Two days ago, I did a blog post called Gorgeous Anime Women, where I listed anime women I thought were attractive. Why did I do that? Because I was bored. And even though I'm taking Summer classes, and taking an internship at my local paper, there's still a surprising amount of downtime. So now I'm going to do Western Animation because why not? Women in Western Animation are better, because there's way more variation. And because they can look more like women.This is totally for fun. I don't want anybody taking this seriously.
Dexter's Mom(Dexter's Laboratory)
Korra(The Legend of Korra)
Asami(The Legend of Korra)
She-Hulk(The Incredible Hulk)
Wonder Woman(Justice League)
Helen Parr/Mrs. Incredible/Elasti-Girl(The Incredibles)
Why am I doing this blog post? Because I'm bored. Well I've been watching a lot of Anime lately, and there's lots of beautiful women in them. So I decided to do a list of them. The only reason I'm doing a blog post instead of a list, is because I figure some of these women don't have ComicVine pages, and I don't want to leave them out. First know that I haven't even seen a fraction of 1 percent of all of the animes in the world. Also know that I might leave off women you thing are very beautiful. I have different tastes. This isn't going to be analysis like my other posts usually are. Just names and pictures. Also I'll probably do a list with Western Animation Characters & Video Game Character after this. This is for fun. Not To Be Taken Seriously.
A couple of days ago I did a She-Hulk Reading Guide, which broke down She-Hulks major appearances, with background and recommendation. But She-Hulk has appeared in over 2,000 comics. And I don’t mind talking more about my favorite Marvel heroine. So here’s part 2 of the She-Hulk Reading Guide, this chronicling more of her major guest or supporting roles. She’s been in a lot of books though, so this might come off as kind of random. I’ll update with more, if I think of more major or important appearances.
She-Hulk: Cosmic Collision
In part 1, I talked about the third comic volume, written by Dan Slott, and I talked about how the ending was a bit of a letdown. However in 2008, we get a one-shot which manages to continue the story line. She-Hulk and Jazinda are still partnered up, but the story takes a more, ahem, cosmic road this time around. And we even get features from Marvel’s heavyweight heroines. Sue Storm, Storm(I had to put those together), Thundra, Valkyrie, Gamora and more! I always wished that series was still going to this day, but I’m happy to say that this story was the closure I needed from that particular time in She-Hulk’s life. If you read Dan Slott’s volumes, you’ve got to read this, just for the conclusion. But then even if you didn’t, you’ll miss some context sure, but it’s still a pretty great one-shot story.
Marvel Graphic Novel #18: The Sensational She-Hulk
This might be one of the most quality stories of the Sensational She-Hulk period. That is not an insult. As I said in part 1, I love the series, but it can be a bit distracting. This addition of the Marvel Graphic Novel contains drama, comedy, and action. What’s it about? She-Hulk and her boyfriend, Wyatt Wingfoot, are planning a romantic night on the town, and let’s just say S.H.I.E.L.D. isn’t completely behind it. As I mentioned before, we get She-Hulk kicking a-- and taking names. Even Wyatt gets in on it. There’s great art, with some really grand frames. She-Hulk nd Wyatt both get some good lines. We get short appearances from Nick Fury & Dum Dum Dugan, it’s great. This is also where a major plot point happens that will effect She-Hulk until the Dan Slott era. One problem you might have with this story is that S.H.I.E.L.D. comes off as too un-likeable in this story. And that’s saying something considering how un-likeable they’ve been portrayed over the years. But they usually pinball back and forth inside stories. Think the Avengers movie. But in this story, they’re just real a-holes.. Including at least two examples of one of the agents using his authoritative power to see She-Hulk naked. He's even seen watching video of a naked examination She-Hulk is forced to sit through. I don’t know if it’s my mature mind, I didn’t feel this when I first read it, but it made me uncomfortable and angry. Intrusive tests aside, it feels a little too intrusive, that it's just uncomfortable, and I feel more than unnecessary. I mean it comes closer to s- assault, than just comedic intrusive tests. That doesn’t take away from the story though, just thought it was something to mention. It’s still a pretty great read all things considered.
A love letter to She-Hulk, this story is a celebration of thirty years of She-Hulk!(It was 2010 at the time). If you love She-Hulk at all, you’ve got to read it just for that alone. The story is framed around Jen’s birthday, and I won’t tell you anything else! Just read it.
Mentioned this in part 1, now I can expand on this. And it’s kind of timely! Just about every Marvel hero worth a grain of salt, appeared in this heavyweight crossover, and of course She-Hulk did. She doesn’t do anything as spectacular as her cousin(I still get chills when I see him lift that mountain), but everybody gets to kick a-- in this story, and She-Hulks no exception. That might not make it unique, but it’s still awesome. We get great moments, like her taken on the Enchantress Also we get a major shake up in She-Hulk’s character and position. The Thing stays behind and Jen stands in as his replacement in the Fantastic Four. This helped further propel her into a stronger place in the broader Marvel Universe.
