Get up to date with the beautifully drawn and fun, yet flawed Savage #3 & 4 REVIEW

Writer: Max Bemis, Illustrator: Nathan Stockman, Colourist: Triona Farrell, Letters: Hassan Ostmane-Elhaou.

Kevin Sauvage Jn is son to famous footballer Kevin Sauvage and supermodel Veronica Sauvage. Their plane crashed on a mysterious island, populated by dinosaurs. Kevin Sr was killed while out looking for supplies one day, and Kevin Jr had to grow up learning to survive the encounters with the indigenous beasts. After his mother passed, Kevin looked for a way out and found a mysterious portal. He found himself now within a city…London.

After leaving humanity high and dry, saying they don’t deserve a hero like him. Kevin rests up on a desert island, where no one could bother him. Only while surrounded by nature and his trusted butlers can he escape from all the stardom that has been forced onto him. Although being by yourself on an island with no friends may have started to get to him; maybe he misses being the hero after all. Meanwhile, the scientist behind Project Bizarre is planning more evil things to take down Kevin once and for all.

I found myself a few months ago rather bored after only 2 issues of this Valiant series. With other things that pique my interest more, it dropped off my reading list, then off my radar. Until this week, when I decided to get back into it. I found myself questioning why I had dropped it off in the first place. This series is a mix of incredibly over-the-top action adventure with an equally crazy script. Max Bemis has created such a fun book, that can be enjoyed for its insane glory.

This book details the mindset of what every hero has a crisis of: faith. Each one gets to a breaking point where they feel that humanity isn’t worth saving. The difference here is Kevin got there much quicker due to his short-tempered fuse. You also see the emotional toll that being fully isolated has on a person, even one who has nothing but disgust for humanity.

The artwork by Nathan Stockman and colours by Triona Farrell are fantastic. They really capture the paradise island feel of Kevin’s new home. We also get a very colourful monster in this issue that’s quite the hybrid, mixing a gecko with an octopus, just portraying how crazy and surreal this book has been.

I feel this kind of crazy-monster and over-the-top action is where the series thrives. In the above picture, we see Mae going into her lab and greeting her dinosaur to ride. The way that the dinosaur is drawn is comically funny. Same goes for the gecko/octopus; the colouring and illustration really lifts the story from one that’s a semi-serious adventure to one that’s clearly not taking itself too seriously.

Overall, I really enjoyed this issue and I’m disappointed in myself for not getting around to it sooner. So because of that, I would recommend this series for anyone who wants a comically over-the-top series, where you just want to enjoy yourself.

Savage issue 3 was released from Image Comics on 14th April from your local comic shop as well as comixology

Savage issue 4

Writer: Max Bemis, Illustrator: Nathan Stockman, Colourist: Triona Farrell, Letters: Hassan Ostmane-Elhaou.

Heading back to the city, Kevin tried to suppress the overwhelming lizard invasion. Along the way, he meets up with his brother, who confesses to him that he has been working with the scientists in Project Bizarre, to take him down. Will this revelation be too much for Kevin to bear? Can he overcome his issues with his brother to save Britain from the lizards and then Project Bizarre?

With this issue, the cracks were forming again again in my concerns, and reminded me why I left for a couple of issues. This is without a doubt a fun series to read if you don’t think about it at all. However as an English person, with this issue especially there are some things that are heightened. At the end of issue 3, he explains that his private island was just off the coast of Miami, with just a dinghy to get him to shore. When we see him at the start of this issue however, he has his belongings and he mutters to himself that the beasts have gotten all the way to Surrey (south of England, just west of London).

One of my biggest issues with any comic writer who does anything with British characters is their use of language. For a traditional Cockney accent (someone born and bred in London), the term "wee" would hardly be used, as it's more of a Scottish term for "small." So, the mashup of languages on show here is just very frustrating. You have a traditional Cockney talking in some slang terms, but then using Scottish too, this doesn’t make sense. On another writing note, there’s the weird moment when Kevin and his brother meet and talk about what’s going on. At this point, Henry accidentally gets shot (so we are led to believe), and yet Kevin just doesn’t even think about it again, once he’s gone after the lizard who took the shot.

I also have an issue with his relationship with Mae, who after only two interactions is ready to call him a friend. That to me is just too soon, after all, they hardly know each other. Now despite this issues with the writing, I still enjoyed the book overall. As I said in my last review, this is a book that doesn’t take itself too seriously. As you can see above, when you have lizards shooting guns, this is clearly meant to just be a fun book, which is delivered despite my concerns.

From the perspective of the art, I really enjoyed how the panels were laid out. It was a dynamic way of telling the story and kept up the fun part of the book. Also I have to talk about the ridiculousness of what’s going on. Lizards shooting guns isn’t something I’ve seen before, and it made me smile. The over-the-top nature of the book is its best quality. When you have brightly coloured monsters shooting guns, it can only add to that, and increase the enjoyment for the reader.

Overall, I did enjoy the issue despite the problems with the writing. I do actually hope we get more from the writing team and this character, as I do feel there is a market for comics that are just crazy, and not meant to be taken seriously.

Savage issue 4 was released from Image Comics on 12th May from your local comic shop as well as comixology

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