Write: Gerry Duggan
Art: Patch Zircher, Java Tartaglia, VC’S Travis Lanham, Tom Muller, Valerio Giangiordano, and Frank D’Armata
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: August 4th, 2021
THE PREMISE AND STORY
Conan and his allies have all been mystically tainted by their recent battles with the
evil sorcerer Kulan Gath in the City of Sickles. Yet, the cannibal wizard Kulan Gath is no closer to being vanquished.. Savage Avengers #23 opens with Dr. Strange exorcising the poison from the Savage Avengers, gained during the battle against Gath at the City of Sickles. Afterwards, Strange heads to a meeting with an old acquaintance of his.
Our favorite Evil Eldritch Squid Demon, Shuma-Gorath, is in bad shape having been drained to near-death by Kulan Gath and there’s nothing our heroes can do but to ease Shuma’s passing. However, I must say that broiling a piece of Eldritch god in a microwave instead of a more traditional flame pit, is an amusingly modern twist to an otherwise fairly mundane tracking spell.
Patch Zircher’s art isn’t all that enticing plus Java Tartaglia doesn’t go crazy with the colors or shading either. Both artists do a serviceable job but as noted, it’s not something that would heighten this issue, nor does it drag it down.
Savage Avengers #23 feels transitional, especially when we are being teased with the final encounter from Gath in the next issue. It’s still not a completely forgettable book. Why? Well, it contains the death of Shuma-Gorath of 616, whose ramifications should have been highlighted more than what Duggan provided in this issue. This weeks Savage Avengers wasn’t necessarily an empty issue but it also wasn’t truly exciting either.