The Brides of Set
This is one of the first pages I created on this site. Why? Don’t know. I guess the concept just seemed interesting to me. At least, a little bit. What’s this about? Set, a demon essentially of the Cthulu variation, and She-Hulk(along with Sue Storm and others, are chosen in a sinister plot to bring the eldritch abomination to Marvel’s plane of existence. There really isn’t anything significant here. Nothing to note of She-Hulk’s personality or actions, just thought I mention it.
These aren’t typical comics of course, but seeing as how She-Hulk is one of Marvel’s premiere eye candy, there’s no doubt that she appeared in all four issues of Marvel’s tongue and cheek fanservicathon(She even appears on the cover of issue #1, seen here) Not much to say here of course. Just She-Hulk in her Sensational period, looking fabulous and tall.
The biggest crossover in comics history! Maybe. I mean I like it, but it’s pretty polarizing among some fans. The title tells you all you need to know about that superpowered team-up. DC & Marvel’s greatest heroes work together to save their apparently shared multiverse. Seeing as how She-Hulk is arguably Marvel’s most physically strong heroine(Remember I said arguably), she of course makes an appearance here. At this point she was an Avengers member of 20 years, so there’s that pedigree as well. Thing is with so many characters, personality is a little pulled back here, at least to me. Saying that, She-Hulk isn’t exactly bursting with personality here, but then she has to share screen-time with so many legends, it makes sense here. It is hard to really keep personality bright, when dealing with so many characters. She does get some good lines, and it's worth it to see She-Hulk and Wonder Woman in the same room together. This story just makes me smile though, just the camaraderie involved, and it makes me even happier to know She-Hulk was a part of it.
Fantasic Four: The End
In this story, She-Hulk’s role is secondary at best, but still important. This is an alternate timeline story, and it’s one of my favorite comics of all time. So what’s it about? A (insert spoiler) event happens to the Fantastic Four that leads to them being mostly separated, but also living in a bit of a future utopia. Of course if the story stayed perfect, there wouldn’t be a narrative worth telling, so (insert spoiler) happens and the four have to come together again. Like I said above, She-Hulk is pretty secondary here, but she appears in every issue, so it counts. She’s also ancillary to one of the major plot points, so yeah. Makes sense of course. Other than Spider-man, She-Hulk might be the superhero closest to the Fantastic Four. We get to see She-Hulk in a different role here, but she still gets to kick a--. The story is a most read for me though. It’s just an awesome story all around. She-Hulk’s appearance is just a bonus.
The Search for She-Hulk
This is an Avengers storyline, that may have something to do with a certain Jade Giantess, but of course it does it’s in the title. This story revolves around She-Hulk going Savage again, and hulking out on Bone, Idaho. This of course gets brought up in a later story as she attempts to atone for the destruction she caused. The follow up story has some good pathos involved. This is just a good Avengers arc though. Reading it might be strange though, missing context and all that. It is in the middle of the Avengers ongoing series of course.
Fear Itself: Fearsome Four:
Fear itself was a weird crossover, and to this day I don’t know what to make of it. But this was a pretty weird combination of heroes. Cool too! She-Hulk & Howard The Duck partnered up way back in the Sensational She-Hulk(It’s one of my favorite arcs from that time) And so it was cool to see them together again. In the grand scheme of things, this is pretty small. It’s just a cool little story, of a pretty small crossover, not exactly essential though. If you weren’t into the crossover, I can understand why you wouldn’t want to read it. However I thought it was pretty okay.
I posted this the other day, but I don't think anybody saw it, so I've posted it again. This is part 3 of my blog posts on my favorite characters of all time. That can be from any media (Lit, Games, Comics.) Definition of subjective. Expect minor spoilers across the board, I'm not really talking about what they did, just how they are, and what makes them so great. Fun Fact: you know this article is close to 5,000 words. That boggles my mind.
Well first of all she’s the cutest thing of all time. She’s also the embody of what makes a great character, a great supporting character. Main characters usually get all of the development, and so even if you gather some understanding of supporting characters, you never really care about them. This is a common problem in the video game genre. But Telltale managed this with this character in The Walking Dead. And she’s got things stacked against her too. She’s supporting, she’s essentially a full time escort mission, and a kid. But she’s so cute, innocent, and genuine, that you can’t help but learn her. This is the hallmark of great character creation; specifically in video games, When I play the game, I feel sorry when I disappoint her. I stop from being a monster, because I don’t want to change her. I don’t curse around her, because I don’t want her to pick up bad habits. This is how you create great secondary characters. Sweet, wide-eyed, and so, so cute. Clem.
