Spotlight On: RED SHE-HULK

  • 55 results
  • 1
  • 2
Posted by No_Name_ (17403 posts) - - Show Bio

Another one bites the dust," as they say, or will bite the dust come July when the final issue of Jeff Parker's RED SHE-HULK will hit stores, concluding the character's ongoing series with RED SHE-HULK #67 and ending it with the current ongoing story titled 'Route 616.' With RED SHE-HULK's penultimate issue in stores tomorrow (June 5th), we started to think about how much we are going to miss her in her very own book, and we wanted not only to give the title its proper farewell, but we also wanted highlight the major changes the character has endured in the mere ten issues since her series first launched in December, 2012.

Rather than giving the character her own ongoing series, Marvel opted to allow the character to take over the previous book that was being written by Parker, HULK, which starred Thunderbolt Ross. This was probably a good move on Marvel's part because the sales of Parker's HULK series were generally pretty stable, so testing how well a Red She-Hulk solo series would do by having her take over an already stable book (in terms of sales) was probably a good business decision. And it was also convenient. The two characters (Betty and Thunderbolt Ross) have a connection that dates back to when Betty was first created in 1962 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Who better to take over Thunderbolt Ross' series than his very own daughter? The fact that Betty was the one to take over this particular title was actually a really good thing -- it made a lot of sense.

The series has also been, consistently, a very good one. Most readers who are big fans of the Hulk and Red Hulk are generally looking for action, and there was more than enough action in this series to quench the appetite of anyone looking for that. Yet, RED SHE-HULK wasn't only action packed: it was also a story that had purpose. It is a series that depicted a really strong and very independent female character that was sort of isolated from other characters in the Marvel universe. Although we did see the appearance of some of the Avengers team (like Captain Marvel, Iron Man and Captain America), generally this title was a lot more introspective in the sense that it explored Red She-Hulk's identity and the way that she copes with not only being Red She-Hulk, but also with the fact that her identity has been compromised. The story is told through the lens of Aaron Stack, also known as the Machine Man who was originally asked to take down Red She Hulk by Captain America. As the story moves forward, Red She-Hulk teams up with Machine Man to destroy the Echelon Super-Soldier Program. Together, the two embark on a journey on the run from many organizations as they seek to find more answers to their dilemma. The result is a story that is good and interesting and explores Betty from a different perspective: through the eyes of Machine Man.

One of the great things about this series was the fact that Parker took a character that had often been used as a plot device and gave her a place of her own to be her own person. Looking at Betty Ross's history as a character, she was more often used as a way to further Bruce Banner's story more than anything. In general, most of the things that happened to Betty happened because creative teams were trying to illicit a response from Bruce's character. When she became the Harpy, for example, it was more about what the effects of that were on Bruce Banner than being about Betty herself. What Parker brought to this series was the depiction of a very independent female character in her own series.

Although the series ends this July with the release of RED SHE-HULK #68, Parker did manage to do a great job writing Betty Ross in her own series and it will certainly be interesting to see where the character will show up next. What did you think of RED SHE-HULK? Are you planning to pick up the penultimate issue tomorrow?

#1 Posted by DocFishstick (241 posts) - - Show Bio

i don't know if i will

#2 Posted by Ultra_beleco (184 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm sad it is over. I think it was a greta series really! =(

#3 Edited by charlieboy (7160 posts) - - Show Bio

I actually thought this was well written and had good art. I will miss it.

#4 Edited by GodTriggerHulk (1998 posts) - - Show Bio

Red She Hulk was disappointing compared to Hulk. I found Red Hulk way more interesting. I also like the variety of enemies and locations with Red Hulk.

#5 Posted by XImpossibruX (5174 posts) - - Show Bio

It was good, but fell short compared to Hulk or Red-Hulk.


#6 Posted by ShadowX (1218 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm so sad to see this go. It was going to be a title i picked up one i had money to actually buy comics. Does anybody know if they are releasing trades?

