Savage Wolverine teams the Canucklehead up with Shanna the She-Devil of the Savage Land … in the Savage Land. It’s the first of two Marvel Now Wolverine books, and is both written and drawn by Frank Cho. When first announced it felt like it could make for a good mini-series, but making an ongoing series out of it felt like a stretch. Let’s see how the first issue turned out.
Savage Wolverine 1 was fairly good, and a lot actually happens in it. The plot is clearly set-up, and both characters are established well enough for anyone who hasn’t read about them before. There’s also a fair amount of action to keep the pacing up. The plot is intriguing as well. It doesn’t explain how Wolverine ended up trapped on the cursed island, but it does explain how Shanna got trapped there. My only complaint is that some of the written sentences during Shanna’s exposition dump are run-on sentences; they sometimes need several read-throughs to fully understand.
The art is also fairly good. There’s a decent amount of colour variety and the action is easy to follow. The background details are sometimes light or non-existent, but the art never feels lazy thanks to the well-detailed character details. At the very least, it’s a visually appealing book.
It still feels like it won’t last much longer than a mini-series unless there’s much more plot to be revealed, but this is an enjoyable read. If you’re a Wolverine fan, this is an easy recommendation. If a self-contained book about two combat experts trapped on a cursed island sounds interesting to you, this is worth checking out. As for myself, I’m starting to feel Wolverine fatigue, but I could see myself enjoying this if there isn’t too much else on my pull list. We’ll see, but I doubt I’ll read much beyond issue 2.