SHE-HULK #1 a shot. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!