Savage: The Wild – Max Bemis


So yeah, I’ve always been a fan of Tarzan probably because I like ripping off my shirt and yelling “AAAAHHHHHUUUAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH”. Always a hit at house parties but I won’t be doing that one at mimosa brunch again. Last time I tried to swing off this lattice arch and knocked over a table with like 30 champagne flutes. Doused my aunt Susan in OJ and now she avoids me at Christmas. Whatever Susan, not like I wanted to hear about your cats. Anyways, I’m always up for a story of a savage human reintroduced into the civilized world. Especially one with mother fucking kaiju!

So Savage is a lost boy who has somehow returned from the Faraway Dimension where he was trapped for his youth. He had to learn how to survive in a jungle world that was full of kaiju. Details of his return to our universe are a little MIA but bro is back and he’s a social media sensation. Then these bad hombres are opening the portal between the two worlds for most dubious means. Which means that Savage has to go all savage and fuck up a bunch of monsters.

My personal highlight was when a kaiju ripped out the Big Ben clock tower to use as a baseball bat and smoked a home run with a fuel truck. I guess since it’s in jolly ol’ England, it would be a cricket bat and crushing a crumpet with a petrol lorry or whatever. England invents the language and then just goes and makes a bloody mess of it. Anyways, the point is that it was rad.

Savage doesn’t really like the way our world is and has some family issues with his bro, but yeah, don’t go into this one expecting a lot of depth. The art is solid but the story is about as deep as the wading pool I lounge in and crush beers on scorching hot days. It’s awkward at times and does try to poke fun at itself. Which is aight and I guess exactly like me in the wading pool!

At the end of the day, it’s a teenage Tarzan fucking up kaiju. Take it for what it is and you’ll enjoy it.

Anyways, that’s about all I got. Adios amigos!

Savage: The Wild will be published on July 13, 2021 and you can pre-order a copy here. A huge high five to Max Bemis, Valiant, and NetGalley for the ARC.

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