REVIEW: Savage #1 Is Action Packed and Unreservedly Cinematic

Savage #1 – Review

Savage #1 is written by Max Bemis with art by Nathan Stockman, colouring by Triona Farrell, lettering by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. With cover artists Marcus To, Christian Ward and Stacey Lee lending their talents to three different covers. 

Synopsis:

Teenage heartthrob. Feral social icon. Dinosaur hunter? Raised on an uncharted island full of prehistoric dangers, Kevin Sauvage has a taste of home when a mutant dino threat invades England!

Savage Issue 1 is published by Valiant Entertainment and will be available from your LCS on the 17th February, 2021.

REVIEW: Savage #1 Is Action Packed and Unreservedly Cinematic

Savage #1 Story

Savage Issue 1 is a bold and ferociously action packed story filled with end to end fun that will satisfy the most battle hardened comic book fan who refuses to entertain anything beyond the Big 2. There’s elements of the story that provide a narrative on the unrealistic expectations the world puts on internet sensations and overnight viral stars as much as the overall importance of what matters in life. 

Max Bemis’ scripting feels like choreography more than worded direction. The way the character’s dialogue exchange goes back and forth feels very cinematic. While the comedy in an out of time teenage warrior taking on a horde of dinosaurs doesn’t feel ‘forced’ in any sense of the word.

Savage #1 Art

While we’re talking about Bemis’ script work you’d be hard pressed not to give Nathan Stockman’s artwork it’s due credit. Stockman’s art is Bemis’ words made flesh. It’s just as cinematic. Just as action packed. And double the fun.

What Stockman is doing in this issue is miles ahead of its Marvel and DC Comics peers. I didn’t feel like I was reading a comic book on first read and neither will you. Calling Stockman the cameraman or director of this new comic book series is tenfold more accurate. While Triona Farrell brings out colours that are awe-inspired, the multi-lettering style of Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou establishes a story in context with its brawn warrior aesthetic meets modern England basking in its social media pollution. 

Savage #1 Conclusion

Savage Issue 1 is unreservedly cinematic. It packs punches in every panel and draws the reader into the world of Savage in a bold and fantastic way. 

And, y’know, there’s dinosaurs. Who doesn’t like dinosaurs? Probably communists. 


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