Seraph’s Sanctions: SAVAGE #1

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Art: Clayton Henry & Lewis LaRosa
Colors: Brian Reber
Letterer: Dave Lanphear
Publisher: VALIANT COMICS (November 2016)

The Breakdown:

In an island somewhere in the world, a plane of British football (soccer) player Kevin Sauvage, his wife Ronnie and their son, Kevin Jr. ends up crashing there. Yet, this island is full of surprises … and leads to Kevin Jr (KJ) turning to this savage island to live.

The Bad:
It is criminal how good this book is.

The Moment of the Book:

Honestly, I love Mr. and Mrs. Sauvage. They are quite fun with their banter.

The Good:

Well … WORK. OF. ART.

I’m sorry. I am not being specific. Allow me to have a little fun then. LaRosa and Henry render some exquisite panel work.  Henry and LaRosa bring their A game as they bring some expressive panels, giving life to the characters with mere nuiances. Henry presents the Sauvages as a family looking to getting themselves back on track. Kevin is a diva. Ronnie is the level headed one. KJ is along for the ride. Henry makes sure we get to know these characters merely by looking at the expressions on their faces or their body language given to readers. It’s classy story telling with sharp inks and great detail.

LaRosa creates masterpiece in sequential art. LaRosa renders a beautiful, dirty and violent opening. Not a single word is used in this opening tapestry that lures readers in with sweat, blood and danger. Dinosaurs are real and dangerous. LaRosa conveys all this amazingly. Stunning does not put to words the sheer brilliance of LaRosa’s pages.  Reber cements himself as a master of coloring. His colors are perfection with both LaRosa’s gritty, realistic style and with Henry’s more conventionally comic book style. Every scene is colored and toned the right way. Reber connects to both artists’ styles and brings out the best in them with his smart and powerful uses of colors. The art in this book is truly wonderful to behold.

B. Clay Moore’s writing is just as masterful. The entire opening sequence in the present features not a single drop of words. Moore allows LaRosa to go wild, creating an opening to draw people in to the dirty and violent world of Savage. After the stunning first act, we get to meet the Sauvages. Moore continues to pace the book in stunning fashion as the first act treats us to the present while presenting characterization for our lead. The second and third act in the first issue shows us how our lead becomes the teen that he is today while setting up the circumstances of how he is fighting dinosaurs while also introducing us to the wonderful characters that are his parents. His parents are presented as fully formed characters.  Moore uses every last bit of dialogue to make sure that readers can know and feel the Sauvages … who they are, their motivations and how they deal with adversity.  The pacing of the story is perfect with its three act set up, allowing Moore to do some world building and character development here.

The Verdict:

Savage #1 is a splendor of art and writing. It is easy to readers to get in, but Moore gives the story some extra intrigue and dynamic characters that will not be ignored. The art is simply stunning from LaRosa and Henry, definitely giving some of the best of their characters. And while the two styles contrast each other, they are both utilized perfectly here, as two different time periods. A perfect first issue.