Jennifer Walters is a talented lawyer and the cousin of Bruce Banner, the Hulk. After being shot by a mobster and seriously injured, she was saved by a blood transfusion from Bruce, and his gamma-irradiated blood mutated Jennifer into the Sensational She-Hulk, kicking off her adventuring career.
Jen wasn't as strong as her cousin, but she maintained her intelligence as She-Hulk, soon learning to control her transformations and even embracing her green form. Throughout the years, Jen fought for justice in court and on the streets, developing great rivalries and friendships, and growing to become a respected leader. She worked for the District Attorney and also fought crime as a member of countless teams, namely the World-famous Avengers and Fantastic Four.
During a recent confrontation with Thanos, She-Hulk took a missile to the chest and was critically injured by the Mad Titan, needing immediate medical assistance. She managed to recover, but the stress from her fight with Thanos added to the loss of her cousin caused Jen to transform into her savage Grey Hulk persona. After therapy, she managed to go back to being green, but when a Celestial imbued Jen with an additional dose of gamma radiation, it affected Jen's transformation, making her bulkier and "savage" once more. She has since rejoined the Avengers as "Hulk" and has become accustomed to her bulkier form.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Early Life
- 1.2 Blood Transfusion
- 1.3 She-Hulk
- 1.4 Secret Wars and FF
- 1.5 She-Hulk, Avenger
- 1.6 Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg, & Holliway
- 1.7 Civil War
- 1.8 S.P.I.N.
- 1.9 Bounty Hunter
- 1.10 Secret Invasion
- 1.11 Red Hulk Saga
- 1.12 She-Hulks
- 1.13 Fearsome Four
- 1.14 Avengers vs. X-Men
- 1.15 New Teams
- 1.16 The Color Grey
- 1.17 The Final Host
- 1.18 Empyre
- 2 Personality
- 3 Powers and Abilities
- 4 Paraphernalia
- 5 Notes
- 6 Trivia
- 7 See Also
- 8 Links and References
Jennifer Sue Walters was born in Los Angeles, California to Sheriff Morris Walters and Elaine Banner Walters. Also the cousin of Bruce Banner, Jen would spend hours in the public library reading books with him and sometimes even hiding at closing time to spend the night there, in order to help Bruce escape from his father's abuse.
When she was younger, Jen wanted to become a dancer, something which her father didn't approve of. One day, while her mother was driving with some friends to see one of her recitals, she was hit by a car and killed, an event which further distanced Jen from her father. Turning her attention to school, Jen was accepted at Harvard University and also attended UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles), where she got her law degree summa com laude.
While working as a lawyer in Los Angeles, Jen was visited by her cousin Bruce, who she hadn't seen in years. He revealed to her that he had become the Hulk, and Jen invited him home so they could talk about it. On the way there, agents of Nicholas Trask, a crime boss who had crossed paths with Jen's father, shot and seriously wounded her. She had been defending a gangster who had been double-crossed by Trask, and she had spread the rumor that she had evidence to incriminate Trask in order to shake him up. Bruce fended off the attackers and then broke into a doctor's office to treat her. Realizing Jennifer was going to die, Bruce gave her a transfusion of his own blood as there were no other supplies available. Jen died, but, thanks to the transfusion, she was thrown into the Below-Place, where she was able to enter the metaphysical Green Door and come back to life.
After she stabilized, he had her admitted to a local hospital. However, this came to the attention of the police, who considered Bruce a suspect in Jennifer's attack, and Bruce changed into the Hulk to flee. Meanwhile, Trask's thugs attempted a second hit on Jennifer, causing the danger to activate the gamma radiation particles in the transfused blood, turning her skin green and increasing her size to well over six feet. The goons were taken aback at what happened, and commented: "it's some kinda she-hulk". Jennifer's voice boomed out "You called me a She-Hulk, so that's what I'll be," and trapped the thugs for the police to find. With the emergency over, she reverted to her normal size and strength, successfully keeping her secret identity.
Trask paid off a local trucker to keep quiet about a shipment coming in from Stark Industries containing advanced technology. He had the trucker killed as well as the men turning state's evidence, laying the blame on She-Hulk. He tried to kill Jen again but ended up killing Jill Ridge. The contents of the crates were revealed to be robotic parts to which he built a "She-Hulk Robot," but she was able to destroy it. Trask abducted Sheriff Walters, giving him more advanced weaponry from Stark Industries to kill She-Hulk, keeping him ignorant that she was his daughter. Trask even rigged it so it would explode killing them both.
