Comic Book Review – Savage #2

  • Writer: B. Clay Moore
  • Art: Clayton Henry and Lewis Larosa
  • Colorist: Brian Reber
  • Letterer: Dave Lanphear
  • Publisher: Valiant
  • Release Date: December 28, 2016



    In Savage #2 we begin again with present day KJ surviving in this prehistoric wilderness. We then flash back to were we left off in the previous issue with baby KJ with his sick mom Ronnie barely surviving. His dad Kevin Sauvage has gone to find help only to find an abandoned boat with carcasses of the crew half eaten. If that was not bad enough he was then face to face with a dinosaur. Can Kevin make it back to his family to help his wife and how does KJ survive to grow into the “savage” he has become? In the flashbacks and present day we also find out that there is much more to fear on this island than just the dinosaurs. 


The art still follows the same format of the previous issue. La Rosa handles the “present” part of the story, which still remains mostly without dialogue and very brutal. His style really brings out the cruel, rough, kill or be killed/survival of the fittest nature of the island. His rough styling and muted colors are fantastic for this setting and his panel layouts really tell the story with minimal dialogue. Clayton and Reber still do the flashbacks and the cleaner style is a great contrast to the present day and really gives the reader a feel of how things went from bad to worse. There are a few pages in the back that La Rosa gives some details of layouts and structures that are very interesting. To get inside his head and how a why panels are laid out like they are.


Savage #2 is just a brutal book and a very interesting character study. We the reader are getting to follow this young boy as he goes from a baby to a literal Savage. All the creators do a fantastic job on this book. Moore does a great job of crafting a fantastic script and letting the art do the talking when it needs to. Henry, Larosa and Reber are all doing top notch work on this series, they some great sequential art, that really enhances the story. Henry and Reber on the flashbacks really work well together and they have a great scene with Kevin that has some great shadow work in it. I love the technique of flashing back and forth from the present to the past and giving the reader little revelations along the way. The only downside is that this issue reads really fast.  We get a good amount of new information about what has happened to the Sauvage family after the plane crash, but we are left with many more questions about this island and what is going to happen in the next issue Savage #3.

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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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