Title: Savage (2021) #2
Words: Max Bemis
Art: Nathan Stockman
Colors: Triona Farrell
Published: March 17, 2021
Publisher’s Summary: Mad geniuses Max Bemis (Worst X-Man Ever) and Nathan Stockman (Spidey) deliver over-the-top mayhem in this second thrilling chapter! NEW VILLAINS have captured our teen heartthrob hero. What’s their master plan and what do these monsters trying to eat Savage have to do with it?
“This device would have turned the progeny of enemy royals into unattractive people, littering their bloodlines with those who resemble American rednecks. Unfortunately, both this effort and the machine were deemed redundant, as this has been the case 75% of the time anyway.”
After that action-packed debut, I was eager to sink my teeth into this second issue, hoping to learn a bit more about Savage and the overall direction of the series. Issue #2 did not disappoint. Nathan Stockman’s artwork continues to impress while Max Bemis’ script remains tightly packed with humor that inspires genuine laughs. The uncertain note that the issue ends on will leave fans eager to see where the series is heading next.
The highlights of this issue are the two new characters that are added into the mix: Professor Hanley Nealon and Mae. Professor Nealon, who kidnapped Savage last issue, is exactly the right blend of evil and ridiculousness. He’s a diabolical nincompoop who, surely, will cause a good deal of chaos before he finds himself foiled; all the while, he’ll do a fine job playing the fool, giving readers good reason to laugh at his misfortunes and revel in his undoing. Mae, on the other hand, is a brainiac bombshell who, despite working alongside the seemingly evil professor, has plans of her own.
While the pacing of Savage is slowed, quite dramatically, here, there’s still enough action to leave readers satisfied. Savage (2021) #2 delivers some of the exposition that was missing from the debut, and in return sacrifices some momentum, but ultimately contributes to the greater story.
The Bottom Line
A solid second issue, Savage (2021) #2 brings the humor and ends on a note that will leave readers eager for more. It’s been a while since I’ve laughed this much while reading a comic book…