cover image The She-Hulk Diaries

The She-Hulk Diaries

Marta Acosta. Hyperion, $14.99 trade paper (336p) ISBN 978-1-4013-1101-8

Jennifer Walters is a lawyer and the giant green Marvel superhero known as She-Hulk, now transferred from comics to prose in this super-chick-lit novel. Jen finds herself between jobs and between apartments at New Years, not to mention between relationships. She also has a PR problem due to She-Hulk's hard-partying habits. Jen signs on with the law firm QUIRC, resolving actively start looking for love and to have fun in ways that won't get her fired. Of course, because this is a She-Hulk book, this ends up involving clones, supervillains and LARPing. Acosta's research shows as she captures the personality and humor of her main character and the Marvel universe for veteran readers and the uninitiated alike. The book's only problems are romance novel and chick-lit tropes that don't fit She-Hulk nearly as well, such as her self-deprecating envy of other women's beauty. Also, despite dating many of Marvel's superheroes, Jen has been secretly pining for the book's newly introduced love interest since college, because apparently True Love doesn't happen after thirty. Still, with trademark She-Hulk moments of comedy such as a sinisterly addicting smoothie chain and a particularly random appearance of Doctor Doom, this is a fun and lighthearted read. (June)