By Jim Beard
Question: How does a seven-foot tall, green, gamma-spawned woman with the power of the Hulk celebrate her 30th anniversary in comic books?
Answer: Any way she wants!
|SAVAGE SHE-HULK #1|
Her first series, SAVAGE SHE-HULK, provided two incredible years worth of Jennifer's early adventures as her giant green alter-ego. It introduced readers to the female lawyer who at first kept her new self under wraps but swiftly learned that being She-Hulk meant a world of action and a release from the hum-drum of everyday life.
Soon, She-Hulk became the darling of the guest-star set and began to schmooze with super heroes across the Marvel Universe. Boisterous and unpredictable, Jen took the fear over her infamous cousin and turned it on its ear; her fellow good guys quickly realized that the She-Hulk, despite her hue and power, definitely didn't resemble the Incredible Hulk.
She-Hulk's memberships with a multitude of teams and groups represent a significant source of pride for her, and with good reason. What other heroine can claim to have adventured alongside such luminaries as the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, S.H.I.E.L.D., the Hulkbusters, the Defenders and the Lady Liberators? A tower of strength-literally and figuratively-she can always be counted on for a wry smile, a breezy devil-may-care attitude and one heckuva right hook.
|SENSATIONAL SHE-HULK #1|
After the demise of SENSATIONAL SHE-HULK our Shulkie found herself at loose ends. Never one to let the grass grow under her green feet, Jen picked up the pieces and once again became the go-to girl of guest appearances. During this time she discovered deep inner truths about her two selves and her ability to change back and forth between Jennifer Walters and the She-Hulk. Her law career, with Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzburg and Holloway, also blossomed and the practice of Superhuman Law gained an exciting new advocate and counselor.
Does it surprise anyone that this mean, green super heroine finally gained her own series again? Titled simply SHE-HULK and kicking off in 2004, the book represented a new era for Jen and her desire to help those in tumult and turmoil. Of course, she herself didn't prove immune to tumult and turmoil, as witnessed by her steady stream of love interests, including
|SHE-HULK #1 (2004)|
Nowadays, She-Hulk's deeply embroiled in the Hulk's troubled universe. It's an exciting time for her, but also a chaotic one.
But hey, it's She-Hulk's 30th anniversary, and as any Marvel fan knows our heroes always find a way to pull themselves up from adversity and succeed. The savage, sensational She-Hulk's proven herself time and time again to be as resilient a hero as any that ever walked the earth.
Happy Anniversary, Jen! Long may you Hulk-out!
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