Writer: Gerry Dugan
Art: Mike Deodato Jr.
Colors: Frank Martin
Letters: VC’s Travis Lanham
Conan annihilates everyone, sneak blades, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and who do you voodoo, all in this week’s brand new Savage Avengers #1 by Gerry Dugan. Let’s claw into this one!
WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD!!!
The Cimmerians and the Canadians
Can an issue begin any better than Conan throwing a sword into Logan’s head? I think not. Right out of the gate, Dugan literally throws swords, sickles, and bloody action onto the readers’ lap. Dugan, a seasoned comic veteran coming off Infinity Wars, realizes that he needs to draw his readers in immediately. By CROM, there is no better way to open a series than seeing a Conan-Wolverine team up in the Savage Land!
Dugan continues to catch readers up on these two blunt barbarians by throwing wit, and clever banter between the two stars of the issue. Conan’s understanding of Logan hailing from Pabst, which hasn’t won the Blue Ribbon since 1893, as well as the barbarian calling Wolverines claws his “sneak blades”, not only adds humor to this savagely awesome story but helps readers see how disconnected these two characters truly have been the past couple years. Dugan places these two lost heroes together nicely and gives them a home together for the foreseeable future.
The story then introduces Doctor Voodoo, who manages to get himself captured (maybe killed) and ready to be sacrificed into this blood bowl in order to summon Jhoatun Lau, the Marrow God. Voodoo’s blood, as well as the blood of some of the most talented humans on the planet, will give birth to this cult creature that only comes once a millennium.
This, my loyal readers, is who Wolverine was coming to save from the Hand as the issue opens. However, the comic ends with an even more amazing twist. It appears that the Hand, who has been helping raise the Marrow God, has dug up Frank Castle’s wife (possibly child too… not sure) and brought the bodies to the Savage Land in order to lure and sacrifice the Punisher’s blood for Jhoatun Lau. So, true believers, we will be getting the triple threat lineup of Conan, Wolverine, and the Punisher. DUDE, heads are going to roll!
Mike Deodato’s art and panel layouts between the Cimmerian and the Canadian really brought these opening pages to life. The action scenes were extremely dynamic, spirited, and intense while Frank Martin’s colors and inks were dark, distinct, and brought forth a barbaric tone and mood throughout the narrative. Readers will feel dropped into the story instantly however, sometimes the panels come off muddy and rough, which in Deodato’s defense, is his style.
When this baby hits 88mph, you’re going to see some serious $&@$! And let me tell you, this sucker is nuclear! Dugan has already laid the foundation for a huge throw down that includes three of the most ruthlessly, violent characters in the Marvel Comic Universe. This comic fan knows it won’t stop there. Dugan’s dialogue is smart and funny while incorporating these gruesomely, abrasive scenes that make this fan thirsty for more. Why would you want to miss this? I can’t wait for the next issue. If you haven’t read this yet, go pick it up. You won’t regret it!