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All-New Savage She-Hulk #2: Review

May 2009
Fred Van Lente, ?

Story Name:

Universal Monster

Review & Comments

4 stars

All-New Savage She-Hulk #2 Review by (October 26, 2021)

Review: See issue #1 for full review.

Comments: Issue bannered DARK REIGN. Pencils by Peter Vale and Michael Ryan; inks by Victor Cifuentes and Terry Pallot.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

All-New Savage She-Hulk #2 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

She-Hulk, called out by A.R.M.O.R. to deal with the threat from another dimension, tries to talk Lyra into surrendering peacefully, joking that she can get her Thundra’s autograph. Mention of her mother induces Lyra to clobber the uncomprehending Jen and the battle is on. Norman Osborn watches remotely, seeing the chaos as furnishing a pretext for H.A.M.M.E.R. to take over A.R.M.O.R., as he explains to Ares. Pilot Alex Erde tells H.A.M.M.E.R. that Lyra is looking for the “greatest hero of the era,” which interests the newly arrived Sentry. As the two She-Hulks battle it out, Jen refers to Thundra as a hero, which enrages Lyra; in her world, “hero” is an obscene word….

Earlier, in Earth-8009, Lyra and her team of women warriors fight a band of male berserkers called the Howlers, modelled after Wolverine. They drive the enemy off but one of the women, Syrani, is gravely wounded. Lyra offers to heal her using treatments recorded by Boudicca but the woman refuses, as none of them trust Lyra, seeing her as a monster. So Syrani dies a warrior’s death and is buried. The women come to Gateway (St. Louis), inhabited by other male tribes: the Crawlers (after Venom), Men of Gold (Sentry), Goblinkin (Green Goblin), and Wargods (Ares). As the women create a diversion, Lyra enters the building housing the men’s birth cradles, which was the HQ of Origins Unlimited, a company offering genetic treatments to give customers super-powers, leading to the current conditions. Lyra takes the needed circuitry out of the men’s cradle, a bit uncertain over ending the men’s ability to create young, and departs, only to be attacked by her teammate Nella….

As Lyra pounds Jen, she denounces Thundra for fleeing to the world of superheroes who ended up destroying her world—and reveals that Thundra was her mother. But Jen also learns Lyra’s number one flaw: the madder she gets, the weaker she becomes. Then Sentry arrives and tosses Shulkie into the sky and presents himself as the greatest hero of the era. Lyra responds that she is seeking Norman Osborn. And Iron Patriot arrives with his Avengers, Spider-Man (Venom), Wolverine (Daken), Captain Marvel (Noh-Varr) in tow….

“Court Costs!”
Writer: Chris Claremont. Pencils: Alan Davis. Inks: Josef Rubinstein. Colors: Paul Becton. Letters: Tom Orzechowski
Reprinted from SOLO AVENGERS (1987 series) #14.

Preview Pages
Click sample interior pages to enlarge them:

Marte Gracia
J. Scott Campbell (Cover Penciler)
(Unknown artist) (Cover Inker)
Edgar Delgado (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Simon Bowland.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Savage She-Hulk)

(Jennifer Walters)

(Mac Gargan)

Plus: A.R.M.O.R. (ARMOR), Norman Osborn, Protector (Noh-Varr).

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