Marvel Announces New 'She-Hulk' Series
Bruce Banner's cousin gets another chance at the spotlight in a new solo series launching in 2014 that balances legal drama with punching, says writer Charles Soule.
Just months after the cancelation of Red She-Hulk, Marvel has announced a revival for the original version of the character with Charles Soule and Javier Pulido, launching a new She-Hulk series, starring Jennifer Walters, Bruce Banner's similarly-irradiated cousin, next year.
The series marks the fifth solo-series for the one-time member of both the Avengers and the Fantastic Four (in addition to two adjective-free series over the last ten years -- the character has also been Savage and Sensational since her creation in 1980), and will focus as much on the character's personal life as any superheroics, according to writer Soule.
"One of the things I want to explore is the fact that she wants to be exceptional at everything she does, but that's not always possible. You can spread yourself too thin," Soule told USA Today. "One of the things I want to work hard to do in this new series is treat her as a real person." Editor Jeanine Schaefer added that Walters is "a friend, a combatant, a confidant, and yet she's still the hero of her own story" in the new series.
Part of the drama in the series will come from Walters' day job as an attorney -- one of two high-profile superhero attorneys in the Marvel Universe, alongside Matt Murdock, a.k.a. Daredevil -- with Soule drawing on his own experience as a real-life lawyer for material for the series. "For example, the Chameleon might come to her and want to sue someone for identity theft," he suggested."[It's] sort of ridiculous, but you can say some interesting things in a story like that."
Don't go in only expecting a Marvel-style Ally McBeal soap, though; Soule promised some traditional superhero action, as well. "She's gotta punch stuff," he said. "It's why she's punching stuff that will make this series good." Schaefer goes further, teasing that the series will have "real consequences not just for her but for all corners of the Marvel [universe]."
She-Hulk launches February 2014.