Monkey D. Luffy
Where to start with the future King of The Pirates. As far as Shonen characters go, Luffy’s basically an exemplar, with only Goku being a more perfect example. He’s greedy, loves to fight, loyal and forgiving to a fault, logically dumb, a technical genius, doesn’t understand love or sex and is only seen mad or scared when his friends are put in danger. He’s beats all his main antagonists. And only really cares about his friends, food, fighting, and adventure(broke the alliteration). But like all of these heroes, there is nuance in characterization. On the surface Luffy just seems like a ditz with the blessing of being really strong, but there’s more. No better example of this than his talk with ViVi, over the nature of war and Crocodile. He’s a kid with an inherent wisdom that doesn’t surface much, but when it does it shock his companions and enemies alike with how insightful it can be. He understands politics, war, and power, even though as far as we can tell he’s never had a single day of education. Don’t get me wrong he’s still an idiot, but he carries some amount of knowledge that makes him more than typical, makes him more than average, and makes him one of my favorite characters.
This character is obscure amongst mainstream America. But in the African-American community this character is a comedy legend. This is Eddie Murphy’s character from the hilarious movie, Life. Ray, and his companion Claude(played by Martin Lawrence), is caught in quite a predicament in Life. They are sentenced to Life, for a crime they didn’t commit. And as such they spend movies getting adjusted to prison life, meeting weird characters on the inside, and never giving up hope that one day they’ll be free.. First of all Ray is a great comedy character. I know basically every line of dialog he says in the movie. It is comedy gold. It helps that Ray is also a determined person. Over many years Ray never gives up hope that he will find a way out of prison. He never stops, no matter how many times he gets caught, beaten, bludgeoned, and put in the hole, he never quits. Underneath his jokey exterior is a great spirit. It isn’t something you think about when watching the movie, it’s so funny and silly. But going to jail for life is a serious thing, especially when you didn’t commit the crime. And I see that as a testament to the writing that there could be such humor from such a dark premise.
Talking about the video game’s world first certified female bad---.(Excuse me oh ravenous game fans, if I forgot about some female character who came before her). I mean she’s a 6'3 fighter in power armor, I’d be sold even if she wasn’t the awesome character that she is. I think Samus’ characterization and her story is told in one of the first examples of passive storytelling in gaming. None of the first Metroid games: Metroid, Metroid 2, or Super Metroid, really get into backstory or even the current game story. There’s some text, but that’s really it. Only Samus’ internal monologue. Instead it tells Samus’ story in a very relaxed manner. You can tell from the gameplay and the fights alone, a good amount of things about Samus. She’s patient, strong, tough, fast, determined. But also mostly moody and brooding. Samus doesn’t say much, but when she does, it’s always peppered in extreme professionalism or melancholy. She can even be a bit angry calling the Federation 'Fools!’ on a number of occasions. Samus is a loner in ever since of the word. In Super Mario World, Mario has Yoshi. Fox McCloud has Star Fox. Belmonts have the Belmont clan. Who does Samus have? Nobody. Super Metroid is a prime example. They gave Samus a friend in that story, and what happened? It got killed. That’s what happens to Samus, she’s like destined to be alone. Every planet she steps foot on, explodes. And I find that refreshingly depressing. Samus has always been a bit of a more mature character than Nintendo’s typical fare anyway, but that adds another layer of it on to the melancholic hero.
So looking at another example of comedy gold in my opinion. Rocko is essentially the quintessential straight man. I mean, I think he’s the funniest example of all time. Typically speaking straight men are surrounded by a bunch of wacky, but realistic characters. Or at the very least humanistic caricatures. Rocko is surrounded by a bunch of impossible, hilarious, gravity defying cartoons. His world is filled with zaniness, impossible feats, and pain around every corner. So many cartoons are surrounded around the zany characters, that’s it just cool to see a quiet, timid creature. Who tries to live normally. He just wants to do his laundry, clean his house, or give his dog a bath, but the world conspires against him. Anything and everything impeding in his quest for success. Some of the funniest moments is when he breaks from his quiet nature and releases He’s just hilarious. And that’s why I love Rocko of Rocko’s Modern Life.
