Four Colour Thoughts – Ka-Zar: Lord of the Savage Land #1

The Creators – Zac Thompson – Writer, Germán García – Artist, Matheus Lopes – Colours, Joe Caramagna – Letters

The Players – Ka-Zar, Shanna, Zabu, Matthew

The Story – Ka-Zar finds himself among the living once more and he has powers.

The Take – Ka-Zar was killed during Marvel’s Empyre event not long ago and now, thanks to writer Zac Thompson and artist Germán García, he finds himself amongst the living once more. Much like Shanna, the Savage Land has brought him back to life and much like Shanna, he finds himself changed, now more a part of the land that he makes his home. While it might seem strange to longtime readers to find the man with powers, it is at least a little bit given that he was always more or less a Tarzan analogue. Suffice it to say, Thompson and Marvel have decided to move him slightly away from those roots and while keeping most of what makes him who he is, giving him powers is probably the first progression of his character since having his son Matthew. Those powers do come into play during the story and they are used to great effect when a monstrous threat makes itself known. Also new in this issue are some new clothes thanks to Shanna, the use of her powers and the Savage Land which are quite interesting, to say the least. As for Matthew, it is good to see him get a bit of the spotlight as he is now fully grown and going on adventures of his own. There is some good character work on Thompson’s part, readers seeing a conflicted Kevin Plunder who is a little unsure of himself on this side of life while Shanna is an extremely confident woman now and Matthew quite curious. There is also a mystery that is introduced towards the end of the book which will obviously play into the rest of the series and make for some intriguing moments between father and son if it plays out that way. While the story is good, the artwork by Garcia is even better, the book looking absolutely gorgeous on every level. Each page is sumptuous to look at, both clean and bright thanks to the colours of Matheus Lopes and it has to be one of the better-looking books on the stands right now. When all is said and done, this was a solid start to a new era in the life of Ka-Zar, Lord of the Savage Land.

Worth It? – Yes.

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