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Review: Undone by Blood or the Other Side of Eden #2

It’s the 1930s and Silvano Luna Del Rio works as a postman in Buttar, Texas. Silvano is also planning on robbing the first skyscraper West of the Mississippi.

But, like the previous volume, Silvano’s story is told side by side with an old west novel featuring the gunslinger Solomon Eaton.

Story: Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson
Art: Sami Kivela
Color: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Zeus Comics
TFAW

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Review: Savage #3

Savage #3

Mad geniuses Max Bemis and Nate Stockman take you to a magical place in Savage #3. It’s filled with sun, fun, and… monsters trying to eat you?!

Project Bizarre’s quest to unleash the creatures from the odd dimension known as the Faraway beyond the British Isles is ON — the Giant Dinos have gone GLOBAL! Can Savage save the tropics or will the dinos rule Earth again?

Full disclosure: I’m not entirely sure what to make of this comic. I’ve never really pegged Savage as being a comedy series, though Bemis’ writing has had comedic moments peppered throughout his run with the character, Savage #3 reads more like an actual comedy book that at times borders on the silly. And honestly, I’m not sure how well it works for me overall as the comic moves from a story with humorous elements closer to an actual comedy comic. As I said, it’s not what I expected from this iteration of Savage – even though I did enjoy the way Bemis played into the absurdity of the evil corporation in Savage #2 – but it wouldn’t seem as out of place in a Quantum and Woody or Archer and Armstrong story.

Perhaps because of the ratio of comedy to not that had me notice a few things that bugged me just a little (mostly dialogue choices) that I doubt I’d have picked up on at all had I been enjoying the story a bit more. The comic’s plot is also somewhat nonsensical; a month after the second issue, Savage has given up on humanity and now lives on a private island that artificially mimics the island he grew up on to get away from the hangers-on, meanwhile the planet is attacked by giant monsters and Savage’s brother rages at the news in a way that either indicates somebody is controlling the events or that it’s purely coincidental (and because of the comic’s tone to this point, I’m genuinely not sure which it is).

I’m going to quote myself from the previous review, because it’s still true.

Nathan Stockman, Triona Farrell, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou round out the creative team for Savage #2 as artist, colorist, and letterer respectively. Otsmane-Elhaou’s work is noticeably good in this issue, which is a rare feat for a comics’ lettering to stand out in a positive way, with his liberal use of colored fonts and upper and lower case becoming more than just a method to convey Bemis’ words. This book is an example of lettering as its own art form, a comic to show those who claim that anybody can throw words onto a page, which although that is a true statement, the same is also true; anybody can write a story or draw a picture – but there’s a difference between my pictures and Nathan Stockman’s pictures). Stockman’s art is great; there’s a very punky feeling to the comic, at times evoking Pushead’s art style, but almost consistently embodying the rebellious nature of the title character.

Review: Savage #2

Although the comic is still really interesting to look at, the humor strayed just a touch too far into the comedy and away from what I was hoping would be more of an exploration about the nature of fame and how easy it can be to lose yourself when people are pulling you a hundred different ways. Instead, we got a comic that had a lot of story (I’m genuinely surprised at how much story Bemis fits into the pages of the comic) with some comedic elements that just fell a little flat for me. Savage #3 is significantly elevated by the art and lettering, which goes a long way to balance the drawbacks of the comic. It might be that I’m a little tired, but I missed the balance of humor and social discourse from earlier comics

Ultimately your mileage will vary, but based on this issue, I really want to see Max Bemis take a crack at writing either an Archer and Armstrong or a Quantum & Woody series in the near future because although the level of humor may not have sat quite right with me in Savage #3, I think it’d be perfect for one of the duos.

Story: Max Bemis Art: Nathan Stockman
Colours: Trionna Farrell Letters: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Story: 6.9 Art: 8.4 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Purchase: comiXology – Kindle – Zeus Comics – TFAW

Preview: Savage #3

SAVAGE #3

Written by MAX BEMIS
Art by NATHAN STOCKMAN
Colors by TRIONA FARRELL
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by MARCUS TO
Cover B by JOE QUINONES
Preorder Variant Cover by PACO DIAZ
On sale APRIL 14th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Mad geniuses Max Bemis (Worst X-Man Ever) and Nate Stockman (Spidey) take you to a magical place filled with sun, fun, and… monsters trying to eat you?!

Project Bizarre’s quest to unleash the creatures from the odd dimension known as the Faraway beyond the British Isles is ON — the Giant Dinos have gone GLOBAL! Can Savage save the tropics or will the dinos rule Earth again?

Savage #3

Ed Brisson, Damian Couceiro, Patricio Delpeche, and Hassan Otsmane Elhaou take us Beyond the Breach in July

Beyond the Breach #1

Writer: Ed Brisson
Artist: Damian Couceiro
Colorist: Patricio Delpeche
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane Elhaou
Cover: Damian Couceiro w/ Patricio Delpeche
Incentive Cover: Declan Shalvey
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On-Sale / 07.14.21

Life sucks for Vanessa. Her mother just died and her boyfriend is cheating on her (with her own sister!). To clear her mind, Vanessa is taking the California road-trip that she’s been dreaming about for years. Her postcard-perfect drive through old growth forests quickly turns when THE BREACH hits. A bizarre anomaly in the sky plunges California into a nightmare-world populated with strange, extra-dimensional creatures. Now Vanessa, along with Dougie, an orphaned child, and Kai, a strange, fuzzball of a beast, must fight to survive if they ever hope to make it back home. If there’s even a home to return to.

