Sporting an Amazonian look, more control over her ability to change, and maintaining her intelligence after transformation, She-Hulk challenges the very definition of the word “Hulk,” presenting a pleasant contrast to the monstrous transformation of her cousin. Jennifer Walters was a shy lawyer prior to a mafia-related shooting, but when Bruce Banner was the only person around with the same blood-type, she became something a little more sensational — practicing lawyer and superhero all rolled into one.
Following the death of The Hulk in the pages of 2016’s Civil War II at the hands of her fellow Avenger and friend, Hawkeye, the Sensational She-Hulk dropped the pronoun and became the star of Hulk – a series focusing on Jennifer’s struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after a fight with Thanos, and grief after the death of Bruce Banner. However, the character’s history wasn’t always solemn and dignified.
Since her first appearance in 1980, She-Hulk has enjoyed some great moments within the pages of Marvel Comics, thanks, in part, to writers such as Stan Lee, John Byrne, Dan Slott, and Charles Soule, but not all of those moments have been particularly wholesome or fun.
We’ve already looked at the most WTF things The Hulk has ever done, but now we take a look back at some of the sensational, savage, and downright weird moments in his cousin’s history. Here are the 15 Most WTF Things She-Hulk Has Ever Done.
15. Almost Getting It On With Her Cousin
In a story that still remains cannon within She-Hulk/Hulk lore, 2000’s Incredible Hulk Annual by Peter Jenkins and Mark Texeria saw the “thirsty” green giant stuck in the throes of a gamma-radiated mating ritual. When She-Hulk tries to approach her cousin to calm him down, he attacks her with much more aggression than expected, leading the Vision to surmise that this, in fact, was an attempt to impress the only female of his “species.”
She-Hulk tries her best to explain that, despite her love for him, and despite the multiple beatings she received while he was in this rage, she and The Hulk can never be together that way due to their familial connection. This leads to a sad and dejected Green Goliath leaping away, and a tearful She-Hulk requesting that her fellow Avengers finally leave him alone.
14. Actually Getting It On With Her Cousin
Well, okay. Maybe this time.
It should be mentioned that this took place in the alternate reality in the 2008 Old Man Logan story arc in the pages of Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Wolverine. In this reality, the villains won, and Wolverine is one of the few last surviving heroes that remains good within a supervillain version of a Mad Max-type of wasteland.
The deed itself is only referred to retroactively through exposition, so She-Hulk doesn’t actually make an appearance. Readers find out that She-Hulk was in fact the only one, on Earth, that Bruce Banner could realistically mate with. Bruce himself is the main antagonist of the series, and was able to remain at full, Hulk-level strength without transformation.
She-Hulk’s survival after most of the heroes have perished raises a lot of questions about consent. Was she a willing participant, or did the now villainous Bruce Banner become even more monstrous than his Hulk transformation ever could be? The results of this unholy union speak for themselves — a troop of green, hulked-out yokels terrorizing what’s left of California in a dystopian nightmare reality.
13. Yelling At Her Own Artist
Breaking the fourth wall may be more famously attributed to Deadpool, but the mercenary was not the first character to do this. It was She-Hulk who was originally known for communicating with the writers and artists of her comic, and she regularly disparages her own creative team for the choices that were being made, in both narrative and visual representation.
Since She-Hulk’s creation, fourth wall awareness has become more common in comic books, but back during the John Byrne era, Sensational She-Hulk volume 1 was setting a trend unlike any other at the time.
Her breaking of the fourth wall was taken to a whole new level, even by her standards, in Sensasional She-Hulk #37, when she rips through “blank” pages in order to tell Byrne that the creative choice was likely to get her book cancelled. John Byrne: meta before it was cool. More on She-Hulk’s fourth wall antics later on in the list.
12. When She Killed John Byrne To Boost Sales
Not typically something you would expect from a superhero, but the She-Hulk is fine with it. In yet another tongue-in-cheek moment, Byrne wrote himself into his final issue of Sensational She-Hulk (something he had done in his previous Fantastic Four run). His final issue was celebrated by having She-Hulk toss him over her head and out the window with ease. With a “yipe!” as he is thrown, and a “squoit” upon landing, comic legend John Byrne was nothing but a smear on the sidewalk.
She-Hulk has nothing much to say on the matter itself, but she does go on to claim that “death sells” and “the death of a super-ego ought to sell at least as many copies of the death of a superman“. Shots fired.
Realistically, we know that Sensational She-Hulk #50 was created by John Byrne and that the decisions of She-Hulk were made by him, but we like to think that the character was doing the driving in the end.
11. Acknowledging That Her Villains Sucked
To be honest, other than fighting some of the heavy-hitting villains throughout the Marvel Universe while a member of teams like The Avengers and Fantastic Four, She-Hulk doesn’t have a particularly strong rogues gallery. This is especially noticeable when the character herself questions the legitimacy of some of the criminals she goes up against.
