Review MARVEL She-Hulk Volume 2: Jen of Hearts.  love that goes through walls

Review MARVEL She-Hulk Volume 2: Jen of Hearts. love that goes through walls


Second installment in a softcover volume of the new collection that stars Jennifer Walters, the lawyer, Avenger and Bruce Banner’s cousin whom we know better by her alter ego, She-Hulk. Panini Comics prepares cement and bricks to repair the walls that Jen is going to demolish as she goes by.

Eisner nominee

The current series dedicated to the green sensation has recently received the nomination for best regular series, She-Hulk, by Rainbow Rowell, Rogê Antônio, Luca Maresca, and Takeshi Miyazawa, to which should be added the nomination of Jen Bartel for best cover artist for the work she is doing on it. This already says enough about the good work that the authors involved in it are carrying out, giving us back that spirit that we missed so much and to which we always go back through time, to the stages of John Byrne and Dan Slott, those in which humor, love and adventure were the pillars on which everything revolved.

Rainbow Rowell knows the character and once again highlights her work as a lawyer, even though the buffet is not the best in the world, despite the presence of Amazing Andy (a character whose first appearance dates from no more and no less than Fantastic Four #15 from 1963, when it was created by the Mad Thinker). In the end, the limitation of not defending clients with powers will be softened, to the point of contacting Nightcrawler for Krakoan issues or having to defend an innocent Deathbot, despite believing himself to be Doctor Death himself, as its good programming sets.

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The consciousness of the present reader

It is not an easy task to break through the fourth wall by tearing the page completely, starting a conversation with the one on the other side, the one who turns the pages, reads the speech bubbles and stops to contemplate the colorful drawings of their favorite characters. The fourth wall should be invisible, imaginary, allowing us to see from its transparent element without looking back, although it must be recognized that She-Hulk (and Massacre) feels great about that relationship, sometimes very close with its audience. A characteristic that is exploited today but that has been part of Jennifer Walters’ DNA since the eighties, which is why we have become used to her threats, her confessions, her requests for complicity and also advice from she.

Humor crosses borders, it offers a different perspective, both to express anger and to make the protagonist’s position clear, to leave us an easy joke or make us part of the plans to save the day. The She-Hulk is not just the narrative element that takes us through her work as a lawyer or through her fights against supervillains, she is a travel companion, the one who holds the road map for us, the one who forces you to make a stop at the next gas station because needs carbohydrates or the one that after a bad day approaches our shoulder and starts to cry when the drama reaches levels of sentimental rupture.

Don’t let radiation keep us apart

So when Jen starts getting butterflies in her stomach because of Jack Hart, the superhero known as The Page of Hearts, we are able to accompany her to the altar holding the train of the dress. Jack has lost his powers on his return to life, so the radiation that he normally emitted and that could affect the She-Hulk is not an impediment to having a more intimate approach, of those that leave scenes in which one’s shirt passes to be the pajamas of the other, even if you leave it given to yourself.

The work of Luca Maresca and Takeshi Miyazawa is considerably different, although both are very good. The style of the Italian and the native of Canada but of Japanese descent are not comparable. While Maresca faces the pencils from a more formal point of view, Miyazawa faces the paper from that line close to the amerimanga that characterizes him so much. It is true that her approach to the She-Hulk is perfectly valid in both cases and anything seems to suit her as long as Jen is the one who controls her inner Hulk, that version that we have been missing for so long and that we have finally recovered, either by influence of the television series or because it was time for her to return to being herself and not a wild and scruffy She-Hulk.