[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Conan the Barbarian is trapped on modern-day Earth in the Savage Land. He’s far from his home, but he’s made do. He battles and adventures his way through the treacherous territory and is currently seeking a powerful amulet. This quest has brought him into conflict with none other than the Wolverine. After a pitched battle, they arrive in the City of Sickles, where a sect is currently sacrificing people to summon a dread god. Their next sacrifice turns out to be Doctor Voodoo. Wolverine won’t let that happen.
Savage Avengers #1 provides a hell of an opening salvo for this new team of heroes. The team isn’t assembled yet, but what we see of their interactions so far are very promising.
Much of the book focuses upon Conan the Barbarian himself, and it does a good job of quickly and efficiently explaining how and why the Cimmerian is in the Savage Land.
Another large chunk of the comic is the fight between Conan and Wolverine, and it’s awesome. This is a meeting I didn’t know I wanted this badly until Gerry Duggan and Mike Deodato Jr. gave me this bloody brawl.
Admittedly, I’m not 100% sure what Wolverine’s personality is supposed to be anymore. Logan has been a bit more restrained yet more openly “the good guy” since his return, and I’m not sure what to make of it. He’s pretty damn enjoyable here though, so I can’t complain too much.
Venom and Elektra don’t really show up (much) this issue.
Deodato’s work is incredible in this comic. I had some issues with his Infinity Wars work from last year, but he does a hell of a job here. The battle between Conan and Wolverine in particular is astonishing. Frank Martin’s color work backs Deodato up well, and the overall book looks damn good.
Savage Avengers #1 sets up an interesting story for this strange new Avengers title. The characters are entertaining, the art is great, and the overall book earns itself a recommendation. Check it out.
Savage Avengers #1 comes to us from writer Gerry Duggan, artist Mike Deodato Jr., color artist Frank Martin, letterer VC’s Travis Lanham, cover artist David Finch with Frank D’Armata, and variant cover artists Simone Bianchi with Simone Peruzzi, Deodato Jr. with Frank Martin, Moebius, Skottie Young, and Leinil Francis Yu with Romulo Fajardo Jr.