She-Hulk: Cosmic Collision #1: Review

Dec 2008
Peter David, Mahmud Asrar

Story Name:

Cosmic Collision

Review & Comments

4 stars

She-Hulk: Cosmic Collision #1 Review by (February 23, 2022)

Review: Highly entertaining tale features a unique villain who is a unified being created from the millions of helpless minions of supervillains (well, not entirely unique: Mangog is a pretty similar sort of thing) and another rather common type of villain, Enmity, some sort of cosmic entity who has her own agenda but they always threat humans like dirt. Can’t unsee it: Enmity looks like Gollum’s sister. And She-Hulk was a nice choice as focal character/narrator as she has the best wisecracks of the team, many of whom have little to do, and she also gets that mental debate over love and hatred which can be safely ignored if one is not in the mood for comic book philosophy. Anyway, kudos to Peter David for his creative story and to the art team for bringing it to life. Enjoyable all around.

Comments: Story takes place between SHE-HULK (2005 series) #33 and 34. Jazinda was introduced in issue #22 of that series. Only appearances of Unum and Enmity.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

She-Hulk: Cosmic Collision #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

A huge lady villain, Unum, invades the planet Yor, kills its heroines, and moves on….

Valkyrie appears to a female soldier in an Asian war zone to tell her she will not survive the battle but she is destined for a place in Valhalla. Val fades away….

She-Hulk and her Skrull partner Jazinda, working for Freeman Bonding, Inc., are pursuing a merc called Max Farrell. They corner him at a construction site; he asks for three days to see his daughter be married. Jen refuses but Unum suddenly appears, intending to kill Shulkie and Jazinda. A punch nearly kills Jen; Jazinda tries to protect Jen from their enemy’s deadly energy beams but they are suddenly beamed away. Unum knows the Elder behind this and vows to catch up with him. Farrell, left alone, skulks away….

Jen and Jazinda find themselves in a modest-looking house. Valkyrie, Thundra, Invisible Woman, and Storm appear and greet Jen but Jazinda is gone//having been teleported away to another location where she meets Lyja, Gamora, Quasar (Phyla-Vell), and Mantis//and a disembodied male voice informs the Earth women that she has been transferred to be with her own kind. They demand to know what’s going on and the voice tells then he has saved their lives from Unum. The women leave the house for the nice green yard but walk into a force field. The two heaviest hitters, Shulkie and Thundra, try smashing through but it doesn’t yield….

Their protector, revealed to be the Collector, monitors their doings but Unum bursts into his control room and accuses him of coming between her and her prey….

Mantis advises Quarar to insert her Quantum Sword into their force field//Shulkie suggests that Valkyrie try to pierce the field with her sword Dragonfang. Sue uses one of her own force fields to enlarge the hole slightly and Storm fires lightning through the hole and the barrier is broken, the two parties of women find themselves in the same place. Then the Collector drops into their midst and Unum follows, ready to kill all her prey at one time. The massed heroines fight their common foe and do poorly. Shulkie learns from the Collector that Unum is powered by Enmity which Phyla-Vells explains is a member of a family of seven cosmic beings who are a law unto themselves. Mantis seizes Unum but by accident, Phyla-Vell’s sword pierces Shulkie, Mantis, and Unum. Jen and Mantis meet Enmity in space, who explains that Unum is a gestalt being, an amalgamation of multitudes of minions of powerful beings including Annihilus, the Magus, Dormammu, and countless others, who appealed to Enmity for deliverance from their masters. As a single being, they can indulge their hatred of superpowered being and the glory goes to Enmity, starting with female heroes and proceeding to the male—and Enmity enjoys it. But Jen tells Enmity that she understands Unum: she is tired of being used for the purposes of more powerful beings—and Enmity is no different except that instead of some lofty goal like conquest or egomania, Enmity is manipulating her simply for entertainment. So Unum impales Enmity on her spear and the cosmic villain blasts everything back the way it was…

…Mantis and She-Hulk are nursed back to health by the Collector and eventually Jen and Jazinda are returned to the construction site they vanished from; the later learn that Max Farrell did indeed turn himself in after his daughter’s wedding. And Valkyrie returns to the battlefield to find the Sergeant dead….

Mahmud Asrar
Scott Hanna
Val Staples
Stjepan Sejic (Cover Penciler)
Stjepan Sejic (Cover Inker)
Stjepan Sejic (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Dave Sharpe.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Invisible Woman
Invisible Woman

(Sue Storm)

(Jennifer Walters)

(Ororo Munroe)


Plus: Captain Marvel (Phyla-Vell), Jazinda, Lyja.

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