Writer: B. Clay Moore
Art: Clayton Henry & Lewis LaRosa
Colors: Brian Reber & Andrew Dalhouse
Letterer: Dave Lanphear
Publisher: VALIANT COMICS (February 2017)
KJ must deal with the other tribes as he is determined to fulfill the wish of his mother … to get home. And KJ will carve a bloody path to get there.
What bad? Um …. yeah nothing springs to mind.
The Moment of the Issue:
Retribution is quite nice to see protagonists get on baddies … even if you’ve seen it a million times before. It felt so good and so right here.
The art was spectacular here. Each artist gave their A game in this finale. LaRosa’s thicker lines and detailed was well colored Andrew Dalhouse, presenting this island of prehistoria feel as foreign and messy as it should. Henry definitely upped his own game of detail and Reber had no problem making Henry’s pencils and inks look amazing. The two styles are very different but don’t oppose each other here. There definitely is a rich feel of action and viciousness in the line and color that just make the book that much more cinematic while creating an atmosphere for readers to easily get lost in. And brutality was not a problem for either artist to convey as people were eaten, stabbed and more. Henry and LaRosa truly made this ending look and feel grand.
Moore’s script is absolutely on point here. He drives the conclusion home with wonderful rising action throughout, letting the entire issue build and build and build towards the final confrontation and resolution with ease. The conclusion made sense and was very fulfilling, giving everything that happened within the series and within this final issue. This was the journey’s end here and Moore conveyed that perfectly. Well, the end of one journey anyway. KJ doesn’t talk often, but that’s part of the character’s charm. Moore keeps him nuisanced enough to allow the artist to help his characterization be seen. He’s very driven. He’s not afraid. And he holds things he cares about sacred because there isn’t that many of them. Moore allows readers to feel all this by scripted actions while weaving the main plot seamlessly.
Savage # 4 ends the miniseries with a wonderfully, bloody and fulfilling conclusion. And while there’s definitely an ending, Moore makes sure to leave the door open to a new journey ahead. The majority of the conflicts are tied up, letting this issue and the miniseries feel self contained well. There’s brilliant characterization done with very little exposition. Moore works well with the artists to flesh out this world of dinosaurs, people and wonder. The art is superb and some top notch work form both LaRosa and Henry as they present an emotional, bloody ending. The colors are quite down, dirty and yet vivid when they need to be. Savage #4 is a vicious, satisfying rollercoaster that ends well and leaves readers wanting more.