Sensational She-Hulk #5 brought the hilariously named Doctor Bong into a new era of comic books, having made his first appearance in 1977 in the pages of Howard the Duck. However, despite pre-dating She-Hulk, she can’t help herself asking if his presence in her book was a joke.
She compares the inclusion of the D-list villain to the inclusion of Doctor Doom (although he was taken down by Squirrel Girl once) in the 5th issue of Fantastic Four, referring to Doctor Bong, rather cruelly in our opinion, as a clown. (Yes, okay? We’re siding with the doctor on this one!)
Doctor Bong fell further into obscurity after his run-in with She-Hulk, but he did successfully move away from a life of crime and earned a Ph.D in psychology, likely spurred on by the soul-crushing criticism from Miss Green.
10. Destroying A Hotel Room With Juggernaut
And yes. it’s exactly what you think. In the pages of Uncanny X-Men #435 (2004), She-Hulk and The Juggernaut (famous X-Men villain) trashed a hotel room with their… ahem… amorous activity?
Cain Marko, The Juggernaut, was actually going through a reformed period of heroism at the time, during Chuck Austin’s rather forgettable stint on Uncanny X-Men. So it doesn’t seem all that weird that Jen would take a shine to the big guy. Jen, known for her promiscuity while in She-Hulk form, was actually hired to be his legal defense, making the whole thing a little unethical. However, as we’ve already seen in this list, Hulks need loving too.
Dan Slott later explained away the events of Uncanny X-Men 435, claiming that this was an alternate universe version of She-Hulk and making sure that Austin’s inclusion of the character in the story arc had no lasting ramifications, besides some snarky jokes from her friends and colleagues.
She-Hulk has been presented throughout her history as quite a sexually liberated character and, frankly, we love her all the more for it, even if it is caused by her gamma-radiated blood. Which actually also leads us to…
9. When She Got It On With Hercules
The good news is, she wasn’t signed on as his attorney at the time.
Hercules, for those unfamiliar with the Marvel Comics character, is exactly who you think he is — the Olympian son of Zeus from Greek mythology, first appearing (officially) in Journey into Mystery Annual #1 in 1965. And he just so happens to have been a long-term crush of She-Hulk, but he turns out to be much more of a misogynist than she can abide.
In Peter David and Val Semeiks’ She-Hulk #30, after they team up, readers are faced with a full splash page of a naked She-Hulk, sprawled over the Greek Demigod on a couch. Jen seems just as surprised as anyone at first, but not any more than Hercules is when she leaves him stranded and naked in a parking lot, with his Olympian ass exposed for all the mortals to see.
8. When She Almost Married The Mole Man
In 1991’s Sensational She-Hulk #33, John Byrne finally upgraded the guest starring villain from the likes of Doctor Bong, to a much more recognizable Fantastic Four villain: The Mole Man.
She-Hulk was enlisted to help stop the rampage of Spragg the Living Mountain (yes, that’s really his name) but is captured by The Mole Man. Instead of allowing him to drop her into a vat of melted diamonds, she tries to get him to help stop Spragg, but Mole Man’s price is for her to marry him. Guess mole people aren’t the type to use Tinder.
Jen seems set on keeping her word and arrived at the chapel, ready to become Mrs She-Hulk-Mole-Man (assuming she’d triple-hyphenate), but when she arrives, she notices that her friend and sidekick, Weezi, is nowhere to be seen, later finding her dangling over another vat as an insurance policy. She-Hulk calls off the wedding, stating the lack of trust being the main reason, but it was probably the multiple counts of attempted murder and the fact that he’s living with hundreds of other mole people underground. Mostly the murder thing.
7. When She Actually DID Marry Man-Wolf
Dan Slott has become one of the most well-known writers at Marvel Comics over the last fifteen years, and this is due, in part, to his work on She-Hulk. Back in 2006’s She-Hulk #9, readers get to see what a successful marriage between a gamma-radiated amazonian woman and an anthropomorphized, animal-based character really looks like, much to Mole Man’s expected displeasure.
Man-Wolf was the alter-ego of J. Jonah Jameson’s son, John Jameson. John, thanks to a mystical gemstone, is cursed like a werewolf and forced to transform in the light of a full moon. However, his relationship with Jen was not marred with this curse. The couple had been living together for quite some time before deciding to elope, getting married in Las Vegas.
Eventually, he became Man-Wolf again, but like She-Hulk, he is able to retain his intelligence while in his lycan-form. Unfortunately for John, the feelings Jen had for him were caused by the manipulative mojo by another former lover of She-Hulk’s, Starfox, and the marriage between Man-Wolf and She-Hulk was no more.
6. The Time She Had A Tail
In an attempt to recapture the feeling of the classic “one and done” comics of the gold, silver, and bronze age, Marvel released Avenging Spider-Man — a series of stories in which Spider-Man teamed up with a different Avenger in each issue, taking on different challenges, with alternating writers and artists. Avenging Spider-Man # 7 saw the married creative team of Kathryn and Stuart Immonen give She-Hulk her turn.
