San Diego Comic-Con 2009

SDCC 2009: Introducing Red She-Hulk

Writer Jeph Loeb talks about unleashing the all-new Red She-Hulk and what role she plays in the Hulk Family’s future

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By Marc Strom

The Red Hulk may have just met his match.

Debuting in October's HULK #16, Red She-Hulk will begin her rampage through the Marvel Universe in a not-to-be-missed story.

"She was always in the mix," writer Jeph Loeb reveals of the character's conception. "The success of the Jen Walter's She-Hulk-one of my favorite characters-opened the door to do a counterpart. But we didn't do it to just do it. [INCREDIBLE HULK writer] Greg [Pak] and I worked it out so she will play an integral role in what's to come. She might even be the most important character in the upcoming [World War Hulks] epic."

 
Loeb wouldn't say whether or not fans would have to wait long for the revelation of Red She-Hulk's true identity, but when they do, it will have major repercussions for the larger story in the writer's HULK run so far.

"That would be telling," Loeb teases. "But, what I can say is her origin is critical to everything we've been doing."

Just as the Red Hulk has made a lasting mark on the larger Marvel Universe, Loeb hopes that the character's female counterpart will stick around for a long time to come.

"We've been very careful with the creation of this character," the writer explains. "We wanted to make sure she didn't come off as silly-my memory of the introduction to [the original] She-Hulk-before anyone had read a page. But the character was a completely different take on the Hulk, a Hulk we'd never seen before. Jen is a wonderful character. Our intention is [that] Red She-Hulk will make an equally important impression on the Marvel Universe.

"Red Hulk could've been a character who appeared for a few issues, like Harpy or Rick Jones' 'Teen Hulk,' [but] Red has stuck. Our hope is that Red She-Hulk will be around for some time too."

 
As to just how the Red Hulk will respond to the latest addition to the gamma-irradiated family, fans will just have to wait and see.

"That's part of what's to come," hints Loeb. "The way Greg and I have laid it out, our hope is that just when you figured out what we've been up to-and, more specifically, what Red She-Hulk has been up to-you'll be very surprised."

Once again, Loeb promises fans that the new Red She-Hulk will be "at the core" of the larger ongoing storyline, and that she will surprise more than a few readers.

"She's quite feral in a way. Super into what she's getting to do. I think of her as Kathleen Turner's character in 'Body Heat,' Maddy Walker. Just when you think you know her-it's too late. You're dead."

 

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      39 comments
      Deadwinter
      Deadwinter

      I am beginning to believe the conspiracy theory of DC sending Loeb to destroy Marvel. They need to fire this man....... from a cannon.

      Irontiger
      Irontiger

      This is garbage on top of the garbage that marvel has become. I'm so sick of this SH#%.

      johnnysword
      johnnysword

      [i] "The success of the Jen Walter's She-Hulk-one of my favorite characters-opened the door to do a counterpart. But we didn't do it to just do it."[/i] Yeah right. That's why Jen Walter's series keeps getting canceled. Seriously. If they have trouble fitting one She-Hulk into the publishing line-up why did they create two more?!! Why not focus on the character you already have and try to make them successful?And as for "we didn't do it to just do it" – THAT'S ALL YOU EVER DO LOEB!!! Everything is a re-hashed idea of something else that was previously good until you come along and ruin it! LOEB, DO US ALL A FAVOUR AND GO BACK TO DC! [i] [/i]

      Shonedarr
      Shonedarr

      This is a fantastic idea! Thanks Jeph! The MU can never have too many She-Hulks! I just wish the fans would support her in her own title--Red or Green! As for the name, Rulka and She-Rulk are both good!

      shizumadrive
      shizumadrive

      Red Howard the Duck is next.What is with the hair streaks it makes her look like Gamma irradiated Valentina Allegra de Fontaine

      marinerm
      marinerm

      [quote@eddiejc1 I doubt that Marvel would allow even Loeb to turn Elektra into something like the Red She-Hulk, since that would hamper her role in Daredevil stories. I think it's more likely that She-Rulk is Maria Hill, especially since she seems to be wearing the tattered remains of a SHIELD uniform.[/quote] Take a look at the images...it's Domino. Right down to the buckle going across the chest. Looks like I'm alone on this, but I think the images are awesome and love the idea.

      R_Nitelight
      R_Nitelight

      [quote@hulksmash1962 This is the worst idea ever. This is why I read Iron Man.[/quote] We keep saying that.But Marvel continues to top themselves....

      eddiejc1
      eddiejc1

      I doubt that Marvel would allow even Loeb to turn Elektra into something like the Red She-Hulk, since that would hamper her role in Daredevil stories. I think it's more likely that She-Rulk is Maria Hill, especially since she seems to be wearing the tattered remains of a SHIELD uniform.Something tells me the hidden identity of Rulk will still be hidden by the time we know who Shrulk is. But since General Ross, Leonard Samson, and Rick Jones have been eliminated, I am going to guess that Glenn Talbot is Rulk. A good second guess would be Emil Blonsky, who faked his own death in [i] Hulk[/i] #1.

      legendsofbatman
      legendsofbatman

      [quote@jmolinamuscara What nickname should the Red She-Hulk have? I like Rulka .How bout Redishulk? Or Crimson Hulka?No? Yes? Other nicknames?[/quote] My vote:Lame Hulk

      legendsofbatman
      legendsofbatman

      WHY must you guys screw things up? What works once does not mean something will work repeatedly. Red She-Hulk is a lame idea, in my opinion.Let's see, there's green hulk, grey hulk, red hulk, she-hulk, hulk dogs, planet hulk, smart hulk, and my mind cant even comprehend what all else there is. Adding red she hulk, red hulk dogs, blue hulk, polka dot hulk dogs, well, why not just do Bat-Mite hulk? Are you guys saying you're that tapped, you can't do anything more inventive than add rainbows to the hulk line-up?

