She-Hulk #7 Review
Now that's a rarity, the Greg Horn cover is not the thing that irritated me most about an issue of She-Hulk.
No, the honors for this issue of She-Hulk go to the huge straw man that writer Dan Slott created in the person of Starfox.
I don't mind someone examing how Starfox's pleasure power is a bit creepy. Okay, I mean, I do have a SORT of problem with someone even examining that, as it seems like one of those "suspension of disbelief" things where it does not really help any to examine it further. That being said, I can at least understand why examining the power might be of interest. That's one thing.
However, what Slott has done here is a whole other thing, one which is quite surprising, seeing as how attentive he is to Marvel continuity. Slott has basically rewritten Eros' past as "Lothario" to "rapist."
And I don't like it.
The reason it's a straw man is because Eros has never demonstrated the actions he demonstrates during this storyline, and it is the actions of THIS storyline that make him out to be such a total asshole, heck, beyond that, a rapist.
Again, let us recount - Starfox has NEVER been shown to use his pleasure powers on someone other than during a life/death situation (you know, to stop a bad guy). Never. In fact, he has specifically stated he would NOT do such a thing. Roger Stern never would have had him become an Avenger if he was going around raping women. So, when the story began, and that appeared to be exactly what he was doing, I figured that Slott, who knows a whole lot of Marvel continuity, and certainly knows that Starfox is not a rapist, would reveal what was up, like maybe have it turn out that Eros was being controlled by some bad guy or something like that.
Instead, Slott decides that Starfox, the superhero, the Avenger IS, in fact, a rapist!!
It's short-sighted (as it ruins a character for what, a couple of issues worth of She-Hulk comics?).
And it isn't even particularly clever.
Oh? The superhero with the powers where he can influence people's mind is a rapist! How novel!
I've been taking up a lot of time with this rant, and I apologize for that. It was just so surprising to see Slott take this route, as this is the type of story you expect from someone who's never read a Starfox comic before, and just heard his powers and was creeped out, so decided to make him a rapist. But from someone who obviously HAS read Starfox's appearances? It is quite disappointing.
And even if you're one of those types who is all, "Screw continuity! Who cares what Starfox was like in the past!," then it STILL doesn't work, I don't think, as even if you ARE one of those guys who never read a Starfox comic before, and just heard his powers and was creeped out, why would you make the turn to "rapist." "Hey, your powers are kinda creepy" is one thing - "Hey, you raped me!" is a whole other thing.
Anyhow, the Will Conrad art was nice, I thought. Beyond that, well, almost all the story was based around Starfox being a rapist, so I really can't take the rest of the story apart from that (as the OTHER aspects of the comic involve Starfox having a brand new power, where a suggestion from him makes people crazy in love with OTHER people). There is a funny bit with a former Hydra agent who became infatuated with Starfox after an encounter.
But basically, as the whole issue is built around the straw man of "Starfox the rapist," there's not much I can recommend about this issue.
Two-Gun Kid was cool!
So yeah, not recommended.