|HULK No. 2, March 2017|
Indeed, Mariko Tamaki’s second instalment of “Deconstructed” seems to contain little else but ‘set-pieces’ which continually test Jen’s patience and temper, even when the “very capable person” is trying to mind her own business sipping a hot drink whilst sat in a snow-covered playground or desperately trying to calm herself as she watches a programme concerning “scrumptious strawberry shortcake” on her mobile phone; “Breathe. Please. You can do this. Make this stop. I can’t. Please.” It’s certainly abundantly clear that the female graphic novelists’ narrative is all about the attorney not transforming into the emerald-skinned Avenger when “the persistent-but-well-meaning woman who’s trying to write about” her startles the green-eyed Walters as she is “dealing with the loss of her cousin” Bruce Banner.
Such emotionally exhausting, and arguably inactive shenanigans, unless one counts children having a snowball fight in Central Park, could easily have made Mariko’s sedentary storyline a somewhat monotonous, almost wearisome reading experience. But fortunately, this progressively bleak look into She-Hulk’s “regular human world” is punctuated with Jen’s increasingly unpleasant meeting with Mister Tick and newest client Maise Brewn’s unnerving conversation with the terrified recluse’s sinister, heavily-shadowed protective flatmate…
Sadly, this comic’s artwork by Nico Leon and Dalibor Talajic definitely doesn’t live up to the high standard set by Tamaki’s writing. In fact, besides the manga-like features the book's illustrators bestow upon the faces of the playground’s adolescent occupants, and the secluded Inhuman’s wonderfully vulnerable demeanour whilst sat trapped within her home as a thuggish landlord loudly pounds upon her front door, this comic’s breakdown’s are arguably competently-drawn at best.
|The variant cover art of "HULK" No. 2 by Elizabeth Torque|