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Reviews – Savage #1 (Valiant Entertainment)

  • Writing - 8.6/10
    8.6/10
  • Art - 9/10
    9/10
  • Overall - 8.8/10
    8.8/10

Savage #1

Writer: Max Bemis
Artist: Nathan Stockman
Colorist: Triona Farrell
Letterer: Hassan Ostmane-Elhaou
Maturity Rating: Teen +
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Release Date: February 17, 2021

Kevin Sauvage has come to the big city. He is a social media star in this new strange world, and all he wants to do is kill some dinosaurs. 

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Enter the Concrete Jungle in Savage #1

I have been waiting a long time for Valiant Entertainment to bring Kevin Sauvage back (since 2016-2017, to be exact). Well, we finally got it with an all-new series in Savage #1. And let me tell ya, right off the bat, it is a good one! We catch up with Kevin in London as he has become a social media star. When you are the son of the most famous soccer star ever, who disappeared as a baby along with him and his mom, and suddenly return as a teenager, you are going to make headlines. Plus the details of growing up on an island inhabited by dinosaurs and all types of nefarious creatures. People tend to take notice of things like that.

Savage #1 (Valiant Entertainment cover B by Christian Ward
Savage #1 (Valiant Entertainment cover B by Christian Ward

Luckily, Kevin’s long-lost older brother is there to guide him along and help him make bank off his social media fame. But this new, strange world is not what Kevin is used to. No one seems to appreciate or understand Kevin. No one wants a savage until savage things need to be done. In Savage #1 London gets invaded and it is time to do savage things.

Writing

Max Bemis brings Kevin Sauvage back to the main stage in Savage #1. Most will know Bemis from his run on Moon Knight over at Marvel Comics a few years back (or the lead singer of Say Anything). First off, loved the way Bemis started off the series. You get everything you need to really know in the first page. It is also short and to the point. Now, Bemis does get into details of Kevin’s life throughout Savage #1, but it was a great way to start off the series.

You can feel a tiny bit of Bemis working through his own stuff in Savage #1. Maybe with the whole “fame” angle that gets played up a little. I do enjoy that Bemis starts getting into the head of Kevin. I feel that this is the best that we have got to know the character. Bemis does an excellent job of pacing the story and setting up the world and other characters around him, as well.

Bemis does a fantastic job of keeping the story focused, as well. He doesn’t throw too many things at us. He keeps it solely focused on Kevin Sauvage and, for me, it helped me stay connected to the story. I was a bit befuddled by the ending of Savage #1, though. I am not big a Valiant Comics fan, so I do not know if who/what shows up at the end are new or old characters. It just seemed a little odd. No that it took away from the story or anything; I am just not sure what to make of it just yet.

Art

Tremendous artwork delivered by Nathan Stockman and Triona Farrell in Savage #1. I adore Stockman’s cartooning style. It is a wonderful mixture of a bit animated and realistic. It is a nice combination that honestly fits perfectly for the story. Great details in the characters. The thin, lanky, yet muscled Kevin Sauvage is perfect. His style also lends to great character acting and facial expressions.

The one big thing I like about his style is that when you have a book titled Savage, and it’s about a kid growing up killing dinosaurs, it is going to be a bit gory. Stockman details all that well, but his more animated style never makes it feel over-the-top or exploitative. It feels well within the confines of the story. Also, great action sequences, as well. Everything feels “smooth” as Kevin rips apart creatures across the pages.

I am always a fan when Triona Farrell colors a book. She, again, does a wonderful job in Savage #1. She fits in with Nathan Stockman’s style perfectly. Ferrell uses a bit more of a brighter coloration than I was expecting, but it fits right in and brings out some great details. It also helps bring out a little more lighthearted feel to the issue, as well. 

Conclusion

I was very excited that Kevin Sauvage was coming back to Valiant Entertainment and Savage #1 did not disappoint me. Fantastic writing and just a great story start and character introduction for a #1 issue. Nathan Stockman and Triona Farrell also do not disappoint on art, either. Just a great style that fits perfectly with the story. You are missing out if you do not read Savage. A great #1 issue that new and old fans will surely enjoy.


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