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Good News Everyone!

She-Hulk Returns to Her Own Title Series


In many ways, a good She-Hulk comic can do for the Marvel Comics universe what Agents of SHIELD is doing for the Marvel Cinematic universe, bring out the stories of how all that flash bang saving the world activity really affects the folks who had very little or nothing to do with the actual action while playing merrily with genre conventions. The character has had a number of different solo series over the years, most recently Dan Slott’s She Hulk: Single Green Female, so I’m happy to see her return to her own title, and especially glad to see Javier Pulido doing the art.

It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I am a not-so-closet fan of She-Hulk. I suspect it’s partly because I’m trying to make up for the years in which I assumed she was basically just the Hulk, but sexy now, as if someone had ill-advisedly turned the Hulk into a Halloween costume for women in the most predictable way. And I won’t say there’s nothing problematic with the fact that Jennifer Walters keeps her sex appeal when she Hulks out. But, to paraphrase, it’s possible to simultaneously enjoy a piece of media while also acknowledging its problematic aspects, and there is simply so much to enjoy, as a reader, as lover of humor, and comic books, and superheroes, and female characters, in the unique character with a unique place in the Marvel Universe that She-Hulk has grown into.

Case in point: the visual metaphor of this cover from her new ongoing series, where a hulked out, dressed-for-the-courtroom She-Hulk steps begrudgingly through her own smashed out dressed-for-The-Avengers silhouette.

Javier Pulido might be recognizable to anyone who read Catwoman’s solo series in the ’00s, or who is currently reading Hawkeye, and seriously, why are you not currently reading Hawkeye, and I can’t wait to see what he does for Jennifer Walters, lawyer by day, superhero by day, partier by night. Marvel has tapped Charles Soule for writing duties, and from his interview with USA today, it sounds like he’ll be maintaining the ideal She-Hulk trifecta, one not often seen in female characters: a combination of high intelligence, superheroic action skills, and an unashamed affection for the naughty celebrity lifestyle.

She’s brainy, which always appeals to me, but she doesn’t always make the best decisions — and that’s a combination that’s ripe for drama…

It’s not at all out of character for Jennifer Walters to go out partying all night, or spend a day hanging out at the beach. It’s hard to imagine a story where, say, the Punisher does that…

The Chameleon might come to her and want to sue someone for identity theft — sort of ridiculous, but you can say some interesting things in a story like that…

It’s She-Hulk. She’s gotta punch stuff. It’s why she’s punching stuff that will make this series good.

Shulkie begins her new series and her new law practice in February.

(via USA Today.)

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  • Suzanne Larsen

    Now SHE is a character that cries out for a television show. Humor, drama, it’d be like Drop Dead Diva meets UFC. and I WOULD WATCH THAT.

  • SCP3

    Excellent news. And I really hope the lawyer angle factors prominently in the stories — that generated some of the best bits in her previous titles.

  • http://pontoonification.blogspot.com/ AverageDrafter

    As a fairly recent comic book fan I’ve never done the issue by issue thing, I just waited until they were collected.

    I think this is going to change with She Hulk.

  • Thomas Hayes

    The other interesting angle on this is that Charles Soule is also the writer for DC’s new Superman/Wonder Woman series. This means one writer will be creating for two of comics’ most iconic women at the same time, not something that happens often! I hear he’s pretty good so I’m probably going to give both series a shot at least.

  • Joseph Finn

    Oh, HUZZAH. This is a series I’ve been missing and can’t wait to get back into again.

  • Anonymous

    I think this was discussed before, but how is she not perfect for that sort of thing? A superhero, legal dramedy following a single, sassy, working girl badass lawyer in a major city who also fights crime? It practically sells itself. It’s like Wonder Woman meets Ally McBeal meets Sex in the City meets Law and Order meets Mary Tyler Moore. It NEEDS to happen…

    (Not that Detective Olivia Benson and ADA Alex Cabot didn’t sort of fill that. Maybe if you put the two women into one, give her a little bit of a lighter mood, and you’ve got your Shulkie.)