Written by Ed Brisson ( Uncanny X-Men, Ghost Rider, Old Man Logan) and illustrated by Damian Couceiro (Old Man Logan, Iron Fist, X-Force), BEYOND THE BREACH is a fantastical sci-fi road trip adventure about perseverance and finding family in unexpected places.

Beyond the Breach #1

Review: I Breathed a Body #3

Trigger warning: comic features suicide

I Breathed a Body #3 gets philosophical while keeping the gore flowing and what’s up with that beginning!?

Story: Zac Thompson
Art: Andy MacDonald
Color: Triona Farrel
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Kindle
comiXology
Zeus Comics
TFAW

AfterShock Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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Review: Savage #2

Savage #2

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 only to wind up captured! He’s back in Savage #2.

There’s nothing that takes me out of a comic, or really any prose story, then the word bloke being used in a way that doesn’t feel right. Whether it’s because writers from this side of the Atlantic use British slang as often as they can to prove a character is really British, or whether it’s an excuse to show that they simply know the slang, more often than not the words are crammed into the dialogue in unnatural ways that seem to make sense. Unless the person reading the comic is a Brit, in which case there’s usually more eye-rolling than enjoyment. In most cases, less is more with British slang – the word mate and ending a sentence with “yeah?” instead of “eh?” will do the job if you’re not sure how to use the words in the context we’d typically use them.

Max Bemis is one of the few writers who uses a lot of slang for Savage (the character) and doesn’t miss a beat. Which in some ways also took me out of the book because I was waiting for a misstep that never happened, which caused me to read the comic twice before I realized it.

That Bemis’ take on Savage is different than B. Clay Moore’s first miniseries should surprise nobody – the setting alone is going to have that effect on the story. The series move from a survival comic (almost survival horror) to one bordering on the science fantasy isn’t an illogical step with story in the comic has Savage as an unwilling guest of a mad scientist/visionary intent on using him for experimentation and research (as an aside, the reading of this book coincided with me and Bemis plays into to absurdity of the mad scientist trop with his tongue firmly in is cheek (either that or he’s so brilliantly earnest about the Project Bizarre angle that you can’t help but love it).

Nathan Stockman, Triona Farrell, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou round out the creative team for Savage #2 as artist, colorist, and letterer respectively. Otsmane-Elhaou’s work is noticeably good in this issue, which is a rare feat for a comics’ lettering to stand out in a positive way, with his liberal use of colored fonts and upper and lower case becoming more than just a method to convey Bemis’ words. This book is an example of lettering as its own art form, a comic to show those who claim that anybody can throw words onto a page, which although that is a true statement, the same is also true; anybody can write a story or draw a picture – but there’s a difference between my pictures and Nathan Stockman’s pictures). Stockman’s art is great; there’s a very punky feeling to the comic, at times evoking Pushead’s art style, but almost consistently embodying the rebellious nature of the title character.

The comic looks great, from top to bottom. I wasn’t expecting to laugh during this comic, but there’s an undeniable streak of humor throughout Savage #2 that never quite stays in its lane, swerving between slapstick, dark, and often the downright silly. It doesn’t overpower the story, which is fantastic, but rather adds another layer of fun to an already enjoyable book. I love it.

Story: Max Bemis Art: Nathan Stockman
Colours: Trionna Farrell Letters: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXology – Kindle – Zeus Comics – TFAW

Preview: Savage #2

SAVAGE #2

Written by MAX BEMIS
Art by NATHAN STOCKMAN
Colors by TRIONA FARRELL
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by MARCUS TO
Cover B by MICHAEL WALSH
Preorder Variant Cover by DAVID LOPEZ
On sale MARCH 17th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Mad geniuses Max Bemis (Worst X-Man Ever) and Nathan Stockman (Spidey) deliver over-the-top mayhem in this second thrilling chapter!

NEW VILLAINS have captured our teen heartthrob hero. What’s their master plan and what do these monsters trying to eat Savage have to do with it?

SAVAGE #2

Review: Undone by Blood or The Other Side of Eden #1

It’s the 1930s and Silvano Luna Del Rio works as a postman in Buttar, Texas. Silvano is also planning on robbing the first skyscraper West of the Mississippi.

But, like the previous volume, Silvano’s story is told side by side with an old west novel featuring the gunslinger Solomon Eaton.

Story: Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson
Art: Sami Kivela
Color: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Kindle
comiXology
Zeus Comics
TFAW

AfterShock Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site

Vault Announces The Blue Flame by Christopher Cantwell, Adam Gorham, Kurt Michael Russell, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Vault Comics has announced The Blue Flame, an utterly unique and thought-provoking cosmic superhero maxi-series from writer Christopher Cantwell, artist Adam Gorham, colorist Kurt Michael Russell, letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, and designer Tim Daniel.

The Blue Flame is a cosmic hero. The Blue Flame is a DIY vigilante that fights crime on the streets of Milwaukee. The Blue Flame is a blue collar HVAC repairman named SAM BRAUSAM. In the wake of a horrific tragedy, the boundaries of the Blue Flame’s identity blur even further. Now, before a universal trial, the Blue Flame must prove that humanity is worth saving. But in order to do that, Sam Brausam has to save himself. Can he?

The Blue Flame #1 will hit store shelves in May 2021, and will debut with a special Vault Vintage cover from Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel that pays homage to Dave Stevens’ legendary cover to Rocketeer Adventure Magazine #1.

The Blue Flame

Review: I Breathed a Body #2

After the shocking suicide in the first issue, what’s a social media tech empire to do?

I Breathed a Body #2 goes in a pretty depraved and intriguing direction.

Story: Zac Thompson
Art: Andy MacDonald
Color: Triona Farrel
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Kindle
comiXology
Zeus Comics

AfterShock Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site

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