Comics Review: "Savage Wolverine" #1
- by Ninja Ross, 1 February 2013
I know I recently wrote an anti Marvel thing but I also wrote a pro Marvel thing, saying how great "Thor" and "Hawkeye" are. So I’ve been opening up to the company again, just a little. Thought I’d start with good old Wolverine, a character everyone loves! And now he’s in a book called "Savage Wolverine", written and drawn by Frank Cho.
That’s right; Cho takes on both writing and art duties on Savage Wolverine. And that guy sure knows how to draw breasts.
All signs point to this book being a double team; Wolverine and Shanna the She-Devil. Both characters are “savage” in their own ways and represent the “wild side” of Marvel so it kinda makes sense that they have a book together.
Plus, Cho and boobies.
And boy does he get right to that! Actually, I have to give him credit for waiting several pages before drawing Shanna with her arms folded just right.
So, Shanna is trapped on an uncharted area of the Savage Land after the Helicarrier she was on was brought down, leaving her and a team of S.H.I.E.L.D scientist/commandos stranded in the Savage Land, unable to call for help due to a dampening device.
“Uncharted area of the Savage Land.” Is any of that place really uncharted? Haven’t the X-Men been all over that crap since the 1960s? Did they just stick to the safe jungles because the dinosaurs in the other jungles might mug them?
8 Months later, Wolverine falls out of the sky for some reason and lands in a field where he’s attacked by a dinosaur. Kind of a weak way to him there but it’ll be explained in future issues. Probably.
Wondering what’s up, he heads out and kills some Neanderthals, buries a S.H.I.E.L.D (who points him towards the downed Carrier) agent and then runs into Shanna in the downed Helicarrier.
Despite being a jungle woman who swings through trees and wrestles dinosaurs, Shanna is not a hairy woman with scars, missing teeth and sensible clothing. She is, instead, a tall, beautiful blonde with very little clothing. I’m assuming that she wears that so the cold actually freezes her beauty in place, saving her from the previously mentioned physical problems one would gain from living in a jungle. That’s science!
Wolverine is his usual modern self here. By modern self, I mean he’s boring very tame. Wolverine hasn’t been cool in years, mostly due to how popular he became when he WAS cool, leading to good old Marvel to over use him. A rare lapse in integrity there from those guys.
Cho’s writing here isn’t so great. It’s not bad and is suitable for the “babes, dinosaurs and fighting” kind of pulp thing but there seems to be a lot of that around lately, right? And this doesn’t stand out at all.
But the art isn’t bad. I’ve never had a problem with Cho, mostly because he’s rarely on a comic book I read but even so, I can appreciate his obvious talent and I also like boobies. [This review should bring us some very interesting Google searches! - Ed.]
So the art definitely beats the writing here, making it nice to look at but a very boring read. It’s not really worth picking up unless your internet is down and you have a hankering for jungle boobs. Or you’re in the mood to see Wolverine by a parody of himself. Or maybe you just really like dinosaurs in the jungle. Whatever!
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