She-Hulk: Lady Liberators

She-Hulk: Lady Liberators
She-Hulk Lady Liberators review
  • North American Publisher / ISBN: Marvel - 0-7851-2966-9
  • Volume No.: 9
  • English language release date: 2009
  • UPC: 9780785129660
  • Contains adult content?: no
  • Does this pass the Bechdel test?: yes
  • Positive minority portrayal?: no
  • CATEGORIES: Superhero

With She-Hulk’s participation in Secret Invasion done and dusted, Peter David again gathers the Lady Liberators, last seen in Here Today?, and turns his attention to real world issues.

When the fictional middle-Eastern country of Marinmer is devastated by an earthquake, global aid operations are hindered by political corruption. She-Hulk and her colleagues determine to take a direct stand in ensuring aid reaches the ordinary people, a task that’s complicated by both superheroes supplied by Marinmer’s Russian allies, and the odious machinations of President for Life, Darqon Par. It’s an engaging story with a clever conclusion not unduly harmed by Pasquale Qualano replacing artist Vincenze Cucca after the first chapter.

Invading the sovereign territory of another nation also has consequences and She-Hulk again finds herself in court, a recurring theme during this run. David also provides a clever exit from that, along the way returning the supporting cast from Dan Slott’s run on the character and making a few valid points about media manipulation and public perception. That David also transforms the preposterous Behemoth, the Man-Elephant into a sadistic and viable threat is devotion beyond the call of duty. If the coda is a little twee, David’s earned the lapse. There’s another new artist, Steve Scott, again very capable, and Jazinda’s story is also neatly wrapped-up.

That’s all the good news. The bad is that clever writing wasn’t enough to solidify a viable fan base, and She-Hulk would again be consigned to guest appearances elsewhere, until 2014 when another She-Hulk series began.