Written by: Rainbow Rowell
Art by: Rogê Antônio
Colors by: Rico Renzi
Letters by: VC’s Joe Carmagna
Cover art by: Jen Bartel
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: March 2, 2022
She-Hulk #2 takes readers on a trip down memory lane to recount the history of Jack of Hearts, the complicated nature of his power, his relationship with She-Hulk and the Avengers, and how it all ended with a spectacular death… until it didn’t.
Was It Good?
Well, hmm. She-Hulk #1 kicked off the series with a light and airy start that didn’t do much but introduce readers to Jennifer Walters’s current status quo as a down-on-her-luck every girl struggling to find a job and a place to live. In She-Hulk #2, we get an exceptionally thorough re-introduction to Jack of Hearts that spends most of your time describing (but not showing) his abilities, the “curse” of his powers, his last interactions with the Avengers, and how he supposedly died. Jack’s primer takes up nearly half the issue before transitioning into what he remembers since his death, how he finds his way to She-Hulk’s apartment, and how he’s feeling now.
It seems, through the latter half, that Jack is closer to human than he’s been in decades. He’s hungry, thirsty, and can sleep, but all we know about how he survived his reported death and how he came to be in Jen’s apartment is that someone managed to find Jack and keep him in some kind of stasis tube to keep his energy absorption in check.
Do we know who was holding Jack? No. Do we know where Jack was held? No. Do we know what the person(s) who held Jack want? No. Do we know what this story is about? No.
For those of you keeping score at home, readers who buy this title have spent $7.98 on two whole issues containing the net equivalent of two character introductions. If that’s enough for you, so be it. I think you deserve a little more meat in your story for that amount of money.
The art is fine. Not much happens in this issue besides Jack and Jen talking while they drink and eat, but it’s a serviceable issue in the art department.
She-Hulk #2 spends nearly the entire issue (re)introducing readers to Jack of Hearts through his history and how he feels right now, admittedly with a flawed memory of recent days. The art is serviceable, but there’s no story (yet) to speak of.