She Rulk SMASH!!!
Its yet another fantastic issue from a writer I've come to truly enjoy, Jeff parker.
The in media res storyline and dynamic pacing this book has had for the last few issues is brought to a well timed halt. Most of the book is spent finally filling us in on a few answers as to how Betty became a part of this plight of hers.
This issue could not have been placed in a more appropriate time. The questions of how RSH came into this could easily been told at the start, but that would have been an inferior way to tell the tale.
Instead its been a fun action filled ride where we see the effect before the cause. Its an entertaining way of getting people to keep reading, but of course that can't last forever, at some point things needed to take a seat and exposit the whys and hows. After 3 issues of Betty fighting super soldiers and the Avengers and hulking out (more than usual as a cover shows) its only fair that now be the time to do so.
Being hulked out might have been the best thing to happen to the Ross family, especially Betty who we see finds quite the bit of liberation, purpose and ability from doing so. Seeing her talk to Machine man about how she got into fighting Fortean really reveals the strength it gives her, which might be masking how she's been hurt by a life of disappointment, frailty, and being bound to the role of supportive wife or good daughter.
Speaking of our second star, aaron has been a handy little plot device and really almost makes a case for calling this "Red She Hulk and Machine Man" for how prominently displayed he's been. I find his character trajectory and attitude towards Betty very intriguing, even if his personality might not be the funny character I've heard he was in Nextwave.
The only complaint I have is that the ending is a bit abrupt though I'm more inclined to believe that this has more to do with my own disappointment that another issue is over.
If you haven't read this series for whatever reason, you're missing out. If you are, than keep it up because this issue keeps up the quality. And if you're trade waiting well you're in for a treat cause this will work great in that format.