From SHE-HULK to HULK Back to SHE-HULK Retroactively - We Explain

"She-Hulk: Deconstructed Vol. 1" cover
Credit: Elizabeth Torque (Marvel Comics)
Credit: Marvel Comics

When Marvel launched the new She-Hulk title as Hulk, the publisher made it a point to note the lack of a pronoun ("She-") - but now the publisher is reconsidering that, both for the title's segue into "Marvel Legacy" but also in the collection of the first six issues of the title due out July 12.

The publisher has informed retailers that Hulk, Vol. 1: Deconstructed has been retitled to She-Hulk, Vol. 1: Deconstructed.

“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 in 2016. “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.”

No reason has been given by Marvel for the change in heart over the decision, but it comes just as Totally Awesome Hulk is also undergoing a Legacy transition back to the classic Incredible Hulk, and assuming the original Incredible Hulk's and some other Hulk title's legacy numbering.

Here is the updated solicitation for the She-Hulk collection.

Credit: Elizabeth Torque (Marvel Comics)

SHE-HULK VOL. 1: DECONSTRUCTED TPB
Written by MARIKO TAMAKI
Penciled by NICO LEON & DALIBOR TALAJIC
Cover by ELIZABETH TORQUE
Jennifer Walters survived the second Civil War…barely. But having risen from the rubble, she reenters the world a very different kind of hero. Fueled by a quiet rage, Jen is determined to move forward with her life — but the pain of the past and all that she’s lost is always there. An undercurrent, a pulse waiting to quicken — and can trigger her transformation into the one thing over which she has no control. As Jen returns to legal practice, her newest client struggles with her own dark secrets. What happens when a fear is so strong, it becomes a destructive force in its own right? Jen is about to find out — and a string of murders may leave her in over her head as a mere lawyer. Must she give in to her anger…and become the Hulk?! Collecting HULK (2016) #1-6.
136 PGS./Rated T+ …$17.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-90567-5

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