“World War She-Hulk” rages on this week in Avengers #47, and she’s in a very bad place. She’s in the Red Room to be exact, and the Russian Winter Guard literally snatched her from the Avengers. Time to do some avenging, and this issue brings the heat with big superhero moments from Captain America, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, and more. It’s a classic breakout, but what if She-Hulk is in no place to be rescued?
The first thing you’ll notice when you open this book is the exceptional art by Javier Garrón and colors by David Curiel. It opens on a Russian facility with nondescript soldiers guarding the building. Enter a new color choice for Cap and Iron Man taking them all out in style. It’s a slick look as they wear camouflage outfits.
Little do they know She-Hulk is being tortured inside and the “Winter Hulk” is coming. This sets up a good balance between an impending threat of She-Hulk and the threat the Avengers must get through to reach her. Garrón makes you feel for She-Hulk through her expressions who is in incredible pain and anguish. Pair this with writer Jason Aaron sprinkling in details about what is going on with her and it’s tragic.
Meanwhile, the action taking place between the Avengers and the Russian Winter Guard shows how well our heroes do when they’re ready. Captain Marvel bursting through multiple floors to find She-Hulk, for instance, shows the power. Garrón’s very loud and clean art style suits these heroes who use their fists more than most.
There are cool little details too, like when Captain America’s shield seems to blur with a shimmering effect as he moves quickly off the helmet of an enemy. Even trees in an escape scene have little details to take in or the footsteps in the snow.
Since She-Hulk is the central character one might expect huge developments for her character. She certainly changes in the last page — expect fans to react in different ways with that–but there isn’t a lot to dig into here. She-Hulk is mostly in pain and gritting her teeth. That said, there is one detail delivered by an enemy that seems to suggest maybe this version of She-Hulk is this way for a reason. That’s an intriguing spark to keep an eye on as the story moves on.
Avengers #47 has a lot going for its fight comics sensibilities. Garrón brings the heat from the Avengers, but also the deep pain She-Hulk is going through. This issue is light on character development, but there’s a promise for more thanks to a sharp detail that’ll stick with you.
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