Writer: Rainbow Rowell
Art: Rogê Antônio, Rico Renzi, Jen Bartel, and VC’s Joe Caramagna
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: March 2nd, 2022
One of the most destructive elements in the MARVEL Universe collides with the Sensational SHE-HULK in this week’s all-new SHE-HULK #2 by Rainbow Rowell. Let’s see how Jennifer Walters can manage to get her life back on track while figuring out what to do with her new special guest!
Following the surprise that was SHE-HULK #1, I couldn’t help but be excited for issue two, especially after the cliffhanger with Jack of Hearts. Well readers, SHE-HULK #2 shifts the focus from the gamma green bombshell directly towards Jack and catches readers up on his whereabouts since his last encounter. Now, what I absolutely love about this issue is that Jack is not a well-known character or fan favorite to many mainstream MARVEL movie and TV peeps.
He’s definitely more for the hardcore fan who’s been a longtime reader. And thus, Rowell is using this story thread as a unique opportunity to provide new readers with an intriguing vibe that I hope people take advantage of. Why? Well, Jack of Hearts is actually a pretty interesting character. And alongside SHE-HULK, this pair could really turn some heads.
Nevertheless, SHE-HULK #2 manages to casually seduce the reader with little action, charming story beats, and nothing too fancy. This week’s issue was just a simple, relaxing read that shares very little about SHE-HULK other than her easy-going personality and big heart. Under the surface, Rowell sticks to the basics as readers get the perfect depiction of SHE-HULK as she’s known by most, especially after being decoupled from her recent AVENGERS stint with Jason Aaron. Jennifer Walters is extremely fun-loving, considerate, and sympathetic, yet slyly humorous and a little bit contentious. All that being said, Rowell showcases all the prior with flying colors giving fans the perfect glimpse of this gamma goddess and the situational humor she finds herself in.
Rogê Antônio has a way of drawing characters in an almost quirky manner that’s quite refreshing. Each page contains this sense of affection and enthusiasm that simply radiates off the page. Yet, it’s Rico Renzi who handily increases the encouraging vitality with a sincere mixture of brilliant colors across every panel.
Plus, Antônio and Renzi have designed and illustrated SHE-HULK #2 in an almost chaotic calmness that’s simple and uniquely satisfying. However, my favorite aspects of this comic, as well as the last issue, are the elements of situational humor that Antônio illustrates. From cramped subways and traffic jams to all-you-can-eat buffets, Antônio and this creative team thrive with the subtle, incidental environments that put a smile on your face.
Readers get a wonderful, classic feel to the character while being coupled with a reintroduction to a semi-lost hero from MARVEL’S past. Even though Rowell spends a majority of SHE-HULK #2 figuring out the Jack of Hearts’ whereabouts, fans still get the perfect taste of Jennifer Walters and who the SHE-HULK genuinely is. Moreover, Rowell continues to provide some intriguing cliffhangers that truly manage to hook this reviewer’s interest and keep me wanting more. I can’t help but continue to be pleasantly surprised by Rowell’s SHE-HULK and strongly recommend comic fans give this colorfully endearing title a good look. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!