Savage Hulk #4 is written and penciled by the amazingly talented team of Alan Davis art and Mark Farmer’s inks along with Matt Hollingsworth’s great colors. The best thing about this issue and indeed, the last three issues, is that Davis & Farmer are quite simply both master illustrator and inkers, who have been working together for over twenty years and what a pleasure these four issues of beautiful work were to partake in.
What is also amazing about this story arc is that this Savage Hulk tale takes place immediately after the final issue of original “X-Men” #66, until “Giant-Sized X-Men” #1. So while this is technically a flashback story, it is also technically not a flashback story as one of fandom’s favorite original X-Men teams in essence ended with X-Men #66.
This Savage Hulk tale in essence continues where the X-Men left off way back in 1970 and as such, this is an original X-Men tale just as much as it is an original Hulk story. These four Savage Hulk issues actually expanded upon the mythos of the original X-Men, in that this action packed story saw Marvel Girl become a Gamma augmented mutant who may very well have sowed the seed needed in order for Jean Grey to even be able to become the powerful and ultimately dark Phoenix.
Alan Davis’ writing has always been a fun ride ever since his time on Excalibur and his jaunts across the multi-verse with Captain Britain, so more than even this Savage Hulk story itself, the unique blend beautiful soft action packed artwork, along with a fresh adventure for the young yet mature original X-Men resulted in a genuine Marvel comic experience from a comic age long since past! Thank you Savage Hulk team for a great ride and if you ask me, we could use a little more of it. Excelsior!!!
Written By: Tye Bourdony