Not talking about any other version, than the Val Kilmer version from Tombstone. First of all he’s just awesome. He’s a great gunslinger and poker player. But I don’t think Tombstone gets enough praise for the nuance in the character. Sure he’s romanticized, but that’s not what I’m talking about. Rarely do you see a tragic character like this. And I’m not talking about him being sick. I mean the fact that he essentially has nobody who likes or cares about him. He’s essentially a vagrant, who’s alienated everyone around him. Not even a good guy like Virgil really likes him. People look at him as a loss cause. Everyone except Wyatt Earp. Wyatt treats him like an equal and a friend. And that’s all it takes for Doc. To have one friend, he will literally ride with blood flowing out of his mouth, as a member of Wyatt’s posse. And he doesn’t even let his illness stop him from saving Wyatt’s life. Because he was nice to him, because he was his friend. I just think there is something so powerful in that characterization.
If you’re a child of the nineties, there’s no way you don’t know who Belle is, and you should love her. If you don’t, I’ll tell you why you should(Actually you have a right to like and dislike who you want.) Belle is the protagonist of Beauty and Beast, or maybe she’s the deuteragonist, it’s debatable. But she is one of the main characters of the movie. What’s the conflict around Belle? She’s surrounding by the largest group of a-holes in the entire animated universe. They through trash at her, they stare at her, the do an entire coordinated song and dance surrounding around her. Why? Because Belle likes to read? Side note, how does a town have a working bookstore if only one girl reads? That’s always confused me. Anyway. Belle wants more from her world and life. This is one of the typical yearnings of characters in the nineties, but I think Belle carries the personality better than most. Why? Well because she actually comes off as an intellectual and an adult who knows what she wants. She isn't being impulsive or immature when she looks for more. She acts reasonable. Then she sacrifices herself for her father's well-being, and actually makes me care about a love story. Belle is just wonderful from the first moment you see her.
Vice & Mature
These characters are probably obscure. And even fans of the King of Fighters will be like ‘Really? Why do you like them? Don’t worry I have no problem backing myself up, I’ve been doing it for 3 lists now(or would it be 2.5 because I’m not done with this one. Or maybe 2.3 or something?) Why do I like Vice & Mature? This might sound crazy(Never a good sign), but I just love how freaking crazy and psychotic these two are. These two characters don’t have too much backstory, so this love is based solely on how they act in the games. And there insanity is just so enjoyable to me. Did you know Vice and Mature were created with sole purpose of illustrating a ‘cruel woman’ and a ‘ruthless woman’ respectively. And it definitely shows in the games. But the real joy from these two comes from the pure insanity that they engage in. Like how one of Vice’s entrances is her bending over and howling at the moon. Or how she has the ability to powerbomb somebody and blow huge amounts of blood from their bodies. Or that she. . . really likes American comic books. Odd tidbit. Not to mention their sense of style! Ankle length dresses never looked so cool.
She’s essentially one of the coolest characters of all time. And I’m not even talking about design, though the cybernetic arm is awesome, I mean just straight personality. Misty is just cool. That might have something to do with her creation. She’s essentially a exemplar of the blaxploitation characters of the 70s. She’s got an afro. Last name that has to do with combat. Is beautiful, with chocolate skin. And exudes sass from her very being. Just cool. But she’s more than that. Like all heroes, she seeks to keep people safe who can’t keep themselves safe. She’s a great tactician and leader, shown through her head of Heroes of Hire. I’ve never thought there was anything wrong with heroes making money while they save lives. I mean she’s bionic a--kicking black woman, a great detective. And her partner is a a--kicking swordsman. One of the greatest duos of all time! Misty can fight, she is fast, quick thinking, she’s beautiful, and look at that fro. She is just awesome.
Another Avatar character? Surprise! Sorry I know you’re probably sick of hearing about Avatar at this point, but I’m almost finished with them. . . almost. So Katara? Why her? Evolution is a nice place to start. Seeing Aang do awesome stuff is cool, but it really isn’t surprising because he’s the Avatar and essentially a prodigy from the start. But with Katara we really do get to see the evolution of her strength and power. In the first episode, she can barely make a ball of water stay contained, by season two she can literally ride waves likes she’s Aquaman. And it isn’t sudden, that’s a great part of Avatar’s storytelling and Katara’s character. Even when training isn’t a central part of the story, the characters are still seen doing it on the sidelines. We see Katara’s battle with learning difficult moves, eventual understanding and mastery, and even jealousy over Aang’s inherent ability. But in the end I can’t hate a character with this much warmness, sweetness, and overall positivity.
File this character under ‘Person put under amazing, terrible struggle and still finds the spirit to keep living.’ I can’t talk about what happens to Celie, without major spoilers for The Color Purple(A movie older than me), so I’ll just leave it at that. What do I like about her? Well that file name is a good start. It’s always great to see a character capable of overcoming such extreme adversity, and Celie hits just about type of adversity there is. And I mean every part. Celie is a black woman living in the early 1900s. And The Color Purple, shows how hard it was being a woman, let alone a black woman, during that time. Go watch/read The Color Purple now, to get full context.
