Following this summer’s event series Civil War II, Jennifer Walters is ditching the name She-Hulk as she dives into a new ongoing solo series.
Announced by Marvel through A.V. Club, Walters will be the start of a brand new Hulk series by writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Nico Leon. The series will explore Walters’ emotional state as she tries to return to her life as a lawyer and superhero following her extensive injuries and the death of her cousin Bruce Banner in the big summer event.
The dropping of the She in the title She-Hulk points to the anger that is brewing within.
“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,” said Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso. “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.”
Tamaki is the Eisner Award-winning writer of This One Summer and recently announced as the writer for DC Comics Supergirl: Being Super miniseries, while Leon has worked on arcs for Marvel’s popular Ms. Marvel and Spider-Man books.
“Jen is absolutely shaped by the trauma she’s experienced,” Tamaki said. “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.”
“I love to draw normal life,” says Leon. “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. 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 arrives in December