She-Hulk spotted the flaw and saved herself and her father. Trask next constructed a massive earth-boring device called the "Silver Serpent" using the Stark tech. He planned to drain Roxxon Oil dry, allowing him to buy out the company. She-Hulk investigated and discovered the machine, but, during the fight, the drill malfunctioned and continued to go deep into the Earth with Trask inside, resulting in his demise.
Secret Wars and FF
After a brief solo career (during which she met Hellcat), Jen grew comfortable with her Hulk form and joined the Avengers. This led to her being transported to Battleworld by the Beyonder and her participation in the first Secret Wars, most notable to Jen for her first confrontation with the newly empowered Titania.
Being with the Fantastic Four allowed her to visit the Microverse for the first time, albeit not in the most pleasant of circumstances. Once there, she was separated from the others and forced to work on the old Mines of Nuvidia, where she was given no food nor water. There, she met Queen Pearla, an old ally of the FF, and discovered that Psycho-Man had conquered her kingdom using his armor and his emotion ray to spread fear among Pearla's forces and defeat them. She-Hulk had also been affected, hence her inability to fight back against her captors, but after seeing Pearla in danger she embraced her courage once more and fought an entire battalion to take her to safety. By the time they reunited with Reed and Susan, they'd already defeated Psycho-Man.
After her trip to the Microverse, She-Hulk had to prevent a radiation leak in a downed S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. This radiation exposure apparently mutated Jennifer to the point that she could not transform back into her original form. But this was an agreeable turn of events for her since she preferred her She-Hulk form anyway.
She-Hulk left the Fantastic Four after the return of the Thing and rejoined the Avengers following the Masters of Evil's attack on the mansion. During this tenure with the team, She-Hulk and the other members were influenced by Doctor Druid and his lover, Nebula, to appoint him chairman of the team. After Druid and Nebula were lost in space-time, She-Hulk and the two remaining members disbanded the team for a time.
After appearing before the Supreme Court and battling Titania again, Jen returned to the Avengers, after Captain America revamped the team, but would stay long periods of time away from the team.
She-Hulk joined the staff of District Attorney Blake Tower, where she met Louise "Weezi" Mason, formerly the Golden Age superheroine called the Blonde Phantom; during this period, she discovered that Mason had manipulated Towers into hiring She-Hulk so that Mason could again star in a comic book and thus avoid dying of old age. Mason's husband, also a former comic book character, had passed away three years ago, but other, more popular characters from the era, such as Captain America and Namor the Sub-Mariner, were still around.
She eventually rejoined the Avengers after their return from Counter-Earth, but soon became inactive and briefly joined the Defenders at the request of Hellcat. After this stint, she became a full-time member of Earth's Mightiest Heroes once more and was part of the team when they were recognized by the U.N. as a sovereign nation.
One of their first missions after this historical event led them to South Dakota, where a mysterious red cloud started killing people in a matter of seconds upon contact. Despite some conflicts with the U.S. military, She-Hulk and the rest of the team, with the exception of the immune Jack of Hearts, donned protective suits and ventured into the red cloud to solve the mystery. There, they discovered a secret government lab and realized the cloud was an American bio-weapon. While investigating further, She-Hulk used her super strength to open a blast door that revealed a battalion of AIM soldiers locked behind it. Upon realizing who their saviors were, the battalion opened fire on the Avengers. She-Hulk protected Wanda, the Scarlet Witch, but her protective suit was compromised. Jack of Hearts tried to get her out of the cloud to save her life, but unintentionally absorbed her gamma radiation and made her revert to her human form, further complicating her situation.
The accumulated stress made Jen lose control of her powers and unleash her savage personality. She injured several Avengers and went berserk in Bone, Idaho, virtually destroying the whole town. With Jen's fear and rage at an all-time high the assembled Avengers couldn't stop her. Only the Hulk himself was able to slow her down until Jack of Hearts was able to use his powers to balance her gamma levels and she regained control over her savage side.
Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg, & Holliway
Jennifer's Avengers status eventually conflicted with her work at the DA's office, and Tower let her go. She was hired as a lawyer for the Superhuman Law division of the New York firm of Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg & Holliway. While training for a bout against the Elder of the Universe known as the Champion, Jen increased her strength level phenomenally. She took to wearing a modified version of John Jameson's Jupiter Suit to keep her strength under control.
