On The Shelf: @ValiantComics Preview of Savage #1 (of 4) by @bclaymoore

So… I’m a Savage. Literally. So when Simon told us that there was a new Comic coming out, I had to check it out to make sure the family name was not being sullied.

Thankfully, it isn’t!

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Valiant Comics began a four issue series called “Savage” on November 30th, and with Bryan Claymoore at the helm, the title is incredible.

What truly brings this book to life is its unique injection of fun and anticipation. This title also gave a realistic emotional tie to the characters, and an anticipation for the next chapter.

As always with these great titles, I encourage you to read it before chewing my two cents. Either way, what follows contains spoilers, so you take all liability for all surprises ruined from this point forward.

The Fun

What is fun about dinosaurs?

Good question, dear reader!

This book focuses on the same dynamic Tarzan does… Man surviving where he doesn’t belong. So many stories give you this device, but this is mankind in a place that is far more than unbecoming of him.

The story is simple, a rich soccer star and his family crash land on a desert isle. Their pilot sinks to the ocean floor and their plane stays near the surface on a sandbar. some supplies are salvaged from the ship, but the Sauvage family are stranded without any human contact.

The story begins with the short clip years in the future from this event, so we know the boy grows up to fight dinosaurs that live on the island. This all considered,  the anticipation of the moment we see a dinosaur drives the plot forward with immense suspense.

The Feels

What pain is caused by the business of modern life?

Not “dinosaur bite” painful, but pretty awful.

The flashback narrative begins with the family in a private Jet. The husband, a British football star is getting older, and his wife is debating him on the importance of moving to America for a Major League Soccer career.

Sauvage hates how much his wife revolves around the business. This picture, Mom the manager, Dad, the sport star drunk, and the baby, breaching two years old. This is our cast.

The connection we are given to these characters is incredibly realistic. In a short story, a real connection is made.

The Future

What can’t they do with this story?

Well, they probably should pull aliens into it, but any direction they take is available. All we have so far is the family landing and dealing with the island and a few pages of the son braving the wild island as a pre-teen.

I hope the goal is to incorporate a sense of loss from the son’s perspective. In the beginning sequence, we see no mother or father, so it very well could be that the boy has lost both parents and is living alone on the island of monsters. If a boat crash lands, we could very well have an extremely Tarzan-like story, I just hope that we get to see some of the Jane character’s family get eaten (Sorry, I’m a huge Jurassic Park fan).

So please, check out this great story, and keep an eye out for the next issue!

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SAVAGE #1 (of 4)
Written by B. CLAY MOORE
Art by CLAYTON HENRY and LEWIS LAROSA
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (SEP162049)
Cover B by JARED FLETCHER (SEP162050)
Character Design Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (SEP162052)
Variant Cover by RENATO GUEDES (SEP162053)
B&W Sketch Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (SEP162054)
Blank Cover Also Available (SEP162051)

Fifteen years ago, the world’s most famous soccer star and his former supermodel wife –pregnant with their unborn child – disappeared without a trace. The world believes they are dead… But, in reality, their private jet crash-landed on a mysterious, unknown island ruled by prehistoric creatures from another time…

This is the story of how they lost their humanity.

This November, acclaimed writer B. Clay Moore (Aloha, Hawaiian Dick) and explosive artists Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS) and Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN) present a relentless epic of survival in a cold-blooded land ruled by instinct alone as SAVAGE makes his brutal entrance into the Valiant Universe!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On Sale NOVEMBER 30th (FOC – 11/7/16)

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