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Jen Struggles With A Tough Decision In This Review Of Sensational She-Hulk #9

In the review of Sensational She-Hulk #9, the penultimate issue of the series, Jen struggles over the decision to accept Carol’s invite to join the Avengers. What does this mean for her and Jack and their relationship?

 

This review contains spoilers

 

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The Sensational She-Hulk #9 main cover by Andrés Genolet

Sensational She-Hulk #9
Writer: Rainbow Rowell

Artist: Andrés Genolet
Colors: Dee Cunniffe

Main Cover Artist: Andrés Genolet
Variant Covers: Andrés Genolet, Adam Hughes
Release Date: June 19, 2024

 

I struggled to write up this review of The Sensational She-Hulk #9 knowing that the next issue will be its last. The Sensational She-Hulk #9 serves as the penultimate issue of the series from writer Rainbow Rowell and artist Andrés Genolet. No official word has come from Marvel but the series writer announced the news on social media. I’m not happy with this news at all considering this has been the best presentation our favorite green litigator in a very long time. Rowell has given Jennifer Walters a voice like no other.

This tradition of great writing continues in Sensational She-Hulk #9, as Jen and Jack return from their vacation at Club Sol. She really wants to go back since she’s sort of still suspended. Before the couple walks inside, a leasing agent walks by with potential buyers. They’re clearly not happy to see the couple. As Jen and Jack walk inside, they find the place in shambles. Ransak the Reject and Karkas clearly were not expecting their return so soon.

The interaction between the four, particularly Jack and Ransak, provided some good laughs. Those two almost come to blows before Jen interjected. She decides she needs a breather. As she leaves out, she runs into the leasing agent who tells her the couple would not return, seemingly because of her. It leaves her feeling terrible.

 

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Melt his eyes, Jack… (Image Credit: Marvel Comics)

 

This leads Jen to her favorite spot for some Punch Club action with Titania. Eventually, Volcana joins in the fray. They don’t fight so too long before they’re joined by Carol Danvers. She’s looking to make one last pitch to Jen with her offer to join the Avengers. And for that, she takes her on a tour of the Impossible City.

Readers can see where things are going as She-Hulk’s shown to her quarters and given uniform. However awkward as Jen might have felt after speaking with the leasing agent, it couldn’t have been as bad as when she and Carol met Thor in a corridor. As someone who despised everything about this fling, I hope it’s to never happen again and the words she mentioned to Jack in the last issue holds true.

As Jen returns to the penthouse, things have returned to normal. As she and Jack turn in for the evening, she tells him about her day. She fears taking up Carol’s offer because she’s afraid of losing Jack. It’s truly a touching moment as Jack promises that he’s not going anywhere. Their relationship will remain strong. As Jen falls off to sleep, Jack kisses her and tells her that he loves her.

 

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This better not be the end…

 

Throughout the two volumes of She-Hulk that Rainbow Rowell has built up Jennifer Walters to levels I haven’t seen her in years. She’s strong, confident, and truly in love. However, in The Sensational She-Hulk #9, Rowell brings her to some of her lowest points. People still fear her and hate her after the three-way battle between she, Bruce, and April. More than that, she is truly trouble by the offer to join the Avengers. And it’s more than her past history with the team that bothers her. What bothers her most is the effect accepting such an offer will have on her and Jack.

I have no doubt that Rowell can and will rescue Jen in a way that honors the character she’s recreated for us beginning in 2022. I would hope that her send-off will be epic. But I would be satisfied with Rowell just making things alright. I kind of hate Marvel right now as I am typing this penultimate review for my favorite Marvel character. Rainbow Rowell has made her a truly stronger character than she’s ever been in a long time. I am truly confident that she will lift our favorite green goddess back up when we get to issue #10.

I can’t say enough about the art from the creative duo of Andrés Genolet and Dee Cunniffe that I haven’t said before. One thing that I appreciate more than anything is that with the exception of two issues, these two have stuck around The Sensational She-Hulk for the entirety of this run. That consistency has made reading this story that much more enjoyable. I only wish Jen Bartel could have continued the covers to finish things out. Perhaps her leaving was the writing on the wall.

I await the final issue of this series with mixed emotions. There’s excitement to see how the team close things out. Yet there is already disappointment in knowing that issue #10 will be the last. This creative team has brought Jennifer Walters some long-overdue justice on comic book pages. Like Rowell stated in her social media post, I wish it could have gone on forever.

 

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The Sensational She-Hulk #9
Final Thoughts
This is the lowest I've seen Jen in this entire run as she worries about her relationship with Jack. Rainbow Rowell has made She-Hulk the strongest, both physically and mentally than I've seen her in years. With mixed emotions, I wait to see how she brings this series to a close.
9
Overall Score
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