She-Hulk: Attorney At Law delivers a strong midseason episode that proves that the traditional television structure lives on for a reason!

She-Hulk: Attorney At Law - Episode 4 Review

This review contains detailed spoilers for Episode 4 of She-Hulk: Attorney At Law, which is now streaming on Disney+. To refresh your memory, check out our spoiler-free review of last week's episode.

Another She-Hulk episode, another week without the Daredevil cameo fans are waiting for. But you know what they say about those who wait – plus, we get more Wong! Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) enters the online dating scene, which is complicated enough without the added complexity of being a Hulk; Wong (Benedict Wong) can’t make it through an episode of anything without being relentlessly spoiled by his new friend; and She-Hulk: Attorney At Law takes some swipes at the abject ridiculousness of legal issues in a superhero-laden world.
It looks like Wong and the leaders at Karmar-taj need to tighten up their application process, because there’s another rogue wizard causing mischief, and it isn’t even Steven Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) this time! When a former student goes rogue and tries to use the mystic arts for his own gain, Wong hires She-Hulk to issue a cease and desist order. But Jen, Wong, and his new bestie Madisynn aren’t enough to stop Johnny Blaze from accidentally unleashing a demon realm on his auditorium.
She-Hulk Episode 4 brings two key components to the forefront. The first is that we could keep this show going forever just by having Jennifer Walters tackle the ridiculous scenarios that the audience accepts simply because we’re watching a world with superheroes. No, Wong, you can’t send someone to the mirror realm just because they’re vexing you (even if it might be better for the rest of the world). The second is continuing to highlight how being a Hulk has forever changed Jen’s life, and how she chooses to respond to this new complication.
Being She-Hulk and Jennifer Walters feel the same to the character because she doesn’t have a “Hulk” alter-ego in the way that Bruce (Mark Ruffalo) once did. She feels like Jen all the time (albeit a little more confident as She-Hulk) so it’s jarring for her when she goes from the apple of her date’s eye to being treated like a disappointment. We see her roll with the punches this week, but it’s mostly because she’s served with papers immediately after. Titania (Jameela Jamil) resurfaces this week and she’s suing for the She-Hulk name.
Episode 4 brings some solid action with Wong and She-Hulk taking on the demons while successfully convincing Blaze to knock it off with the real magic, and Titania’s return brings some intrigue to the table. Will She-Hulk represent herself in the case of the identity she didn’t even choose, or will she call in Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock to help with the proceedings? With nine episodes in Season 1, head writer Jessica Gao and her team did a perfect job crafting the ideal mid-season scenario without needing to play off a hiatus. We love a television series that acts like a show and not a “six-hour movie,” as so many TV executives like to say!
Four episodes in and She-Hulk: Attorney At Law’s greatest asset continues to be its balance.
Laced in with the hilarity of watching Wong get his shows constantly spoiled and the scenes where women have their most cringeworthy dates played back to them in real time are tiny shout outs to everyday issues women face (a continued trend for the series). We may agree to go on dates with the understanding that they could be bad, but what we don’t agree to is being bothered in public while we’re working or with friends. I can also confirm that no plus-sized woman is signing off on clothes that look like that on their figure. But, the fact of the matter remains that stylish options in plus-size clothing remain tragically difficult to find.
Four episodes in and She-Hulk: Attorney At Law’s greatest asset continues to be its balance. It’s loud, proud, and female-centric while still bringing fun cameos, plenty of MCU tie-ins, and lots of street-level superhero shenanigans. The self-awareness ain’t bad, either.
The Essential She-Hulk Comics to Read Before the MCU SeriesWant to brush up on She-Hulk's Marvel lore before diving into the MCU series? These are the graphic novels you should read.Marvel-Verse: She-Hulk
The Marvel-Verse graphic novels are a handy resource for quickly brushing up on various Marvel heroes. They're designed to be affordable and offer a greatest hits lineup from various Marvel Comics eras. In this case, Marvel-Verse: She-Hulk includes the character's original debut in 1979's Savage She-Hulk #1, along with issues from acclaimed She-Hulk creators like John Byrne and Dan Slott. It even includes a highly underrated She-Hulk tale from 1987's Solo Avengers #14. All in all, it's hard to go wrong with this book as a gateway into the world of She-Hulk. 
Sensational She-Hulk by John Byrne
She-Hulk may be among the numerous Marvel heroes co-created by Stan Lee, but most fans would agree the character didn't truly come into her own until writer/artist John Byrne came along. Byrne's Sensational She-Hulk fundamentally reinvented the character in the 1980's. Rather than depicting She-Hulk as a carbon copy of her cousin, the series emphasized her comedic side. Byrne gave fans a version of Jen Walters who is loud, proud and fully in control of her Hulk side. 
Years before Deadpool landed on the scene, Sensational She-Hulk took the novel approach of focusing on a character who knew she existed inside a comic, interacted with the reader and bickered with the storyteller, Duck Amuck-style. It's no stretch to say Byrne's influence on the character remains strong even decades later.
She-Hulk by Dan Slott
If Byrne fundamentally overhauled She-Hulk's personality and place in the Marvel Universe, then Dan Slott brought her into the 21st Century. Slott's She-Hulk run sees Jen Walters take a role at the prestigious law firm Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg, & Holliway, where she brings her unique perspective to matters of superhuman law. When Spider-Man decides to sue J. Jonah Jameson for libel, there's only one lawyer to call.
Slott's She-Hulk isn't as overtly meta as Byrne's Sensational She-Hulk, but it does mine the depths of Marvel lore for both comedic and dramatic effect. For instance, the series establishes that a version of Marvel Comics exists within the Marvel Universe, and all their comics are 100% factual accounts of real-life incidents.    
This series is frequently hilarious, but it packs plenty of heart, as well. It brings Jen Walters back into the forefront alongside her Hulk persona, and also establishes a top-notch supporting cast. Slott's She-Hulk has become the standard by which all subsequent books are judged. This series, as much as any other, looks to be the inspiration behind the Disney+ show.
All-New Savage She-Hulk
There was a period in the late '00s where the Marvel Universe was practically overflowing with new versions of Hulk and She-Hulk. Among that motley crew of gamma monsters was Lyra, a refugee from a future timeline who is revealed to be the daughter of Bruce Banner and Thundra. 
All-New Savage She-Hulk chronicles Lyra's journey from the future into the present-day Marvel Universe. Her mission is to seek out and kill the world's greatest hero, in the hope that their death will change the future and prevent the extinction of her people. That quest puts her in the path of many a Marvel hero and villain, including Jen Walters.
Jen herself may only be a supporting character in this series, but it's well worth a read for anyone interested in a slightly different take on the She-Hulk concept. And thanks to writer Jeff Parker's witty style, the series does still scratch that comedic itch.
She-Hulk by Soule & Pulido
After a series of status quo changes and an overall expansion of the Hulk family, Marvel brought She-Hulk back to basics with her 2014 series. In this volume, writer Charles Soule and artist Javier Pulido shift the focus back to Jen Walters' ongoing struggle to balance her professional and superhero lives. The big difference in this series is that Shulkie is now a solo lawyer with her own law firm. 
There's a lot to love in this criminally short-lived series, whether it's Shulkie defending high-profile clients like Steve Rogers and Doctor Doom's son Kristoff Vernard or bonding with her friend Hellcat. Pulido's art, though somewhat divisive in the Marvel fandom, gives the series a look and vibe all its own. If you've read through all of Slott's She-Hulk and crave more superhero legal drama, this is the sequel you want (though it also stands perfectly well on its own).
This story originally appeared on: IGN - Author:Amelia Emberwing

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