Review: ‘Savage Avengers’ #6 Goes Back To The Future

by Tony Thornley

Marvel 2099 is one of the most popular spin-offs of the main Marvel Universe. Now that the Savage Avengers are stuck in the timestream, we head back to that bleak future, and fight the Deathlok army that has taken over Nueva York.

Cover by Leinil Yu & Sunny Gho

David Pepose, Carlo Magno, Espen Grundetjern, and Travis Lanham bring savagery to 2099 in their next arc.

The Avengers are lost in the time stream, and they have emerged in 2099. Still reeling from losing Conan, they now are face to face with Jake Gallows, the Punisher, and his campaign to destroy the Deathlok army. Unfortunately for all of them, the Deathloks are under the control of an all too familiar — and deadly — face!

This issue is just an all-out love-letter to the crazier elements of the Marvel Universe, and it’s a hell of a lot of fun. Pepose embraces the diversity of the cast’s backgrounds, adds the history of the MU, and then goes nuts. Punisher 2099 is probably the most forgotten of the 2099 headliners, so his inclusion is a welcome one, and he adds a grounding element to the escalating chaos and sci-fi weirdness of the plot.

Even better, while a lot of the elements of the setting are familiar, Pepose gives them a twist. 2099 is a cyberpunk dystopia, but here there’s something more terrifying and apocalyptic in play. While the final page twist might be obvious to those paying attention, it cements the series as an Avengers story — even with the oddball cast — and leads it into some really interesting prospective futures.

Magno jumps into the chaos with both feet. There is so much happening in these pages, from the initial disorienting dash through Nueva York, to the bonkers break-in at Avengers Mansion. He always makes the action clear, but he also captures the chaos incredibly well. From the moment that Daredevil bursts onto the scene with Archangel’s wings to the end of the issue, he plays with layouts, point of view, and character placement to create a gleefully violent battle with heroes that are increasingly easy to root for.

Grundetjern is great at matching the color palette to the story, while keeping a similar sort of grime that the first arc had. There are bright flashes of color that draw the eye in and give several moments much needed pop. Lanham does the same with the lettering work. There’s a lot of information being portrayed in the script and Lanham makes it clear, while setting dialogue and captions apart in a way that creates a soundscape.

The future is now for the Savage Avengers, and it’s absolutely terrifying. I can’t wait to see what the team has in store for the rest of the arc.

Savage Avengers #6 is available now from Marvel Comics.

Overview

The future is now for the Savage Avengers, and it’s absolutely terrifying. I can’t wait to see what the team has in store for the rest of the arc.

Overall
8/10
8/10
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