Review by Frank Plowright
Having spent the entirety of Jaded teasing readers as to Jennifer Walters’ new circumstances as bounty hunter, writer Peter David delivers the reasons early in Here Today? Those that enjoyed the Dan Slott run on the series should be pleased at the return of his supporting cast, or at least some of them, and the return of Jennifer Walters to the courtroom. It also follows up on a character introduced at the end of the previous volume, here revealed as a particularly odious magician Mr Moore, but in typical David fashion, there’s a greater secret behind his provocation.
David also ties up the dealings of Bran, introduced in Jaded and seemingly very likeable before blowing up a pub and battering She-Hulk. It’d all been rather puzzling given his stature as an apparently average human, but here he also goes head to head with Hercules. Bran was involved in the incident that sees She-Hulk in jail as the volume opens, and David takes time to highlight some inequalities of the justice system via the circumstances that lead to her cellmate Monique’s incarceration.
Val Semeiks is the artist for all these stories. Subtlety isn’t his strength, and his women are preposterously proportioned, which is all the more anomalous in the pages of a series where the writer has made a particular effort to focus on capable female characters.
Even David drops from top form on ‘Cosmic Collision‘, the story occupying the remainder of the book. An alien warrior turns up on Earth to pick a fight with She-Hulk, who then finds herself transported into a room of heroines active on Earth. Her companion Jazinda manifests in a room of strangely familiar, yet distinctly odd cosmic heroines. It’s a very slim tale with the only recommendable factor being the art of Muhmud A. Asrar. He provides dramatic layouts and can draw women without grossly exaggerated endowments when required. The series continues in Secret Invasion.