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Review: Savage #4

savage_004_cover-b_gillOut of the jungle, into the fight…

When all hope seems lost, the final threads tethering the Sauvage family to their humanity will finally be severed. Just as the beasts within begin to take hold, the final revelation about the prehistoric island that has claimed them will finally stand revealed. But will this twist of fate offer a last chance at rescue…or forever seal their doom?

The finale of the four-part miniseries is here, and I have questions that I’m eagerly anticipating answers to; will we see this character enter the main Valiant Universe, or will he remain (at least for now) separate from the established characters? Is there going to be an actual conclusion or will the series be left on an annoy cliff hanger?

Savage #4 is a brutal comic, with some pretty fantastic action scenes involving dinosaur on human, and human on human fighting that are rendered wonderfully. Lewis Larosa opens the comic with a fantastic sequence of Savage dinosaur surfing – there is no other way for me to convey just how brilliant it is with mere words, because it’s an exhilarating piece of art. The comic takes some dips from here with Clayton Henry‘s work not quite matching up to the vibrancy of Larosa’s. Although I think that has more to do with the differing styles and how the colourists work with Larosa’s detail filled black and grey as opposed to the more minimalist line work of Henry than any gap between the two artists.

Unfortunately, the fourth issue seems to finish before it really gets going.

That isn’t to say that it was so good I couldn’t believe it was over, but rather I’d read it far faster than I expected – more than likely because of the lack of any significant dialogue or narration boxes apparent as B. Clay Moore allowed the art to tell much of the story. Indeed, it felt a little strange to see the older version of Savage to say so much during the issue, having been largely a silent character up until this point. At the end of the day, I didn’t find this issue had as satisfying a conclusion as I had hoped for, and rather than close out the first Savage miniseries with the strength of a T-Rex’s jaw, Savage #4 left me feeling as though I had just read an extended – albeit very good – prologue for what was to come next…

Story: B. Clay Moore Artists: Clayton Henry and Lewis Larosa
Colourists: Brian Reber and Andrew Dalhouse
Story: 7.5 Art:10  Overall: 8.5
Recommendation:  Buy for the art alone. Happily, the story is good.

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Savage #4 (of 4)

SAVAGE #4 (of 4)

Written by B. CLAY MOORE
Art by CLAYTON HENRY and LEWIS LAROSA
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (DEC162058)
Cover B by ROBERT GILL (DEC162059)
Character Design Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (DEC162060)
Variant Cover by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE (DEC162061)
B&W Sketch Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (DEC162062)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On sale FEBRUARY 15 (FOC – 1/23/17)

Out of the jungle, into the fight…

When all hope seems lost, the final threads tethering the Sauvage family to their humanity will finally be severed. Just as the beasts within begin to take hold, the final revelation about the prehistoric island that has claimed them will finally stand revealed. But will this twist of fate offer a last chance at rescue…or forever seal their doom?

The past and present collide as Valiant’s next great hero rises in a baptism of bloodshed! Be there as acclaimed writer B. Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick) and explosive artists Clayton Henry (Harbinger Wars) and Lewis LaRosa (Bloodshot Reborn) bring their primal origin story to a close!

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Harbinger Renegade #2 and Savage #3 Have Sold Out and Will Return in March

Valiant has announced that two of this winter’s most critically acclaimed comics have sold out at the distributor level and will return to store shelves everywhere with the Harbinger Renegade #2 Second Printing and the Savage #3 Second Printing! On March 1st, discover why Valiant is blazing the trail in cutting-edge superhero storytelling as two of their most highly praised titles return for encore presentations!

First, Valiant’s team of teenaged psiots blast off of the sidelines and into the firefight of their lives for the Harbinger Renegade #2 Second Printing! Join multiple Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts, and superstar artist Darick Robertson as they continue the march to Harbinger Wars 2…and chronicle the rise of the Valiant Universe’s next major antagonist, Alexander Solomon!

Then, Valiant’s bone-breaking origin story goes primal for the Savage #3 Second Printing! Release the animal within as acclaimed writer B. Clay Moore and explosive artists Clayton Henry and Lewis LaRosa sharpen their killer instincts for the must-read debut of Valiant’s next major hero! Marooned in an unforgiving prehistoric landscape, high society’s most privileged celebrity family is fighting tooth and claw – literally – for survival. Once they lose everything – and each other – what part of them will endure? Where will the man inside each of them end…and the animal begin?

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Review: Savage #3

savage_003_cover-a_larosaOn a mysterious island seemingly untouched by time, order is about to give way to instinct. Stranded with no hope of rescue, the Sauvage family must sacrifice the people they once were…and embrace the animals within! But as prehistoric monsters stalk them at every turn, will their newfound bestialness be enough to ensure survival, or will they be forever trapped at the bottom of the food chain? And when tragedy befalls the once close-knit family, will their last tether to humanity be severed once and for all?

When I was in my LCS this morning picking this book up (although this review is based off the PDF copy Valiant provided), the owner and I were talking about Savage and how the direction of the story was a little unclear – is it building to something that will eventually connect to the wider Valiant Universe, or is this simply a four issue story about the loss of humanity on a remote island populated with dinosaurs?

What was interesting, at least to me, is that up until this point I had never actually had a conversation with her about Valiant’s comics that didn’t end with her saying “I really need to read more Valiant, because that sounds cool.” Whether Savage,  written by B. Clay Moore with art by Clayton Henry and Lewis Larosa with colors provided by Brian Reber and Andrew Dalhouse, will tie into the greater Valiant universe at some point in the future, or whether it will remain a standalone property, remains to be seen. The story being told in this comic is on the surface very simple and straight forward, but the more we learn about the young Savage’s origin as Moore divides the comic between the past and present, the more we understand the tragedy of his present.

