Marvel's 'She-Hulk' is the ultimate public defender
What can you tell us about the plot of issue #3? The solicits suggest this is a story that involves Doctor Doom's ward Kristoff and extradition, but is Jen working for or against Doom and Kristoff?
It's not actually extradition -- it's another legal scenario that works a different way. But you're right; Kristoff Vernard plays a big role. He is indeed Jen's client -- although Doom is absolutely not her client, so extrapolate from that as you will. I love writing Doom -- or I thought I would -- and setting up this story was basically my effort to make sure I got a chance to put him in a story. I do that a lot -- I have sort of a "bucket list" of characters I'd like to write, and I try to shoehorn them into books as early as I can, just in case I never get a chance again. That's why Superman shows up in my very first issue of "Swamp Thing," for example. For all I knew, I'd never get a chance to write another Big Two comic again, so I wanted to make damn sure I got to write Superman, even if it was only once.
"She-Hulk" #3 also involves Matt Murdock. Does this issue take place before or after Matt moves out to San Francisco?
Speaking of characters on that list -- honestly, putting Daredevil into this book was something I wanted to do from the start. Matt Murdock and Jen Walters are both attorneys, of course, not to mention they're both awesome super heroes. So, getting them together to talk shop was a no-brainer for me. Their scenes here happen post-SF, which I like, because that's such a cool setting. I love NYC (and always will), but sometimes it's nice to change locations.
Jen and Matt are professional colleagues with a great deal of respect for each other. It's on that footing that they get together here -- Jen basically asks Matt for advice on an ongoing case. I loved writing that sequence, and I would very much like to do a larger DD/Shulkie story one of these days. Mark Waid and I have discussed it in passing -- we'll see!
In our initial interview you talked about Javier Pulido's sense of design and page layouts. How has that manifested in some of the pages you've seen so far? Are there some sequences from the first couple issues that you were especially impressed by?
Literally every sequence, and that isn't puffery. Javier is brilliant -- he's a pure storyteller, and he takes every one of my ideas and makes them more interesting. He's told me repeatedly that all he needs is a good story. Give him that, and he can work miracles, and it's certainly been the case on "She-Hulk." Honestly, my scripts are pretty tight -- or at least I think so until Javier gets his hands on them. He tends to break them apart a little and reconfigure the paneling in large and small ways to make something new that's a killer synthesis of both of our takes. Just a true collaboration.
There's a sequence set in a bar in the first issue that I think's just incredibly well-composed, and a flying scene in Issue #3 that's fantastic. There's a double-page spread in Issue #2 -- you'll know it when you see it -- or when it sees you, maybe. It's hard to single things out, really, because it's always surprising and always fun. A+++ work from Mr. Pulido.
Finally Jen's family, friends, and affiliations make her one of the most connected heroes in the Marvel Universe. How big of a role will those characters from other book play in "She-Hulk?" Will we see Jen interacting with clients like Luke Cage? Or reaching out to and trying to aid her cousin Bruce Banner? Have you been talking with "Mighty Avengers" writer Al Ewing or "Hulk" writer Mark Waid about their plans for those characters?
Jen is very much a part of the Marvel Universe, and as such, she'll certainly see various other folks from the super hero community, good and bad. However, I'm not going to pin it down to one or another -- part of the fun is the surprise of the cameos/clients. Read it and see!
I hope it's coming across in the interview, but I think this is really something special. She-Hulk has always been a series where interesting, new things could happen, and we're trying to stay very true to that idea in this book. It's a fun, cool, interesting comic that's going to reward multiple reads -- I think it's the sort of thing that people are going to be really proud to have on their shelves once it's collected. Really looking forward to hearing what people think!
"She-Hulk" #1, by Charles Soule and Javier Pulido, hits stores Feb. 12.
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