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Red She-Hulk #59 - Hell Hath No Fury, Part Two Review

5

An action packed issue that will keep you on the edge of your seat in suspense!

The Good

This issue opens up with a bang, and the momentum is consistent throughout. If you are looking for an action-filled comic with a ton of battle scenes, you need to pick up this comic. I think the important thing to note is that these fights aren't happening for no reason; there's an explanation for why the hardest hitting Avengers are after Betty Ross and why she's fighting back in the first place. Not only is there a reason for the countless battle scenes in this issue, but it's a great reason. Parker is creating a really interesting story and delivered a superb issue full of suspense, excitement and adventure. It's a great example of how awesome a Hulk comic can be.

We get a great look at Betty Ross's ideologies in this issue, as well as an explanation for just how much control she has over her own powers. I think one of the first scenes really explains that her morals are still intact, and that's important to note. She's got some control over her abilities -- some -- and she does feel remorse for her actions, at least right now. Her path of destruction isn't lost on her and I think that's a big reason why she doesn't go red and stay red the entire issue.

The art is just beautiful. I love the way that Carlo Pagulayan and Wellinton Alves depict Betty in action. She's still beautiful, but she is super fierce. I think it's important to note that she's been illustrated in a way where she looks strong and menacing, but still drawn to look beautiful. It's interesting the way they walked the line between strength and beauty really eloquently. I also loved the attention to detail in the way the character would move during a fight, as well as her expressions and the expressions of the other heroes.

This issue is really well written, well illustrated good old-fashioned fight between heroes with clashing perspectives on the differences between right and wrong. The banter between Machine Man and Red She-Hulk is great. I enjoyed the way Parker used Machine Man to describe what was going on -- essentially using his character to narrate the scenes. It felt a lot like a thriller in that way, and it was interesting to see these two characters interact. Additionally, there's some fantastic dialogue between Red She-Hulk and members of the Avengers -- Iron Man in particular.

The Bad

I think Betty's interaction with Eleanor is pretty important to the overall arc -- it essentially explains why she is acting the way she is and I think that for a new reader, this scene was somewhat unclear. We don't get a very good idea as to why she is doing what she's doing and the relationship between her actions and Eleanor. I think Parker should have explained that further considering there are people that might be starting this series because it's been renamed and it's only the second issue in a four-issue arc.

The Verdict

This is a pretty good place to start reading this series if you haven't been keeping up. If you want to read some Red She-Hulk this is a good introduction because you get a lot of action (which you should expect from a Hulk book), but you also get a taste of who Betty Ross is and what she stands for. What lengths will she go to for what she believes? All of this is addressed here and I think that's important to recognize. It's a great example of how a fun action comic can also have some depth. The art is superb and the appearances of some of the Avengers doesn't hurt, either. I am definitely looking forward to the next issue.

11 Comments
Posted by TwistedGamer

Hmm maybe I'll be picking this up after all...

Posted by Video_Martian

I like. ;)

Posted by The Stegman

I didn't even know this series existed...

Posted by TimeLordScience

good to see another potentially good title with a female lead (: even if I personally find the idea of having both red and green versions of the Hulk characters a bit silly.

Posted by Imagine_Man15

@The Stegman said:

I didn't even know this series existed...

Me either. Seems a bit unnecessary, but apparently it isn't bad...

Edited by zackattack529

I gave last issue a chance, I didn't like it.

And NOW apparently there is a good issue!?

Well..too late now. I already decided not to continue getting this series.

Maybe if it is essential later on, but i doubt it

Posted by x_29

This comic sucks.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@x_29 said:

This comic sucks.

guess you didn't read it ...

Posted by Tyrannotaur

I admit when I saw at SDCC they were giving Betty her own series I was both worried and excited. Excited that one of my recent favorites would be getting her own series, but worried it would be done badly or not be received well. I am glad to see that at least it is being done very well. I'm not sure how well the book is being received though, as clearly people don't even know it exists. I hope this doesn't become another X-23...

Posted by x_29

@TheAcidSkull said:

@x_29 said:

This comic sucks.

guess you didn't read it ...

I read it and was just underwhelmed by it. Did not think it was good.

Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope

The last book was good (not as great as the more fleshed out Red Hulk issues from before. But hopefully that switches soon).

The artwork is spectacular though, and is fun to look at even if Betty tends to bump all over the place occasionally as a She-Rulk.

Although I do wish for Red Hulk/Red She-Hulk cross-over interaction as to explain just why Betty's dad isn't hunted anymore and what will happen to Rulk's new friends at GammaBase? (I ship Annie/Rulk okay? There, I said it.)