It may not be that surprising that, I love reading God related stories (since I reviewed Next Testament through and through) or I should said faith related stories. Because most comics have God as a main character, but really the story is about faith, belief, and the people that surround it... which is literally every person. So I think there is a lot to be said on faith which makes such a good comic to relate to since everyone has an opinion. Obviously this is what grabs the readers right away, so it was fitting that the story starts out with chaos and then flashes back. Brian Holguin and Todd McFarlane dive right into the Savior with a news reporter getting all set up in front of a courthouse. You don’t know much, but you know this guy, who is unnamed right now, is involved and people are going crazy. They range from, "bless my baby" to "kill this freak." Again, people have lots of opinions on the matter. Holguin and McFarlane are clear about how wide this comic will range in audience with breaking the fourth wall. Anyway, after this small couple page introduction, we flashback to a Damascus High School where that same reporter is giving a speech to the students.
Her name is Cassandra or Cassie. Only reading one issue, I can’t say this for sure, but she is the main character. It was weird how she didn’t pop out in the beginning but again the writers are proving that the audience just wants to see this savior and we kind of forget about the rest. We spend a lot of time with her and it seems that we may be moving slow, but with Holguin and McFarlane nothing is wasted though. Not a whole lot action-wise happened, but believe me big shit was still happening, so it flows together well. The small moments and the slow moments became the big moments.
Then let’s move to Clayton Crain’s art. It is very realistic looking. I mean when that plane was crashing you could feel the impact. With comics already giving you once piece of imagery, sometimes it is hard to hit the other five senses, but man Crain does. He made me feel the crowd and smell the fire and so on. By far, the thing that stuck out to me was his use of focus. Crain would focus and unfocus a lot of panels which again made it realistic and also just made it stunning to look at. Then again when Cassie is filming the wreck, the camera moves with her and goes in and out of focus.
Everything just came together for this first issue. We get bits and pieces but nothing is forgotten. Savior has some great art and with some great plot building. I think Savior is here to stay and can’t wait for you guys to pick it up this week.