#7 Posted by Smart_Dork_Dude (2638 posts) - - Show Bio

It was actually one of my favorite series from Marvel currently. Well on the bright side of things, they COULD decide to do another She-Hulks book with her and Jen

#8 Posted by akbogert (3222 posts) - - Show Bio

@shadowx said:

I'm so sad to see this go. It was going to be a title i picked up one i had money to actually buy comics. Does anybody know if they are releasing trades?

I was just wondering the same. Such a short run, I may actually go ahead and pick it up.

#9 Edited by Chewish (38 posts) - - Show Bio

Hey guys, I'm relatively new to comics, so can anyone explain to me the difference between Red She-Hulk and green She-Hulk?

#10 Posted by ShadowX (1218 posts) - - Show Bio

@chewish: green she hulk is Jennifer Walters, a lawyer, avenger, and sometimes member of the fantastic four. Red she hulk is Betty Ross, who was a love intrest to The hulk, and she is also the daughter to the red hulk aka thunderbolt ross

#11 Edited by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

But issue #67 doesn't come out tomorrow, issue #66 does. Issue #67 comes out July 3rd, so we still have a month left to enjoy the build up to the end of the current Route 616 storyline.

#12 Posted by Teerack (6236 posts) - - Show Bio

Personally I think Betty Ross was the break out character of the past 10 years. I used to think the Lois Lanes and Mary Janes of comics should just stay as normal people, but she completely shattered the idea that it wouldn't work for me. Great character and her book shouldn't be canceled.

#13 Edited by bladewolf (753 posts) - - Show Bio

@chewish said:

Hey guys, I'm relatively new to comics, so can anyone explain to me the difference between Red She-Hulk and green She-Hulk?

Green She-Hulk is The Hulk's cousin, Red She-Hulk is Red Hulk's daughter.

#14 Posted by Teerack (6236 posts) - - Show Bio

@chewish said:

Hey guys, I'm relatively new to comics, so can anyone explain to me the difference between Red She-Hulk and green She-Hulk?

Green She-Hulk is The Hulk's cousin, Red She-Hulk is Red Hulk's daughter.

Also Hulk's wife.

#15 Edited by FoxxFireArt (3554 posts) - - Show Bio

I've never read this series, so I can't speak to the quality. I will say that Marvel gives out too many solo series to characters that can't support it. I do like the idea of a character who becomes freed to let loose their inhibitions. Seeing how they deal with their inner thoughts put out for all to see. That's part of what I loved about the PERSONA 4 story.

It could be interesting to see the staffs' take on a new characters they're unfamiliar with. Have users suggest names, and see a fresh perspective from the point of view of the staff..

#16 Edited by Danial79 (2350 posts) - - Show Bio

I love how they've evolved Betty in the last few years, and I did start reading this series when she took over, but for whatever reason, I just lost interest and dropped it after the obligatory 3 issues.

#17 Edited by The Stegman (24324 posts) - - Show Bio

I kept forgetting this title even existed.

#18 Edited by iceslick (783 posts) - - Show Bio

It is sad to go, I agree with you @babs. I'm kind of pissed about this one too besides Demon Knights. It was actually good and loved every issue and it was better than some current Marvel issues. It really redefined Red She-Hulk and most definitely Machine Man into very interesting characters. I hope I see them again in maybe....an another Avengers title? Sigh, I didn't want to say that because we have ENOUGH Avengers titles. lol But it's the only way I can think of to see them still around.

#19 Posted by krspaceT (1484 posts) - - Show Bio

IT would seem the new 52 is not the only place where titles are cancelled. 8 issues, about as much as Static. Whose next to join Betty, Gambit and the Dark Avengers? Morbius? Legacy? Captain Marvel?

#20 Posted by TheAcidSkull (18032 posts) - - Show Bio

This is actually A VERY Good book.

Jeff parker always gets the short stick because marvel just doesn't care.

if they had relaunched the title normally, it would have gotten more sales.

#21 Posted by Cavemold (1682 posts) - - Show Bio

Ah I feel this like this article would of been better before cancelation . GREAT spotlight though.

