Mariko Tamaki fills us in on what Legacy has in store for Jen Walters!
The Leader is back on the scene to wreak havoc (it’s kind of his thing), but this time the big-headed ne’er-do-well strikes our hero when She-Hulk is at her weakest. Dealing with her new grey state has been challenging enough for Jen to face as it is, but what will happen when she is forced to face herself… literally?
SHE-HULK #159 by writer Mariko Tamaki with art by Jahnoy Lindsay presents their Legacy offering — JEN WALTERS MUST DIE: PART 1! Catch it on November 8th at a comic store near you.
We grill Mariko Tamaki on SHE-HULK Legacy and her strongest foe yet: herself.
Marvel.com: How has Jen Walters been holding up lately? Walk us through her state of mind, personally and professionally.
Mariko Tamaki: Professionally, Jen is good. Great, even! Work is busy because she’s got a full case load. Personally? Yeah, she’s burying everything under that workload. She’s still in a place where she’s not the Jen/Hulk she wants to be, but she’s determined to power through because she thinks it will be possible to deal with all the things she’s dealing with BY powering through… she is, of course, not entirely correct.
Marvel.com: Jen does so much to help save other people, but why is it so much harder for her to save herself (from herself)?
Mariko Tamaki: I think dealing with your own stuff is a whole other skill set. It’s like knowing how to explain how to play baseball and knowing how to play baseball. It’s a whole extra bit of uncomfortable work! And delving into that pain and discomfort is something Jen is afraid will undo her, so she’s mostly avoiding it. Helping people feels good, so she’s focusing on that.
Marvel.com: What has it been like working with a new series artist (the wonderful Jahnoy Lindsay)?
Mariko Tamaki: I have been incredibly lucky to work with so many amazing artists on this series. I love working with Jahnoy!
Marvel.com: Jen recently opted back to the title “She-Hulk.” Is she a little torn on whether it’s right to take on Bruce’s title of “Hulk” in light of his tragic passing
Mariko Tamaki: I don’t think Jen is concerned with being called Hulk or She-Hulk. Jen is very busy and also, most importantly, Jen knows who she is. She is Hulk and she is She-Hulk!
Marvel.com: What does the Marvel Legacy mean to you personally as a reader of and a writer for the brand?
Mariko Tamaki: To me it means going big, bringing something somewhat colossal to the story. The Leader is the perfect person to bring in now. He’s so striking and evil. I love writing him. With the Leader, we wanted to go big with the villain in this issue, to connect a novel foe with Jen’s current mental state.
Marvel.com: How does Jen feel about her grey form? What does she like and dislike about that new development?
Mariko Tamaki: Being grey Hulk is still sort of out-of-body for Jen, literally. It’s a powerful but still unfamiliar feeling. Also it’s connected to trauma, to being in pain, and that’s not an easy thing. It’s not a form she completely trusts, at this point, and for good reason… as we shall see.
Charge over to a comic store near you on November 8th for SHE-HULK #159 by Mariko Tamaki and Jahnoy Lindsay, everywhere Marvel comics are sold!
Artist Jahnoy Lindsay flexes his artistic muscles for Marvel Legacy!
Jen Walters Must Die!
…will be the name of this story’s first arc! On November 8, the sensational attorney-turned-super hero enters Marvel Legacy with SHE-HULK #159!
Writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Jahnoy Lindsay present Jen with a new enemy: The Leader. And our hero will do her best to fend him—and that title reference—off as a new era begins for She-Hulk.
We sat down with Jahnoy to hear about Jen’s new look, the Leader’s role, and working with Tamaki.
Marvel.com: Jen’s been through a lot in the past few years. How has all that changed her from a physical perspective?
Jahnoy Lindsay: I think she’s gotten much tougher, which seems kind of weird to think of because she’s always been such a strong character.
Marvel.com: We get a new version of She-Hulk in this book. How has it been getting used to this new style?
