Thursday, October 19, 2006

Cheesecake Appreciation Week, Pt. 2: She-Hulk

My contribution to the meme-age continues, and I've decided to go back to the theme its creators intended. In other words, here's She-Hulk!

The last Marvel hero created by Stan Lee, She-Hulk ("Shulkie") was actually rushed into existence to stake a claim on a trademark. Back when the Bill Bixby INCREDIBLE HULK series was popular, a rumor circulated that the show would introduce a "female hulk" character. Now that the idea had been mooted, Marvel had to publish it before someone else did, and so the She-Hulk was born. Jennifer Walters was a young lawyer shot by mobsters, who received an emergency blood transfusion from her cousin, Bruce Banner. She inherited his "ability" to turn into a big green monster, but with a couple of twists- she could usually control her transformation, and retained her intelligence and self-control (and, as one can see, good looks to boot.) She's been a part of the Avengers and the Fantastic Four, and currently works for a law firm specializing in superhuman cases.

She-Hulk (or "Shulkie" as she's sometimes called) is a great heroine for a number of reasons. She's gorgeous, has a sense of humor, a job that actually lets her do neat stuff besides fight villains (Dan Slott, writing the current series, has used the "superhuman law" angle to make some inspired commentaries on the inherent goofiness of the Marvel Universe), and the occasional ability to run through the fourth wall.

Generally speaking, she rules, and as much as it pains me that her title is due to turn "serious", I'll still follow it. But enough blather! More cheesecake!

I might finish off the week with Power Girl. Watch this space.

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