Hulk Family #1: Review

Dec 2008
Fred Van Lente, Scott Clark

Story Name:

Your Lucky Day

Review & Comments

4 stars

Hulk Family #1 Review by (April 10, 2018)

Review: Nice little offering brings together all of Hulk's kinfolk and offspring just prior to showcasing them in the FALL OF THE HULKS event. All generally pretty good, though Shulkie is overshadowed in the first story by Joe Fixit.

Comments: a) First appearance of Tantrum and Discordia. b) Skaar first appeared in WHAT IF? PLANET HULK and this story takes place between SKAAR: SON OF HULK issues #5 and 6. c) Second appearance of Lyra/Savage She-Hulk after HULK: RAGING THUNDER. Her world is known as Earth-8009. d) Scorpion (Carmilla Black) was introduced in AMAZING FANTASY (vol. 2) #7-12.



Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hulk Family #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

She-Hulk Jen Waters is at a law school reunion in Las Vegas when she spots bouncer Joe Fixit whom she recognizes as her supposedly dead cousin Bruce Banner a/k/a the Hulk. Joe brushes off Jen and gets a call from the boss about trouble. A pair of mutant crooks, Tantrum (super-strength) and Discordia (telekinesis), are on a crime spree and they are trashing the casino. Jen joins Joe as the battle the baddies, Tantrum relishing the battle, which he considers a gift from the Gods of Chaos. As Tantrum tries to persuade Joe to embrace chance and chaos, Bruce's mind goes back to the birth of the Hulk, which would seem to be the definition of chance. Joe's mind rebels (against Bruce Banner!) and he insists it was destiny not chance and he beats Tantrum into the ground. Shulkie, having overcome Discordia, stops Joe from killing Tantrum. Jen goes off with a good-looking guy and Joe Fixit mutters over the close call of her recognizing him.

“School For Savages”

Writer: Greg Pak. Pencils: Jheremy Raapack. Inks: Greg Adams. Colors: Chris Sotomayor.

Synopsis: Skaar is being cared for by Old Sam the Shadow-Prophet who wants him to claim the Old Power for himself. Skaar balks and punches him out. When Sam awakens he is in a pit of bones and is being rescued by a band of cannibals; Sam flees and is rescued by Skaar who returns to painting an entire cave wall, with illustrations showing his desire to join the world of men but to save? Or to conquer...?

“Daughter of Hulk”

Writer: Paul Tobin. Pencils: Benton Jew. Inks: Benton Jew. Colors: Moose Baumann

Synopsis: Lyra (Savage She-Hulk) leads her female forces against the men in the planet's ongoing war between the sexes. On this mission they are to sabotage a men's munitions factory; she bursts open the gates and enters the building while her troops engage the enemy outside. Getting in, Lyra discovers it is not a weapons factory but a breeding facility. The place is guarded by a little boy but Lyra finds she cannot kill him so she lies and claims she is sparing him only because she is needed elsewhere. Rejoining her troops, she throws herself back into combat where she feels safe.

“Emerald Highway”

Writer: Fred Van Lente. Pencils: Diedrich O'Clark. Inks: Al Vey. Colors: Lee Loughridge.

Synopsis: A heavily armed SHIELD prisoner transport is heading through the Mojave Desert, taking Bruce Banner to a secure prison. The convoy is ambushed by Scorpion (Carmilla Black) who, having heard from Amadeus Cho that Banner may be her father, wants a DNA sample. She takes out all of the soldiers and carries off the casket he is sealed in. She opens it to find that “Banner” is a fake, a decoy to let the real Banner reach his new prison home.

“The She-Hulk Lives!”

Writer: Stan Lee. Pencils: John Buscema, Chic Stone. Inks: Chic Stone. Colors: ?

Synopsis: Reprint of THE SAVAGE SHE-HULK #1, relating Shulkie's origin.

Scott Clark
Greg Adams
Ulises Arreola
Marko Djurdjevic (Cover Penciler)
Marko Djurdjevic (Cover Inker)
Marko Djurdjevic (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Gray Hulk
Gray Hulk


(Savage She-Hulk)

(Jennifer Walters)

Plus: Mastermind Excello (Amadeus Cho), Scorpion (Carmilla Black).

> Hulk Family: Book info and issue index

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