She-Hulk #18 (1981)

An interesting splash page.  It kind of serves as a “recap” page by telling a broad overview of the series so far, but it also level-sets the controversy “between” Jennifer Walters and her alter-ego.  It’s also the first time I’ve seen a good articulation of why “normal” people wouldn’t want to have powers.  Having abilities is always something heroes hide, and often resent, but it’s never really made sense to me.  But the highly intelligent and talented Jennifer Walters is a lawyer—one of the most competitive professions around—so I understand why someone like her might be jealous and resentful of using brute strength to solve problems.

The story this issue is an ex-con former client has a new job for Jennifer, and she wins in the courtroom.  There’s also a story with a new villain called The Grappler who uses a grappling-hook gun to commit crimes.

Lots of character work here—nicely done on #18. Sadly, it goes downhill after that. At this point, I’m going to stop recapping this book.  It never really gets to be better than average, and often fails even at that.

Creators: David Anthony Kraft and Mike Vosburg
Grade: C+ (#18), C- (the rest)

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