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Savage Things #1

Writer: Justin Jordan Artist: Ibrahim Moustafa Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: March 1, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 10
8.6Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

25 years ago, a secret government organization kidnapped children and trained them to be chaos agents who went on to foment unrest and execute enemies of the state around the world. When these cold and unfeeling creations proved too difficult to control, the powers that be exterminated their kill squad with extreme prejudice. Too bad it didn't work. Now a rogue band of the worst monsters the world has ever known is cutting a swath of terror across the United States, threatening not just a disruption of the peace but to expose secrets their handlers never wanted to come to light. The only way to stop them is to call back the only man wh more

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Mar 1, 2017

    Striking, startling, and beautifully brilliant and tight from its first panel to it's last page, Savage Things #1 is a top of the monthly reading stack book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Mar 10, 2017

    Savage Things pulls no punches and I have the feeling that by the end of this 8 issue series Justin Jordan will have taken us on a tour of the world-view of sociopath assassins, both those who have gone off the rails and those that have been reined in to serve the side of good. I have the additional feeling that “good” in the context of this series is going to be a lot more of a grey area, mostly good in contrast to the very clearly delineated “bad”. If you like thrillers with mysteries to be solved, clandestine government agencies, and action like you'd find in Bourne or Bond, then Savage Things is probably going to be right up your alley. It's a series that is, for me, right in the classic Vertigo sweet spot. I loved this issue, the only negative for me is that this is an 8 issue series and not the beginning of an epic series like 100 Bullets. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Fox Force Five News - Keven Skinner Mar 1, 2017

    The colors are gorgeous too, so props to Jordan Boyd on delivering there. Savage Things feels like classic Vertigo to me – back in the glory days of 100 Bullets and Preacher. There's just something so disturbing and magical about this concept that Jordan has come up with and I'm absolutely in love with it. What if – just what if – James Bond didn't just beat up the bad guy, but then he dissected him and wrote bloody messages all over the walls too? People, we have a genuine horror thriller for the ages with Savage Things. Don't miss it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Corps - Cas Mar 1, 2017

    Imagine there was a government program where they took sociopathic kids from their parents, killing the parents of course, and trained them to be weapons against enemies of the United States. What if those agents happened to go rouge? Well welcome to Savage Things #1. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Terrence Sage Mar 1, 2017

    Savage Things doesn't hold back from what it's set out to do. It's cold, calculating, bloody, demented, and mature like your favorite late night show on HBO. Jordan has the perfect art team for this dark and mysterious world of clandestine organizations and monsters set out to destabilize everything we hold dear. I don't think this series is looking for redeemable characters to save the day, these are bad people doing bad things in the name of saving the day. If this limited series can keep this first issues's sparks of intrigue, brutalness, and deadpan humor then I believe Savage Things will go down as a phenomenal story. Vertigo has a winner with Jordan and his Horror-Spy Thriller. Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    Slackjaw Punks - Garret Tumey Mar 1, 2017

    Savage Things is just that, fucking savage! It's seriously refreshing to see something as gory and sick as this. I know it's not super scarce, but from bigger companies it is, and I get why. They try to put out books almost anyone, and parents aren't going to be rushing out to get their kids something like this. It is perfect for people like myself who like graphic content but aren't necessarily into the horror genre. Jordan also preyed on my love of secret government conspiracy and biblical reference. Such a crazy fucked up start to a series, I cant even imagine where it will go next. Make sure to pick this up to find out for yourself. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Bounding Into Comics - John F. Trent Mar 1, 2017

    Savage Things #1 is a gripping black ops spy fiction that would make Tom Clancy proud. It features fascinating characters, a layered plot, and top-notch artwork. This book just got added to my personal pull list. There's nothing really like it out there. Go and pick it up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Pop Break - Rachel Freeman Mar 1, 2017

    I really enjoyed this first issue. Im 100% on board. Its set to be an 8-issue mini but I already feel like I want it to continue because I can tell Im going to be incredibly attached to Abel. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Blair Marnell Mar 2, 2017

    Savage Things #1 has a great premise, fantastic art, and is almost flawless executed. If you love comics, this issue belongs on your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Mar 1, 2017

    Justin Jordan gives readers a book full of intrigue, mystery, murder and mayhem.  While the violence steals the spotlight a bit here, the slow burn story behind it has me most interested. If you are on the market for a well written, good looking mature title, check this out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Mar 1, 2017

    Overall, Jordan and Moustafa have crafted an intriguing opening chapter here, dangling a lot of hooks throughout the course of this first issue to snag the readers interest. It still remains to be seen just what kind of story Savage Things is going to end up being, but however it ends up, theres no denying that the foundations have been laid here for what promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Brandy Dykhuizen Mar 7, 2017

    Savage Things is as cold as an assassin's humanity, littered with gaps cryptic enough that you'd need a forensic team to fill the spaces, but this somehow all works in its favor. It's a stunning and unsettling first issue that leaves you wanting more, but I'm totally okay with a little break before round two. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Mar 9, 2017

    Savage Things takes spy thrillers like The Bourne Identity or Mission Impossible and adds brutal murder. It's like if James Bond went rogue and started using his considerable training to murder innocent civilians. Think about how terrifying that would be. That's what this book is about and it's riveting. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - stephengervais Mar 2, 2017

    I thoroughly enjoyed this opening chapter of Savage Things. I think we’re in for a real treat with this new series. It has an interesting espionage, secret society type story going with exceptional artwork. This series is an easy one to recommend and heck it’s a first issue so it’s the perfect jumping on point! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Patrick Hellen Mar 1, 2017

    This is a book that typically only Vertigo can do. Let's see how they shape up. 8 out of 10. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - nylahtb Mar 8, 2017

    Moustafa's art in this comic had a nice and gritty look to it that certainly suited the story. Even though the art was gritty, it was not messy. Moustafa has found this perfect balance between the gritty and clean art, this makes me really happy considering I normally dislike how gritty art becomes messy art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Mar 1, 2017

    Jordan seems to click with artists, and this is a clear sign of that as he and Mostafa are firing on all cylinders. They make wonderful collaborators and have delivered a damn near flawless first issue. I'll be looking forward to more from this series and hope that the tone and pacing established here is maintained with a steady hand from the creators. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We Got This Covered - Christian Bone Mar 1, 2017

    Savage Things #1 serves as a strong first installment of what promises to be a brilliantly disturbing new miniseries from DC's Vertigo. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Kent Falkenberg Mar 2, 2017

    Jordan and Moustafa chamber a live round, for sure. But it will take at least one more issue to tell if theyll hit their mark. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Mar 1, 2017

    Savage Things #1 wants to merge the horror genre with the espionage genre, which is actually a really cool idea. And the idea of serial killers working as covert agents is interesting, to be sure. But I had more than a few issues with the execution, which is problematic both in its depiction of mental illness and in its lack of relatable characters. Read Full Review

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