Jen thought she developed enough control to operate without the Jupiter suit, but her worst fear came true when Scarlet Witch went temporarily insane and used her magic to cause Jen to lose control again. This time, she nearly killed Captain America and tore the Vision in half with her bare hands.
Although she had been manipulated, She-Hulk was devastated at her part in the Vision's death and the destruction of the town of Bone, Idaho. Ashamed, She-Hulk quit the Avengers to resume her law career and spend more time as plain Jennifer Walters.
During Civil War, she was able to change forms at will again. Jennifer rediscovered she sometimes had wildly different views and opinions in each form, while as She-Hulk she came out publicly in favor of the Superhuman Registration Act, as Jennifer Walters she understood the views of those against the Act. Before the war really started, Jen and John Jameson, who she met when he was the Wolf-Man, precipitously eloped in Las Vegas. This relationship did not last long as she later learned that Starfox, whose mind had been damaged by his brother Thanos thus affecting his powers, had made Jennifer love John as he loved her, leading her to seek an annulment.
For a short time, the Registration Act was used to have Jennifer be an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and work alongside the Hulkbusters while her cousin Bruce was 'missing'. During this time she was under the command of Clay Quartermain, whom she also slept with, and was ordered to fight the Abomination in Reno. Jennifer also fought a Wendigo alongside Wolverine who she hit on, though he was uninterested as he believed she had slept with Juggernaut. Jennifer and the Hulkbusters went on to capture many of the Hulk's rogues gallery for a S.H.I.E.L.D. operation known as 'Project Achilles', including Zzzax who escaped and began influencing the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier's systems while Jennifer was in bed with the current director Tony Stark, leading her to fight an army of Nick Fury LMD's in her underwear.
She-Hulk discovered that S.H.I.E.L.D. knew of her cousin's whereabouts after sending him off into space and went to confront Stark, leading to a fight where she compared him to Doctor Doom and he injected her with S.P.I.N. Tech, the second phase of Project Achilles, that inhibited her powers and knocker her out while turning her back into her human form. During World War Hulk, Amadeus Cho temporarily restored her powers and she defeated Doc Samson in battle. Later Tony Stark temporarily restored her powers so she could help evacuate New York City. She tried to convince the Hulk to stop his attack, but she was defeated and held captive with the other heroes at Madison Square Garden, which the Hulk had converted into a gladiatorial arena.
Stark then turned her powers back off. Jennifer then regained her powers after having the nanites in her system removed by Reed Richards, using a device designed to let people from Earth A have their atoms realigned with their superpowered Earth-616 counterparts.
After having her powers returned to her, Walters began operating as She-Hulk again. During this time she was disbarred from her position as a lawyer and began working freelance for Freeman Bonding Inc, a subsidiary of her law firm, as a licensed bounty hunter alongside the daughter of the Super-Skrull Kl'rt known as Jazina. Walters was tasked with bringing in the cousin of the Absorbing Man Carl Creel, Rocky Davis, after he skipped on his bail and had to fight the Absorbing Man who Rocky was hiding out with. During the fight, Creel's miniaturized wife Titania slipped into She-Hulk's ear to attack her from the inside while the fight spread to a nearby mall. She-Hulk managed to get the upper hand in the fight again when a blow from Absorbing Man's Ball and Chain knocked Titania out of her ear and She-Hulk was able to defeat Creel with help from Jazinda who was posing as 'Jennifer Walters'.
At this time Jennifer and Jazinda were both living in RV's parked in Dona Little's Trailer Park. After getting paid for bringing in Rocky Davis, She-Hulk went for a drink at a bar where she was approached by Bran Murphy, a man she had never met before who charmed her before detonating a bomb in an office building across the street. She-Hulk and Jazinda tracked the bomber to Cleveland, Ohio. On their way, while driving through the national park of Allentown, Pennsylvania, they were seemingly attacked by a spaceship though they quickly learned that the occupant, Cazon an alien Froma from the gamma-irradiated planet Chize had mistaken She-Hulk for one of his people and was seeking their help. She-Hulk did not want to help him as had given up on being an altruistic hero, though she did intervene when Cazon was attacked by a Badoon. Cazon turned out to be a mass murderer who attempted to kill Jazinda after murdering a civilian woman, after a brief battle with the Badoon bounty hunter who was after Cazon, She-Hulk helped him to capture the killer although Jazinda then killed him herself.
