Are you tired of comic books bogged down with mindless chatter and the usual tropes? Is your monthly pull box lacking a bit of action? If you've been looking to energize your monthly comic selection, “Savage Wolverine” might be the book for you.
Written and drawn by Frank Cho, Savage Wolverine #1 truly is the quintessential Wolverine comic, with Logen stranded in the Savage Land, cutting his way to answers about his sudden appearance in a land rife with dinosaurs and Neanderthals. Yet even with books like The Mighty Avengers and Hulk under his belt, Frank Cho's thin resume with Marvel doesn't show in this comic which is a fairly decent launch for the Runt in Marvel Now.
Centering on the Savage Land, Savage Wolverine #1 introduces readers to the Savage Land which, in the 616 Marvel Universe, is a tropical island near the Antarctica. This tropical isle, that seems like an oasis in a land of ice, is actually full of life, though that life just so happens to be viscous dinosaurs and mutated beast that are ready to bite, scrape and tear the lackadaisical traveler to pieces. And if you've followed Wolverine for more than a few years, then you know that Logen fits into this environment quite nicely.
Now, as a whole, Frank Cho's Savage Wolverine is one of the best illustrated books in the latest batch of Marvel Now launches, with only Avengers Academy and All-New X-Men trailing in its wake. From the first to last page, Cho draws a ferocious Wolverine that literally gives the reader’s eyes a treat with detailed action scenes and palpable, realistic expressions. Though, similar to many other comic book illustrators, he does go a tad overboard with his non-anthropomorphic depiction of Shanna.
As for the story itself, Savage Wolverine is a fun read, even though the writing doesn't exactly challenge the reader. There is plenty of mystery surrounding how and why Wolverine has ended up in the Savage Land; yet other than the fact that he has woken on the island, most of the book centers on Logen slicing away at dinosaurs and raging caveman, as opposed to actually seeking answers.
For the casual X-Men fan, this comic is quite refreshing, bringing Wolverine back to his base physiognomies -- which mainly center on him as a smart, ruthless tracker. Yet, for folks looking to find a comic that challenges their take on Wolverine, or those looking to get a more detailed look at this Marvel favorite, Savage Wolverine won’t present anything you haven’t seen done before.
Though, for the $3.99 digital price tag, Savage Wolverine is worth a peek.