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"Savage Avengers #3" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Marvel Comics

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Written by Gerry Duggan
Illustrated by Mike Deodato Jr
Colored by Frank Martin
Lettered by Travis Lanham
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on July 3rd, 2019


A group of the deadliest heroes in the Marvel Universe have been summoned, lured, or down right taken to the City of Sickles by Kulan Gath and his followers. The wizard needs the blood of warriors and what better warriors than the likes of Wolverine, the Punisher, Elektra, and Conan the Barbarian? Kulan Gath may have bitten off more than he can chew with this unlikely team as they're ready to stab, cut, and slash their way through these evil forces, especially if it means stopping them before they can bring forth the horrifying Marrow God.

These characters are used to operating in the shadows and colorist Frank Martin emphasizes that with some great uses of dark shades. It's night in the City of Sickles, but from the looks of things, the sun may never shine again. The darkness pools around everyone like a fog, engulfing them in an element that mirrors the pain and anguish within.

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And the blood! Oh man, the blood looks amazing in Savage Avengers #3. It's this dark crimson that splatters across the page in the goriest way imaginable. Colorist Frank Martin blends this well with the shadows while also making it stand out. You know when you see this shade of red that something horrible is happening.

While they may be working together towards a common goal of stopping Gath, these heroes are the farthest thing from a team. They are not aligned on tactics or teamwork. Instead, they're all like exposed nerves, lashing out at anything and everything around them. This makes for some outrageous action and artist Mike Deodato Jr delivers on that in spades. It also leads to a whole lot of bloodshed.

With all this carnage unfolding, there are some pretty gruesome sound effects. Letterer Travis Lanham has some great placements that amplify every hack and slash. My favorite scene in Savage Avengers #3 comes when Conan picks up Wolverine's lifeless body and uses it as a sword. There's a sickening “Slasshk” that's scrawled across the page as Gath's followers fall down in a bloody mess.

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There are times in Savage Avengers #3 when there's just so much going on, but it never feels overwhelming. It's more like a blockbuster action movie, albeit a supernatural-tinged, incredibly gory one. Writer Gerry Duggan keeps the story moving at a pretty fast clip and as such the characters are never really out of danger. They're under a constant and very real threat. While they'll probably all make it out of there alive, they might not be in one piece.

Savage Avengers has provided a home for some of the fiercest characters in the Marvel Universe to really lash out without holding back. No one is going to bat an eye when Wolverine cuts a dude's arm off or Punisher shoots up a bunch of cultists. If anything, they'd get a thumbs up. This makes for some fun interactions as well as a pretty skewed moral compass. That's only going to get more askew judging by how this issue ends.


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Overall: 4 Star Rating

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About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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