The was nothing about Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat #8’s cover that made me think this book was going to be an entertaining read. Apparently, my memory is short lived, though, as I had forgotten about the issues with She-Hulk in the current Civil War II that is spreading across the Marvel universe.
To be honest, I am deeply entrenched in Civil Way II. I am at my local comic book shop weekly to pick all the new CWII titles that came out that week. So, since this had the CWII brand on it, I picked it up.
As I stated above, my first attraction to this book was the Civil War II branding. I know some folks do not enjoy major crossovers. but I do. Plus, I think Marvel is doing an excellent job with this one.
For whatever reason, when I sat down with my stack of comics to decide which one I would read first, this is the title I picked.
My first reaction to the artwork was the Archie-Comics-like artwork. It felt childish and not at all what I come to expect from a Marvel book; however, this was my first exposure to Hellcat and I should never judge a book by its cover.
The story deals with Patsy Walker learning her best friend, Jen (She-Hulk) has suffered a major injury at the hands of Thanos (Civil War II #2). Patsy must rush off to The Triskelion where Jen is being treated and is in a coma.
There is an especially touching scene where Patsy is alone with Jen before security comes in and finds her. If you have ever sat at the side of a loved one or close friend while they suffer in a hospital this scene will hit you right in the heart.
The issue doesn’t advance the Civil War II plotline at all but does give Patsy and her cast of friends, time to sit together and reflect on their friendship with Jen.
The book wraps up with members of the Super Hero community coming together to help out Patsy as she moves offices and deals with the grief of her friend’s unknown fate.
The story of this book allows this installment of Hellcat to soar. No physical fights, no bad guys, just plain humanity is the driving force behind this story.
The artwork, although I am not a huge fan of it, actually helps to propel this story along. All-in-all I was very pleased I gave this book a read.
Written by: Kate Leth
Art by: Brittney Williams
Cover Price: 3.99
Release Date: July 20, 2016
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