  • http://discord-inc.tumblr.com/ James Fletcher

    Huzzah, I know PAD didn’t want to follow in Slott’s footsteps, but I was was always disappointed when the title shifted from courtroom antics to superhero bounty hunting.

  • http://discord-inc.tumblr.com/ James Fletcher

    Huzzah, I know PAD didn’t want to follow in Slott’s footsteps, but I was was always disappointed when the title shifted from courtroom antics to superhero bounty hunting.

  • http://discord-inc.tumblr.com/ James Fletcher

    Huzzah, I know PAD didn’t want to follow in Slott’s footsteps, but I was was always disappointed when the title shifted from courtroom antics to superhero bounty hunting.

  • http://discord-inc.tumblr.com/ James Fletcher

    Huzzah, I know PAD didn’t want to follow in Slott’s footsteps, but I was was always disappointed when the title shifted from courtroom antics to superhero bounty hunting.

  • http://discord-inc.tumblr.com/ James Fletcher

    Huzzah, I know PAD didn’t want to follow in Slott’s footsteps, but I was was always disappointed when the title shifted from courtroom antics to superhero bounty hunting.

  • http://discord-inc.tumblr.com/ James Fletcher

    Huzzah, I know PAD didn’t want to follow in Slott’s footsteps, but I was was always disappointed when the title shifted from courtroom antics to superhero bounty hunting.

  • Anonymous

    Loved the Dan Slott comics. Own them all! I don’t have a problem with a giant scantily dressed green women but maybe I’m just insensitive! ;-)

    In anyway, the most important thing for a “She-Hulk” movie is that it is funny and has good humour. Wouldn’t want that from any other superhero character but “She-Hulk” has always been associated with humour by me!

  • Anonymous

    Did I say “She-Hulk” movie? Of course I meant comic. Subcounscious is always working… ;-9

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s great, She-Hulk is one of my favorites, so I’m really looking forward to it. But it’s not a surprising or entirely new thing; I mean, every few years Marvel releases a new solo title for She-Hulk, Black Widow, and Ms./Captain Marvel. Now we’ll have all three at the same time, which is great, but there are so many other brilliant female characters who are never given a chance at having their own series, that it just feels like wasted opportunity. Especially the mutant characters, as, to the exception of Wolverine and Spidey, Marvel only seems to bother giving any attention to characters that Marvel Studios is free to use. I’m just sick of it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nuuni.nuunani Nuuni Nuunani

    I cannot recall which run it was but my favorite take on She-Hulk was that fourth wall breaking one where she was aware she was a comic book character and had to contend with D list villians and legal stuffs

  • Dessa Brewington

    I normally don’t care about comics too much, but I just love She-Hulk!

  • RodimusBen

    That would be John Byrne’s run in the late 80′s/early 90′s. Byrne was essentially in love with Jen Walters for the better part of a decade, first recruiting her to take over the Thing’s spot during his five-year run on Fantastic Four, then getting her a solo book which, as you describe, was a fourth-wall-breaking humor series that preceded Deadpool by a good margin.

  • RodimusBen

    I’m stoked about this. I’m not up enough on current Marvel to know if She-Hulk can turn back into Jennifer Walters at will or not, but I always found it more interesting when she was stuck as She-Hulk all the time. Because she is fully cognizant and retains her intelligence as She-Hulk, there is really no dramatic conflict between her two “personas” like there is with Bruce Banner. When she was stuck as Shulkie, she was perfectly happy about it because she enjoyed the exhilaration of being super-powerful and all of the adventures that came with superheroing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nuuni.nuunani Nuuni Nuunani

    Thank you very much~! ^^

  • RodimusBen

    FYI, back issues of that great series are not too expensive. Not sure if it was ever collected into trade. Byrne did 1 – 8 and 31 – 50.

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  • LifeLessons

    Squee.

  • Anonymous

    Javier Pulido’s art is terrible. She-Hulk #2 is a mess. Patsy Walker looks like her head has been squished. Proportions are all wrong. How can anyone say they’re glad to see him as the artist on anything. He was terrible on Spider-Man, too.