The pulp action fantasy series you didn’t know you needed is back this week as Ka-Zar: Lord of the Savage Land #2 is out in comic book shops. I recently spoke to writer Zac Thompson, who detailed his approach to the character which focuses on the troubling idea of a white man staking claim to a place he was not born into. He’s also giving Ka-Zar new powers which even he himself is getting a handle on. In the second issue, expect new wonders revealed in the Savage Land, and new details about the threat that Ka-Zar and his family face!
This second issue continues to look amazing thanks to German García’s pencils and Matteus Lopes’ colors. It’s bright, hopeful, and so very warm. Lopes has a way of giving creatures and plants additional life thanks to the subtle hues and blending of different colors. It’s as if a cactus is blushing when it turns from green to pink at its edges. García is very good at making the Savage Land feel lush and its creatures truly alive. Sure, you probably haven’t ever seen creatures like the ones in this issue, but García makes you believe they’re real.
That’s aided by the continued epic nature of the story and great page turns. I won’t spoil a thing, but expect some awe-inspiring stuff. There are also some incredible transformations for Ka-Zar to go through pushing him from Tarzan hero to something entirely different. Purists may be in shock when they see what he does here, but it makes him practically part of the nature around him in a way that suits his lord title.
The final few pages offer new details on the threat at hand in a storybook sort of way. Similar to the Cheshire Cat, Thompson is playing around with what is alive and real and from that what you can trust. It matches well with Ka-Zar’s ability to change himself into other creatures and use abilities from the jungle creating a foil situation once the villain is revealed.
There just isn’t any other comic on the stands like Ka-Zar right now — every panel and page feels torn from an entirely different dimension. The creative team is firing on all cylinders, making a superhero often forgotten and ignored come alive.
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