Savage Things #1 (Vertigo Comics)
What if the Suicide Squad were trained by the government as kids? That’s the premise behind Justin Jordan and Ibrahim Moustafa’s Savage Things, a new Vertigo series that’s sure to please hardcore action fans. This shouldn’t be a huge surprise, as Justin Jordan’s big comics debut came from the insane Image Series The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, and while Savage Things isn’t as insane as that book, the grounded approach here works really well.
Much of Savage Things is a set up issue, as Justin Jordan peels back the layers on Abel, the star of our series. At a young age, Abel came home to find his parents murdered by a government agent. After showing no emotion over their deaths, he’s brought in for a controversial government military program called Black Forest run by Dr. Koenig. The idea behind Black Forest is to use children who show signs of being sociopaths, pyromaniacs, and other disorders and use them to instill fear in America’s enemies. But now, 25 years later, someone is out for revenge, and Abel is now being called in to help the program that killed his parents.
Justin Jordan’s script for Savage Things is really intriguing, and it doesn’t hurt that he has a knack for writing awesome action sequences either. Jordan also doesn’t get too bogged down in explaining the Black Forest program, or how the other members of the program were tracked down. Instead, he focuses primarily on Abel, and while this overshadows some of the other members of the group, Abel is still plenty compelling as our lead.
On the art side of things, Ibrahim Moustafa delivers. Moustafa’s action sequences are extremely well done, and his style is detailed enough without making the characters look too stiff. His style is very reminiscent of Steve Dillon and Darick Robertson, which is the perfect fit for this type of series. If it all goes well, Savage Things should lead to bigger projects for him.
If you’re looking for a bad ass action book, and you think Suicide Squad is too tame, then Savage Things is definitely a book to check out. The action scenes are really well done, and the hook for the series is very strong. Hell, if it does well enough, maybe we’ll see these characters face off with the Suicide Squad later.