Avengers #20 Comic Review
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Ed McGuinness
Colorist: Jason Keith
Inkers: Mark Morales with Ed McGuinness
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Ed McGuinness & Val Staples
Variant Cover: Paolo Rivera
“The People vs. She-Hulk”
What You Need to Know
The Avengers remain on the frontlines of the War of The Realms. While the war rages on, Jennifer Walters continues to struggle with the monster inside of her. No longer in full control of her gamma-radiated power, Jennifer has to keep the Hulk in check or risk causing a nuclear meltdown whenever she loses her cool. Will Jennifer be able to stay in control long enough to help defend the realm?
What Just Happened
The issue begins with She-Hulk’s more savage side being examined by She-Hulk as a lawyer and is confronted about her new power upgrade that she feels is making She-Hulk unrecognizable. She-Hulk is also confronted by all the previous incarnations of herself in the form of the judge and jury. Jennifer Walters was actually inside her own sub-conscious trying to gain control of herself with help from Black Panther.
In the present, She-Hulk is in Australia fighting trolls on orders from Captain Marvel. She-Hulk almost beats Ulik The Troll to death for mocking her. In Antarctica, Ka-Zar, Gorilla-Man and Blade battle Roxxon super soldiers. She-Hulk is sent in for reinforcements after Roxxon’s hackers have been neutralized.
Jennifer then meets with Daredevil in New York. Daredevil warns her about the Dark Celestials powering her up for a war that is yet to come. Jennifer then hulks out and jumps into battle against frost giants.
I always appreciate when writers use an event tie-in to tell an original story instead of mailing it in until the event ends. It also helps that Jason Aaron is the writer for both War of The Realms and Avengers. What is expected to be a straightforward War of The Realms tie-in is actually an interesting character study of Jennifer Walters and her new status quo as She-Hulk. Jennifer is at war with herself and is struggling to accept the evolution of her powers. Jennifer was used to still feeling and looking human while maintaining the strength of the Hulk. Jennifer now understands the struggle her cousin Bruce Banner has dealt with trying to keep the monster in check.
What is also interesting is how Jennifer admits that she likes being the monster for a change. Aaron writing really takes us inside the sub-conscious of Jennifer as she remembers feeling like she was not taking seriously before her power upgrade. Jennifer remembers being lusted over and harassed by civilians and super villains alike. Jennifer misses being the pin-up on a young man’s wall but also loves the newfound respect and fear she now commands. Captain Marvel even has to psyche her up to charge into battle against trolls. Jennifer is at war with herself as much with Malkieth and his forces.
Ed McGuinness is the perfect artist for a She-Hulk centric issue. You can see She-Hulk’s muscles bulging with rage in each panel. McGuinness allows She-Hulk to cut loose on every page, taking out trolls and Roxxon super soldiers alike. Jason Keith’s colors are vivid, and She-Hulk shines in an irradiated green on each page.
Jason Aaron does a great job in noting that while She-Hulk is a legendary hero, she is still a woman that has to live in a patriarchal society. Jennifer Walters is marginalized as a human being despite her incredible power and contributions to society. People even forget that she is a lawyer and just focus on her looks. Heroes and villains alike have gawked at her. She-Hulk will beat a troll half to death for mocking her and snap at her fellow heroes for any perceived dirty looks or snide remarks. By the end of the issue, Jennifer seems accepting or her new status in life, and demands respect or she will show you the monster.