As tragic as the comic feels, however, it’s wonderfully eye catching with Larosa and Dalhouse the art team on the present, and Henry and Reber handling the past. The comic is as beautiful as it is brutal.

Story: B. Clay Moore Art: Clayton Henry and Lewis Larosa
Colors: Brian Reber and Andrew Dalhouse
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Savage #3 (of 4)

SAVAGE #3 (of 4)

Written by B. CLAY MOORE
Art by CLAYTON HENRY and LEWIS LAROSA
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (NOV161943)
Cover B by JARED FLETCHER (NOV161944)
Character Design Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (NOV161945)
Variant Cover by FELIPE MASSAFERA (NOV161946)
B&W Sketch Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (NOV161947)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On sale JANUARY 25 (FOC – 1/2/17)

Learning to claw!

On a mysterious island seemingly untouched by time, order is about to give way to instinct. Stranded with no hope of rescue, the Sauvage family must sacrifice the people they once were…and embrace the animals within! But as prehistoric monsters stalk them at every turn, will their newfound bestialness be enough to ensure survival, or will they be forever trapped at the bottom of the food chain? And when tragedy befalls the once close-knit family, will their last tether to humanity be severed once and for all?

Valiant’s latest prestige-format epic slashes its way forward as acclaimed writer B. Clay Moore and luminary artists Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS) and Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN) continue the hard-hitting origin to Valiant’s next great hero and begin his greatest trial yet!

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Review: Savage #2

savage_002_cover-a_larosaMarooned in an unforgiving prehistoric landscape, high society’s most privileged celebrity family is fighting tooth and claw – literally – for survival. With no shelter, no weapons and no escape, the Savage family is about to come face to face with the cruelest laws of nature – in the form of the lethal dinosaurs that somehow stalk the impossibly ancient island that has become their home. Once they lose everything – and each other – what part of them will endure? Where will the man inside each of them end…and the animal begin?

There is no denying that Savage #2 has some jaw dropping artwork – indeed it’s the artwork that tells much of the story in this comic – but this is the second of four issues, and so far we haven’t really found out too much more about the story from reading the comic than we have from the preview text from the last couple issues.

Clayton Henry and Lewis Larosa divide their skills between the present and the past, and the differing styles allow you to easily differentiate between the two settings, but thanks to Brian Reber‘s stellar colouring work the comic never feels disjointed. There are two distinct parts to the comic, past and present, and it is within the past that almost all of the dialogue occurs, allowing B. Clay Moore time to establish what has lead up to the present events with our young, violent protagonist.

The only downside to the series thus far is the feeling that this is an excellent set up for a long story about the characters involved, but as this is (at least as far as I know) only going to be a four-issue miniseries, I worry that the page count won’t be long enough to do the story justice.

Story: B. Clay Moore Art Clayton Henry and Lewis Larosa Colours: Brian Reber
Story: 8 Art: 10 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided a FREE copy for review. I will also be purchasing a copy upon release.

Preview: Savage #2

SAVAGE #2 (of 4)

Written by B. CLAY MOORE
Art by CLAYTON HENRY and LEWIS LAROSA
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (OCT161960)
Cover B by JARED FLETCHER (OCT161961)
Character Design Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (OCT161963)
Variant Cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ (OCT161964)
B&W Sketch Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (OCT161965)
Valiant Cat Cosplay Cover Also Available (OCT161962)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On sale DECEMBER 28 (FOC – 12/5/16)

Nature conquers all!

Marooned in an unforgiving prehistoric landscape, high society’s most privileged celebrity family is fighting tooth and claw – literally – for survival. With no shelter, no weapons and no escape, the Savage family is about to come face to face with the cruelest laws of nature – in the form of the lethal dinosaurs that somehow stalk the impossibly ancient island that has become their home. Once they lose everything – and each other – what part of them will endure? Where will the man inside each of them end…and the animal begin?

It’s survival of the fiercest as acclaimed writer B. Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick) and blockbuster artists Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS) and Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN) catapult the fiercest Valiant hero of all time into the bone-breaking comic book debut that will have everyone talking!

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Savage #1 Gets a Third Printing in January

Following near-universal critical acclaim and an instantaneous first issue sell out, the first appearance of Valiant’s bone-breaking new hero is cutting deep this January with yet another sold-out printing!

Valiant has announced that Savage #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the all-new, history-making debut from acclaimed writer B. Clay Moore and explosive artists Clayton Henry and Lewis LaRosa – has sold out at the distributor level yet again and will return to shelves everywhere with the Savage #1 Third Printing on January 11th!

In the proud footsteps of Divinity, War Mother, and Britannia, witness the skin-shearing debut of Valiant’s next great icon with a primal tale of survival and instinct that will destroy a family from the inside out…and begin the rise of a brutal hero born in a world of primordial instinct and unrelenting savagery!

Fifteen years ago, the world’s most famous soccer star, his former supermodel wife, and their young son 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.

Fan and critics everywhere have spoken – Savage #1 is a heart-stopping comics experience that no one can afford to miss and returns to shelves January 11th.

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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.

Talking Valiant’s Savage with B. Clay Moore

Fifteen 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. This is SAVAGE!

Out this week from Valiant, Savage is an all-new series (and characters) written by B. Clay Moore. I got a chance to chat with Moore at Baltimore Comic Con about what we can expect when it comes to shelves.

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