Comic Review: Frank Cho’s The Savage Wolverine Artist’s Edition (IDW)

The new Savage Wolverine Artist’s Edition from IDW has Frank Cho writing and drawing. The writing is witty and irreverent. The art is astonishing and beautiful. IDW and Marvel have […]

The new Savage Wolverine Artist’s Edition from IDW has Frank Cho writing and drawing. The writing is witty and irreverent. The art is astonishing and beautiful.

IDW and Marvel have teamed up on this Artist’s Edition. It brings us the complete original black and white line art from Frank Cho’s five-issue run on Savage Wolverine in 2013. Although Cho’s involvement finished as of the end of issue five, he left an astonishing body of work. Well, the body of Shanna is astonishing enough in the hands of ‘good girl artist’ Cho, but the wonder does not cease there; every page in this overdimensioned volume (14″ x 21″) is carefully planned and rendered.

The basic story of this 2013 story is that Wolverine finds himself on a mysterious island in the Savage Land. It is filled with primitive warriors, SHIELD agents, dinosaurs, and Shanna The She-Devil. Hey, what a combo! Well, things get off to a rollicking start, with the immediate clash of Wolverine and Shanna’s personalities. Who will out-Alpha these Alphas? Lots of spears are thrown, injuries, black magic, and mysterious substances being guarded by superstitious soldiers. Oh, and the Hulk shows up. And a giant gorilla.

It’s all accompanied by witty dialogue throughout, and the appearance of a Frank Cho-type scientist by the name of Cho! What an amazing coincidence!

Don’t get hung up on the story too much, just enjoy the ride. Part slapstick and part ultra-violence, this is a wonderful outlet for the restless pen and mind of Frank Cho. Each panel is well drawn, each page delicately balancing figures and fauna.

Just check out this volume; it is truly beautiful!

In addition to the five issues in Cho’s run of Savage Wolverine, there are character roughs and other sketches to admire.

IDW/ Marvel Frank Cho’s Savage Wolverine Artist’s Edition, $150.00 for 148 pages of content. Not rated, but assume Mature

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!