REVIEW: Savage Hulk #1 – Star Gazing with Hulk | FanboysInc

REVIEW: Savage Hulk #1 – Star Gazing with Hulk

By Cody Mudge

Written by: Alan Davis

Art by: Alan Davis, Mark Farmer and Matt Hollingsworth

Published by: Marvel Comics

$3.99

“Savage Hulk #1” is an interesting debut for a new series. If this series is going to be similar to Savage Wolverine then it will be an accessible, jump in, jump out, kind of book, telling compact stories with a focus on the artist and not being enslaved to continuity. It’s odd then that this series picks up after a very old comic. The direction allows writer/artist extraordinaire Alan Davis to drawn some old timey characters which suits the classic look of his style. The result is a book that is inconsistent but still a pretty good time.

The story isn’t overly ambitious, not something anyone should have expected from this title, but that also works for a character that’s been laden with heady stories in the recent past. Seeing Hulk cast in a sympathetic light as he is here is interesting but seems a little untimely given the recent runs on the character that were able to do that on a stronger story-telling foundation.

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We all know what Davis can do with the pen and with inker Mark Farmer and colour artist Matt Hollingsworth joining him, he creates a book that feels authentically old school. This plays off your nostalgia while also conjuring up feelings that once again this series is too late to the party. We’ve moved on from books looking this way and it really struggles to keep up with the contemporary greats that we see right alongside it on shelves.

Chances are if you’re buying Savage Hulk then you’re doing so to escape and unplug a bit from the continuity heavy or intellectual experiences available. This series probably won’t tie into any big events and won’t demand that you pay too close attention to it; just read and have fun. If you can justify it that way I think you’ll find this series works for you. But if you’re looking for a series that will hit the top of your reading list like Daredevil, Saga, Batman, or Hawkeye then you’re barking up the wrong tree.

Verdict:

“Savage Hulk #1” is a middling debut. Neither spectacularly brilliant nor dreadfully inadequate. In the grand scheme of things I don’t think this issue does much to convince that it needs to exist. In a few months we’ll have a better understanding about what this series offers and why you should read it but this wasn’t the fantastic start this series needed to add its name to the already swelling ranks of great comic books.

6.4/10

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