The She-Hulk Diaries
Official Stuff –
Author – Marta Acosta
Publisher – Hyperion
Expected Release Date – June 18th, 2013
CURRENT STATUS: No job, no boyfriend, no permanent place to live, no car, and most of my clothes are held together with staples and duct tape. Bank account almost wiped out. Many of my former associates have expressed a desire that I never darken their doorways again for legal and financial reasons.
She-Hulk got us got us kicked out of the Avengers Mansion. People keep posting videos online of her New Year’s Eve shenanigans: twirling, flaming telephone poles in Times Square, climbing the Empire State Building while dangling Anderson Cooper, dancing wildly at parties, and commandeering a motorcycle cop’s ride to do wheelies across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Saying there are two sides to Jennifer Walters’s personality is an understatement. When she hasn’t morphed into a 650-pound, crime-fighting, hard-partying superhero, she’s a single lawyer trying to get her act together. Hilarious and action-packed, The She-Hulk Diaries tells her story, as she juggles looking for Mr. Right and climbing the corporate ladder by day with battling villains and saving the world by night. Maybe she’ll finally take on a case that will define her career. Maybe she won’t meet one Mr. Right, but two, and she’ll have to choose. Maybe bad guys will stop trying to destroy the planet so she can read her Perez Hilton in peace.
My Rating – 3 Stars
*I received an advanced digital copy of this novel from Netgalley on behalf of Hyperion*
The She-Hulk Diaries is basically like Marvel threw She-Hulk in an episode of Sex and the City and a super villain followed. I hated Sex and the City but I like Marvel.
Jennifer is the cousin of Bruce Banner; many years ago there was an accident and the only way to save Jen’s life was to receive a blood transfusion from Bruce, which exposed her to a bit of gamma radiation. Result? She now Hulks-out but not to the same extent as Bruce. She has more control…sorta.
Anywho, Jen is jobless. She’s an amazing lawyer but her tendency to Hulk-out and destroy things has gotten her fired from many jobs. She’s also gotten kicked out of the Avengers Mansion and side-lined from real Superhero duties. She basically just gets the small time calls that the more well-known heroes don’t have time for.
So she’s trying to get her act together. Her human act. She has a list of resolutions she wants to accomplish, like becoming more cultured, finding a new job and apartment and a boyfriend (She doesn’t want much, right?). And most importantly, trying to repress She-Hulk.
Her resolutions start to come together when she lands a job at a super prestigious law firm that’s fighting a high profile case involving failed cloned organs for transplants. Not only is her client super sexy and interested in her, an old boyfriend comes back into the picture and he may still have feelings for Jen.
Along with the stress of the big case, New Yorkers are acting strange and a new supervillian keeps popping up causing trouble.
I get what Marvel is trying to do here. They are trying to draw in more females but they missed the mark a just bit. I’m female and I like Iron Man, and Thor, and The Hulk, etc. I’m totally down for chick superheroes but making them worry about their hair and their love life doesn’t make them more relatable to me. Love stories are a part of most superheroes stories but this focused more on the need for a significant other rather than protecting a love that was already there.
Jen/She-Hulk is still badass (in human AND Hulk form), and the book mentions about how slut shaming is bad and how sexist the Avengers can be so bonus points for that. It ties in other Marvel Universe characters nicely (mostly Tony Stark) and follows standard comic-booky good vs. evil plot.
It’s a little cheesy at times and it drags in the middle. It could have been 100 pages shorter and been a better story. There are bits of action with She-Hulk here and there but it’s mostly about Jen getting her life together. I loved Jen, she’s strong and super smart and can kill a man with her bare hands without having to Hulk-out. This book is for adults, it can get kinda raunchy and there’s some foul language.
I definitely applaud Marvel for what they are trying to do. I think they are on to something but it needs to be tweaked a bit. There is also going to be a book that focuses on Rogue from X-Men (Rogue was my hero when I was a kid) so I’m interested to read that one.
I’m also interested enough to see if this idea takes off, I will be following it if it does.