She-Hulk and Jazinda carried on their way to Ohio in search of Bran Murphy but had to turn around and go back to Allentown, after Larry Ryan the husband of the woman murdered by Cazon was arrested on suspicion of killing her. She-Hulk hoped to explain the situation and get Larry out of jail but was herself arrested when the Allentown Police Department misunderstood and believed she was breaking him out, after she accidentally damaged his cell. Jennifer called and begged Mallory Book to represent Larry, who she was able to prove to the court was innocent after calling Tony Stark in to testify that Ryan's wife truly had been murdered by an alien. She-Hulk and Jazinda finally tracked Bran down to Cleveland, where she wound up arrested again after confronting Bran at the Cleveland Browns Stadium where Bran was serving as a bodyguard for Arthur Moore, who had a restraining order against She-Hulk and who was the man who got her disbarred and who had been with Bran for the past week when She-Hulk saw him in New York with a different accent and tattoo.
She-Hulk then revealed to her cellmate Monique, a woman who was arrested for beating a man who tried to sell her seven-year-old daughter heroin, what had led to these events including why she was operating as a bounty hunter rather than a lawyer. She-Hulk had been hired to represent Arthur Moore while working for GLK&B after she regained her powers. Moore had used his talismans to rob first national bank as well as charges for animal cruelty and was suspected of being involved in local cases of missing children. She-Hulk successfully argued Moore out of the charges, after which Moore used his magic to show both She-Hulk and Mallory Book an illusion that he was indeed guilty and had ritualistically sacrificed the local missing children after turning them into animals, as this information was provided to them under attorney/client privilege they were unable to do anything with what they then knew. Moore had been purposefully goading She-Hulk so as to get her to attack him so that he could 'destroy her' by getting her disbarred, which happened after she revealed to reporters who witnessed the fight what she knew of Moore's crimes. The children were then found prisoner in a cabin in upstate New York, Moore having used the illusion solely to provoke She-Hulk.
She-Hulk was released from jail and the charges were dropped against her after Moore was murdered and the District Attorney's office wanted her help, she agreed to help them on the condition that Monique also be released with her charges dropped. She soon learned that Moore's murder was not the only reason she had been released, a giant-sized Bran Murphy was also being chased through the city of Cleveland by an enraged Hercules who was a wanted man at the time. She-Hulk learned that Bran had been playing host for Bendigeidfran 'Bran' the Blessed, a Celtic god who Hercules stopped via decapitation. She-Hulk then broke her personal vow to refrain from playing 'sexual pinball' by sleeping with Hercules.
When Jazinda told Jennifer that Skrulls were hiding on Earth and that an invasion was imminent, the two began tracking Nogor the Talisman, a Skrull representing the Skrull Gods and who Jazinda had felt the presence of, as all Skrulls could.
This investigation led them to Detroit, Michigan, where the Skrull, disguised as Longshot, was travelling with the mutant Armando Muñoz, who was unaware that his companion was a Skrull. Jazinda and Jennifer both tried to apprehend Nogor, but Armando, and later X-Factor intervened. Jennifer incapacitated Monet St. Croix and Strong Guy, but Madrox managed to effectively slow her down by creating hundreds of dupes to hold her off.
While She-Hulk was being kept busy, Monet located "Longshot" and Darwin, telepathically scanning "Longshot" and finding nothing to suggest he might be a Skrull, though Darwin's powers revealed him as one moments later. With the secret out, She-Hulk and Jazinda teamed up with X-Factor to fight the exposed Nogor, who was trying to recruit Darwin to the Skrulls side. While Nogor was distracted by Darwin, She-Hulk was then able to throw a decisive blow, which gave Jazinda a chance to place a device on him to nullify his powers.
The two of them wanted to use Nogor to try and stop the Skrulls, but were unsure of who to trust on Earth. After freeing some humans from a small Skrull ship, they were met by Jazinda's father Kl'rt, who had tracked Jazinda to kill her for betraying the Empire. Jen jumped to her friend's defense, keeping Kl'rt away from her, but Nogor got free and also attacked Jazinda.
After Jen was temporarily blinded by Kl'rt, the Super-Skrull killed his daughter but, after hearing She-Hulk's words about his son and the grief associated with his loss, he decided to prevent Nogor from removing the Gem from Jazinda and leave her with Jen so she could return to life.
