She-Hulk has not been having a good year. Her self-titled book, She-Hulk, was cancelled back in 2015 and she’s been a supporting character in both The Incredible Awesome Hulk (where Amadeus Cho has taken over for her cousin, Bruce Banner) and A-Force (where a female team of Avengers has...done stuff), but that all came to a stop when Civil War II happened and put her into a coma. And when she woke up, she found out that one of her best friends, Hawkeye, had killed her cousin. So what’s Jennifer Walters going to do now?
Well, get her own title again, only this time it’s only going to be called Hulk. Per the AV Club, Marvel will be launching Hulk in December and this will be a very different series from her past ones:
“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.”
On the one hand, this is a massive turnabout from how Jennifer Walters is usually portrayed — she is the “fun” Hulk, the Hulk whom everybody likes, who has lots of friends and none of the same anger issues as Bruce Banner. On the other hand, she has suffered quite a big trauma (not only the coma, but Bruce’s death) and that can’t exactly be swept under the rug.
The writer for the new series is Mariko Tamaki, who is famous for writing the award-winning comics Skim and This One Summer and who will also be writing Supergirl: Being Super for DC. The artist is Nico Leon, who has done work for Marvel illustrating Ms. Marvel and Spider-Man.
This certainly looks to be very different from the last She-Hulk book done by Charles Soule and Javier Pulido, which was a court-focused dramedy. But perhaps that’s a good thing — a different view of Jennifer Walters could mean a better selling book.