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Essential Savage She-Hulk, Vol. 1 (Marvel Essentials) (v. 1) Paperback – July 5, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; 1ST edition (July 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785123350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785123354
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

This story starts out well done, but quickly drowns in hideous plot writing and ridiculous situations.
N. C. Weber
No matter how bad the stories were...the original She Hulk comics were her beginning and I liked the little bit of shadiness they gave the comics.
Anthony P.
And it's extra wonderful to see Marvel add her original "Savage" days into its affordable line of black and white "Essential" Trades.
A. Bennett

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Bennett on October 4, 2006
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She-Hulk has always been one of my favorite superheroes. What once was a quick knock off of a popular male superhero is now one of the most sensational of all of Marvel's characters. And it's extra wonderful to see Marvel add her original "Savage" days into its affordable line of black and white "Essential" Trades.

In the days of Civil Wars and Crisis these stories may seem a bit silly, but they are a reminder of the days when comics were just that...simple. The character of She-Hulk has evolved into her own green skin, but "Essential Savage She-Hulk" is a great read for those wanting to relive the character's origin or those new to the mythos!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. Rosen on August 16, 2009
She Hulk never looked better than in her first series and this collection contains all of the issues from her first run. This is quite a bargain and while I would have liked to have these in color it's still interesting to be able to see the original black and white line art. For the price of a couple of new comics you get around 25 issues of classic comics. A great deal imo.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Everett P. Mcleod on September 4, 2013
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it doesn't seem clearly stated that this thing is black and white and that's why it's a cheap buy. the book is a bit cheap, a simple colored cover with newspaper material for the bulk. There are no page numbers so it can be kinda annoying navigating the book.

The comic itself is cool if you are into She-Hulk and you want to know about her origins. Fair warning, there are a ton of feminism moments, I guess in the 80's men didn't take women lawyers very seriously? It's a shame, sometimes the writing is pretty decent and the character development can be pretty good but is instantly thrown away. One example is that all the villains introduced in this comic never appear again, ever, and this is Marvel, the cross-over kings!

Some comics stand the test of time, this one doesn't. For the record I'm a big fan of She-Hulk so it's a great start to learn about Jen but if you're on the ropes about buying it, probably shouldn't.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian Dettmann on March 3, 2014
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When I first started collecting comics in 1984 I didn't think much of She-Hulk; just seemed like a ploy to have a female character. A couple years ago I came across a single back issue for $1 and figured I would give it a try; it turned out to be a much better read than I expected so I picked up this collection with every issue from the original series. I'm not sure if She-Hulk was designed to appeal to women reads or young male readers, because there sure is a lot of cheesecake in this massive book (not that I have a problem with that at all). The stories contain the standard 80s Marvel super hero fare, angst, fight scenes, some humor and more fight scenes and those are the comics I fell in love with so many years ago. She-Hulk attempts to take it a bit further with some of her issues (father, boyfriends, evil arch-enemies) and the internal struggle to accept the She-Hulk personality while still remaining human even when the human life isn't so easy. Like all books in the Essentials series every page is in black & white so you have to use your imagination to get the full green effect. I love black & white comics and you can't beat the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ellison on May 25, 2013
From the beginning. This is the story of Jennifer Walters, lawyer in L.A. Her dad is Sheriff in L. A. Her cousin David Bruce Banner stops in to visit Jen, she has a case that involves mobsters. While Banner is with her she gets shot, he remembers from their past that they have the same blood type. So, he gives her a blood transfusion with his blood. She gets his gamma tainted blood and upon getting anxious she turns into the She-Hulk. In one situation it appears She-Hulk kills somebody so the police (her dad) are after her.

So, this book which is all in black & white printed essentially on newsprint is 25 episodes. Usually about 20 pages from 1979 to 1981, cost goes from 40 cents to 60 cents. At one point Iron Man/ Tony Stark appears. A former vampire helps her when it is discovered her blood may cause her death.

She is in a love triangle with each guy wanting a different part of her. When the plot takes a turn into another realm she has contact with The Man Wolf. Other characters include Gemini, The Grappler, and The Man Elephant. At one point she goes Erin Brockovich against big business to help some folks. She also helps a depressed girl. At one point she goes clothes shopping as She Hulk as she feels that she will remain She Hulk as it seems easier living that way. Almost every character has a short fuse and shoots from the lip, then says "Sorry," later.

Insightful, contains all the information needed to understand the character. Informative. I was at a bit of a loos to understand why her hair goes from being blond and short to black and long. When she changes her pants bust off, so she is essentially running around in a teddy and /or 1-piece swim suit. It appears that nothing could stop her, she would just get more angry and try harder and free herself. She does not lose her mind, she talks and even drives a car.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caleb Carling on January 1, 2014
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Great comics and just a fun read. The only thing I had a slight problem with is that it is black and white and not colored.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. C. Weber on November 9, 2006
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This story starts out well done, but quickly drowns in hideous plot writing and ridiculous situations. How they managed to maintain continuity through this is miraculous.

Even so, it is a great way to get a look at how everyone's favorite Jade Giantess came to be.
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