This particular story saw Spider-Man tag along on a mission that involved an Egyptian exhibit at the museum, much to the chagrin of She-Hulk. While at the museum, Jen spots a cloaked woman and, of course, follows her to a statue with glowing green eyes. The statue turns out to be an idol of Bastet, the Cat Goddess, and She-Hulk finds herself endowed with a cat tail, surrounded by cats.
The cats merge together to form Bastet, who wishes for She-Hulk to serve her, but Spider-Man uses the mask of a cow and pretends to be Sobek, a servant of the Goddess of War, Neith. Bastet falls for this and returns from whence she came, restoring She-Hulk and removing the tail.
5. When She Done The Fastball Special
Fans of X-Men comics will already know of this technique, but for those not in the know, the fastball special is a move first performed by Wolverine and Colossus. The gist is that Colossus would use his immense strength to throw Wolverine at the enemy, brandishing his claws in flight. Since its conception, Wolverine has been thrown by many heroes across many comics, placing his little Canadian buns into the palms of a lot of allies.
In Dan Slott’s She-Hulk #16, Wolverine teams up with She-Hulk in order to take down the Wendigo. In order to do this, they perform the fastball special, with She-Hulk launching Wolverine at the beast and Logan clawing through its chest, removing its heart. She-Hulk comments on the fact that Wolverine usually performs the move with a guy, remarking that he has a “firm li’l butt” and that he must work out.
4. When She Ripped Vision In Half
Prior to the events of House Of M, the events of Avengers: Disassembled occurred. Itwas perhaps one of the more serious points in She-Hulk’s history, as Scarlet Witch, in the thralls of a mental breakdown, affected Jen’s mind and turned her into a rampaging monster like her cousin, The Hulk. Sadly, this resulted in She-Hulk attacking her friends in the gardens of Avengers Mansion.
Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch took She-Hulk to a rather dark place, because as her rage and lust for blood grows, so does her strength, resulting in the shocking death of one of the most beloved Avengers characters at the time. She literally tore Vision in two.
This was one of the moments when She-Hulk was actually perceived as the villain, her rampage running from Avengers #500 to #501, when she is finally subdued by Tony Stark and placed in SHIELD custody.
3. When She Helped Spider-Man Sue Jameson
She-Hulk isn’t just a career Avenger and back-up to the Fantastic Four, but she’s also a very well established attorney within the Marvel Universe, something that has regularly contributed to She-Hulk stories over the years.
Dan Slott’s near iconic run on She-Hulk from 2004 – 2007 was filled with such legal moments, but none more important that the libel suit she helped Spider-Man file against her father-in-law, J. Jonah Jameson, editor-in-chief of the Marvel Universe’s most famous publication, The Daily Bugle. As an additional WTF, part of the suit was aimed at the one and only Peter Parker.
Taking place in She-Hulk #4, the aptly titled “Web of Lies” took place prior to Peter’s big identity reveal in Civil War #2, so the fact that he is photographer at the Bugle leads to Peter being added as a defendant — quite a difficult position for the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Ultimately, he convinces She-Hulk that he is willing to settle, requesting that Jameson and Parker offer a public apology while dressed in chicken suits. He was probably more than aware of Jen’s courtroom prowess and knew she could help him sue himself, despite not knowing that Spidey and Parker were one and the same.
2. When She Was Forced To Jump Rope In The Nude
She-Hulk and John Byrne are at it again, like an old married couple. The first few pages of Sensational She-Hulk #40 saw Jen in full She-Hulk form completely naked and skipping with a jump rope. Settle down, Byrne was careful to draw the pages in such a way that the spinning rope was covering the more risqué parts of her, although it didn’t leave much to the imagination. However, editor Renee Witterstaetter enters the frame, in true John Byrne style, and reveals that Jen isn’t naked at all, but wearing a slightly more revealing swimsuit.
The image of She-Hulk skipping “naked” remains one of the most iconic moments from John Byrne’s tenure on the book. It’s also another classic moment of breaking the fourth wall, as the whole event came from reader demands and a joke that the character was making in the letters pages of the comic.
However, while iconic, the cover of the issue leaves readers today feeling quite uncomfortable, as the established superhero and lawyer is seen to be in a compromising position, with the hand of Byrne himself handing her the rope – a stark contrast from the empowered version inside.
1. When She Met The World’s Greatest Detective
No, in the pages of Sensational She-Hulk #8, John Byrne introduced a character that he called the World’s Greatest Detective. He arrived to help She-Hulk convict the most maniacal serial killer in New York. He was a fat, jolly man, with snow-white hair and a beard to match, and he was dressed all in red. Nick St. Christopher was his name.
Santa. She-Hulk met Santa Claus. He was there to assist Jen in a legal case and, despite the fourth wall awareness of the character, She-Hulk never actually makes the connection. He even at one point says that he knows who has been naughty and who has been nice, but the UCLA-educated, qualified lawyer and superhero is unable to connect the very festive dots.
What WTF She-Hulk moments did we miss? Let us know in the comments.
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