While She-Hulk–also known as lawyer Jennifer Walters, cousin to the Bruce Banner, the other green goliath–has always been portrayed as a happy-go-lucky superhero known for doling out light-hearted quips with her smashing, things will change for the character this winter. Hulk #1 launches this December from writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) and artist Nico Leon (Spider-Man), following a Jennifer Walters whose recent trauma has had an impact on her outlook, personality, and emotional state.

HULK #1 cover

HULK #1 cover

According to Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, those changes stem from the events of the currently-ongoing Civil War II miniseries, which has seen She-Hulk lose her cousin Bruce–murdered by Hawkeye to stave off a potential future threat–and suffer her own physical wounds in battle. Given those stressors and events from her past impacting her present, it’s no wonder that Jennifer would have some rage issues to work through.

Hulk #1, written by Mariko Tamaki with Nico Leon on art, hits this December from Marvel Comics.

From the official press release:

Jennifer Walters has survived the Civil War, but not unscathed. This December, she rises from the rubble, re-entering the world as a different kind of hero in the all-new HULK #1! Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) makes her Marvel debut alongside rising star artist Nico Leon (Spider-Man) to chronicle the ongoing adventures of Jennifer Walters – and bring you a Hulk book for Marvel NOW! the likes of which you’ve never seen before!

Following the traumatic events of Civil War II, Jen is determined to move forward, to go on with her life. But there is something bubbling under the surface. A quiet rage. The physical and mental wounds are still fresh. The pain of the past and all she’s lost is always there – an undercurrent, a pulse, waiting to quicken and trigger her transformation into the one thing she doesn’t have control over…the HULK!

“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,” says Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, speaking with The AV Club. “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’s a 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.”

Jennifer Walters’ greatest battle is about to begin. One that will pit her against the monster inside. Can she control the rage that consumed her cousin Bruce for so long? Or will she succumb to it? Find out when Tamaki and Leon bring you the can’t-miss HULK #1 this December!

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