The story of a wild boy who kills dinosaurs continues to be revealed as we learn more about how he became what he is, which has made for great storytelling. We review the third issue of Valiant’s Savage–is it good?
Savage #3 (Valiant Entertainment)
So what’s it about? The summary reads:
On a mysterious island seemingly untouched by time, order is about to give way to instinct. Stranded with no hope of rescue, the Sauvage family must sacrifice the people they once were…and embrace the animals within! But as prehistoric monsters stalk them at every turn, will their newfound bestialness be enough to ensure survival, or will they be forever trapped at the bottom of the food chain? And when tragedy befalls the once close-knit family, will their last tether to humanity be severed once and for all?
Why does this book matter?
The story is being revealed in an enticing way, with two artists doing great work. It’s hard to not enjoy this as the pace is perfect and keeps you wanting more.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
That kid is savage.
The tragic youth of the boy continues to get worse in this issue as we learn new details on how he and his parents got to this dinosaur island. This issue opens with more death and violence, which is always fun. Lewis Larosa draws the heck out of these painted pages with so much storytelling going on via the imagery. That’s probably why the dialogue is light as it’s not needed. Later, Larosa’s art comes into play with key details, like a necklace around the boy’s neck, that ties into the past very well. It’s a reminder this savage boy has a very tragic past.
Clayton Henry draws the past scenes which is more conventional in style, but as good at conveying what is going on. He gets to showcase the big reveal of how the characters got there complete with a totally brutal murder. A key panel conveying a great loss for our protagonist is deeply unsettling and helps bring the reader into the head of its main character.
B. Clay Moore’s script continues to be tightly paced, never dragging or feeling like filler. That’s a surprise on some level, as at the end of the issue I felt as though where the story left off was proof not a lot happens. That said, every panel feels important and a lot of work is going into the layouts of each page. There’s a visual story going on along with the plot and dialogue and it comes together quite nicely.
It can’t be perfect can it?
As I said in the last paragraph, it’s hard to shake the feeling that things are moving very slowly. Each issue is great, don’t get me wrong, but ultimately we’re three issues into this series and we’re still only toe deep into events.
That’d freak me out.
Is It Good?
Strikingly visual storytelling at its best. This is the Valiant series everyone should be reading. It’s self-contained and riveting comic book storytelling.