Random Comic Reviews 1/17/06: Marvel Girls

After my glowing review of the last issue, She-Hulk #4 was a bit of a let down. It was a much more serious tale of the consequences of the She-Hulk's destruction on a small town. I guess it tied up some plotlines that had been left dangling, and it no doubt satisfied all those She-Hulk completists out there (both of them). It was probably a tale that needed to be told at some point, but I was pretty disinterested. Oh and there is some magic and mystery going on here that didn't really work for me. SH is just a big girl who hits stuff, y'know; magic doesn't really seem to fit. The detective stuff maybe works since she's a lawyer--but not quite. And Slott (writer) adds a little something to the original Hulk's origin which might bother me if I cared about continuity anymore, but otherwise the idea of an organization dedicated to cleaning up Hulk disasters sorta makes sense. The book ends on a high note and promises a return to normal (as if I would know what that means given that I've read 2 issues). The art by Collins was cool enough, and I was especially happy to see the return of a letter's column. I know lettercols are considered passe these days what with the internets, but I think they really help make a comic feel like an event. Of course, the letters all sucked, so what do I know? Spider-Girl vol. 2 and 3. Since I picked these up through Sequential Swap, I had to take what I could get (so no review of volume 1). The bottom line: these aren’t bad; not great, but not bad. Spider-Girl is the non-cannon* daughter of Spider-Man. There are some nice nods to the original Lee and Ditko stories of the original SM, and the work is solid and competent without ever being mind blowing. DeFalco (writer) clearly has a great affection for this character, and he understands the SpiderMan formula (if not quite the passion). The artwork is competent if somewhat scratchy in that 90's style. These volumes, with their reduced (8" x 5") size, are a decent all-ages book that I would feel pretty comfortable giving to a new generation of comic readers. That alone makes these books valuable.

*Non-cannon means that these stories aren’t real. I mean, I know they aren’t real, but they aren’t even real in the everyone-understands-that-comics-aren’t-real kind of way. Spidey doesn’t really have a daughter, but here’s what would happen if he did. I’d call it imaginary, but that only complicates the issue. Better just to read and enjoy, and not worry too much about it.