Monday, October 06, 2008

She-Hulk vs. a jet passenger plane

FallCon was awesome. One of the best I've been to, and that's in spite of the cold I came down with Sunday morning. I'm still fighting it, but it's winning, so instead of a half-hearted con report now, I think I'll wait until I can do it justice.

Instead, let's talk about She-Hulk for a minute. The above drawing is by Marcelo Di Chiara, but I really want to share something out of the latest issue of She-Hulk (#33). The series is still in the middle of a major storyline crossing into Marvel's huge Secret Invasion event, so I'm not going to try to recap the whole issue. Instead, I just want to mention one scene that was awesome for a couple of reasons.

The cover is a pretty accurate depiction of what's going on in the first scene. Without going into detail about why, let's just notice that She-Hulk is fighting the Super-Skrull in a mid-air battle and there's a jet liner coming right for them. She-Hulk, by the way, can't fly. What's a girl to do?

Again, without going into a lot of detail, I should also point out that She-Hulk's character arc lately has been all about the ramifications of Marvel's Civil War event. Shaken by the fascistic actions of some of the Marvel Universe's highest-profile heroes, She-Hulk has been questioning her own role as a hero. She's been vehemently denying that she's at all heroic, even while continually sacrificing herself in serious, meaningful ways to help others. The airplane scene is just another example of that.

Here's what she does when Super-Skrull shakes her off and sends her hurtling straight at the plane.

How beautiful is that? Knowing that she's likely going to die in the process, she turns back into her frail, vulnerable form, gets hit by a speeding airplane, changes back into She-Hulk to heal herself, then runs along the top of the plane to attack Super-Skrull again on the back side.

It's an awesome move for anyone, but especially for a woman who's questioning whether or not she's a hero. After some pretty bleak issues, this was a downright monumental event.

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