How many layers are there to She-Hulk's character? We've seen different versions of her over the years (although not quite as many as we've seen of her cousin). For me, her time with the Fantastic Four (during John Byrne's run) and the two series by Dan Slott are some of my favorite stories. Recently we saw Jen in the pages of FF. Again, there was that whimsical tone full of big adventure. She may have been a "Savage" She-Hulk at one point but it's clear she works very well in books that contain a hint of humor.
That's what Charles Soule is doing. Welcome to the life of Jennifer Walters, part-time superhero/part-time lawyer. As an All-New Marvel NOW title, it hits the spot perfectly for new readers or those familiar with the glamazon (as Soule put it in our interview). As a lawyer himself, you know Soule will be paying close attention to lawyer-y details and he does so without making this as boring as that might sound (to those that aren't into straight lawyer dramas).
There is something really enjoyable about seeing She-Hulk during her day job at the office. Regardless of how composed she usually is, there is that gamma-irradiated nature fighting to get out sometimes. It's because of her day job, we see the current situation she gets involved in.
Javier Pulido's art is a good fit for the tone of this series. You're likely familiar with his work from HAWKEYE #4 & 5 ("The Tape") or ROBIN: YEAR ONE. Along with colors by Muntsa Vicente, who's work you should know from THE PRIVATE EYE or DAREDEVIL, the art has a vibrant feel that looks really solid on each panel.
This is a really good first issue but it does go by a little quickly. It's a fun story but it's not Jen saving the entire Marvel Universe during this mission. That's alright. We do need more comics like this but it's possible that those who only want purely serious books might frown upon this issue. The story leaves you hungry for more, which is both good and bad. I'm definitely curious to see how the rest of the series progresses.
Since the very first images have been released, there has been a bit of disagreement over the art. It absolutely works for me. It's part of what sets this She-Hulk series apart from her other series and appearance. All comics should not look the same but this could, unfortunately, be disparaging for some.
As there are many different types of comics, Marvel and Charles Soule are showing us we can get different kinds of superhero comics. Soule includes humor as well as big action while we see a part of Jen's life we don't often get to see, She-Hulk in action as a lawyer. Soule is known for writing several different titles now and he's showing that there is a wide range to the types of stories he can tell. Javier Pulido's art and Muntsa Vicente's art adds to the tone Soule has created and it visually sets the book apart from the average She-Hulk/Avengers stories we've seen time and time again. It's great to see another new book that has a lighter tone to it. A lot of today's comics can be dark and dreary. SHE-HULK is a fun and intelligent book that you'll have a blast reading.