      hulksmash1962
      hulksmash1962

      This is the worst idea ever. This is why I read Iron Man.

      jmolinamuscara
      jmolinamuscara

      [quote@Zalanth Rulka sounds fun. But I'm guessing she'll simply be Red-Shulk or more likely She-Rulk.[/quote] Yes, She-Rulk sounds like the most logical option, while Red-Shulk is not a bad choice either. Rulka sounds Spanglish, may not be bad, but it is the (natural) reason I thought of it (my first language is Spanish).

      Zalanth
      Zalanth member

      [quote@jmolinamuscara What nickname should the Red She-Hulk have? I like Rulka .How bout Redishulk? Or Crimson Hulka?No? Yes? Other nicknames?[/quote] Rulka sounds fun. But I'm guessing she'll simply be Red-Shulk or more likely She-Rulk.

      jmolinamuscara
      jmolinamuscara

      What nickname should the Red She-Hulk have? I like Rulka .How bout Redishulk? Or Crimson Hulka?No? Yes? Other nicknames?

      swordofsutekh
      swordofsutekh

      I've never been particularly enamored with She-Hulk and anything related to Red Hulk is a complete waste of paper and ink, so this should be a real winner.

      jmolinamuscara
      jmolinamuscara

      I think the Red She-Hulk could be Maria Hill because of her outfit in the image where she's fighting Wolverine. But Betty Ross could be a valid option: perhaps Ross used the new gamma super soldier program to bring her daughter back to life; he would prefer his daughter as a red huge gamma-spawned woman, but alive, than dead or in a coma. As per her looks, she does look good in my opinion, very sexy outfit although she desperately needs a hair stylist.

      notapotatoe
      notapotatoe

      I love the Gamma people idea...With this it's kinda too much for me, but it could remain fun ......very baba-boom.

      Greymalckin3
      Greymalckin3

      ok loeb is officialy lost in space.next project all new red-skar son of rulk

      Cuevo
      Cuevo

      I was hoping there was something wrong with my calendar and this is just an April fool's joke...

      gammascream
      gammascream

      BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      MaxxGothic
      MaxxGothic

      Now that you say it, if that is a sai. But it will be a dreadful shame if they add Elektra to the Hulks. Can an LMD become a hulk? My first thought is that it's Betty. Now I'm really wondering what effect Tony's beam thing has had. They have split Bruce from the Hulk in times past.

      cjt0805
      cjt0805 member

      Hot..is that Elektra?? :shehulk:

      artiebillymac
      artiebillymac

      How is Loeb still work in this business ,i mean his ideas are just coping characters & changing there skin colour ,such talent .

      ThePlaywright101
      ThePlaywright101

      Thank God they finally did this! To me, I thought the Hulk titles couldn't get any better! Man, am I relieved! Can't wait to go get the next issue of Piece of Garbage Comics, featuring all your most hated, made up out of nothing, d0uchebag characters!! Yippee!!!!(Too heavy on the sarcasm?)

      jjared01
      jjared01

      I was hoping they would do this!!!YAY!!!!(Please don't hate me.)

      theshock621
      theshock621

      mmmmmmm.....don't know what to think on this one....can't say it compels me to pick up Hulk again...and after the disappointment of Hulk 600, I may not care about the Hulk ever again....sux to say.... :shehulk: also my guess is that this Red She-Hulk IS indeed Elektra.....the sai is kinda a hint, but I look at her red, lightning-shaped streaks in her hair.....

      spider-warrior
      spider-warrior member

      Wow. Very original. I wonder what inspired this idea. I like Loebs work, practically love his work. I loved the Red Hulk and what he's capable of.I even tried to except the fact that he's identity wouldn't be revealed in the Hulk #600 (even though it takes half the fun away). But this right here, may actually be...the dumbest....the lamest...the worst thing he'sever done. Not Ultimatum, not Rulk, not Hulk #600. This!!!!! But if I had to guess who this was, I would have to put my money on Betty Ross. Remember how Loeb hinted that Ross was the Rulk in a interfew on Hulk #600? Maybe he has plans for her.

      Zalanth
      Zalanth member

      Can't say I'm too much of a fan of this. I really like Greg Pak's take on all things Hulk so I'm glad he's still got his own project going on but I'm just not a fan of Loeb's at all. I hope to God it's not Elektra and the sai is actually a red herring.Also it bothers me how sexualised she looks, I mean seriously it's like her costume is about to fall off.

      GundamAce
      GundamAce

      whats wrong with them, if they need ideas i could do the job.

      DragoBurro
      DragoBurro

      Really Jeph? we don't even know who Rulk is, you really think we need another one?

      CycKath
      CycKath

      Thanks for reminding we why I stopped buying comics, I am clearly completely irreversibly out of step with the direction of Marvel and Marvel writers if this is considered a "good" idea :(

      redlitez76
      redlitez76

      lame hey while were at it lets make a purple hulk and pink one then a yellow one and call them the hulk corps and have them fight against the leader's army of big brained fighters ....not

      Elamigo
      Elamigo

      whoa!!, that looks amazing!!

      marinerm
      marinerm

      Excellent. Didn't see this coming and the images look fantastic.