What does it take to make a person lose their humanity and resort to their baser instincts? To survive, sometimes we must do things society frowns upon, but if it means staying above ground… turning savage can sometimes be understandable.
Valiant Entertainment’s new series Savage explores these themes and more; is it good?
Savage #1 (Valiant Entertainment)
So what’s it about? Read the full preview to find out.
Why does this book matter?
Valiant’s new series about a boy who fights dinosaurs? Count me in!
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Watch that arm kid!
Savage #1 opens with a full page and only the words “Book One,” which gives the reader the sense the story within will be multifaceted and epic in nature. The very next page confirms that fact, with a boy peering down at eggs in a painterly style; then come the dinosaurs. B. Clay Moore writes a well paced story that draws you in from the start, makes you ask questions and delivers some answers — which amounts to a very promising start. I continued to think about those words “Book One” as I read the book, knowing this is an origin of sorts, but also because we’re in store for a story that is successfully surprising and intriguing.
Moore’s strong character work and efficient storytelling bring the reader into the characters’ world in a natural way. The first few pages, without any dialogue, do well to capture the emotions of the lead character (who also graces the cover), and a cut to “Then” (in the past) tells us this savage boy fighting dinosaurs started as an ordinary baby from our ordinary world.
The characters within Savage are unique; who ever thought a main character would be a pro soccer player with a wife who may (or may not) love the tabloid exposure for herself? This goes along with the unexpected nature of a young boy basically knife-fighting a dinosaur.
This is aided by the exceptional art that’s very realistic. Lewis Larosa draws the opening pages in a gorgeous style reminiscent of paintings that draws you in and almost make you question if it’s all a dream. It’s vivid, real, and brutal all at once. Clayton Henry caps off the rest of the issue with a more conventional comic book look with thin line work that does well to capture the body language of the characters. There’s acting going on in their faces too and you’ll get a bit more information via the art which allows the dialogue to be a little less exposition heavy.
It can’t be perfect can it?
How the hell does a professional soccer player stay so fit and drink so much? Ha, in truth, I actually did think of this, but also because it didn’t seem to matter all that much to the narrative. We’ll see if his alcoholism plays out later, but it seemed to be a character element that was introduced simply to reiterate the already obvious tension in the marriage.
Happy marriage…or not.
Is It Good?
Savage #1 is so well written you’ll find the pages without dinosaurs just as intriguing. This is efficient storytelling that’ll make you care and want more. What’s more savage, the boy in the opening pages fighting dinosaurs, or the excellent storytelling?
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