Marvel Takes the ‘She’ Out of SHE-HULK For New Ongoing

New Hulk series
Credit: Marvel Comics
Credit: Marvel Comics

Hot on the heels of the events so far of Civil War II, She-Hulk is getting a new ongoing title - but this time she's dropping the "She-", according to AV Club. Scheduled to debut in December, Hulk by writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Nico Leon will deal with the character's life-threatening injuries from the opening scenes of Civil War II, as well as the assassination of her cousin Bruce Banner (a.k.a. the Hulk) in one of the key moments so far in the 2016 Marvel event title.

“Jen is absolutely shaped by the trauma she’s experienced,” Tamaki told AV Club. “Much of it was inspired by thinking about how different people deal with the hard things that happen in their lives, how memory, trauma, can infuse our whole being, be a physical presence in our lives. I was really into the idea of a Hulk, of the ability to transform into something close to monstrous, that’s still human, and heroic. It was interesting to think about what’s human about Hulk and vice versa.”

Marvel Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso said the decision to drop the "She-" from a She-Hulk ongoing title to simply be Hulk is a reflection of the vastly different story this well tell as opposed to previous runs.

“The title 'She-Hulk' evokes light-hearted stories about a Jennifer Walters who is at peace with herself and in full control of her powers,” Alonso said. “This isn’t that book. On the other hand, the title Hulk implies all of the baggage that comes with that comic’s 50+ year history - the ongoing battle with the monster within -and that’s why it’s more appropriate for this series. Jen went through major trauma in Civil War II, and Mariko and Nico’s story will deal with the fallout of that trauma - the anxiety and anger, sometimes self-destructive, that comes along with it. If there is light at the end of the tunnel, Jen is going to have to search hard for it, and she’s going to have to battle with some pretty big monsters - including the one within - to find herself again.”

Artist Nico Leon says, however, that what he enjoys most about Hulk is drawning Jennifer Walters outside her superhero life.

“I love to draw normal life. I am very excited to be able to draw the day-to-day life of a superhero who needs not to be a superhero all the time," said Leon. "And I am super excited to explore how her new status quo will affect her life and thus her personality and how it will manifest through her body language and interactions with common people and heroes alike.”

Hulk #1 is scheduled to be released in December.

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