Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Savage Things #7 Review and ***SPOILERS***

Not Really In The Rescue Business

Written by: Justin Jordan
Art by: Ibrahim Moustafa, Jordan Boyd, and Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 6, 2017


All I can really say to introduce this title is that it has been absolutely nuts so far. Every panel on every page has meant something for the story. There is no wasted space, and Justin Jordan keeps the story pumping right along the whole way. Throughout this, I’ve never really known what was going to happen next aside from more crazy action. Going into this seventh issue, I’m hoping to see that continue once again.

So, as most of the issues have, this one starts in the past, 25 years ago. It opens up right in the wake of Cain killing Miss Abernathy. Bob and Marty show up and reveal that this was their plan all along. They wanted to show both Cain and Abel that they were special. But, just like when they first met, they only need one of the two. Here is where Cain switches things up a bit and instead of having Abel protect him, he stabs Abel in the stomach.

In the present time, Bob and Marty have just seen the video from the mayor saying that if they aren’t turned over to Cain, all of Manhattan is going to be destroyed. Realizing that they’re fucked, they decide they need to get the hell out of Dodge. They have enough money and fake IDs to disappear, but that hasn’t been Marty’s plan at all. Angelina pulls her gun, and both she and Bob manage to get a few shots off.

Cain still has Kira tied up and wants her to beg for her life like the mayor, but she shows her toughness and training by staying calm. Cain puts a knife in her leg, but all she does is distract him long enough to give Abel a chance to get there. She spits some blood into Cain’s eyes, and Abel jumps down ready for a fight.

Back with Bob and Marty, you see that Angelina managed to hit Bob three times, but Bob was quick and got her three times as well. Marty finishes Bob off himself and leaves his body there to take the fall while he escapes.

Now it’s time for my favorite part of this book, and the series as a whole: one of the kick-ass action sequences. Cain and Abel are pretty evenly matched, so they are just going back and forth beating the hell out of each other.

Kira gets out of the ties and disconnects the bomb from the radioactive material, but she can’t diffuse it from the mayor’s body. So Abel takes things into his own hands and kicks the mayor out the window, causing the bomb to explode away from the radioactives. Cain uses the distraction to slip away into a helicopter. Abel takes a shot at it, hits the back propeller, and the issue ends with the helicopter spiraling out of control and exploding into a building.

Just like the last 6 issues, this one was action-packed and awesome. Justin Jordan is great at using every page to show a lot of action sequences while also keeping the story moving along. I don’t feel like any panel is there just to fill space, and that’s a really nice refresher. Ibrahim Moustafa provides excellent artwork yet again, and this series just keeps on going as one of the best in comics.

Bits and Pieces:

Not only is the action in this series great each issue, but the story progression and character work feels genuine and natural. Using flashbacks to tell part of the story can be tricky, but Justin Jordan fuses together flashbacks and current story seamlessly. This is the most fun I’ve had reading a book in a long time.


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