Publisher: Valiant Comics
Writer: B. Clay Moore
Artists: Clayton Henry & Lewis Larosa
Cover Price: $3.99
The superhero genre is what most people commonly associate with comic books, but there are comics that participate in other genres. While today’s book claims to be a superhero book, Savage has more in common with Lost or Lord of the Flies than Superman or Batman.
The story begins with Kevin, a famous football player, and Ronnie Sauvage, a celebrity couple, who crash-land into the ocean during a flight to the United States. Along with their infant son, KJ, they must find a way to survive on the island while waiting to be rescued. To make matters worse, the island is inhabited with ferocious dinosaurs, making their task of survival all the more difficult.
I was going into this book blind, I did not know what I was expecting, but I am satisfied with what I got. Moore’s writing and characterization for this issue was pretty good. While celebrity couples can be seen as fake or loveless, Kevin and Ronnie are a characterized as a normal couple in spite of their status. They both have their problems, personal and with each other, but what couple doesn’t? Overall as the main characters of the issue, I enjoyed them and look forward to their adventure on the island.
While the writing is solid, the art is what impressed me the most. Not only from an artistic perspective, but also according to the narrative of the story. At the beginning of the story, the reader finds what I can only assume to be an older KJ, hunting a dinosaur. The art in this part of the story reflects savage and wild nature, with brighter colors and a chaotic panel layout. Instead of being in an organized format, the panels are interspersed, bleed into each other, and thereby challenge the boundaries of each given scene. The haphazard organization of the panels represent the chaotic and savage nature of the beginning of the narrative. This makes an interesting contrast when compared to the rest of the book, where the art and panel layout is more clean and neat. This could represent the modern world our characters were initially a part of, before they crash-landed on the island. I expect that overtime the art will transition to more of what we saw at the beginning, as the family has to adapt to their environment in order to survive. The aspect about the art I enjoy that it is not only pleasing to the eye, but it also compliments the text.
I do not understand why Savage claims to be a superhero story, but this misconception does not take away from its enjoyability. The solid writing paired with the interesting contrasting art makes for a great read. I am interested to see how Kevin, Ronnie, and KJ survive on this island, and what eventually becomes of them. If you’re looking for a good survival story, Savage definitely has my recommendation as a series you should look out for.
See you all next week,