Marvel Announces New ‘She-Hulk’ Series From Charles Soule And Javier Pulido
Marvel has announced the next book in its “All New Marvel Now” initiative, and it’s definitely one that will stand out. Starting early next year, Jen Walters gets her own monthly series again with She-Hulk #1, written by Charles Soule and illustrated by Javier Pulido, according to USA Today.
This is the first monthly series for She-Hulk since Dan Slott’s take on the character nearly 10 years ago, which was heavily influenced by John Byrne’s celebrated run on Sensational She-Hulk in the 1980s. Both Byrne and Slott’s She-Hulk had a largely lighthearted and comedic bent, with She-Hulk, a.k.a Jennifer Walters, occasionally showing she was aware of her status as a fictional character — she was doing that long before Deadpool — while also balancing her life between being a lawyer, a superhero, and a lady who thoroughly enjoys a good time.
Soule, a lawyer himself, will definitely be focusing on that part of She-Hulk’s life, and her determination to excel at both her day job and super heroics:
“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. She’ll be out on her own, without much of a support group at first, a total underdog trying to make good. I love stories like that — Jen’s going to be very easy to root for.”
Being “easy to root for” is at the heart of her appeal. Since Byrne redefined the character in both her own series and the Fantastic Four, She-Hulk has been a favorite for many Marvel readers. She’s charming, intelligent and down to earth, and is one of the few characters who seems to completely enjoy being an attractive person who can jump over buildings and juggle cars. Soule’s work on Swamp Thing for DC, as well as his creator owned stories like Strange Attractors, has been well received, and artist Pulido is a ComicsAlliance favorite, perhaps best known for his work on Human Target, The Amazing Spider-Man and the recently reprinted Robin: Year One. With Kevin Wada — another ComicsAlliance favorite and a regular in our Best Art Ever (This Week) posts — on cover art, the book has a solid lineup. And the creators, along with editor Jeanine Schaefer, seem to be fully embracing what makes the character work, meaning this will likely be a highly anticipated title.
She-Hulk #1 is due in stores in February.