Blue Baker is writing a story — not all that stuff about wizards and fairies and happily ever after — a real story, about blood and guts and adventures, because that's what life's really like. At least it is for Blue, since his dad died and Hopper, the town bully, started knocking him and the other kids around. But Blue's story has a life of its own — weird and wild and magic and dark — and when the savage pays a nighttime visit to Hopper, Blue starts to wonder where he ends and his creation begins.
This book was amazing. The artwork, which was so raw and hard edged, was worth taking a second look at. I spent a few days after reading this book just flipping through and enjoying the pictures. At first, they made me feel like anyone could do it if they just found the right state of mind, but after further study I realized just how skilled the illustrator was in his execution. There were a variety of techniques and mediums, and among the seemingly quick sketches and splashes of emotion, there were glimpses of superb anatomical awareness1. My favorite panel was of the Savage raising his axe over his head. I wish I'd taken a picture of it to show y'all, but I didn't, so you'll just have to check this book out for yourselves!
The story itself wasn't as gripping to me as the artwork was, but it was really good. It was told first person from Blue's perspective and the edict was very believable. The grammar and spelling in the "hand-written" bits that told the story of The Savage was atrocious, but legible. It really added to the overall feeling of angst. I also thought Blue's misused cursing was a nice touch2.
This was a great, albeit short, read. I give The Savage...