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Interview: Charles Soule on SHE-HULK, Superheroes in Court, and Fashion

Find out what we can expect in the new SHE-HULK series.

This week marks the debut of an all-new SHE-HULK series. We've seen She-Hulk comics before and there's been different takes on the tone and direction. Jennifer Walters just recently finished a stint as part of the replacement Fantastic Four in the pages of FF. With Charles Soule taking over Jen's story, the question is, what can we expect?

That's just one of the questions we asked Charles.

COMIC VINE: Do you remember the first story you read with She-Hulk?

CHARLES SOULE: I suspect it was a story set during the time when she was a member of the Fantastic Four, but I can’t be certain which issue or storyline. More recently, though, I was a huge fan of the landmark Dan Slott run as it hit shelves in the mid-00s. The humor, art design and focus on the legal side of things – I loved it, and it was a large part of my excitement at being asked to take the book on now.

CV: What will be the tone and focus on the series? Will you focus on her profession as a lawyer, as a superhero, both?

CS: I will tell stories that cover both sides of her “working” life (and her non-working life as well – it’ll be the full picture.) But, since she is a superhero, a lot of her legal work will end up being full of action (and vice versa). It’s a nice, bubbly mix that I think really delivers the best of both worlds.

CV: Have you ever felt like hulking out in your legal profession?

CS: ALL THE TIME. It’s a stressful profession, particularly in my portion of it – I have a fair amount of interaction with a few different government bureaucracies, and can be somewhat rage-inducing from time to time. But it’s also a great profession in many ways – it serves my analytical, logical side, among other things.

CV: We've seen the occasional superhero in court before. Wouldn't it make sense that they'd be called in frequently?

CS: Yes and no. The problem with superheroes is that many of them have secret identities. In order for someone’s testimony to be valid, you have to know who they are, which can be tricky when you’re dealing with a dude in a mask. But as far as the heroes who are open about their identities – sure, we’ll see some of those folks showing up in this series. I love when “comic book logic” bumps up against “real world logic,” and writing a legal drama set in a superheroic world certainly gives ample opportunity for things like that to happen.

CV: Will there be any mention to her time with the Future Foundation?

CS: I’m sure we’ll get to that, although my goal here is to make sure Jen’s current status quo is firmly established before we starting getting too deep into her continuity. Frankly, there’s a lot of it, and I’d rather make sure any new Shulkie readers are properly taken care of first.

But we’ll get there! In particular, I can’t wait to tell a Titania story – she’s great.

CV: If Jen spends a lot of time in court, would she have a wardrobe of professional outfits made from Unstable Molecules? I'm assuming most of her wardrobe is custom made because of her size.

CS: Remember that Jen doesn’t change out of the She-Hulk form all that often. It’s one of the great things about the series – Jen Walters likes being a 7-foot tall glamazon. So, that means I can tell stories with sort of a lighter tone – Jen doesn’t feel like she’s cursed, you know? What that also means is that her wardrobe is largely tailored for her She-Hulk form, but it doesn’t have to be made of Unstable Molecules. She probably does spend too much money on clothes, though – and she’d be the first to admit it.

CV: If Daredevil could have his own law practice, how come Jen never opened her own practice?

CS: Hmmm… great question, and it’s one that Issue 1 will actually answer! So, not long to find out!

"Hmmm" indeed. Be sure to check out SHE-HULK #1 by Charles Soule with art by Javier Pulido and colors by Muntsa Vicente. You're gonna dig it.

20 Comments
Posted by G-Man
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Posted by Alertcircuit

@movieartman: I don't think it's bad, I think it's going for stylized. This'll probably be the She-Hulk equivalent to the current Daredevil and Hawkeye runs.

Posted by iaconpoint

I'm having a little trouble with the art also. When has she ever been depicted as larger in stature than Thor? At first I thought is was similar to Mike Allred but no, there is something very off about this art. Not gonna rip the guy cause I cannot draw, but still, something...

Posted by wundagoreborn

Glamazon! New favorite word.

Can't wait to find this in my box tomorrow.

Posted by movieartman

.... While I am rare to censor my self I feel like I'm taking this too seriously and being to harsh, as a artist and also that one of favorite comic artist al rio committed suicide I think I'll just leave this alone and delete my comments Sorry

Edited by dadarkknight36310

@g_man: One of my drawings of She-Hulk

Edited by iceslick

@g_man: I can't wait to pick this up! She-Hulk is one of my all-time favorite female characters next to Captain Marvel (Carol). I always play as her in Marvel vs Capcom 3. By the way, I love the art in here, it reminds very much of Allred and Samnee.

Edited by MachoMustachio

what is up with Jen's left eye?

Posted by iceslick

@machomustachio: I don't think there's anything wrong with the left eye. Yeah, it looks a little cross-eyed but I think the artist made a mistake on not drawing the eyes exactly the same which is hard to do.

Edited by Renchamp

I was harsh on the art when I saw the preview but I have changed my tune now that words have been added. I will be checking this series out. The legal nerd in me can't help it.

Posted by The Poet

This looks pretty cool. will probably check out the first issue.

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Edited by Maddpanda531

It's not that I think the art's bad, but there's just something about it that I don't like. I think it's the way he draws eyes. Oh well, whatever.

Posted by Daring_Doodads

I read everything Charles Soule writes. The art will grow on me. The art is good it's just that She-Hulk's face looks a bit off.

Posted by leokearon

How can Jen be a lawyer, when she was disbarred back in her last solo run?

Posted by scouts1998

I really want a Daredevil/She-Hulk ran law firm in the MU

Posted by 2cool4fun

Damn Soule is all over the place. I mean 4 monthly comics all with amazing stories? You'd think that would be hard to do.