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. This time – issue 7 of Savage She-Hulk – Swamp Demons!
So once upon a time Steve Gerber wrote a comic titled Man-Thing. He created a surrogate character named Richard Rory who was a DJ who had horrible things happen, as happens in comic books. Gerber was a very popular writer and was generally well liked by other creators. So when we get to this issue of She-Hulk and it becomes friend/fanfiction, it is kind of weird.
Richard Rory has gone to Vegas, broke, and ends up finding a single token on the ground He puts it in the slot machine and instantly wins the jackpot. How much? 50k! Of course, the casino doesn’t want him to walk out with the money so they send a showgirl to distract him and the leads him over to the roulette table where he is distracted by the beautiful woman and he ends up putting everything on 13 black while the casino manager rubs his mitts together.
It stops on 13 black and Richard Rory, the stand in for Steve Gerber, wins $1.5 million. But the best part here – it bankrupts the entire casino. Things are looking up for Richard!
And then when he’s driving in his new limo a bit later he runs into She-Hulk who is in LA for unknown reasons with the police chasing her into a dead end. Richard, who is friends with Man-Thing and figures this might be wrongful persecution decides to help her out by lying to the police.
And then, Jenn comes out in another one of her torn white shirts, the two flirt, make references to the Eagles and then plan a date.
And just for sake of comparison here is a photo of Joe Walsh.
And then shit starts happening to poor Richard.
His limo gets trashed by a bunch of dirt and rocks. A thief steals some money from him. LA gets hit by a tremor and someone stripped his old car.
But finally he gets to his date and Jenn isn’t wearing a white shirt so he’s safe from her transforming.
We get a backstory about how he is incredibly unlucky, how Man-Thing was his first friend and how he used to be a DJ til he got fired. His life sent him to jail, got him taken hostage and then he won the jackpot. At least life is interesting.
Jenn, impressed with his attitude decides to make out with him for a bit and then the two head down to Citrusville, FL to kick some shit with the remaining money. Rory hopes to buy up the swamp where Man-Thing lives – only to find out that it is owned by Mr. F.A. Schist. F. A. Schist. Faschist? Fascist? We got a mystery!
Well, actually we do because Mr. Schist has been missing for a while so as they start on their journey to find them they turn on Rory’s old radio station and like any good new millionaire, he decides to show his now money in the face of his boss, buy the radio station and then fires his boss.
And then he turns the station into a heavy acid rock station that also offers a reward if someone finds Schist. In the meantime because Jenn is wearing a white shirt under her cardigan, she ends up wrasslin a gator and turning into She-Hulk.
She ends up running into Swamp Demons who fight and drug her her up with some kind of gas. Back at the station, Professor Slaughter, I assume Sgt Slaughter’s more collegiate brother, shows up and explains that Schist went looking for the Fountain of Youth at La Hacienda. And She-Hulk just got brought there to get transformed into one of the demons (ogres, whatever) herself by removing her emotions!
Next time in Savage She-Hulk #8!