Betty Ross continues to reveal to the interested Machine Man more about why she wants to shut down Echelon. Both come to agree that the future she foresaw through the clairvoyant Ellie seems probable, but they also believe that they need to figure out how exactly the vision will come to be if they hope to stop it. Meanwhile, General Fortean plays upon Captain America’s militarism to help them hunt down Betty.
Since the start of the series as Red She-Hulk, I have found the book to be a bit of a surprise. While Jeff Parker is not writing the most incredible story in the world or is doing anything groundbreaking, he nonetheless hits the notes I feel works for a Hulk-related book. Furthermore, he has brought out a side to Betty that I feel has been waiting to come out after decades of being the damsel-in-distress. Lately, the book has been slowing down some of the fun and appeal due to the need for the back-story to develop. Still, Jeff manages to find time to intensify things by having Betty in a predicament that sees her being hunted by the super-powered test-subjects of Echelon. Sort of a wink to the fugitive style of storytelling that Hulk fans tend to like.
The illustrations by Carlo Pagulayan with Wellinton Alves doing the inks continue to work well with the book. They clearly have a blast whenever Betty faces off with giant monsters and they are given a page to do just that. The talking heads scenes are merely okay, and I have to say that they don’t exactly draw a very good looking Captain America. The fugitive hunt scenes are constructed carefully, with a keen eye for what makes for a thrilling and dramatic sequence that will attract readers. The coloring by Val Staples is a little bright, but it doesn’t really diminish the appeal to the book.
Red She-Hulk has been my pick for sleeper title of the Marvel NOW! initiative. Though the excitement of the book seems to be slowing down, writer Jeff Parker and his art team of Carlo Pagulayan and Wellinton Alves still manage to hit the right notes for making a good Hulk-related book. There’s action and drama with a heroine that has been longing to throw punches instead of pulling back and the creators are clearly having a good time letting her loose. While I am sure most readers will not be interested in this book as it is nothing really spectacular, I’m still recommending it to those looking for a fun romp.
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