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Fall of the She-Hulks

Jeff Parker throws Lyra in the deep end with FALL OF THE HULKS: THE SAVAGE SHE-HULKS

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By Marc Strom

As the Intelligencia's plan against Bruce Banner and his gamma-irradiated cohorts kicks into high gear, writer Jeff Parker and artist Salva Espin shed some light on what Banner's daughter Lyra has gotten herself into with FALL OF THE HULKS: THE SAVAGE SHE-HULKS #1 on March 3. Last seen in HULK #19, Lyra-the All-New, All-Savage She-Hulk-now counts herself as one of the Frightful Four. But just how she wound up there remains something of a mystery.

"That is something that will be explained in SAVAGE SHE-HULKS #1," Parker vows. "When we meet her again, we find she's tracked down her mother, Thundra. And apparently [she] has some problems to work out with her, the way Hulks do. Is she possibly rebelling against her mom, who refused the Wizard's last offer to join his group?"

One of the newest additions to the Hulk family, Lyra has spent the last several months attempting to orient herself to the present-day Marvel

FALL OF THE HULKS: THE SAVAGE SHE-HULKS #1 black and white preview art by Salva Espin
Universe after traveling from her own world in the future.

"Lyra is still trying to figure out how to fit in and lead a life here in her father's world," notes Parker. "But she's finding that people see the green skin and start running. Still, she's giving it a shot."

Lyra currently shares the moniker of "She-Hulk" with two other women: Banner's cousin Jennifer Walters and the mysterious Red She-Hulk; Parker promises that she'll encounter at least one of them again in the near future.

"We've already seen that she and Red She-Hulk don't play nicely, and that relationship keeps going like that in a big way," he suggests. "As for Jennifer Walters, no one knows what has happened to her or where she is."

Parker, who originally created Lyra in HULK: RAGING THUNDER #1, says he never expected the new She-Hulk to become such a big part of Bruce Banner's world.

"No, or I would have given her a name," jokes the writer. "Luckily Fred Van Lente finally decided to name her or everyone would be saying 'hey you' to her."

FALL OF THE HULKS: THE SAVAGE SHE-HULKS #1 black and white preview art by Salva Espin
Since her first appearance, writers Paul Tobin and Fred Van Lente have helped guide Lyra into the Marvel Universe and the Hulk's life.

"Paul and Fred added vital depth to her character," says Parker. "My origin story mainly set up how she was created to become a champion to her people. Paul fleshed out that future world and suggested that maybe her fellow sisters kind of resented her-she is the only one who has a father, after all, and men are the enemy in that future.

"Fred, as mentioned, bothered to name her, and added one of my favorite details: that Lyra gets weaker when she gets angry. So she has adopted a zen-like meditative fighting state that she goes into to more effectively whip butt."

Now, Lyra has come full circle back into the hands of the writer who conceived of her, but she might prove worse the wear for it.

"You know that song 'You Always Hurt The One You Love?' That should be Lyra's theme song."

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