When you’re 6’7″, female and green, you have a hard time fitting in with just about anyone. Even if you’re a superhero; heck, even amongst other superheroes you never get called in for the major events lately. That’s the plight of Marvel’s She-Hulk, and that’s what we’re out to change with a quick proposal on how to make things better.
Originally created as a savage female stand-in for her cousin the Hulk, She-Hulk grew by leaps and bounds into a fully formed superwoman in control of her green-skinned alter-ego but having a harder time dealing with life as a super-hero. She’s been a member of the Fantastic Four, The Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D. and even a superhero law firm, but she’s never been able to find herself — or the sales to keep a solo book going strong. That needs to change.
She-Hulk has constantly been living in the shadow of her older cousin the Hulk, so why not take advantage of that in light of the events of Incredible Hulk series which sees Bruce Banner gone mad? Step aside Doc Samson and let Jennifer Walters talk to her cousin and see how far he’s gone and the consequences of his current state. Re-introduce She-Hulk in Jason Aaron’s run and then spin her off into her own series (with the creative team below) as she uses her background as a lawyer to try to reason with the world’s biggest threats or, you know, punches them. She could go in the darker corners of the Marvel U to ferret out these hard-t0-handle situations, like a one-woman street-level Planetary squad. And she could do it with a chip on her shoulder against other heroes for turning their back on her cousin and in a way turning their back on her.
Writers – Brian Michael Bendis & Kelly Sue DeConnick: He is Marvel’s (and arguably the comic industry’s) biggest writer. She’s a relatively new voice in comics with experience in manga and the excellent Osborn: Evil Incarcerated on her CV. Together they wrote the “adaptation” of a fictional novel by TV show Castle’s lead character Richard Castle, titled Richard Castle’s Deadly Storm: A Derrick Storm Mystery. This potential combination could be a perfect solution to get the nuanced life of Jennifer Walters, aka She-Hulk.
Artist – Ryan Stegman: Currently drawing Scarlet Spider, Stegman is one of Marvel’s next big things (to borrow a title from their conference call announcement series), and has experience with She-Hulk. Stegman has a real grasp of super-hero action, along with a tinge of classic cartooning ability that She-Hulk needs. Together with Bendis and DeConnick, they could make something extra special.