Red Hulk Saga
Jennifer tasked Ben Urich to discover the identity of the Red Hulk. While She-Hulk went M.I.A. following a battle between the Hulk and the Red Hulk, a Red She-Hulk appeared claiming Jennifer Walters was dead. It was later shown in a flashback that Red She-Hulk prevented Jennifer Walters from escaping from AIM custody. During this battle, Red She-Hulk brutally beat Jennifer and snapped her neck with a cable. Though the Red She-Hulk claimed she didn't know her own strength and questioned Doc Samson whether it was the real She-Hulk or a Life-Model Decoy, to which Samson answered "You're here to follow orders, not to ask questions". Lyra later infiltrated the Intelligencia, where she found Jennifer in stasis.
After the defeat of the Intelligencia, Jennifer took Lyra to live with her in New York. During a charity event, she spotted the newly-rebuilt Vision and promptly sought to make amends with him due to her being driven to her primal Hulk state and tearing him in half as part of one of the times Wanda lost her grip on her sanity and control of her powers. They had a brief conversation, where she expressed her regret for what happened, and Vision forgave her. She then told him not to get mad at Wanda before leaving.
During the Serpent's War, Jen formed a team called the Fearsome Four with Howard the Duck, Frankenstein's Monster, and Nighthawk to stop the Man-Thing who found himself driven to an uncontrollable rage, caused by the immense levels of fear generated by the Serpent's hammer-wielders across the globe. Facing various alternate universe heroes and the Psycho-Man, brought to Earth by the Man-Thing's connection to the Nexus of All Realities, the four were eventually able to confront their own fears and calm the Man-Thing, bringing an end to his rampage and saving the world before going their separate ways.
Jennifer sided with the Avengers in the conflict against the X-Men and was sent to keep an eye on the Jean Grey School together with Moon Knight and Falcon after some of the school's teachers decided to join Cyclops. A fight soon broke out as Frenzy goaded Moon Knight. Jennifer seriously injured some kids who tried to attacked her which led to the rest of the school's faculty attacking them as well.
When the original Fantastic Four planned a trip through time and space, they decided to call four replacements just in case something would happen. The Thing's replacement was Jen, and the four original members indeed got lost in their adventure.
After the disbandment of her previous teams, Jennifer encountered Singularity, just before the two were attacked by Antimatter, who had pursued Singularity from orbit. Queen Medusa then arrived with a large force of Inhumans and placed handcuffs on Singularity, planning to turn her over to Antimatter.
After Antimatter killed an Inhuman, however, Medusa was convinced that delivering Singularity to it was not the best approach, and the three women engaged Antimatter in combat, quickly finding themselves outmatched. Hoping to buy themselves some time, Medusa utilized a piece of prototype Inhuman technology to teleport Antimatter near the Moon and the trio was then teleported by Singularity to Japan, accidentally crashing the wedding of Nico Minoru's cousin. They quickly explained the situation to Nico as Antimatter arrived once more, only to be temporarily banished by the magic of the Staff of One.
The rest of the women demanded that Singularity explain what was happening and what she knew about Antimatter. As Singularity told them about her time in Battleworld, Captain Marvel called them to discuss a plan to use Singularity as bait and lure the pursuing entity into being bombarded with light particles in order to find its weakness. Hearing this, Singularity told them she knew exactly who could help them, so they traveled to Miami to meet Alison Blaire.
After another attack by Antimatter, Singularity transported all of them to the Alpha Flight Low-Orbit Space Station. There was a brief pause in the action before the team changed into space suits to fight Antimatter outside the space station. During the fight, Alison was hit by an energy blast, which killed her when it depressurized her spacesuit. Back on the A.F.S.S., Singularity blamed herself for being talked into staying behind and teleported to the Blue Area of the Moon alone, in order to confront Antimatter once and for all.
She-Hulk, Minoru, and Captain Marvel soon came to reinforce Singularity, while Medusa placed a bomb inside Antimatter. When the bomb exploded, a revived Alison teleported in and whisked Singularity away just in time. After Antimatter was defeated, they all went to a diner and She-Hulk asked her how she came back to life, with Alison stating that she didn't entirely understand it.
After some discussion about who the team leader should be, they traveled to Astoria, Oregon, to fight the mysterious shape-shifter known as the Countess. While there, the team, now going by A-Force, encountered Alison's displaced Thor counterpart, who was fighting the Countess before their arrival. They decided to join the battle, but the Countess disappeared. Unknown to them, she was actually lurking in the shadows and soon took control of Nico's mind to betray her teammates.
