When it was announced that Victor LaValle and Leonard Kirk would be heading a Sabretooth series, questions immediately arose. How did Sabretooth escape the pit Charles put him in back in House of X/Powers of X? Where is the pit? What’s it like in the pit? Issue #1 might not answer all those questions, but it does start to.
Sabretooth certainly isn’t the series readers might have thought it would be — for starters, it seems far more psychological than anyone anticipated when it was first announced. LaValle seems to be digging into Victor’s psyche and those are the most interesting parts of the book, giving us a glimpse into the eyes of a monster.
While a bit puzzling at times, Sabretooth #1 leaves you wanting to know more by the time the issue ends. LaValle clearly has plans for what to do with Victor and isn’t afraid to write him as the monster he is. Sabretooth is also unafraid to be a little gory and brutal with its violence –you know, as gory and brutal as a Marvel Comic for general audiences can be– and it fits for Victor’s character. Leonard Kirk does a good job penciling these scenes, making them look painful but not too over the top.
Sabretooth #1 might not answer all your questions, but it’s certainly starting off on a strong enough foot to make issue #2 worth a look.
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