Valiant Entertainment 2016
Written by B. Clay Moore
Illustrated by Clayton Henry & Lewis Larosa
Coloured by Brian reber & Andrew Dalhouse
Lettered by Dave Lanphear
Out of the jungle, into the fight? When all hope seems lost, the final threads tethering the Sauvage family to their humanity will finally be severed. Just as the beasts within begin to take hold, the final revelation about the prehistoric island that has claimed them will finally stand revealed. But will this twist of fate offer a last chance at rescue?or forever seal their doom?
Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit! Wow alright so ends volume one right and volume two is scheduled please that’s so because the way this one ends you KNOW it’s not the end it’s just a beginning! Gosh now i’m full of all kinds of questions that I need answers to and the only way that’s going to happen is if there’s another volume. So thanks in advance.
Aside from the ending the whole business of getting there is pretty astonishingly well told. B. Clay is always a solid writer but this time around it’s like we got a little something extra in the recipe that wasn’t there before. The moment that we see the boy surrender to the ways of the Island is probably one of the single most powerful and poignant moments i’ve seen in comics. It literally changes everything and you know just at that moment how big that is. So kudos on bringing that us in such a great way.
Clayton is amazing and to see him and Brian work on these dinosaurs the way they do has me almost salivating for more. The use of page layouts with their angles, perspective and those backgrounds that we see are simply amazing to behold. Also difference in the past v the present is well done and that sense of innocence he had in the usual comic book style had more hope to it than I had realised.
For a boy who never really knew his father and was raised on this nightmare of an Island by his mother who was murdered for no reason other than sport he’s really become quite the man. I like he tells his father’s grave he’s going home it’s the grit and determination to do so and finally free himself of this prison that shows a maturity I wasn’t sure he possessed. Then of course to do so he has to go through the village full of those he’s been fighting against all this time. So can he do it, can he get around their leader who killed his mother or will he end up like the rest of the Sauvage’s?
There’s a fire and intensity to this issue that I wasn’t really expecting to see but left me with my pulse racing. We root for him to succeed against all odds and while he seems more than capable of taking them out one at a time this is much different. The stakes are so much higher and when it’s all said and done will this have been the right move for him to make? I don’t know but i’m eager to find out.
This has been one of the most extraordinary limited series to come out.