Knowing that Nico was their only chance of defeating the Countess and realizing that she was already pushing her powers to the limit, She-Hulk devised a plan to separate her from Nico and allow them to sneak behind her back to rescue her. The operation went according to plan and, thanks to Dazzler Thor's sacrifice, Nico was able to defeat the Countess. After this, She-Hulk was officially declared the team leader.
The Color Grey
A-Force formed part of a group of heroes that intercepted the Mad Titan Thanos when he assaulted the Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. Facility in search for a Cosmic Cube. The heroes were initially at an advantage, since they had become aware of Thanos' attack before it happened due to a vision from the Inhuman precog Ulysses Cain. Thanos was defeated, but not before he managed to kill War Machine and critically injured She-Hulk after the heroes had lost their initial edge. Awakening in a hospital bed to find Tony Stark arguing with Carol Danvers, Jen was outraged that Stark believed they shouldn't have used Ulysses' powers and urged Carol to fight for what she believed in before dying of a heart attack.
Ulysses' vision became a source of discord in the superhuman community, erupting in the second superhuman Civil War. Sent to the Below-Place, where she was traumatized by an encounter with Brian Banner, Jen resurrected to the news that Hawkeye had killed Bruce Banner based on one of Ulysses' visions, and had been acquitted on trial. With her cousin's death and with her body still recovering, Jen dropped out of her superhero life and became a lawyer again. However, the stress from these events would occasionally cause Jen to uncontrollably transform into her Grey Hulk persona, who had a substantial increase in muscle mass, but a decrease in mental acuity.
At her new firm, Bradley was appointed as her assistant and, as soon as she got to the office, she was notified she had her first client, Maise Brewn, waiting for her. Maise was also recovering from trauma and was being evicted by her landlord, Mr. Tick, so Jennifer agreed to help her. Despite Jennifer's effort, Maise grew impatient and summoned a Fear Golem that killed Mr. Tick, a couple of cops, and even tried to kill Jen, but she transformed into her new Grey Hulk persona and defeated the golem, ultimately stopping Maise from committing suicide. In the end, Maise was arrested for reckless endangerment.
Later, Jennifer was watching a live baking video on the internet when a baker named Oliver turned into a Hulk-like creature on camera. Jennifer hulked out to stop said monster, nearly killing him if not for the intervention of Hellcat, who had recently become her closest friend.
After fighting the new Thor and having to face yet another hulk-level monster (this time, part of one of the Leader's plan), Jen decided to meet Florida Mayer, a best-selling author of many self-help books that had been trying to help Jen since her accident. During the session, Flo gave Jen a special pill to help her find herself and, suddenly, Jen began experiencing its effects, appearing to have become a giant floating head. After confronting her Hulk persona and Thanos in her subconscious, she regained a body and encountered Bruce, having to finally confront all her fear, rage, and insecurity. When she woke up, after saying goodbye to her cousin, she had torn Flo's room apart and was back to being green She-Hulk.
The Final Host
When the Final Host of Dark Celestials attacked the Earth, they infected all normal Celestials with the Horde and tossed them at the planet. Jennifer happened to be near the site where Eson the Searcher made landfall and the godly giant telepathically drew her to seek her help. The Celestial imbued Jen with an additional dose of gamma radiation, increasing the power levels of her hulked-out self. The power-up affected Jen's transformation, making her bulkier and "savage" once more.
While assisting the Celestials, the Jen crossed paths with a group of heroes that became the reformed Avengers following the Dark Celestials' defeat. During this time, Jen started going by "Hulk" and became romantically infatuated with Thor Odinson. The beginning of their relationship was rocky at first, with Jen initially believing that Thor had no interest in her normal self and only desired the Hulk, but she realized that wasn't true after they had a heart-to-heart conversation and kissed.
After a while with the team, Walters realized she was more comfortable in her bulkier Hulk form than she had been with her previous ones, having grown increasingly disgusted and angry with how others had objectified her and not always taken her seriously due to her attractive appearance.
After the Avengers received a call from the Blue Area of the Moon, they went to investigate it only to meet Swordsman and Quoi of the Cotati. While warning the heroes about the coming of the United Alliance, Swordsman directed the Hulk to a hidden place in their garden and one of the Cotati mages used the tendrils of the ultra-strong centaurian ironwood to restrain her. This allowed the Swordsman to kill her and infest her as a sleeper agent, to infiltrate Earth's heroes.