The single most optimistic character in the history of fiction. That is a true statement, not opinion. Charlie Brown is also one of the most tragic. Don’t think so? Name any other tragic character who’s been treated as a cosmic plaything, a chew toy, and a loser for FIFTY YEARS! I honestly can’t think of any. What did Charlie Brown do to deserve it? And why do I find it so funny? Why am I such a terrible person? I digress. Charlie Brown manages to be pretty optimistic all things considered, he is famously wishy-washy, but mostly anyway. Even though he had to suffer through fifty entire years of failure. No red-haired girl, no valentines(except for that used one that he took, with absolutely no shame), hardly any baseball wins, no kite flying, no writing a pen pal, no halloween candy, no having a dog remember his name, no respect(Shout to Rodney Dangerfield), no love, no parents, and never, not ever one single solitary kick of the football. The only people who seem to like him are Linus, Schroeder, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, and Lucy, when she feels like it. He never gets anything he wants. He never wins. And rarely accomplishes anything worthwhile. He and Spider-Man are like cosmic brothers or something. But he’s always certain he will. He always thinks there’s a chance, even though there never will be. He’s optimistic to an extreme fault, and I’ll never stop loving him for it.
Have you ever noticed that fighting games make the main character a generic fighting guy, and surrounds them with more colorful characters. I mean even if they're stereotypes, they're still more interesting than guy trying to be the best fighter. This is the case in Street Fighter of course, which is where Chun-Li is from, why do I like the reported 'First Lady of Fighting Games.' Because she's strong and she's just goo. Unlike the other characters she doesn't really fit into a stereotype, I mean she is a detective stereotype maybe, but not an Asian stereotype. She's just an Interpol agent, seeking to bring justice on Bison for his countless atrocities, including the death of her father. She's strong and a great fighter. Also look at her. She's so dignified, and elegant, and classy. She's beautiful and sexy, but not sexualized. She's tough and she isn't shown to be any less strong than any other of her fellow fighters. She's just great. Chun-Li is just awesome and she can street fight with the best of them.
Who doesn’t love Bugs? And why wouldn't anyone? He’s hilarious, he’s witty, he’ quick, he’s smart. He’s surrounded by idiots. That’s always a great character. It’s always entertaining to see a person struggle with a so many stupid enemies. Now why I personally like Daffy more, Bugs is still great and classic for all of the reasons. I can watch his cartoons a hundred times in a row and laugh at them everytime.
Tarantino again. So no backstory, but here we don’t even get the guys name! So why do I like Mr. Pink. First of all he’s the funniest character in the movie, or maybe it’s Joe. Regardless he provides some of the best moments in the movie. I also like his nervous logical mind. He’s the most logical person in the movie. Doesn’t let emotions get ahead of him. And he doesn’t get killed protecting an undercover cop
Obviously he’s had many different portrayals over the years. And many different adaptations, since X-Men is one of the most popular comics of all time. I’m specifically talking about his well-intentioned extremist day, when he’s closer in portrayal to Malcolm X, than an actual terrorist. Well with his powers, that is pretty hard. Nevertheless it’s always that powerful character to me, the ‘He Who Fights Monsters’ character. You get so close to the edge that you’ve essentially become what you hate. That’s a complexity that no one can really argue against. That’s the strength in Magneto. He’s not the polar opposite of Professor X, they’re actually parallels. He could’ve easily been as benevolent as him, but the things that happened in his past, and continue to happen in his future were just too horrible, that eventually became a tyrant in his own right.
Kind of a cheat, because Marjane Satrapi is a real person(One of my favorite writers) and the Marjane in her autobiographical graphic novel Persepolis, is just her, but probably a little fictionalized. But still. Technically she’s a character, so I’m going to talk about it. Marjane is the protagonist, obvs, of Persepolis. It chronicles her maturation and life growing up in Iran. So it’s a bildungsroman set during the Iranian Revolution. As a kid she doesn’t exactly understand why the things are going on around her, she is a youth of course. She gets older and she understands more. And forms opinions based on that. She develops humor and a critical view. But she is not judgmental, and that’s what I like. In her adult life she has a strange living place and relationships with people.
Natsuo is the protagonist of the mana Teppuu. What is this series about? It’s essentially about a seemingly perfect protagonist, Natsuo. Who gets bored from always winning. She has an MMA fight with a girl with bushy eyebrows, and loses. Is intrigued and decides to dedicate her entire life to destroying her. That is Natsuo’s tale and that’s why I enjoy the character. She’s a bit psychotic, at least a little bit. She’s actually more like the villain of the story. Technically the girl she’s fighting against seems very earnest and eager and nice, like a typical Shonen hero. Natsuo is more like the rival of the story, or the villain that you like. And I like that. It’s just hilarious how focused she gets when she thinks about this girl and how beating her seems to consume her every moment.