#22 Posted by Cobalion (188 posts) - - Show Bio

THis was my favourite series of marvel NOW.
It made me care about this character, and I think betty should stay Res She Hulk, but a better code name would be better (Red Devil)

#23 Edited by sparty-dbq (799 posts) - - Show Bio

The way I hear it, Journey Into Mystery is next on the chopping block. I think it's pretty sad how hard it is for Marvel to sustain a book with a female lead, especially considering how many DC has been able to put out. I mean, Wolverine's in half of every book, but put a pair of boobs on the same concept, and the buzz is nonexistent. God, I still miss Majorie Liu's X-23.

Oh, and killing both of Jeff Parker's books so close to each other. Nice. Why don't you kick his dog, while you're at it.

#24 Posted by BaneStrokeLoboGrundyBatArrow (1394 posts) - - Show Bio

Red Hulk, Red She hulk, Abomination, A-Bomb, Skaar, She-Hulk... Just to name some, so many Hulks out there..

#25 Posted by turoksonofstone (13199 posts) - - Show Bio

Too bad for Betty. I'm sure Marvel won't just forget Her. Nice to see Marvel both pay respect to classic supporting characters and turn them into worthwhile superheroes worthy of the Hulk moniker. How many times did DC try and fail to do this for Lois and Jimmy??? 68 issues of character development without a reboot. Something for even Marvel to be proud of, if nothing else Marvel respects its characters... DC could learn so much from just this one Marvel series alone.

Oh A-Bomb is lame BTW.

#26 Posted by ThanosIsMad (2221 posts) - - Show Bio

Though I still don't like Betty as a Hulk (IE, using the name Hulk moreso than being a person who transforms into a brute) and would've much rather had this story told with She-Hulk, it was still a good read and it's a bummer the book is getting cancelled.

#27 Edited by kid Apollo (714 posts) - - Show Bio

i actually really liked the first arc of her run, a Hulk vs Army of Rip-off heroes, and she beats the hell outta them

#28 Posted by Immortal777 (7571 posts) - - Show Bio

Never knew it even existed and if I did didn't care enough to pay attention.

#29 Edited by TeamUnitedNerds (402 posts) - - Show Bio

I never knew this existed. Is it worth picking up?

#30 Posted by NathanXplosion (51 posts) - - Show Bio

I got the first issue on my ipad and really liked it. Sad to see it go.

#31 Posted by Dbogan67theman (37 posts) - - Show Bio

Marvel sucks...Red She-Hulk is a good book.

#32 Edited by Crimsonlord53 (1332 posts) - - Show Bio

Betty was better when she was less the hero and more of a free agent much like she was before with Bruce chasing her around Europe. She became stale as a "hero" A red she hulk book with Betty written more as an anti hero character would work better imho.

#33 Posted by Killemall (18564 posts) - - Show Bio

The series was average, i personally did not find it all that appealing. Its nice to see the interaction between Betty and Aaron but apart from that there really was nothing really special, or gripping going on in this series.

#34 Posted by Mrfuzzynutz (1058 posts) - - Show Bio

@foxxfireart: funny, you read alot of comments in regards to their being to many X-books, or Wolverine, or Spider-books etc. But it is good to see the other side of the coin in your comment now and then lol

#35 Edited by Mrfuzzynutz (1058 posts) - - Show Bio

I picked the book up because I liked her first appearances as a Bad Ass loose cannon, but in the book she was the misunderstood hero and didn't feel the same. I don't think it was a book that needed to be cancelled, especially while A+X and Captain America are being released each month!

#36 Edited by SupremeHyperion (1523 posts) - - Show Bio

I am a huge fan of Red She-Hulk and I have loved this amazing (but way too short run). Since she jumped on the seen She-Rulk has been my favorite female character and I hope that she finds a place somewhere (she'd make a great avenger :) )

Hate to see this title come to a conclusion especially since it also starred another one of my favorite characters, Machine Man.

Oh and I will definitely be getting her last issue.

#37 Posted by Billy Batson (58021 posts) - - Show Bio

Too bad for Betty. I'm sure Marvel won't just forget Her. Nice to see Marvel both pay respect to classic supporting characters and turn them into worthwhile superheroes worthy of the Hulk moniker. How many times did DC try and fail to do this for Lois and Jimmy??? 68 issues of character development without a reboot. Something for even Marvel to be proud of, if nothing else Marvel respects its characters... DC could learn so much from just this one Marvel series alone.

