Friday, June 19, 2015

Red She Hulk: Vol. 1 Hell Hath No Fury by Jeff Parker and Carlo Pagulayan

I picked up this comic along with the second volume of She-Hulk Disorderly Conduct. I love obscure superheroes, and Red She-Hulk, an anti-hero, looked badass to me. There was a minor discount because of comic book day, but there was no second hand anything. I will say that I got the comic book from an actual comic book store, which is a breed that is dying out faster now that Amazon is around.

So, Betty Ross. Red She-Hulk. I haven't read any of her books before, but it's a female hulk, which is pretty awesome. So apparently, she was exposed to the Gamma Radiation that Bruce was exposed to along with her father, General "Thunderbolt" Ross, who became Red Hulk. They briefly mention Bruce Banner, but their relationship is not the focus of the story. Betty is trying to stop the super soldier program that that military is putting together, but instead of derailing it, she encourages MORE funding when she kills a potential soldier and gives The Avengers a run for their money. Oh, and there is an android named Aaron, who is more powerful than The Vision and Ultron put together.

She sees a vision of the future where the super soldiers battle against humans and super heroes and they destroy the world. Even though she is wrecking and destroying everything in her path (for the greater good) and is pretty unlikeable, she's trying to save the world.

The artwork is fantastic and consistent the entire way through (unlike some issues of She-Hulk). I like how they drew Red She-Hulk, including when she went Savage Hulk. When she hulked out, she looked strong and graceful, and suited her. I am resisting the urge to say, 'feminine,' because it would be completely OK if the Red She-Hulk, or any superhero female character didn't want to look, feminine, but I felt like she was drawn without looking weird.

Anyway, the series ends about Volume 2, like She-Hulk unfortunately ended. I'm looking forward the mash up between Betty Ross and Jen Walters.

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