Review: The Savage Lyrics #1

My thoughts on a new series from Sink/Swim Press


Written by
Ian Bodkin
Art by
William Bennett

The Savage Lyrics #1 from Sink/Swim Press

Far from now, as a sand devil churns across the desolate expanse of the world, a stranger takes a looking glass from his eye. He pulls back from his vantage, a jagged tooth of a rock set a few thousand feet up. He writes down a few fleeting thoughts. Below him is the Town.
A simple town rebuilt from rubble. A simple town surrounded by a magnetosphere to protect it from the radiation and toxins in the air. a simple town ruled by 7 ageless people known as the Ministry and their servants, the Clerics. A simple town before the stranger arrived. And whether it took decades or a few millennia, I like to think that this is how he first saw us.
Before the death, before the blood, before the end, the stranger we would come to know as the Savage looked down upon our town and wrote his lyrics.
-Nebu Orr, 2316, 108th year of the Aftermath

All so familiar, but also strange. The Savage Lyrics introduces us to a new world, while also referencing the old, and the very old. Linked into the history of the world, we also get what’s happening now. It’s an interesting mechanism and at first I struggled, but after a while I got really into this story, and want to see what happens next. This issue is all about the story of the Savage, and his arrival in town. He hasn’t arrived in town at all yet, but his presence is felt as he gets closer. Dotted between this history of the Savage, and those who were before, we learn a little about the town and their folk. This is really interesting as you get the feel of a western border town town run by a secret cult! We get the townsfolks reaction to the coming of the Savage/stranger, and in reality, it is the cult and their leaders that are forcing the townsfolk to react! We end as we get closer to the meeting of the Savage, and I want to learn more of the history of this place and their leaders!
The art in this issue fits in perfectly – adding to the effect of the old western frontier town – the washed out colours and the dressing of the characters. The shadows play a big part here, we don’t see the savage, just his silhouette,  and that adds to the mystery!

This is a perfect introduction to a new world, for those who like their sci-fi westerns full of mythology and history too!

The Savage Lyric #1 is out now on Comixology, and you can get it here


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