Updated: Jan 24
SAVAGE AVENGERS #1 Writer: Gerry Duggan Artist: Mike Deodato, Jr.
Colorist: Frank Martin Letterer: Travis Lanham Publisher: Marvel Comics 7/10
Just as advertised, we get a book full of savagery, violence, and tons of action. Gerry Duggan's action packed script, coupled with the always phenomenal Mike Deodato Jr. made this an entertaining read that's defiantly worth checking out. While I think reading AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME would have helped, it was by no mean necessary.
This picks up after the events of AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME, with our favorite Cimmerian, Conan, living in the Savage Land. I'll admit at first I was skeptical of Conan being in the Marvel Universe, but this actually seems to work. The beautifully illustrated panels of Conan fighting the Hand were dark and violent, Deodato really flexes his artistic muscles here. With minimal dialogue he pushes the story forward at a breakneck pace. This is a book perfectly suited for his style. Not to mention Frank Martin's dark color palette was on point, but I do think in a book called SAVAGE AVENGERS, there should be way more blood.
The fight with the Hand leads Conan into Wolverine. Now this is why I bought the book, seeing these two brutally savage characters team up is something I never though I would see. It was just as I thought it would be, perfect. They turn on each other after the Hand is defeated, with Conan thinking he killed Logan, only to discover that Logan can't be killed. Their interactions are the best part of this book. Duggan not only delivers on the action but infuses humor into the story as well.
While we don't get to meet the rest of the team yet, we do see Brother Voodoo being taken by this mysterious sorcerer who is sacrificing people. We don't get much info on this antagonist other than he seem to be sacrificing people with extraordinary talents or power. This first arc is clearly gonna be a slow buildup to the team eventually coming together, but that's not a bad thing. Personally I could read a whole book just with Logan and Conan together. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the team comes together, especially with the last page teasing why Punisher is involved.
This book easily could have been just another gimmick, but it is much more than that. There's an interesting story here and while it's far from perfect, this is definitely a book Marvel fans can pick up and enjoy. Duggan and Deodato are clearly having fun on this book and it shows. If you want to read an entertaining story without having to read a bunch of tie-ins or know a ton of backstory, then this is a book for you.