Sabretooth #1 Review

Written by: Victor LaValle
Art by: Leonard Kirk
Colors by: Rain Beredo
Letters by: Vc’s Cory Petit
Cover price: $4.99
Release date: February 2, 2022

Sabretooth #1 unveils another unexplored corner of the Krakoan ecosystem by making Victor Creed the island nation’s very first prisoner. Needless to say, Victor doesn’t go peacefully or quietly.


Was It Good?

Well, it’s interesting. Sabretooth #1 imagines what happens when Krakoa receives a mutant too dangerous to be counted on to behave himself. What do you do with a mutant you can’t stop and can’t be counted on to stop killing anyone or anything he chooses? You throw him in The Pit, of course.

The net positive of this issue is an exploration of the question surrounding Krakoan banishment and what the Quiet Council does when death is meaningless. In part, the story is a mild exploration of prison systems and their place and purpose in a civilized society. In other parts, this first issue is an exploration of Sabretooth as a character and just how dangerous his indomitable will makes him. LaValle does a decent enough job meshing those parts together for a unique first issue in the Krakoan mythology.

The story largely works but some caution is required. Most of the scenes take place in an undefined place that could be a Krakoan construct or Creed’s mind. It’s not clear what is real and when it’s happening, and that’s the down point of this issue. There are so many different scenes that are (intentionally?) vague, the reading experience is regularly confusing. You could make the case that confusion is part of the experience, so we’ll have to see how it plays out in the next issue.

As Victor works his way through one imagined venue to the next, eventually he creates the equivalent of a Krakoan Hell (???) with himself as Lord of the Krakoan Underworld. Again, it’s not clear if this is all in his head or he somehow managed to bend Krakoa’s bowels to his will or something else entirely is going on. If you’re in the mood for a mind-bending head trip starring a very physical character, this may just what you’re looking for.

What’s not confusing is the stellar art from Kirk and Beredo. No matter what scene is playing out, it looks great. And as this reviewer is an unabashed horror fan, the violence gets pleasantly gory to match the spirit of the titular character. The story may be trippy but the art is fantastic.

Final Thoughts:

Sabretooth #1 takes readers on a weird, mind-bending adventure when Victor Creed is trapped in the bowels of Krakoa, and his own mind, forever. The art looks great, and there’s plenty of action to satisfy your claw-ripping appetite. That said, the plot doesn’t transition well from one scene to the next, constantly casting doubt on when and where you are and making for a mildly confusing reading experience.

8/10

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