For once, it's not solely because of the Greg Horn cover that's just horrible, horrible cheesecake (I'm sorry, do you even know how fabric stretches over curves?) and legally inaccurate (Jen Walter isn't a personal injury lawyer):
It's not even only because of the terribly awkward and out-of-place rape trial of Starfox storyline. Look...I'm just exasperated by this sort of reality intruding upon the general Marvel Universe. Maybe I'm jus' bein' naive, but imposing adult-themed storylines onto a universe created without them, in the name of modern "reality," and especially in a light-hearted book like She-Hulk, seems bitter and misguided. I don't object to superhero comics "growing up" and trying to handle themes that are not something that would have been considered or handled in the days of Stan, Jack, and Steve. Sure, superhero stories as a genre need to grow and evolve. But shoehorning such themes into the general Marvel Universe leaves a distaste in my mouth. My take on it is, the way to explore these themes is in a book and characters of your own creation. I'll even accept you wanting to explore this story in a "Max" or even "Ultimate" book. But imposing the theme on a mainstream Marvel Universe book? Maybe valid, but not what I want out of a mainstream MU book. Rape: horrible. Rape examined as a storyline? Not like this, not in a book like this, please. I'm not even saying this because I'm a big Starfox fan. Not at all. Hey, even in the days of his Avengers career I thought the way he used his power was a little spooky and creepy. (Even ditto for the Silver Age Professor X, mind-wiping civilians left and right). The always-eloquent Ragnall, as usual, says it this much better than I could.
So what bothers me about this comic besides all that stuff (which, to be honest, is quite enough to make it not fun for me)? But there's one more thing. So what makes up the dog poop topping on this garbage cake?
Jen, defending the accused Starfox of rape, looks to past and present Avengers to testify on his behalf:
She gets agreement from Hercules and the Wasp, surprise from Hank Pym, and downright no's from the rest.
Captain America. He's not saying no because he believes Starfox is a rapist. He's not saying no because he believes Starfox is guilty.
He's saying no because
(let's look at it again)
He's saying no because of what other people think.
No, no, no, no, no.
I know it's wrong to get uppity about a comic book and tell the writer they don't know what they are doing and how wrong they are handling a character...but no, no, no, no, Dan Slott. No.
That is not Captain America.
Captain America does what is right. He does what is just. He makes wrong decisions sometimes...but Captain America does not let public perception make his decisions for him.
If there is one man in the Marvel Universe you want to have at your back in a fight, it's Steve Rogers. Because you can count on this: if Steve Rogers believes your fight is right and just, he will battle alongside you to the death, no matter what anyone else thinks. Captain America thinks for himself.
Not Dan Slott's Captain America, I guess.
"Do you think this 'A' on my head stands for 'France'?"
No, "Dan Slott's Captain America." I think it stands for apathy.