Evil Eye Comics Review: Savior #1

Savior #1 Review
 By: Chris, Evil Eye Comics

After reading the solicitation for Savior before it was
published, I knew it was going to be a series that, if done well, I would not
only immensely enjoy but would also have to take a good amount of thought to fully
understand.  About a person of unknown
origin who shows up on earth with powers that resemble something from the
Bible, Savior asks the question, what if God comes to earth but he’s not who
he’s supposed to be? He doesn’t know who he is or how he got his powers, so
what exactly is he? I found this to be an extremely interesting premise and my
expectations were sent sky high.

After reading Savior #1, written by Todd McFarlane and Brian
and drawn by Clayton Crain, I’m convinced that this story is going to
be a fun ride. It begins with a scene in Kansas
where we see a news reporter setting up outside of a courthouse, surrounded by
a crowd that seems to be divided between raucous protest and solemn support.
Divided as they may be, everyone is waiting for one man in particular to arrive
at the courthouse. When he does, we realized that he, in particular, is the
sole source of both the crowd’s ire and support. As the man makes his way into
the courthouse, with insults and requests being thrown chaotically all around
him, the news reporter is trying to ask him a question when suddenly, one
single gunshot rings out through the air, blood smears the reporter’s face and
the scene ends. We are then thrown six months back into the past, where we see
the disastrous event that brought the man walking into the courthouse to this
small town in Kansas. 
The first thing I noticed after picking up this issue was
Clayton Crain’s art. Simply put, it’s amazing. Hyper-realistic, with just a
hint of cartoonish-ness, the art style is perfect for conveying this particular
type of story. It’s bright and crisp in the beginning to provide you with a
feeling of safety yet dark and hazy to truly convey the sense of disaster when
needed later on. There’s not much else to say other than you need to see it for
yourself, it is truly a sight to behold.
Interestingly enough, Savior #1 didn’t seem to contain many
of the topics brought up in its solicitation. I’m still not totally sure who
the “savior” is, nobody had special powers, and there wasn’t evidence of any
divine elements. If I had any complaints about this issue, it is that I would
have liked to have seen at least some allusion to these aspects promised in the
solicitation. That being said, I’m sure they will come to the forefront and be
fleshed out in the future. For the time being though, Savior #1 was a very good
set-up for the series and I will be eagerly awaiting the next issue.

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