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Review – These Savage Shores #2 (Vault Comics)

these savage shores # 2 (Ram V) cover(cropped) by Sumit Kumar
Overall
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8.5/10
  • Writing - 8/10
    8/10
  • Art - 9/10
    9/10
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Summary

Writer: Ram V
Illustrator: Sumit Kumar
Colors: Vittorio Astone
Letterer: Aditya Bidikar
Publisher: Vault Comics
Maturity Rating: M

Using the death of one of their own, the East India Company is pushing their goals harder than ever. They’re unaware of the dangers they’re waking, thinking that they are the biggest predators in the area.

 

The Dark Themes and Tones Continue in These Savage Shores #2

 

The second issue of These Savage Shores reads much like the first one, even considering the different elements between the two. The main perspective has shifted, and more characters have been introduced. The complexity of the plot is increasing, while we’re still trying to understand the hierarchy of the monsters in this world.

Writing

These Savage Shores # 2 (Ram V) Cover by Sumit Kumar
These Savage Shores # 2 (Ram V) Cover by Sumit Kumar

Some of the storytelling methods for the series have changed between the two issues. These Savage Shores #2 felt like it had more characters and perspectives than the last one, and it was a bit more open to reveal some of the darker secrets they had. I’m sure there are still more secrets for us to learn, but we’ll get there.

Ram V is having the series do something really clever that I feel needs to be appreciated. This issue introduced a new character…only he had actually made an appearance in the first. It was a minor appearance, relatively speaking, but by introducing him subtly like that is allowed for the world to feel more defined.

They had the newly introduced character also make use of writing letters as a way of showing internal thoughts. This is the second time they have done this, but both voices (so to speak) read differently. I had no trouble telling immediately that this was a different perspective; a person with a whole world of differences between himself and the original character.

In many ways, I think I enjoyed the new character’s perspective. There was this tired tone in his voice and a determination behind his task. It fit in well with the overall theme of the series itself, enhancing the story being told.

Some other perspectives were thrown into the mix as well. These ones got a little bit confusing at times, but only because their motivations were all circling around the same general area. After a few switches back and forth it became easier to distinguish everyone involved.

This issue had the most dramatic moment by far, and no I won’t spoil it by talking about it too much. The tension building up to that moment was perfect, as were all the circumstances revolving around it. You can tell it was one the author had been looking forward to getting to.

The conclusion to These Savage Shores #2 solidified its place in the series. I can’t think of a better way to close out the issue. It fit thematically, as well as being somewhat of a throwback to the first issue, albeit a subtle one. It did help to bring things full circle.

Art

Once again the artwork took my breath away. Sumit Kumar, Vittorio Astone, and Aditya Bidikar all contributed in the second issue as well, and I find myself hoping that they’ll all stay on for future issues. I just can’t picture the series without them.

Sumit Kumar is the illustrator, drawing the dramatic scenery I’ve come to love. he somehow managed to include tons of details and texture into his panels, all without it ever feeling overwhelming or too crowded.

Vittorio Astone did the colors for this issue, as well as the first. There’s something so lush about the color palettes in this series. Even when showing a scene based in the city, it still feels like the jungle is hiding just behind the corner. The use of tones to imply emotion and tension was brilliantly done here.

And finally, Aditya Bidikar did the lettering. I raved about his work for the last issue, and those points haven’t changed. The lettering doesn’t feel intrusive in the least, and in fact further enhances the imagery on the pages.

Conclusion

The sense of foreboding did somewhat diminish between the first issue and the second, but it was replaced with something longer lasting. Instead, I’m finding myself inquisitive about the world and the way in which different entities interact with this world. There are a lot of things to love about this series. The tone and voice, the supernatural elements, the art style, the politics and motivations of the humans, the abilities and histories of the creatures, together they make one cohesive and fascinating realm. 

 

 


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