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Sensational SheHulk By John Byrne - Volume 1 [Paperback]

John Byrne John Byrne
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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL (20 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785153063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785153061
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 16.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique, essential, unmissable. 2 Sep 2011
By Caramby
Do I really have to be the first person to review this properly? It's a classic. As I write this, there is one other solitary review, which makes the point that there are lots of obscure characters featured -- which is a deliberate joke -- & the protagonist spends a lot of time breaking the 4th wall (i.e., talking directly to the reader). Which frankly you can see from the cover. I really do not think that anyone who professes to be interested in comics should be without this volume, although it may be a bit mind-boggling for some of the more literal-minded readers. Personally, I think She-Hulk should do what she threatens, & rip up all your X-Men -- even if you DO buy this book. Then you can read some REAL comics. Unmissable.
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As a parody of superhero comics in general - and Marvel comics specifically - this one's a must-have. John Byrne's writing, while normally something that tends to get overlooked in favour of his more famous artwork, is superb throughout, targeting the usual clichés and tropes that turn up in these kinds of stories and playfully mocking them. Half the reason this is as enjoyable as it is boils down to the use of fourth-wall humour, something that Byrne would more or less make a staple of his run with the character, using it to take potshots at pretty much whatever he felt was dumb in comics - including himself half the time! Notably, this was a good two years before Deadpool appeared and started using his own (in my opinion, lesser) brand of fourth-wall breaking, thus making She-Hulk the true pioneer in that regard.

One of the other reviewers cleared up the rather odd objections to this title nicely, so I don't think I need to add anything else. It's safe to say that this is a brilliant trade paperback, and any Marvel fans (let alone Shulkie fans) would be wise to make sure it has a place in their collection.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unusal form 4 July 2011
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Interesting story, but too many unknown bi-characters.

Strange form as the characters often adress the reader directly and seem tok now that they are in a comic book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Byrne's sensational years- '88 & '89 8 May 2011
By "extreme_dig_cm" - Published on Amazon.com
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(!).
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two decades later, I revisit the She Hulk stories that made me a fan of the Emerald Amazon, and of John Byrne. Nostalgic gold!!! 17 May 2011
By R. A. McDowell - Published on Amazon.com
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I wasn't even reading yet when She Hulk was still in her 'Savage' series. (Essential Savage She-Hulk, Vol. 1 (Marvel Essentials) (v. 1)) I learned of her through the Marvel Comic cards that were out at that time, and was intrigued because I loved the 'Orion' women from Star Trek. LOL And so John Byrne's darn near revolutionary run of She Hulk comics was my introduction to the Emerald Amazon, (AKA Green Goddess, AKA Shulkie, AKA Emerald Glamazon... You get the picture. LOL) I found it to be a fresh and exciting spin on the way comics were normally done, with She Hulk 'including' readers into the adventure by 'Breaking The Fourth Wall' and speaking directly to us. My twelve year old brain delighted at the idea, and so a life long She Hulk fan was born...
And that, folks, was more than two decades ago. And gleefully pre-ordering this book the moment I first saw it got me in that nostalgic mood. But NOTHING brought it home like picking it up and seeing those adventures again. Yes, the book feels dated because we're used to MUCH more detailed art in this modern day. But it also feels fresh and creative, even all these years later. The adventures are a throw back to when comics really were called 'Funny Books', and these are certainly funny. John Byrne did a great job both as story teller, AND as penciler, and I LOVED reading these again. He paved the way for the She Hulk of today, so much so that even in one of her newer more 'serious' books, she once 'Broke The Fourth Wall' as nice little inside nudge to her old fans. This book is funny, delightful, and absolutely made my heart strings tug for that innocent kid who still wishes he had all those comic books from 20 years ago. LOL But new readers, provided they can keep an open mind at the art from yester year, will find a delightful series of stories here, and a lot of laughs too. If you're a fan of today's She Hulk, then give this a try and learn what made her the 'Marvel' she is now. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Thanks so much for your time folks.
Sincerely, R.A. McDowell
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sensational Must-Read! 22 Aug 2011
By Jumpercliff - Published on Amazon.com
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THIS is the original comic that broke the Fourth Wall!! John Byrne adds another notch on his achievement belt with this saga. This is a must read for both guys and gals alike, a series worthy of a tv show, a funnybook that fits the nickname 'funnybook'. Highly reccommended to go with Fantastic Four Visionaries: John Byrne and the 2004 She-Hulk series by Dan Slott.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Byrne--WORLD's Best Storyteller!! 10 Aug 2011
By S. Varela - Published on Amazon.com
I will never get tired of a good, old-fashioned John Byrne story. He is always able to take and insignificant book/character and give it cosmic importance. Where many writers and/or artists have failed to craft an interesting story--John Byrne consistently SUCCEEDS! When you read a John Byrne story, you never want it to end. Thank you, Mr. Byrne for all the years you put into the industry elevating your craft.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series. 3 Jan 2014
By M. KochKetola - Published on Amazon.com
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A vast improvement of the Savage She Hulk series, John Byrne makes great use of marvel lore and fourth wall breaking gags in this excellent comic series.
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