OPENING STATEMENT – She-Hulk: Attorney-At-Law

Yes, Lawyers Can Be super-heroes!

This blog and blog series is being written by Adam Singer, who handles social media and forward-facing content for the Consilium Institute. He has read the She-Hulk comics, and will be analyzing the TV series in terms of how it portrays legal issues and court procedure; we will also cover events from the comics, which often explore Jen Walters’ (AKA She-Hulk) legal cases in depth.

Although these media portrayals may not necessarily comport with real-life legal issues, when they do, at some point in the blog series Judge Julie Field (ret.) and Heidi Webb may weigh in directly upon the events portrayed in this show. So… stay tuned!

Hi friends! This introductory blog post is a candid introduction to  the Disney/Marvel show She-Hulk: Attorney-At-Law. From its marketing and promotion, it seems to me as if  they’re shooting for the vibe of Ally McBeal, but with superheroes.

There has been speculation about the show’s bona fides for legal drama: is this going to be pushing social mores and cultural boundaries, or will it be another opportunistic exploitation of the media marketplace?

Having read the comic, I know that the character is more than just a female version of The Hulk, because she’s being written by people who delve into the comic (if you’ll pardon the pun) storyline potentials of her legal career, as well as just coming up with super-team-ups and the typical punch-up battles with silly one-liners. She’s a character with substance, and when taken seriously, Jen Walters/She-Hulk is a terrific force with which to be reckoned.

During Dan Slott’s run on the character (which I highly recommend, and by which I suspect this show is strongly inspired), he re-positioned her to be part of a ‘superhuman law division’ at Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg, & Holliway (GLK&H). The marketing and trailers for the show are using this storyline, and setting the stage for an episodic format which will feature a different case every week.

We will be blogging not only to review the episodes, but also to discuss what legal topics have been covered in the comics (including superhero property damage and important legal questions that follow, such as “does your car insurance cover superhero-battle damages?”), and what they may have coming up in the series.

Hopefully, these perspectives will be of interest to our readers, both Marvel fans and others; our intention is to seriously examine these comics and the show from a legal vantage point, and we look forward to your feedback on this series as it progresses.

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