Friday, April 1, 2022

Savant by Jim Alexander

SavantSavant by Jim Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great sci-fi graphic novel with excellent artwork...

In today's mass culture, comic books and even long-form graphic novels are as universal as any other "legitimate" type of writing. Maybe it's because, like historical myths, people are drawn to fantastical tales about alien entities who share the same human flaws as the rest of us. It's also possible that they provide an escape into realms and conditions that are far removed from our own. Perhaps, more accurately, visual storytelling just provides a form of entertainment unencumbered by long and drawn-out prose. Whatever the case may be, graphic novels appear to be here to stay. They're just as popular now as they were when I was a kid. However, much like everything, there are a few that are a lot more worthy of the time and effort than others.

One such graphic novel is Savant by Jim Alexander, in which he presents Lode from the planet Savant. There, she seeks out battle zones, preferring to document the lives of those who are dying. Her explorations lead her to Hubris, a world torn apart by conflict. She is enlisted by government authorities to assist in the hunt for a war criminal. It's a path ‘that will ultimately take her to the mouth of madness. The End of Days itself.’

If you are a fan of graphic sci-fi novels, you’ll love this one. Of course, special mention also to Will Pickering for the excellent artwork, Fin Cramb (Colorist), Philip R. Simon for Editing, and Jim Campbell for Production & Lettering. Highly recommended and a well-deserved five stars from me. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.


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