Jahnoy Lindsay: Admittedly, it has been a bit challenging, but definitely a ton of fun. I really want to convey just how monstrous and powerful this new She-Hulk can be.
Marvel.com: The Leader’s always been an interesting foil to whatever Hulk he faces—he’s the perfect physical counterpoint to raw power.
Jahnoy Lindsay: Absolutely—it’s the classic battle of brains vs. brawn.
Marvel.com: Mariko’s been steering the SHE-HULK ship for about a year now. How has it been working with her?
Jahnoy Lindsay: It’s been great! Her scripts are easy for me to follow and not too restricting, so I’m able to have fun and do my thing. I feel very blessed to be working with her—and my Editor, Christina Harrington—my first time around.
SHE-HULK #159, by writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Jahnoy Lindsay, drops on November 8!
Mariko Tamaki and Jahnoy Lindsay detail Jen Walters' intro to Marvel Legacy!
She-Hulk continues to struggle with the trauma she experienced during the events of Civil War II, but the villains of the Marvel Universe don’t plan on waiting for her to adjust. The Leader has picked up on Jen’s current state—and believes it might be the perfect time to strike.
Marvel Legacy takes on a green hue when SHE-HULK #159, by writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Jahnoy Lindsay, lands on November 8!
Jennifer Walters needs to come to terms with her new Hulk form if she wants to stand a chance against the Leader’s latest wicked plan. Will she be able to stop fighting herself long enough to confront her old foe?
We spoke with Mariko and Jahnoy to find out.
Marvel.com: She-Hulk has been through a lot since Civil War II, but this threat from The Leader could be the biggest one yet. What has brought him out of the woodwork?
Mariko Tamaki: The Leader has always been lurking, waiting for an opportune moment. And Jen finds herself in a place where she’s a little vulnerable—an ideal time for him to strike.
Marvel.com: As she continues to grapple with her new Hulk form, does Jen even feel like she’s able to face someone like The Leader?
Jahnoy Lindsay: Definitely—Jen still has a lot to work out within herself, but she’s still She-Hulk. She’s ready to take on anyone!
Mariko Tamaki: Jen would never back away from a threat. That’s just not her jam. Even if she’s not sure how she will manage something, it’s really not in her DNA to walk away. So yes, she’s in a place where she doesn’t completely understand her new Hulk form, but she’s always going to step up.
Marvel.com: She-Hulk’s solo series has dealt a lot with Jen’s PTSD following the events of Civil War II—and we’ve explored this focus before. Will that theme continue through Marvel Legacy and into this new arc?
Mariko Tamaki: There are a lot of layers to trauma—so as a theme, and as an experience, it has a lot of twists. For Jen, this feels like a new twist because the previous battles she’s faced, since Civil War II, have been with people she once tried to help. And that couldn’t be further from her situation with The Leader. The Leader wants to end her, and she’s going to have to fight him from a very liminal and complex space. She’s dealing with trauma…but it’s also super villain time.
Marvel.com: Jahnoy, you’re working on this book for the first time. How has everything been so far?
Jahnoy Lindsay: A lot of fun! I’m just really excited and appreciative of the opportunity to contribute to such an important part of this characters story
Marvel.com: And you two are teaming up for the first time—what has your collaboration been like?
Jahnoy Lindsay: Working together has been pretty cool. I think there’s still a lot for me to learn about making comics, so I’m glad to be able to work alongside such an experienced writer like Mariko.
Mariko Tamaki: I am loving what I’ve seen so far.
Marvel.com: What about this new story are you most excited for readers to see?
Mariko Tamaki: The Leader has been a cool character to write for sure. I mean, he has a giant brain, you know? That’s intriguing.
Jahnoy Lindsay: It may be a bit selfish, but there’s a new character we’ve introduced who I just love drawing and learning about, so I’m looking forward to seeing how that person will be received.
Check out SHE-HULK #159, by Mariko Tamaki and Jahnoy Lindsay, on November 8!