Last Saturday I picked up the first two issues of The Saviors by James Robinson (Batman, Superman) because when I heard there was weed, aliens, conspiracy theories, and explosions I was already sold. My mind went immediately to a Pineapple Express type of action riddled alien comic. After issue #3 I think my minds eye was mostly right, and I'm pretty content with my purchase, though I have to agree with Amanda's review of issue #2, this may be a good one to wait for the trade, not just because it has plenty of cliff-hanger endings, but also because it's not realizing it's full potential at the moment. Plus the digital version is frustrating unless you have a 2-page view.
I'd consider The Saviors to be light-reading only. It's not actually revealing a rich, complex layer of delicious conspiracy cake, it's a breeze-through Sunday morning read. Maybe you enjoy some of the finer things that the protagonist, Tomas enjoys, up to you. It's simple, direct, and light-hearted. Sure there's trouble, and it's pretty exciting, but it's not hilarious yet. I'd love to see The Saviors carry it's weight with good humor & richer plot, to take it from a B- comic to an A- series. It already has all the components for hearty chuckles, but it's not utilizing what it has yet. There's not really a great excuse for the lack of humor. There's no grit, or dark, brooding characters. There's weed all 3 issues, Tomas needs to be subjected to some hilarity, or awkward situations. That doesn't mean I haven't enjoyed it.
The characters seem genuine, friendly, cool. I imagine the writer is probably an easy guy to get along with judging by the fact he seems to look for the best in his characters, and so far has single-faceted bad guys. The art is as simplistic as the story. It does a lot with just a few colors. The panels are clear, the pace keeps moving, action is inferred throughout. I'm happy with J. Bone's work, though it could use a little more consistency. I've seen a few panels where the heads and body's can be a little out of proportion to one another. Maybe it's on purpose?
Bottom line - will I keep buying it? Eh...kind of likely. Every once in a while I get tired of the dense material that I love, and want something that is lighter. The Saviors is just that. My first Image book was Invincible, and I would never have bought the single issues, but I bought trade after trade, then the Ultimate Collections one after the other, after the other. So who's to say it's readability, and light-reading aren't exactly what many of us are looking for? Just...kick it up a notch, okay, Mr. Robinson? At least say that the reason why Tomas can see aliens is because he's stoned all the time, then get the whole crew to start fighting bad guys when they're out of their goards. Just saying...
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