I enjoyed the first issue of Savage Things. BUT…
Savage Things #2 (Vertigo)
I was not convinced it was for me. Opening up with a child coming home to find his parents murdered just felt shocking for shock’s sake. And I was right.
Sometimes you give things a second chance, and figure that if the first issue was solid, if a bit sketchy, maybe issue #2 will perk things up. Consider me Perked as Fuck.
We open with Abel, our mysterious psycho from the last issue, he of the dead parents, captured by the government. I want to pause here to call out the artwork of this issue, with its heavy use of shadow, and that particular shade of government industrial green – it’s just fantastic. The art was good in the first issue, but this takes it to a new height and expands the scenes dramatically.
Abel has been recaptured by the gubmint to do one thing – investigate the deadly hotel attack and to find out if his former Spec Ops team of nutjobs is responsible. The sketchy as hell, pretty evil hero is going on a find and kill mission. Hell, yes.
Here’s my best analogy as to how this book feels while reading it. If you made a Jason Bourne movie, only you filmed it from the perspective of one of the stone cold emotionless killers tracking Bourne down – you’d get something like this: cold and aloof, and not here to deal with any bullshit. I don’t think the bad guys will live long enough to give their flowery speeches, and Abel goes as far as shooting a hostage, TWICE, to defuse a stand off.
Even though I’m not a fan of the anti-hero angle, or the psychopath used by the government angle, holy hell am I a convert.
This book was a nonstop screaming explosion of death and destruction and foreshadowing that has me excited as hell for what’s coming next.