Oh that Marvel.
A new Hulk title with Jennifer Walters starring. As Hulk. Not She Hulk. A traumatized Jennifer Walter. still recovering from trauma and the death of her cousin Bruce. Gimmicks aplenty. But the book is written by award winning author Mariko Tamaki (Skim, This One Summer) so it’ll be worth a read at least. And the cover promises smashing of something.
French Argentinean artist Nico Leon will do the interiors.
“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,” says 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.”
“Jen is absolutely shaped by the trauma she’s experienced,” says Tamaki. “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.”
While Tamaki first gained fame as a YA author, she’s been getting more into licensed legacy characters with writing gigs on TMNT: Casey & April and Tomb Raider. Hulk is a outgrowth.
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Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.