During the Empyre invasion on Earth, when the Thing, Invisible Woman, and Mantis tried to convince Quoi to give up his vendetta against non-plant based beings, the Cotati-possessing Hulk revealed itself and attacked them.
Jennifer, however, was able to return to life due to Samuel Sterns, who had figured out a way to control the Green Door. She burned the Cotati out of her system after hearing Ben Grimm state that she was still family and he wouldn't quit on her, just like she wouldn't on others. She then joined the fight against the Cotati in Wakanda, where the combined forces of Earth and Alliance finally defeated them.
Jen's personality has changed over the decades: originally ill-tempered and violent, she later became a fun-loving, kind, empathetic, yet still feisty woman who frequently uses humor when fighting. Walters has made it clear that she prefers not to kill those she fights, especially if her enemies have already been rendered unable to fight. Walters is also known for charitable works related to her own mistakes and actions, such as the disaster relief organization she aided after almost destroying a small town in her savage form.
Walters is known as an idealistic lawyer, that has been known for championing the rights of minorities and the rights of individuals against corporations. Walters' beliefs have sometimes led to difficulties regarding her stance on unjust laws such as the Superhuman Registration Act, and her cousin's exile to space by those she was unable to seek a lawful resolution from.
Jennifer has at times become dependent upon her powers, viewing her She-Hulk form as being better and more true to who she is, and wants to be, than that of Jennifer Walters, and opting to remain transformed as much as she can. This insistence of remaining as She-Hulk has caused problems in her relationships at times, such as with John Jameson, who preferred her to stay as Jen. She has also developed mental blocks due to stress and trauma at times which have stopped her from being able to transform into She-Hulk.
After years of being objectified and sexually harassed as She-Hulk, Jen would come to prefer her Celestial-augmented Hulk form over her previous She-Hulk form, despite fearing she could lose control of her power.
Powers and Abilities
Gamma Mutate Physiology: As a result of a blood transfusion from her cousin Bruce Banner, AKA the Hulk, Jen Walters was imbued with the power of the One Below All and became a gamma mutate with abilities similar to her cousin's.
- Physical Transformation: Jennifer Walters is able to alter her physical form into a female version of the Hulk. As She-Hulk, Walters' skin, hair, and eyes all turn green. Unlike her cousin, the Hulk, or rather certain Hulk incarnations, Jennifer retains her full intelligence and personality in her She-Hulk form. Jen also possesses alternate Hulk forms, such as her Grey Hulk persona that appeared following her death at Thano's hands; and her more powerful bulky form that she assumed after being augmented by Celestials.
- Superhuman Strength: In her She-Hulk form, Jennifer Walters possesses immense super strength, being able to lift over 100 tons. Currently, her strength is so great she nearly matches the Immortal Hulk.
- Superhuman Speed
- Superhuman Durability: In addition to her strength, She-Hulk possesses a high degree of resistance to injury. Her skin is capable of withstanding tremendous pressures, temperatures from -190 F to 3,000 F, and she's capable of withstanding direct hits by field-artillery cannon shells.
- Regenerative Healing Factor: She-Hulk's body possesses high resistance to injury and pain, and her highly efficient physiology renders her immune most Earthly diseases.
- Gamma Shockwave: Following her Celestial augmentation, when sufficiently enraged Jen is capable of unleashing omnidirectional blasts of Gamma energy - creating explosions powerful enough to level city blocks.
- Resurrective Immortality: As with the Hulk and other Gamma empowered beings, She-Hulk is immortal and cannot permanently die.
- Body Switch: Thanks to training by the Ovoid alien race, She-Hulk can exchange her physical characteristics and powers with the physical characteristics and powers of another being.
Expert Combatant: She-Hulk is trained in martial arts and knows which nerves to strike to render an opponent unconcious.
Law Degree: Jennifer attended UCLA School of Law and Harvard Law School; though details are not provided. She has shown great versatility in her legal practice, representing criminal defendants, corporations, and even domestic violence victims.
In her She-Hulk form, Jennifer Walters possesses immense super strength, being able to lift over 100 tons. She was able to easily defeat the Champion of the Universe (while he wasn't using the Power Gem), effortlessly supported the Thing's maximum weight with a single arm, threw an arm-wrestling competition with Hercules to spare his feelings, and effortlessly manhandled a Thanos clone. Currently, her strength is so great she nearly matches the Immortal Hulk, who took down Thor in one blow.
