Writer: Mariko Tamaki / Artist: Georges Duarte / Marvel Comics
We open with Jen Walter at a Trauma Club, being as judgmental as anyone else would be. That cynical side of Jen Walters has been showing more in this iteration of her character since her injury. Tamaki makes Walters very relatable in this scenario, especially when she is questioned on her emotions and how she is actually doing with what has happened to her. It is here we see Walters at her most every-woman right before we’re taken into how she vents.
Duarte draws a very gruff She-Hulk which fits with how she can be interpreted when in her gray from. Seeing Jen stomp around in this form in this safe space she made herself makes it feel that she’s done this before. I’m pretty invested in this aspect of Walter’s healing. We get a guest cameo from Hellcat, the two engage in a very revealing conversation about Walters getting used to this new Hulk form.
There’s a lot more to get into this issue as the bridge into the next arc is set up through the cooking shows Walters watches to control her episodes. Tamaki is unraveling more layers of Walters in this new introspective look into how trauma affects the psyche of a Hulk.
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