If you’ve played Portal then you know why I like GLaDOS. She’s psychotic, and funny, and sarcastic, and a scientist and deadpan. And everything I love about a great villain. I know Sci-Fi has literally has 100s of murderous A.I.'s(AIM from I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream is one of my favorites.) But I haven’t read/seen that much Sci-Fi, so she’s a breath of fresh air for me. Here’s another example of passive storytelling through character. In the first portal you literally get no clues or text or cinematics explaining why you, that is Chell, is there and under what circumstances. But slowly GLaDOS starts revealing the sinister path, after she tries to incinerate, explaining what happened to the staff of Aperture Science and why she tried to kill you. She’s just hilarious. She’s one of the funniest villains of all time.
Alana & Marko
These two are relatively new compared to everything else I’m talking about, and since there in a comic, I’d rather not get in depth about what they’re doing and spoil the fantastic series for you. Alana & Marko are the protagonists of Saga. These characters have strong emotions, they’re funny, they’re bad---, they’re cool. That’s all I’m going to say. Go and read Saga.
One of the most obscure characters, Anna is the protagonist of iOS game Device 6. I don’t won’t to spoil anything, because you should buy Device 6 right now and support the awesome developer Simogo. I’ll just get into this a little bit. Anna wakes up in a strange place, that’s all I’m going to say, well maybe a little bit more. She doesn’t know where she is, but she doesn’t cry or gets scared or weep. She gets angry and indignant and impatient. She actively walks around this mysterious place to force herself out. She just active. And I think that’s an important part of a strong character. And even more important, that’s the step every writer should take when making strong female characters, one’s who aren’t cliches. A woman doesn’t have to spit one-liners or fire a machine gun, or smoke cigars to be strong. She just has to be active. Work hard for her own survival, not fall apart at the sign of adversity. And Anna that’s what Anna does. It helps that we don’t get any description of Anna in the game, and absolutely no backstory. I picture her with a scowl on her face as she’s forced to do all of these puzzles. And the defiant ending. Sad but I love it.
I heard that Alan Moore expected people to hate Rorschach. Or at very least pity him. Not think he was awesome. Which confuses me, why did he write him doing such awesome things? But that’s not why he’s great. He’s one of those tragic heroes, one of the exemplars actually, with a terrible childhood, and an unshakable will against evil. Ultimately attitudes like that don’t work in the real world, hence the entire creation of Rorschach, because there aren’t many people who are pure evil, and I can’t think of anyone who’s completely good, but it’s still something that can be admired. It’s just strong to have a character who literally won’t compromise at all. That’s a different kind of character than most, even Nite Owl, the most decent of characters in my opinion, is willing to compromise for the sake of humanity. Not Rorschach and he’d rather meet his end than go back. That’s powerful, even if it is impractical.
This character is probably obscure because she’s from a book, and people don’t read anymore, but I do. And Liesel is the protagonist of the novel The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. It’s also a movie adaptation, but I haven’t seen it yet. Why is Liesel great? Once again, file her under ‘Person put under amazing, terrible struggle and still finds the spirit to keep living.’ Her story isn’t as terrible as Celie’s, but then nobody can really compete with Celie’s early life. But there’s still a fair amount of tragedy here. But again I won’t spoil. Just know that Liesel is funny and inquisitive and curious. And go read the book now.
Finn & Jake
These guys are just barrels of fun and excitement. They’re funny, they love adventure. Jake has some of the funniest transformations of any character I’ve ever seen. They get really creative with his size changing powers. But they’re an understatement of more serious. Like when you watch One Piece, sure they’re having all of these zany adventures and acting goofy, but then in the past Robin’s entire island was slaughtered by the World Government. That’s how Adventure Time is in line with that, and these two characters especially. They’re are inherently goofy, but they also dedicated to fighting evil and protecting people. They have a blast doing it, being somewhat of blood knights, but they’re still doing good. And when things get dangerous, as they are subject to do, they’re always ready to put they’re lives on the line.
He just seems classic to me. He’s got a pipe, he’s an inventor. He’s essentially mission control for the Metal Men. He had a kind of relationship with one, he went crazy. He’s just great and funny. His subplot in 52 was one of my favorites by far, but my love for him starts when I read the Metal Men backup feature in a volume of Doom Patrol.
