Right now, Marvel Comics is in the midst of a massive, company-wide event called Civil War II. Unlike the previous Civil War, this one has Iron Man facing off against Captain Marvel after the death of someone close to both of them -- a death that may have been prevented. It seems that no character will escape this second Civil War without being affected in some way, and She-Hulk, aka Jennifer Walters, is no exception.
Before you forge ahead, be warned that there are going to be several spoilers for Civil War II. If you aren't up to date on the event, proceed with caution.
Civil War II has not been kind to any character involved, and Jennifer Walters is no exception. She was gravely injured very early on in the event and spent most of it in a coma. While she was recovering, her cousin, Bruce Banner/Hulk was killed by Hawkeye, a former teammate, under questionable circumstances. When she woke, she found herself covered in scars and feeling not quite herself.
Walters' recovery from these emotional and physical scars will be the focus of the relaunched Hulk series, beginning in December. She will no longer be known as She-Hulk and will, instead, adopt the mantle of her now-deceased cousin. Early art suggests that the damage that put her in a coma will have permanently affected her. Her skin is no longer green, but instead a dull gray with bright green scars. While there are shake ups in name and appearance, Walters will still return to her law practice and will continue fighting for good as a superhero.
The series will be penned by Mariko Tamaki, known for her award-winning book This One Summer and for her work on the Tomb Raider comic series. She is a skilled storyteller who can craft clever, emotional, and complex characters while telling interesting and thoughtful stories. She'll be joined by artist Nico Leon, who has worked on Ms. Marvel and Spider-Man. He is particularly skilled at capturing action while still focusing on the expressive features of the characters involved.
The choice of a writer and artist team who have the ability to bring some heavy issues to the page wasn't an accident. While the She-Hulk title often contained "light-hearted stories about a Jennifer Walters who is at peace with herself and in full control of her powers", Hulk will have a much different tone. The focus of Hulk will be on Walters as she processes the trauma she's endured, complete with "the anxiety and anger, sometimes self-destructive, that comes along with it". Editor-in-chief Axel Alonso says that, "if there is a light at the end of the tunnel, Jen is going to have to search hard for it".
Tamaki echoed Alonso's sentiments about the tone of the title, saying that "Jen is absolutely shaped by the trauma she's experienced". She said that she was inspired by thinking how people deal with traumatic events, and how these events can, in some cases, shape our lives.
Some readers, especially those who have suffered their own traumas, may be a bit worried about how the series will handle such a sensitive topic. It seems, though, that readers will have nothing to fear. Leon says that he understands how important the topic is, telling AV Club that "it is a serious topic and it needs our most careful approach". Based on Tamaki's prior treatment of delicate issues and Leon's ability to capture nuance as well as action, it looks like Walters is in good hands. Hulk #1 hits stores in December of 2016.