Shulkin’ with Savage She-Hulk #1

Dan Slott’s She-Hulk run was one of the first comics I completely read. It is a lot of fun but I decided to give the original shot a try. I know Byrne’s run is really were regarded and that the character was created for copyright purposes but how is the actual comic? I decided to check it out with issue by issue reviews because more content means mo’ better. Today, issue 1 of Savage She-Hulk!

“Bill, you don’t say she-human. It’s just Hulk!”

The premise is cool for the time – Jenn Walters, cousin to Bruce Banner is an attorney working on a murder case when he visits. She gets shot by the suspect’s henchmen so Bruce has to give her an emergency blood transfusion because he knows they have the same blood type. This turns her into the She-Hulk. The issue makes a solid use of the time and despite my occasional apprehension towards Stan Lee, the episode is a lot of fun and well made. Major props to John Buscema and Chip Stone.

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Can you resist punching this glass?

So Jenn got shot, and Bruce is freaking out – without Hulking out. Apparently gamma radiation scientists who are also the Hulk know how to do blood transfusions. Wikihow doesn’t even have it – but luckily the house Bruce breaks into (without Hulking out) has a fully stocked medical center. Apparently Bruce recognized the doctor’s shingle and that term “shingle” fell out of use. Apparently it’s like those signs for what clubs you were in in high school or those signs old people have outside their homes next to the stone geese that they decorate.

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Wait, that’s just a fancy birdhouse. Sorry Jenn!

And it is a really good thing Bruce found the house that had stuff like an IV and that all the supplies were clean and well kept. And that the actual people who lived there weren’t home. And now, I’m not a medical doctor’s son so I am not sure about this but apparently doctors keep these things in their houses. “Hey honey, when are the Jeffersons coming over?” “6, dear! Why are you asking?” “Rob bet me $20 that I couldn’t fit him with an IV drip.”

They lucked out here because 80’s gritty origin retcon Bruce had to probably break into a drug den and then the drugs helped to transform Jenn into an even more Savage She-Hulk.

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Mrs. Walters, you have a condition called paranoia. Please settle down and don’t question us our our sunglasses.

So Bruce saves her – but now Jennifer Walters has the blood of the Hulk in her and when the thugs try to kill her again, she’s ready. She recognized them because apparently three doctors are suspicious – but maybe one is the doctor, the other is training and the third is a repairman there to fix the air conditioner. Either way, she She-Hulks out and starts beating the crap out of them. And this isn’t just throwing stuff at them – they get into an elevator and she’s pulling down the cable.


Eventually the police catch them and they confess the murder before Shulkie returns to the room. Well not her room – she trashed that so she switches rooms (and luckily Mrs. Smith had better medical insurance so she gets to pay for the destruction.

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Fuuuuuck you Medicare!

Issue 2 of Savage She-Hulk promises

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’nuff Said Indeed!

Luke Herr

Luke is a writer and an aspiring professional comic writer who is also the editor in chief of Nerdcenaries. He currently is working on a graphic novel called Prison Spaceship.