Mind you, I've nothing to back this up, it's just a feeling I've had over the last 6 months or so.
Darn the character cannot catch a break, they keep relaunching her in various titles, so you cannot accuse Marvel of not trying. But everytime it's the same story the title gets pulled due to low numbers. I think we have to face the fact that she doesn't seem to be that popular a character with the current readership of Marvel comics.:(
Jen is appearing regularly in Incredible Hulks.
I'm not sure I agree with Marvel trying all the time with She-Hulk. But maybe I am just greedy and want more She-Hulk all the time. But it took 10 whole years for her to get her own series again when the Dan Slott book launched. It was 7 years in between her first and second series.
Jen sustained a solo series for 60 issues with Sensational---and with her last book---between the first season and the rest of it, it was 50 issues. So she has the ability to at least sustain for a few years or more---I just wish they could figure a way to keep it going beyond that.
On the other hand, I do feel we have been lucky with her and I have to give Marvel credit for that too. She could've just vanished after her first series ended but almost immediately they had her join the Avengers and then later the FF. She has always been appearing somewhere and I am grateful for that. I just would love to have a She-Hulk ongoing last for years and years and years !
I think the problem is that she hasn't been effectively established as a character in her own right, just a female version of Hulk.
In all her books, there haven't really been any core supporting characters, like Spider-Man has May, MJ, Harry & Jonah.
I think She-Hulk needs a strong supporting cast established, brining back people from her old series as well as some new characters, and she needs some new villains as well as Titania. If they treat her as her own entity, and not a gimmick Hulk, I think the sales will come.
Having her be at the centre of an event could help too.
I also love how she sees Jen as a mentor. I just wish she'd interact more with her brother Skaar.
For that matter, i love the Good cop/ Bad cop relationship she has with Betty in Incredible Hulks.
Yeah, I actually think Jen always ends up with a pretty good supporting cast---the problem is the whole cast gets chucked every time her book gets canceled and a new book with a new cast starts.
In her first series you had Zapper, her dad, Richard Rory, Buck as major supporting characters through out.
But when Sensational came out they were pretty much all dropped. We saw her dad once in a blue moon and I think Zapper turned up once. Instead we ended up with Weezie and I loved their friendship. But then Weezie got totally dumped once that series ended.
Dan Slott created one of the most well developed casts for her ever----Peter David added a great character in Jazinda as well---but now where are all of them ? Dumped again.
On a side note---I really liked the back up tale in the last issue of Incredible Hulks that showed why Bruce has stepped aside from Lyra's life and Jen is the one who is central to Lyra.
The first six issues by Slott and Bobillo are as perfect any comic you will ever find. A great mix of characterisation, imagination, inventiveness with a unique, distinctive look.
Kurt Busiek Says:"Best Avengers Run, Steve Englehart's run in the 1970s. With Roy Thomas's run that preceded it close behind, and the Conway/Shooter/Michelinie run that followed close behind that
Jen's 30th anniversary year is near an end. How did everyone feel about it? I felt it was a good anniversary year, she appeared in quite a few books over the year including her own one-shot special. There were some things that could of made it better. Like She-Hulks selling well enough to stay as an ongoing. Hopefully there will be another in the new year.
Highlights for me; She-Hulks mini the current one and the Fall of the Hulks tie-in. Peter David story in She-Hulk: Sensational, being confirmed as playable in Marvel vs Capcom 3. The Premium Format figure from Sideshow collectibles. Finally being put on a team again.
Last edited by comicfan298; 12-31-2010 at 01:10 PM.