This guy is just weird. Plain and simple. He’s a character from fighting game Tekken. He’s my favorite character in the game. He’s a swordman, kind of cheating considering everyone else fights hand to hand, and some kind of skeleton, insect, demon, thing. His species isn’t clear. What we do know is he’s the head of a ninja clan, or multiple heads of a ninja clan, who’s essentially a cyborg Robin Hood, who literally steals from the rich to give to the poor. He has one of the zaniest fighting styles in any fighting games. He can sit in mantis style, he can teleport, he can use his sword as a pogo stick, He can spin super fast, and get dizzy, he can fly with the sword, he can use electricity, he even commits seppuku to damage himself and his opponent. He can even backspin and take away his own damage. He’s just a freak of nature, who sounds like an alien. He’s just the coolest, craziest guy.
So you want to know more about She-Hulk? Oh you don't? Well I'm going to show you why you should. She-Hulk is my favorite Marvel heroine. I talk about that a little bit about that in my blog post: Favorite Characters Part 1. And I would really like to help others get into her so I'm going to do a short(As in I don't what to spoil plot points), but comprehensive list of She-Hulk's major appearances, general summary, how much I like them, some development. With pictures! I don't know if this is a real Reading Guide, but I didn't know what to call it, so I called it a reading guide. If you have suggestions to do it better, let me know in the comments. There are some very tiny, tiny spoilers, just setting up some of the plot, but not really. So let's start. I'll be doing a part 2, to cover some other of her appearances, as well as guess appearances.
This is of course She-Hulk's original appearance. It's pretty cool that she managed to get her own book for her first appearance. They could've easily just started her in The Incredible Hulk comic, but no she got her own story. So that's cool. What's it about? Well just look at that cover. It is at its core a Female Hulk book. Jennifer Walters is this mousey, self conscious lawyer, and also the cousin of Bruce Banner! When she is attacked and needs a blood transfusion, Bruce gives her blood. It saves her but also infuses her with his gamma-radiated blood. And now mousey Jennifer Walters, can turn into the Savage She-Hulk!!!! So it's more or less a carbon copy. Jennifer gets angry and hulks out. Or people are in danger and hulks out. Two major differences. First of all, She-Hulk is violent and angry, but she doesn't attract the same amount of antagonism that Bruce does. She's more of a hero from the beginning. And second Jennifer is sort of like Bruce, but she has some differences. The main one is that she isn't forced to be on her own. Jennifer is mostly able to keep the She-Hulk under control(relatively speaking), so she's capable of keeping her life a secret, even though it should be obvious. The series isn't perfect, but it has it's charm. Angry She-Hulk is fun. And Jen gets her first treatment of her self conscious personality. If you don't like the way comics of the 70s are written, then you probably won't like it. In the long run of things, This series isn't really important to She-Hulk's overall development. It's not seminal to the character, at least not in my opinion. It has cool moments, and of course her origin, but this isn't exactly essential. I read it because I'm a She-Hulk super fan, so I had to read it. But if you just want familiarity, it might be more pertinent to see her in the next volume.
The second series of She-Hulk is a drastic depart from the original series. No longer is She-Hulk this savage brute. She's more or less changed from the brute, to the Gammazon that we know today. She-Hulk in this series is the essentially a musclebound supermodel. I really love this series, and I recommend it to everyone, but it comes with a huge disclaimer. If you're looking for serious comic arcs and the lot, you're not going to find that here. I mean look at that cover. If you're going to get into this series, you need to know up front that it's a gag series. Comedy is king. This is where She-Hulk acquires her famous ability to break the fourth wall. I think it's funny, but it can be distracting. I mean the story's are silly, but you might be looking for exact story structure, and sometimes that doesn't happen either. There are also a variety of weird, obscure, and/or crazy characters as well. Stilt-Man, US1, Santa Claus, Toad Men, Blonde Phantom, Razorback, The Headmen. There are some other characters that appear as well, Spider-Man, Mr. Fantastic & The Wasp appear, but even then there isn't that much action involved. The reason why I love this series, besides the comedy, is because this is where She-Hulk's personality comes front and center. I mean she is one of the most good natured and fun loving characters in Marvel comics. And this is where that came to the forefront. The story kind of doesn't matter, at least to me, because She-Hulk's character is at the forefront and it's just enjoyable and likable. The Savage She-Hulk is the beginning of the character, but Sensational is the place where her current character surfaced. And I think it's the most important focal point. The epicenter of her soul. Eventually the fourth wall stuff takes a backseat, but the silliness sticks around mostly.
She-Hulk flys solo for awhile, but is eventually asked to join the Avengers. Are these appearances so important? Not really. There aren't any real changes to her character or anything. I mean her original appearances anyway. She's mostly just a member of the team. Her fun personality is pulled back to a degree. She's just a good member of the team. Pivotal to reading, I don't think so.
