She-Hulk returned with Episode 2 of Marvel’s She-Hulk: Attorney At Law today. The episode was titled ‘Superhuman Law’ and was directed by Kat Coiro. It starred Tatiana Maslany (as Jennifer Walters aka She-Hulk), Mark Ruffalo (as Bruce Banner aka Hulk), and Tim Roth (as Emil Blonsky aka Abomination) in significant roles.
The episode saw the debut of a law firm called as ‘GLK&H’ whose head Holden Holliway (Steve Coulter) hires Jennifer Walters. But what is this firm exactly and what is its significance in the Marvel comics? Let’s dive into it.
The acronym G.L.K. & H. stands for ‘Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg & Holliway’, named after its founders. They are a Manhattan-based legal firm that specializes in superhuman law. Located at Manhattan’s Timely Plaza, it first appeared in She-Hulk #1 (March 2004). They represent superhumans in various legal capacities, including cases ranging from libel to defending against personal damages. In some instances, they have also represented some extra-terrestrial cases across the mortal plane, time, and space. Its current members in the comics include Mr. Bobo, Ditto, Gibbon, Whiz Kid, Momenta, Smedley, and Zig-Zag.
Holden Holliway, in the comics, co-founded GLK&H in 1961 after his teenage granddaughter, Sasha Martin, becomes the supercriminal known as Southpaw. Holliway personally recruits Walters in part because of her She-Hulk powers and her experience as a heroine. He hoped that she could serve as a role model and mentor for Southpaw. However, knowing She-Hulk’s reputation as an immature party girl, Holliway insists she conducts most of her GLK&H business in her more low-key human form as Jennifer Walters (as opposed to that in the show).
At a point in comics, Holliway had to depart from the firm in search of his granddaughter. After that, Mallory Book became the full partner of the firm and it came to be known as GLK&B i.e. Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg & Book. It is to be noted that The first three senior law partners of Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg, & Holliway are a homage to some of the founding members of Marvel Comics.
Disney has even recently released a new video to promote the brand new Marvel Studios series, “She-Hulk: Attorney At Law”. This video is a commercial for GLK & H, which is the law firm that Jennifer Walters aka She-Hulk works for. Check it out here.
In the second episode of She-Hulk Holliday tells Walters that he wants her to be the face of their new ‘Superhero Law Division’. Jennifer Walters aka She-Hulk will now be a permanent employee of the firm. She will be representing super-heroes and possibly some super-villains in their legal matters. Maybe she might receive some backlash of accepted Emil Blonsky’s (Abomination) case, but it shall be interesting to see her defense in court. She might then call Wong (played by awesome Benedict Wong) the witness in the trial. Maybe that’s when she runs into Matt Murdoch’s (played by Charlie Cox) Daredevil. Although the show has been called a ‘legal comedy/drama’, a strong courtroom scene is yet to appear in the series.
If fans are lucky, maybe they might find Jennifer Walters and Charlie Cox as lawyers going head to head in court. However, one thing is certain – just like DODC (Department of Damage Control), GLK&H will also play a major role going forward in the MCU.
The first two episodes of She-Hulk: Attorney At Law is now streaming on Disney+.