Thursday, May 05, 2016
Marvel Legends has been on a tear lately, with series after series hitting shelves; but around Hasbro's fourth series, the Hit-Monkey wave, they were having trouble getting variants out. Red She-Hulk went on sale, but the variant Lyra still hasn't to date. Weirdly, her mom got a figure since then: Thundra!
From 2008, Hulk: Raging Thunder, "Unbeatable" Story by Jeff Parker, art by Mitch Breitweiser. I'm not sure if this is Lyra's first appearance, but it's her origin; as well as a bit of recap and reset for Thundra. From a possible future where the figurative "battle of the sexes" has long since escalated to literal tooth-and-nail warfare; Thundra is the mightiest woman ever...but knows she won't be around to defend her people forever. Travelling back into the past again, Thundra spars with the Hulk, in order to harvest some epithelial cells; which she uses to become "the first woman in four generations to become pregnant." Twenty years later, Lyra narrates that while her mother may have lost a step, she could still defend while Lyra took the offensive to the men.
This issue does allude to Thundra's history with the Thing (we'll check out the second half of this issue, a classic reprint, later!) but does backtrack a lot of her continuity; like her marriage to Arkon. I wanna say she was killed off somewhere, too--in JLA/Avengers #1, which may or may not count! Still, probably for the best, some of that.