- She-Hulk's Vibranium Containment Suit: A bikini-like suit created by Black Panther for Jen to control her gamma emissions.
- Avengers Identicard, giving her "Full Security Clearance.
- She was given John Jameson's Jupiter Suit.
Usual vehicles used by the team she is with.
- In a few occasions, when exposed to excess Gamma Radiation her body goes into an overloaded state. She has control over her body and can speak but acts on emotion only. Her overall size also doubles as she is exposed to more radiation.
- In her original She-Hulk form, Captain America (Sam Wilson) and Tony Stark considered her to be a Beta Level Threat.
- Celebrating her 100th issue (She-Hulk (Vol. 2) #3, 2006) several of the original She-Hulk artists returned, including Scott Kolins (Pages 7-9), Mike Vosburg (Pages 10-12), Mike Mayhew (Pages 19-20), and many more. All her past and present greatest moments where featured, including all her different uniforms. In addition, Savage She-Hulk #1 and Sensational She-Hulk #1 were reprinted to bring the page total to 100. As a final bonus, Jennifer breaks the 4th wall again by looking directly at the readers.
- Walters shared her Savage title with Lyra (Hulk's genetic offspring), in the limited/back-up series "Savage She-Hulk Vol 2".
- She-Hulk has a grey version of her own, just like her cousin. In this state, Jennifer loses complete control of herself, is far larger and stronger (equal to Mr. Fixit), and has a broken speech pattern. After Civil War II, her Grey Hulk persona reappeared due to severe stress brought on by a devastating fight with Thanos and the loss of her cousin Bruce Banner.
- She-Hulk routinely breaks the "fourth wall" with the use of what she calls "comic awareness."
- Jennifer Walters' favorite drink is "Grape Nehi".
- According to the "Baby's First Christmas 1960" ornament at her father's house in Sensational She-Hulk #36, Jen Walters was 31 years old at the time, which is a reference to the joke that started in Sensational She-Hulk #4.
- Walters knows American Sign Language.
- In her 30th anniversary issue, She-Hulk: Sensational #1, Jennifer brings up fan complaints including the 2008 comic cancellation, Lyra taking her name, her lost team affiliations, and more. Other references from her past issues include Doctor Bob Doom (Sensational She-Hulk #18) and Weezi being the bailiff in her court hearings (Sensational She-Hulk #4-60).
- Much like Spider-Woman, She-Hulk was created primarily as a trademark effort. The popularity of the '70s "Incredible Hulk" TV series led to Marvel wanting to own the trademark to a female Hulk before someone else could do so and profit from it.
- A live-action motion picture for She-Hulk was planned in the late 1980s. Marvel Comics had been interested in producing the film for several years due to the prior success of its 1977 Incredible Hulk film. At the time Marvel Comics did not yet have the self-sustaining finances to generate big budget films for their characters, so they often sought out outside financial backers for various projects. Marvel hired statuesque actress Brigitte Nielsen to pose for photos dressed in She-Hulk garb in order to give potential investors a visual idea of what can be done with the character. Nielsen had previously filmed a movie for Marvel Comics/MGM in 1985 ("Red Sonja") and they felt she was the best candidate for the role. Not finding success with U.S. investors, Marvel took the photos to pitch the idea overseas to find little interest there as well. Alas, the only real interest found were in comic book readers who discovered the photos printed in various magazines at the time.
- Another live-action She-Hulk project was developed in 1990. Volleyball player Gabrielle Reece would star as Jennifer Walters, with Bill Bixby reprising his role as the Incredible Hulk. A series pilot was never filmed, however, and the plans were eventually cancelled.
- While going through sessions of psychoactive calisthenics to control her surge in gamma radiation levels, She-Hulk described herself as being an Omega Level threat.
- The Hulk had to fight the Champions while trying to get Jennifer to Cedar Sinai Hospital to have her appendix removed after it ruptured while they were stuck in traffic.
- Despite not being a member of the X-Men, Jennifer has performed the Fastball Special with Logan, Patsy and Laura Kinney. She has also been thrown herself a couple of times, by The Thing and Medusa.
- During her time as Hulk, Jen temporarily possessed the power of the Iron Fist and was empowered by the Phoenix.
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