Oh A-Bomb is lame BTW.

It was just ten issues of "character development" for Betty. They just continued with Rulk's numbering.

BB

#38 Edited by Arkhamc1tizen (2145 posts) - - Show Bio

I really like red she hulk.

Way more than the original

#39 Edited by ogg927 (135 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm sad that the book is ending. Jeff Parker is an amazing writer and the art was top notch!

Some people thought that the book should have been renumbered as #1 rather than take over what Rulk had; especially since it was part of with Marvel NOW! I think that a #1 would have generated more interest possibly.

#40 Edited by yo_yo_fun (643 posts) - - Show Bio

@akbogert said:

@shadowx said:

I'm so sad to see this go. It was going to be a title i picked up one i had money to actually buy comics. Does anybody know if they are releasing trades?

I was just wondering the same. Such a short run, I may actually go ahead and pick it up.

The first trade is out now and the second will be out (on Amazon anyway) on September 17.

Here's the links for the trades:

http://www.amazon.com/Red-She-Hulk-Hell-Hath-Marvel/dp/0785165312/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1370455431&sr=1-1&keywords=red+she+hulk

http://www.amazon.com/Red-She-Hulk-Volume-Route-Marvel/dp/0785184465/ref=pd_sim_b_4

#41 Posted by akbogert (3222 posts) - - Show Bio
#42 Edited by yo_yo_fun (643 posts) - - Show Bio

Yeah, replacing Red Hulk with Red She Hulk was a good idea but the fact that they kept the same numbering was a bad idea. I didn't even know this book existed until a couple of months ago.

I don't think this book got a lot of attention, I mostly heard about the Avengers and X-Men books and Hawkeye.

I discovered Journey Into Mystery a couple of months ago as well and luckily was able to jump in at a start of a new story arc (such a great book!).

I will be picking up the trades!

#43 Edited by yo_yo_fun (643 posts) - - Show Bio
#44 Edited by PrimeDirective (451 posts) - - Show Bio

Nooooooooo... I LOVE this book... Sad day. Hopefully she'll get a slot on either Hickman's Avengers or she'll replace Jen on FF since Jen is gonna be on the new Mighty Avengers.

#45 Posted by Perfect 10 (1047 posts) - - Show Bio

LOVE red she-hulk. how much you ask? i made a character of her for my champions online game. she rocks. not as much as jen but in her own way she is really cool. i want a savage she-hulks book so bad with all three she-hulks. it could be an anthology series and eventually have the ladies team up. but oh well, maybe jen will get another book to replace this one?

#46 Posted by darthfury78 (838 posts) - - Show Bio

The Red She-Hulk has a lot of tension and resentment towards her ex-husband, Bruce.

Online
#47 Edited by Malchymex (2 posts) - - Show Bio

Underrated character, underrated book. I'm going to miss this one. I hope the Red She-Hulk finds a stable place in the Marvel Universe; maybe she can patch things up with the Avengers and join up? I'm sure Machine Man and Tesla can convince Cap her heart was in the right place all along.

#48 Posted by turoksonofstone (13199 posts) - - Show Bio

@turoksonofstone said:

Too bad for Betty. I'm sure Marvel won't just forget Her. Nice to see Marvel both pay respect to classic supporting characters and turn them into worthwhile superheroes worthy of the Hulk moniker. How many times did DC try and fail to do this for Lois and Jimmy??? 68 issues of character development without a reboot. Something for even Marvel to be proud of, if nothing else Marvel respects its characters... DC could learn so much from just this one Marvel series alone.

Oh A-Bomb is lame BTW.

It was just ten issues of "character development" for Betty. They just continued with Rulk's numbering.

BB

Um, I know that. They developed Thunderbolt Ross as the Rulk in those other issues solid character development like I said.

#50 Posted by Smurfboy (480 posts) - - Show Bio

Be sure to give Gambit some love because I've heard that the 5th series of The Gambit is getting cancelled, too. *sob* Why, oh why?!

This edit will also create new pages on Comic Vine for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Comic Vine users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.