Comic Review: Savage #1 (Valiant Comics)

In this new title from Valiant, Savage #1 tells us the ‘Tarzan-like’ tale of a young wild guy who arrives in the big city, fresh from fighting wild beasties. The […]

In this new title from Valiant, Savage #1 tells us the ‘Tarzan-like’ tale of a young wild guy who arrives in the big city, fresh from fighting wild beasties.

The twist here is that Savage is a ‘savant’, a fast learner who is taking advantage of his fame, and working it big time! He’s the darling of England’s social media, a highly sought-after video guest, an endorser of consumer products, and seems to have the world at his beck and call. But his older brother is not impressed. Henry, a suit-wearing, clean-cut and clean-smelling professional, is working as Kevin Savage’s life coach and manager. And then wait, …giant dinosaurs invade London!!!

You would hunt the comic stands for a wackier, more exuberant story, you would have to turn cartwheels to try to outdo the sheer bravado of this comic. But writer Max Bemis (Moon Knight) turns everything up to 11, and keeps the outrage coming strong: what outlandish thing will Savage say or do next? Who will turn up to fight him? What frustrations will his brother put up with now?

Artist Nathan Stockman (Spidey) also plays it wild and hairy; together with colourist Triona Farrell, he amps up the visual drama and the surroundings. Bright orange backgrounds while Savage’s face contorts in violence. Exaggerated expressions and highly detailed depictions of pedestrians as Savage strolls the busy sidewalk. Wildly twisted limbs, elongated stretches, eyes bulging every which way, avoiding the teeth of the dinosaurs. It’s full palette, it’s full of mist and vinegar, it’s in your face and it’s Savage!

Valiant Comics, Savage #1, #3.99 for 31 pages of content. Teen

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!!