After his great work with DC's Man of Steel, Byrne returned to Marvel at the end of '88 with Avengers West Coast and this newly "sensational" She-Hulk. It's an extremely fitting return, since these characters were featured in a few of Byrne's issues right before he left in '86. See Incredible Hulk 316, and Fantastic Four 293 for details.
Highlights here for me...
*Issue 1- She-Hulk goes to the circus. It's a fitting 'first issue' that kind of ties into the Hulk's early days in the circus as Mechano, the super strong robot.
*Issue 4- Appearing here is Stilt-Man! And the Blonde Phantom? This is where Byrne's new series really starts to take shape.
*Issue 6- It's Star Truck! Byrne draws a nice Space Shuttle, which leads into a genuine adventure into space itself. Guest starring Razorback and friends.
*Issue 8- She-Hulk teams up with Santa Claus? Has to be seen to be believed!
...and there are other comedic highlights here as well. Before Deadpool became famous for talking directly to readers, Byrne had already been doing it with She-Hulk! It's a lighthearted & friendly way to engage readers, which seems especially fitting for comedic-based books. And Byrne's take here is all about comedy & adventure- it's whimsical & fun, and fitting for readers of all ages.
Sharp-eyed art enthusiasts might notice something special about this volume's visuals. Beginning with issue 6 here, Byrne starts to experiment with "full bleed" page compositions, alongside the more traditional "grid-based" system of layouts. Many artists started doing this in the late 80's, and this "full-bleed" technique then *exploded* with crazy popularity in the early 90's. The immediate benefit is more art on the page, but the negative effect, for me at least, is that page compositions can easily look a bit chaotic & over-saturated with color. In issues 6-8 here, Byrne kind of combines these 2 techniques, which is a nice way to try to get the benefits of both.
These days it seems Dan Slott is considered the most popular She-Hulk writer, if sales and number of paperback reviews indicate anything. But for me, Byrne will always be the definitive She-Hulk writer/artist. Every creator afterwards gets the benefit of building on this sensational foundation.
P.S. Byrne's great take on She-Hulk actually began in the pages of his Fantastic Four run. I especially like FF issue 275, which features She-Hulk & Wyatt Wingfoot. It's like an early springboard to this newer '89 series. Definitely recommended.
P.P.S. About Incredible Hulk #316: Interestingly, that single issue is effectively a preview of Byrne's entire return to Marvel in '88, whether Byrne ever realized it or not. The characters in Hulk 316 include She-Hulk, Iron Man, Wonder Man, Hercules and Sub-Mariner. Of these characters, the 1st & last get their own series, Iron Man & Wonder Man are featured in Avengers West Coast, and Hercules appears briefly in She-Hulk. A single issue giving us a fascinating glimpse into the future(!).