So if you actually read what I write (but why would you?), you’d know that Savage Wolverine was one of the NOW titles I was most excited about, though I’ve yet to offer anything in the way of real criticism. So I’ll do that real quick right now since I’ve just finished issue two.
Being a real fan of Frank Cho’s previous jungle adventures in Marvel Knights’ Shanna the She-Devil and Dynamite’s Jungle Girl, I expected more of the same; very fun, very big splash pages of over-the-top action, dinosaurs, and gratuitous cheesecake. And without a doubt SW delivers on all these fronts.
One thing that surprises me is the prevalence of physical comedy. It doesn’t reach slapstick levels, but trips, slips, and falls supply a good chunk of the humor. Something as dramatic as a hundred foot free fall all the way to the ground is turned comedic by Wolverine’s facial expressions and narration.
And the narration leads me to my only real quarrel. It’s very wordy. We go into Wolverine’s head with a lot of monologue. It becomes intrusive. Same goes for the back-and-forth between Wolverine and Shanna. It’s used too often and the comedic value is diminished every time it’s employed. Hopefully this is taken into consideration in future issues because now that Amadeus Cho has been added to the mix, the banter levels are going to reach the sky. The pages are layed out in a way that the narrating often lies outside of the panels, but the word bubbles themselves with hog lots of space. Cho’s art is too good to be hidden by all that!