Jennifer Walters Will No Longer Be Called “She-Hulk”

By September 20, 2016
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For Jennifer Walters as She-Hulk, Marvel’s Civil War II has not been the most enjoyable journey so far. After being hurt early on in the run, the character has spent a number of the past several months in a coma, unaware that her cousin was killed by Hawkeye in the interim period. Walters recently awoke from her slumber though, and it looks like she’ll be taking over an iconic comic book title soon enough.

Announced today on The AV Club, Marvel has revealed that Walters will no longer be the star of She-Hulk, but instead of Hulk, taking over for her cousin following his recent death at the hands of Hawkeye. The book will be written by award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki with art from Nico Leon. The series will apparently focus on Walters, after she learns of the death of her cousin.

According to Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief, Axel Alonso as well, Walters’ transition from She-Hulk to Hulk will not only give the character a larger spotlight to shine under, but will also transition her away from the funnier, more light-hearted stories that the She-Hulk series is known for:

“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. 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 chimed in:

“Jen is absolutely shaped by the trauma she’s experienced. 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.”

The character will continue to sport the same look as that of Civil War II #4 as well, with a grey skin tone covered in scars that shine bright green as well. With both Walters and Riri Williams taking over for two beloved, male heroes in their own stories now, it looks like Marvel Comics is transitioning into an era that promotes more female-led stories and diversity in some really exciting ways, while still managing to pay respect to the heroes and titles that have come before.

The Jennifer Walters-led Hulk series will be released in December.

Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable