Sunday, March 19, 2017

Savage #1 Review

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"Savage" #1 from Valiant -

    Years ago, an alcoholic champion footballer, Kevin Sauvage, whose star was slowly fading, hoped for a boost by making the switch to an American team. As he, his gorgeous wife, Ronnie, and their infant son, Kevin, Jr. (KJ), flew in their private jet towards America and a new life, tragedy struck. Encountering a weird but powerful turbulence, the plane went down in the sea, near a mysterious island. After days without seeing anyone, their hopes for rescue slowly began to disappear - as were their food and water rations. With Ronnie falling ill, Kevin struck out into the island's interior hoping to find help or even just clean drinking water. What he found was a lush and open land, untouched by the greedy hands of man, a land that time has seemingly forgotten. Kevin was awed by the landscape...Until he came upon a yacht filled with dead human bodies...And then he met the monstrous creature who killed and began to eat them.

   Writer, B. Clay Moore, spins an exciting, but familiar, tale of prehistoric mayhem in "Savage" #1. "Savage," seemingly inspired by novels like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World," and Edgar Rice Burroughs' "The Land That Time Forgot," as well as TV shows, like Sid and Marty Krofft's "Land of the Lost," gives us the tale of a family on the rocks - a father who is becoming increasingly unsure of his career, and his wife's love for him, and a wife who has become distant, choosing to ignore her husband's addictions, and focus on the business side of their relationship to ensure their children's futures. I immediately felt for them as people and as a family unit; it's the type of thing you see every day in the real world, and it is always heartbreaking. Soon, the action rises as their plane goes down, and their love is put to the ultimate test - they fight for each other's lives like never before to protect each other and young KJ. I found myself rooting for them, hoping for the best, even though I had a feeling that the worst was coming. It obviously did, because in the opening pages of the book, we saw a teenage feral boy take on a dinosaur in a brutal fight for the dinosaur's eggs. Is that the now adolescent KJ? We have an idea, but we just don't know yet, as we leave the story with Kevin, Sr. facing a bloodthirsty dinosaur while his family waits for his return. This story left me wanting more and it left me with questions that I will enjoy finding the answers to by happily purchasing subsequent issues of "Savage." Sure, "Savage" seems a bit derivative, but that doesn't mean that it wasn't awesome. It was. Clayton Henry and Lewis LaRosa knocked the art out of the park on this book - it is detailed, expressive and purely gorgeous. No expense was spared in the production of this comic and it shows in the gripping story and the cinematic panels on every page. Valiant did this right - I wouldn't be surprised if "Savage" turned up on the big or small screen one day. I would love to see it happen.

RATING: 10 out of 10. I loved it so much, I even invested in two copies of the rare 1:100 covers:

Cool, right?

   Welp, that's all for today. Thanks for reading! Oh, and if you have read "Savage" please feel free to let me know how you felt about it in the comments. Happy trails!

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