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All-New Savage She-Hulk #1: Review

Apr 2009
Fred Van Lente, ?

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W.M.D. Woman of Mass Destruction

Review & Comments

4 stars

All-New Savage She-Hulk #1 Review by (October 19, 2021)

Review: Lyra, the second She-Hulk/Hulk’s daughter, and all around-cool lady warrior gets her own showcase and it’s a good one. Since she would obviously be fighting the Avengers on arrival, it was a great decision to set this during Dark Reign so that the “heroes” she beats up are all bad guy versions. And the intricate tale of her mission across two dimensions culminates in that icky surprise at the end of issue #3 (and again I say ‘Ick”). Boudicca, an annoyingly boastful computer, and the usual She-Hulk make for some comical byplay. And if the cartoonish feminism of Earth-8009 gets oppressive (and silly), remember, you can skim read those bits. All in all, a pretty nice adventure for an underappreciated character. 

Comments: Issue bannered DARK REIGN. A.R.M.O.R. first appeared in MARVEL ZOMBIES 3 #1 and has mostly been in that and related titles; Charles Little Sky was introduced in AVENGERS #304 and was a major supporting character in DARKHAWK before the introduction of A.R.M.O.R. Pencils by Peter Vale and Robert Atkins; inks by Nelson Pereira and Terry Pallot. Includes interviews with Jeff Parker, Paul Tobin, and Fred Van Lente about the new She-Hulk.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

All-New Savage She-Hulk #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

At the Hollow, HQ of the Alternate Reality Monitoring and Operational Response Agency (A.R.M.O.R.), a hostile invader is detected on it way to Park Avenue from Earth-8009. Troops are dispatched to meet it but see nothing—until the invader burst up from underground: Lyra, the Savage She-Hulk. She smashes her way through them, causing an explosion in a gas main and continuing on her mission. Director Charles Little Sky decides to call in a specialist. Lyra recalls her mission:

Back home in Earth-8009 in the United Sisterhood Republic, Lyra was shown by her leader Gynosure that the cradle which births their citizens is broken; completion of this mission will silence Lyra’s critics who disdain her for having a mother (Thundra) and a father (Hulk). She is given a wrist computer called Boudicca and leads a team through the wilderness. In a forest they are attacked by a band of Howlers (modeled after Wolverine)….

Now: Lyra reaches the ruin of Avengers Mansion and is stymied. Jets fly overhead and she leaps into the sky and plucks the pilot from one before destroying it. She questions the pilot, Alex Erde, as to the whereabouts of the Avengers as she seeks the greatest hero of their time. He directs her to Avengers Tower and she takes him along….

Norman Osborn, Director of H.A.M.M.E.R., contacts Little Sky to condemn his handling of Lyra, seeking an excuse to take over A.R.M.O.R. Little Sky gets word that his specialist has arrived on the scene….

And so Lyra is assaulted by Jen Walters, original She-Hulk….

Preview Pages
Click sample interior pages to enlarge them:

Marte Gracia
Alex Garner (Cover Penciler)
Alex Garner (Cover Inker)
Alex Garner (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Simon Bowland.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Savage She-Hulk)

(Jennifer Walters)

(Mac Gargan)

Plus: A.R.M.O.R. (ARMOR), Charles Little Sky.

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