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Review: Savage #1

savage_001_variant_guedesFifteen years ago, the world’s most famous soccer star and his former supermodel wife –pregnant with their unborn child – disappeared without a trace. The world believes they are dead… But, in reality, their private jet crash-landed on a mysterious, unknown island ruled by prehistoric creatures from another time…

This is the story of how they lost their humanity.

The above text is literally everything I knew about the story of Valiant‘s newest miniseries up until I opened the review pdf that arrived in my inbox about ten minutes ago. Once I’d gotten about a third of the way through the comic I knew two things; that this comic is going to look absolutely stunning when I get the physical copy Wednesday, and that the story is best described as a modern retelling of the Tarzan stories starring a fictionalized David Beckham and dinosaurs.

Savage #1 is written by B. Clay Moore, but for the first seven pages the silent story is told by Lewis Larosa‘s art. Our first look at Savage is just that as he takes on a dinosaur in a frankly stunning sequence that serves as a better introduction to his character than any text box could ever hope to give. It’s brutal, yet incredibly beautiful thanks to the colours of Brian Reber doing all the right things to highlight the black and white art (you can actually get a glimpse of Larosa’s work sans colour at the back of the book in the bonus section).

Clayton Henry shares art duties in this issue, handling the flashback sequences that sheds a lot of light very quickly on the family that end up on the island.

I had high expectations for the first issue of Savage, and I can honestly say that the first issue smashed them with an opening to the story that will pull you in and beat you over the head with a bone club. Based on the first issue, I’d say Valiant have another hit on their hands; if you’re even remotely interested in the series pick the first up if you have a chance – you’ll not regret it.

Story: B. Clay Moore
Art: Lewis Larosa & Clayton Henry Colours: Brian Reber
Story: 9 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review. I will also be purchasing the comic.

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