Eventually She-Hulk is brought in to step in for The Thing, after Secret Wars(I think). And so she becomes the muscle of the team. These appearances are great. We get to see a more pronounced good-natured She-Hulk. Probably because the Fantastic Four is a smaller team, and more of a family affair. There personalities are more subdued. So Jen was already pretty close to the team, but it was cemented here. Otherwise there aren't really changes to the character's personality. It's just a tightening of that. Like Avengers though, we get to see Jen in more action oriented moments. So there's both sides. So it makes since to read these appearances, because they still exude with Jen.
I split up the two volumes, but it's essentially the same story, with the same themes. But there are some important differences so I decided to split them up. So ten years from her last solo appearance in 1994(I was 1 at the time) and debuts in 2004 in a brand new solo series. I'm pretty sure this is my favorite of her solo series, by far. And I'll tell you why. So Jen starts the series on top of the world. She's having a great time in The Avengers, she's hooking up with hot model guys, she's winning big cases. But we all know what this is building up to, a gigantic fall. She's asked to leave the Avengers mansion and fired from her job. Seems like the set up for a romantic comedy right? Well no, that's not what happens. She-Hulk is approached by Holden Holliway to join his law firm of Goodman, Lierbman, Kurtzberg, & Holliway, and enter the extremely weird world of Superhuman law. The catch is, he only wants Jennifer at the office, not She-Hulk. And Jennifer accepts the job and the conditions, begrudgingly of course. What happens next? You should really read it to find out. The seminal thing about this story is the question of identity. Jennifer has chose to be She-Hulk for years now, and only becomes Jen when she involuntarily changes to it. We see her struggle with that in this story, and it continues into volume 2. But these twelve issues are a great start. We get a weird perspective, action, comedy, and even the origin of Titania & Volcana. And of course siting at the center is the ever awesome, always fabulous, She-Hulk. To me, this is the volume most important to read. The previous solo series are great, but there both extremes. This is one of the few books to perfectly hit the entertainment trifecta for me: Comedy, Action, & Drama.
Volume 2 continues the themes of the previous volume but gives us more. More action, more comedy, and more drama. We even get some romance. It's still fun and it's great. She-Hulk keeps getting stronger. Everything seems to get even better. I love this volume, however the ending falls apart for me. It's both anti-climatic and not the grand ending I wanted from it. That being said, if you read volume 1 you have to read volume 2 to see the further progression of Jen's character. How she further deals with the common problem of her identity and the connection of her powers. What she wants and what she doesn't. Again the end is just weird and still sort of aggravating, but once you invest the time. You'll have to finish it.
In this volume. She-Hulk decided to travel with the Hulk & She-Hulk. She decides to take Lyra(The new Savage She-Hulk) "under her wing" and they essentially partner up. This isn't an essential read, at least not to me. It's only four issues though, so It's still a small amount. It's cool to see Jen and Lyra together, but there isn't much story here. Plus the story is more focused on Lyra, in some high school antics.
This was my favorite book of 2013. Don't believe me here's a blog post I did http://www.comicvine.com/profile/ceo_of_fresh/blog/favorite-series-of-2013/96248/.
Like I said there, I"ll give anything a try with She-Hulk in it. What I didn't expect was to fall in love with the plot and character. Scott Lang is the focus here, so in the grand scheme of things, this isn't that important to She-Hulk in her grand mythos. But it's a must read, because it's so good. She-Hulk is pulled back here, she's still in her good-natured self, but restrained. Doesn't change the pure joy this series brought to me.
You know how heartbroken I was when I found out this volume was cancelled. Actually I'm still heartbroken. . . I digress. She-Hulk's fourth solo series. It's close enough in time that I won't spoil anything about it. Someone might still be intending to read it, who isn't even a fan. I'll just say that it carried in the spirit of Dan Slott's She-Hulk. It was funny, just a little subdued. There was great action. Not much drama, but then it didn't get long to stretch its arms out. It brought in some cool characters, as well as, some pretty cool new characters. It was just fun. It was great to see those characters together. To see her back in the court-room. Hopefully this won't be the last She-Hulk revival. You might not see the point of reading this, especially since it's cancelled now. But I think it's still worth it. I still recommend it wholeheartedly.
She-Hulk is going to have a good amount of coverage in the coming weeks. She's going to be starring in at least two different Secret Wars books: A-Force and Captain Britain & The Mighty Defenders. That makes me the excited, but at the time I don't know anything about these series or Jen's focus in them. I mean she is sitting at the forefront of the A-Force book, so I'm assuming she's the leader. Hope so. Hopefully She-Hulk has a new better and brighter future.