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Review – These Savage Shores #3 (Vault Comics)

These Savage Shores #3 (Vault Comics) cover (detail) by Sumit Kumar
Overall
9.3/10
9.3/10
  • Writing - 9/10
    9/10
  • Art - 9.5/10
    9.5/10
  • Overall - 9.25/10
    9.3/10
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Summary

Writer: Ram V
Illustrator: Sumit Kumar
Colorist: Vittorio Astone
Letterer: Aditya Bidikar
Publisher: Vault Comics
Maturity Rating: M
Release Date: February 6, 2019

These Savage Shores #3 has a lot going on in it: good men and demons going to war, lovers’ conflicts, a sire looking for his son, revenge…

 

These Savage Shores #3 Continues With Its Complicated and Mysterious Plot

 

Both times I’ve picked up the sequel to These Savage Shores, I went into them expecting that I had a solid grasp on what was occurring. Both times I was proven wrong. The world we are shown in this series is darker than imagined, showing us the horrors that both men and monsters are capable of. These Savage Shores #3 surprised me in many ways. It met all of my expectations and even exceeded them in some manners. I love that the story is progressing at full speed. Even more, I love the fact that I can’t predict where it’s going to go next.

Writing

These Savage Shores #3 (Vault Comics) cover by Sumit Kumar
Cover by Sumit Kumar

In many ways, I feel like These Savage Shores #3 was dramatically different from the first two issues. It carried along many trends and elements, but it also changed many of the rules as well. It’s the sign of a good storyteller when one is capable of changing the rules without throwing off the structure of a series. I have to give full credit to Ram V for his writing abilities here.

Many of my favorite elements to this series still held strong, thankfully. These Savage Shores #3 used letters once again as a form of showing internal thoughts and concerns. It’s a clever way of allowing a character to tell us what they’re thinking, without breaking immersion or any walls. Having the letters appear in cursive, on older-looking parchment paper, helps to appropriately age the series as well. An added bonus.

There are several perspective shifts, as there had been in previous issues as well. Some of these are characters we’ve been introduced to previously. But there’s also the introduction to yet another player in this twisted game of chess. Only time will tell how he fares in this world.

I said earlier that I felt like the rules had been changed, but…that isn’t quite right. There’s been a formula to the series, and while, at first, I felt that the conclusion here didn’t fit that formula…I have to admit that it actually does. Just not in the way I expected. The character used for the final twist of the issue was not the one I anticipated—for his use didn’t fit the previous pattern. But otherwise it does work, and it certainly added more emotional impact, having us be surprised. I like that they’re breaking up the predictable elements to the series, while also maintaining a balance by keeping most of the rest.

Art

It’s going to come as no surprise that I loved the artwork for this issue. After all, I loved the artwork for the previous issues as well. That being said, I think the cover for this issue has to be my favorite from the series so far. The colors are beautiful. I love that the background color is the lightest color shown. Juxtaposing it against the many foreground features which are nearly black was a brilliant move. The character on the cover is somewhere between the two. I love that the font pulls in the bright color from the background. It gives an overall complete and well-balanced look.

Sumit Kumar, Vittorio Astone, and Aditya Bidikar are really an amazing team. Sumit Kumar’s lines combined with Vittorio Astone’s brilliant colors make for this beautifully dark and surreal world. It’s a striking world that’s further complemented by the creative use of lettering done by Aditya Bidikar.

Conclusion

These Savage Shores #3 was everything I could have hoped for, and then some. I know that I was very surprised by the conclusion of this issue. I honestly believe that’s a good thing. The best series are the unpredictable ones. 

The gradual introduction of more and more characters, some of them human, some of them not so much, has truly enriched this series. Combining it with real-time events that were both tragic and horrific was a brilliant move. It’s already a horror setting; why not run with it?

The issue is out on Feb 6 so definitely check it out!


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.