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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Quick, Belated Comments on She-Hulk

Just a few thoughts regarding the end of Dan Slott's run on She-Hulk. Overall, I enjoyed his stories very much, despite Slott's occasional (well, okay, more than occasional) lapses into Roy Thomas Syndrome (stories whose primary purpose is to "fix" other stories). At least Slott did so with wit and style (most of the time--that "oh, by the way" revelation that the villains in Punisher War Journal #4 weren't actually killed was pretty awkward).

And while I enjoyed learning that Stu is still alive, I'm not so thrilled by the declaration that the black & white Howard the Duck magazine's depiction of Duckworld (complete with "Ducktor Strange") is in continuity...Steve Gerber has publicly expressed his disdain for that story, and Gerber's website features an unpublished script in which he does away with it (revealing that the black & white stories were Krylorian "movies," just like the black & white Rampaging Hulk issues). ("Clearly, Duckworld had to die.") Sorry, Dan, but as far as I'm concerned, when it comes to Howard, Gerber has the last word.

Finally, while the "Earth-A" catch-all explanation for continuity glitches is pretty clever, I can't help but point out that the Reed Richard Thing is not Earth-A's only superhuman; way back in that first story (Fantastic Four #118), we saw that world's Ben Grimm as a well-known, high-profile figure with the combined powers of elasticity and flame. (He probably got the invisibility, too, but that was never confirmed...and since he later had Reed take away his powers, it's a moot point.) I just found it mildly amusing that a story that resolves all continuity errors should have a rather significant error of its own.



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