Stuff and Nonsense: The She-Hulk Diaries


The She-Hulk Diaries

Acosta's She-Hulk is a bit different from the She-Hulk of my comic book memories and took a little getting used to. For example, I wasn't expecting a clear Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk divide as if She-Hulk were a completely different person from Jennifer. It makes sense in Acosta's novel, but that didn't mean I still didn't spend quite a lot of the beginning grimacing as Jennifer complained to herself about Shulky's shenanigans (while also using Shulky as an escape from her own mixed-up life).

That aside, I quite enjoyed The She-Hulk Diaries. Acosta's Jennifer Walters comes across as a very real person trying to successfully balance career and personal life while dealing with repercussions from some pretty poor choices (mostly She-Hulk's). She's made a checklist of goals to get her where she wants to be in life and she's confident and smart enough to make it all happen. While, I think, the look of the book and its dairy style are supposed to make you think of Bridget Jones's Diary, Jennifer is no bumbling-but-well-intentioned Bridget. Jennifer doesn't make blue soup. Jennifer tries to save dying children.

(Yeah. So, I might have a little crush).

And all that in a world filled with nefarious supervillians, a "dangerous" outbreak of niceness, and LARPing. LARPing, people. I'd love this book just for that. And the fluffy rats! And the tedious Avengers reports. Someone knows how to write superhero window dressing with style.

She-Hulk Diaries by Marta Acosta (Hyperion, 2013)

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