Writer Mariko Tamaki appears to have confirmed that She-Hulk is amongst the casualties of Marvel’s March solicitation bloodbath, which has so far also seen Hawkeye, Gwenpool, Luke Cage, Iceman, Jean Grey, and Generation X canceled, with America probably gone as well, though no one has officially confirmed that one yet. Defenders also seems to be ending, but that’s more a result of its writer, “The Great One” Brian Bendis, fleeing for the greener pastures of DC Comics. The cancellations were due to low sales, according to Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada’s dozens of tweets defending the decisions, but it hasn’t gone unnoticed that many of the books featured POC or LGBTQ leads.
Bleeding Cool noted last week that the trade paperback collection for She-Hulk Vol. 3 contained 5 issues and ended with March’s She-Hulk #163, as opposed to the six issue contained in volumes 1 and 2, making the cancellation all but confirmed. Now, writer Mariko Tamaki has taken to Twitter to provide pretty definitive proof.
“Greetings Hulk fans,” Tamaki wrote in a statement. “For those of you asking online, yes, it is true, #163 will be my final issue with She-Hulk.”
“That said, these issues coming up are my favorite issues!” Tamaki continued, giving fans a reason to buy the series until the end. “We wanted to leave this series with Jen/She-Hulk ready for all the things she has ahead of her, and I think we’ve done that. Also, we’ve included some more Hulk Smashing, for kicks.”
“I’m fortunate to have had the opportunity to write this character through some serious challenges,” Tamaki concluded. “I worked with an incredible team and collaborated with incredible artists on this series, and I can’t wait to tell you the stuff we are working on next!”
“Which I cannot,” she added. “Or I would tell you. But it is awesome.”
Not so awesome, however, is Marvel’s cancellation of so many of its most creative and original books in a single month.
Editor Christina Harrington also took to Twitter to confirm that it wasn’t just Tamaki’s run on the book that was ending, but the book itself.
Huge thank yous to @MarkPaniccia and @TomBrevoort who fought for this series from day one. When we knew we weren't getting another arc after 163, they let us end Jen's arc on our terms and on terms that made sense for her character.
— Christina Harrington (@Coelacanthkiss) December 26, 2017
Here’s the solicit for She-Hulk’s final issue:
SHE-HULK #163 LEG
(W) Mariko Tamaki (A) Diego Olortegui (CA) Rahzzah
JEN WALTERS MUST DIE Part 5
IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREEN!
• Jen Walters has gone through some stuff. She’s fought golems made of rage and fear, faced monsters twice her size and won tough court battles.
• What’s next for Jen?
• Well…let’s find out.
In Shops: Mar 07, 2018