Since this is part two of a story and I didn’t review part one, I’m going to discuss the events of part one a little, and give a few spoilers just to get everyone up to speed. You have been warned…
She-Hulk #6 opens with a phone conversation continued from the previous issue that ends in a cop out. Once that conversation is over, She-Hulk checks her messages to see why her friend and personal investigator Patsy Walker (Hellcat) was calling her. Turns out that Patsy is in the hospital after getting the crap beat out of her by fellow hero Tigra. Like She-Hulk, Tigra is one of several super powered individuals who are defendants in a lawsuit that no one seems to remember. This is the mysterious Blue File that Jen has been working on and, after some questions from Patsy about it, Tigra went into a feral state and attacked her friend. Hellcat and Tigra are copacetic after the brawl, though because Tigra remembers nothing, and it’s obvious to the two of them that she was somehow mind-controlled. Next we see Angie Huang, Jen’s paralegal, waking up with her monkey, Hei Hei, in a snow covered field in North Dakota. She was looking for clues about the Blue File case when she got shot, and only comes to after Hei Hei seemingly breathes life back into her. In the distance, the courthouse that she had been digging through files in is burning. While she heads back to New York, Jen is visited by Dr. Kevin Trench, a.k.a. Night Watch, another defendant in the case. Apparently, Hellcat warned him away from talking to She-Hulk after the episode with Tigra, so he decided to go talk to her anyway to find out more details. While Jen explains what’s been happening, and her suspicion that there may be magic or some form of reality bending involved in the case, the office building is invaded by creatures that may or may not be demaons, and keep chanting the name “Jennifer Walters”. Dr. Trench suits up and becomes Night Watch once again, to help She-Hulk take down her assailants. After the battle, Jen gets a visit from Patsy and then her superintendent, with neither conversation going particularly well. Finally, Angie bursts in and attempts to tell Jen what she has discovered about the Blue File, but Jen shuts her down, saying that she’s decided that the case is not worth the danger to her and her friends. The issue ends with line of new clients waiting to hire Jen after some word of mouth advertising from Night Watch.
The Blue File had been mentioned a couple times in the first few issues of She-Hulk and I was genuinely looking forward to finding out more about it. Part one of “Blue” was excellent and got me even more intrigued. Writer Charles Soule was able to deepen the mystery without giving away any vital information. Why did the guy in the courthouse shoot Angie? Why was Tigra set off like Charles Bronson in “Telefon”? In issue #6 we still don’t get any answers, even though Angie seems to know what’s going on. Instead, a few characters discuss their suspicions, and in spite of a direct attack, Jen decides to stop pursuing the case because of the danger involved. The finality of her decision seems reinforced by her eagerness to take on new clients at the end of the issue. It seems like coincidence that all these people would show up to distract her right at that moment, and it’s not like Jen to give up on something like this. It seems almost obvious that she is being manipulated given all the mentions of magic and reality altering. Hopefully this “ruse” isn’t drawn out too long and Jen can get back on track next issue.
Regular artist Javier Pulido set the tone for this run of She-Hulk, as well as my artistic expectations, in the first four issues of the series. The art for “Blue” is by
Ron Wimberly, whose style is a little less clean than Pulido’s, and perhaps a little more rugged. It wouldn’t be fair to say his art is bad but for me, it just doesn’t suit the material as well as Pulido’s. His characters also seem a little inconsistent. There are a couple of scenes where She-Hulk looks more stocky than muscular. To his credit though, there is a tw0-page spread in the middle of the book where She-Hulk and Night Watch are fighting the demon creatures that has a very dynamic layout that I enjoyed.
“Blue” is turning in to an interesting super hero mystery, though honestly I’m intrigued by the legal side of it too. Who is the guy suing Jen and company, and why is he doing it? Why does no one remember it, and why is their attention being diverted away from it? Perhaps next issue will start to give us some answers.