By Nolan P. Smith
(Victor Valley)– Valiant Entertainment is the king of concise storytelling in my opinion. Their four issue story arcs tell a complete story and do so in fantastic fashion. With Savage, we have come to the final issue of this four issue series, seeing a boy lost in a savage land become a man that is now forced to fight for his life and his future.
From writer B. Clay Moore with a dynamic group of artists: Clayton Henry, Lewis LaRosa, Brian Reber and Andrew Dalhouse, this issue delivers on all levels. We get to see some absolutely amazing panels with our young Mr. Sauvage and the resident dinosaurs the populate the island, as well as Sauvage taking a stand against the outlaws that killed his mother and might be his only ticket home- whatever that is.
Sauvage takes a huge stand, and what a payoff it is. By using his mind, he overcomes the odds and takes one step closer to home. The fight scenes are simply outstanding, and both Henry and LaRosa shine bright in this issue. Moore’s script is well paced, and ends with one heck of a cliffhanger, setting up for an inevitable return, most likely in another amazing four issue arc.
Savage introduced us to a brand new hero in the Valiant Universe, one that is unlike any other. I can’t wait to see if Sauvage becomes tied to the rest of the Valiant Universe, and if so, in what manner. Savage was an outstanding series, filled with shock, awe, dinosaurs, and more, and it should not be missed.