Hulk is back, but this one’s neither Totally Awesome nor Incredible. It’s Jennifer Walters, the (semi) Savage She-Hulk!
When is a Hulk not a Hulk?
“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,” says Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, speaking with The AV Club. “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’s a 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.”
If you don’t know, Jenn almost died in Civil War II. Bottom line, that’s going to do something to you, even if you are a jade giant. Definitely a lot of baggage there, and baggage that Jennifer Walters never had to be bothered with before. From that statement though, it certainly seems as though Bruce Banner-like anger is going to be a theme in this new book. That’s never figured into She-Hulk before, outside of her Savage Shulkie stint. Should be interesting to see how that’s handled with a character that’s almost always been rational and smart-minded.
A Hulk by any other name
It doesn’t seem as though she’ll be turning back and forth though. The press release also comes across as though this is still the She-Hulk you know. Although she’s maybe a bit angrier and possibly more given to fits of rage. It’s a little unclear too, as to whether she’ll be dropping the ‘She’ now that Bruce is dead.
Though she very well may retain the She-Hulk moniker. Could go either way honestly. Marvel has replaced a few of it’s heaviest-hitting male characters with females over the last few years after all. In the case of All-New Wolverine, X-23 kept the title, while Riri in Iron Man will be eschewing it for Ironheart. Wait and see I suppose.
Not that you’ll have all that long to wait, since Mariko Tamaki and Nico Leon will be bringing this one to you in December of this year. Hulk for the Holidays? Perfect.