Weaponizing A Wolverine With Savage Avengers #3

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
The Punisher has arrived in the City of Sickles, and he is tearing through the Hand ninjas on a mad search for his family’s remains. Instead he finds Elektra, who had infiltrated this sect of the Hand. Meanwhile, Kulan Gath tortures Wolverine in the ritual chamber, and Brother Voodoo returns to aid his friend. Conan the Cimmerian considers leaving the City of Sickles with Gath’s amulet, but he doesn’t know if he could stand leaving Logan to his fate.

Savage Avengers #3 cover by David Finch and Frank D'Armata
Savage Avengers #3 cover by David Finch and Frank D’Armata

Savage Avengers #3 finally goes about uniting this oddball team of killers and…well, the odd man out Brother Voodoo who has never been much of a killer. In any case, the team is united in this issue, and we get to see them battle against Kulan Gath and his followers.
It’s another issue that doesn’t require much thought or analysis to get to the bottom of it. It’s a fun and bloody romp with the Savage Avengers killing hordes of Hand ninjas while trying to stop Gath’s unholy ritual. 
It also has a pretty decent sense of humor, mostly centering around Conan not being much for plans or socializing. He returns Gath’s amulet to the City of Sickles without much thought, and he uses the exhausted and injured Wolverine as a weapon unto himself. 
It is nice getting more Brother Voodoo in this issue; that’s a character that doesn’t get enough love by Marvel, but Gerry Duggan, between this book and Uncanny Avengers, seems to have a healthy appreciation of Jericho Drumm. I dig it.
Savage Avengers #3 art by Mike Deodato Jr., Frank Martin, and letterer VC's Travis Lanham
Savage Avengers #3 art by Mike Deodato Jr., Frank Martin, and letterer VC’s Travis Lanham

Mike Deodato Jr. continues to hold up his legendary reputation in this issue. The comic is detailed, textured, and has a healthy amount of bloodshed and mayhem. It looks damn good, and it’s backed up well by the talented color artist, Frank Martin.
Savage Avengers #3 is another fun issue, with plenty of violence and one-liners to the lover of more brutal superhero team-up books. I got a kick out of it, and I think many others will as well. This one gets a recommendation; feel free to check it out.
Savage Avengers #3 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; and Leinil Francis Yu with Sunny Gho.
Final Score: 7.5/10

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