John Byrne used the She-Hulk book to vent his rage about overly controlling editors in the comic industry, and Steve Gerber uses it to vent against how most of his books have been misunderstood. I liked a lot of his writing, but some of his best known work—like Howard the Duck—left me cold for the most part (and I didn’t even cover it for this site). So Gerber creates another Watchers called The Critic.
And speaking of Gerber’s creation…
I hate to be a critic (ahem) but these issues just don’t work. And they don’t matter. Shulk punches a hole in reality, meets Howard, etc. Takes five issues to resolve.
After bringing back Howard the Duck for a multi-issue story, issue #18 features Doctor Doom’s cousin, Bob Doom, who is a doctor of dentistry. It really doesn’t work either.
I’m sad—I had hopes that Gerber would be a good guy to inherit this book, which had been full of creativity when it launched. Although by the end of Byrne’s run, he was running out of gas, too. “Joke-y” books are hard to maintain—maybe it should have been a miniseries?
Creators: Steve Gerber, Bryan Hitch (#14-17), Tom Artis (#18)