Punch Like a Girl #17 – She-Hulk, Vol. 1

Lis and Nathaniel talk about the lawyer who can save the world or just the poor fellow who got superpowers he didn’t want.

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5 responses to “Punch Like a Girl #17 – She-Hulk, Vol. 1

  1. Bit of trivia: The law firm that Jennifer joins is Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg, and Holliway. The first three names are homages to Martin Goodman (Marvel’s first publisher), Stanley Lieber (Stan Lee), and Jacob Kurtzberg (Jack Kirby).

    Great episode! I love this series and I hope you revisit future volumes on this podcast soon, along with further volumes of MS. MARVEL and SQUIRREL GIRL.

  2. I think She Hulk is one of the best examples of There Are No Bad Characters. Created out of purely business considerations, over time she has morphed into one of most fun personalities of the MCU. I loved Byrne’s fourth-wall breaking version (until it went off the rails), and while I’ve only read a few issues of this run, the stuff you two talked about makes me want to pick up a trade or two. It sounds like a real delight. (Though it would have been great to have an image gallery so we could see the book for ourselves–hint hint Nathaniel).

  3. Another great episode and a great book! Dan Slott’s She-Hulk series was so clever and charming, and far too short-lived. I can understand Lis’ “notes”, but I loved it. I was lucky enough to get issue #1 signed by Dan a couple of years ago. No surprise, he’s a super nice guy.

    So our Punchers ask if any other character was upset about getting powers. There’s been plenty of angsty heroes or angry villains, but they end up doing hero/villain stuff anyway, not trying to live their normal lives. I do have some “notes”:

    Ben Grimm, The Thing: in the early days, he was actively bugging Reed Richards to cure him. We’re more used to his current portrayal, annoyed but resigned to his state and inwardly proud of being a respected hero.

    Rex Mason, Metamorpho: while I don’t know his history as well, Rex was also looking to be human again at various times, but an adventurer at heart and enjoying the thrill of his powers.

    Dan Cassidy, Blue Devil: yes, I have a huge soft spot for BD, but he’s the one I immediately thought of. Stuntman and engineer who built a fully-functioning devil costume, only to be trapped in it by a demon’s curse. He just wanted to keep working in movies, but reluctantly kept getting roped into heroics, not to mention being a “weirdness magnet”. His Hollywood lifestyle meant he was not an “ordinary” guy like Danger Man, but the comic kept him as a pretty grounded real-world person who didn’t feel like he belonged with the super-set. But as above, that changed over time as well.

    Interesting question! Always a treat to be punched by your show! (Wait, what?)

  4. Another great episode. I loved this run, it was just such fun, and Pug was all-round adorable… brains and brawn!

    Maybe the ultimate example of a character who didn’t like their powers was Element Woman as reimagined by Neil Gaiman in Sandman.

  5. I’ve been curious about Dan Slott’s She-Hulk series which came out during one of my comics sabbaticals, looks like it’s worth checking out.

    Obviously, I’ve been a Shulkie fan since Byrne put her in the Fantastic Four. His Sensational She-Hulk did not age very well, I feel, because they’re a bit exploitative, if you know what I mean. After Byrne left, the series quickly went south (very disappointed in Steve Gerber on the series).

    I really did like what I read of David Soule’s more recent series though – it wasn’t unlike what you described of Slott’s!

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