She-Hulk is taking over Marvel's Hulk 'book, and all the baggage that comes with it

The big ol’ Civil War II event has created a few vacancies in the Marvel Comics lineup, but now we know how at least one flagship book will be filled.

Spoilers ahead for the events of Civil War II up to this point:

The comic publisher has announced writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) will be writing a new Hulk comic, which will feature Jennifer Walters, aka She-Hulk, in the title role. Now, that doesn't exactly mean she’ll be taking up the mantle left behind by her dearly departed cousin Bruce Banner (we already have Amadeus Cho running around as the Totally Awesome Hulk, remember), but she will be continuing some of the themes.

Here’s what Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso told The A.V. Club about the project:

“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.”

Considering how the events of Civil War II have left She-Hulk broken (both literally and figuratively), this seems like a natural evolution for the character. It also sounds like we’ll be getting a legit, serious She-Hulk story — which could be a whole lot of fun.

The first issue of Hulk debuts in December.

(Via The A.V. Club)

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