Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan: The Savage Heart
(This review originally appeared in NextPlanetOver's The Scoop. However, its archive has since been disabled.)
Reviewed By Beth Hannan Rimmels
Writer: Alan Gross
When I heard Grell was working on a Tarzan miniseries, I was intrigued and enthusiastic. I still adore his run on Warlord as one of the best sword-and-sorcery comics ever, but Ill buy almost anything for Grells art.
The art here doesnt disappoint. Grells work is a beautiful as ever. This is how muscles are supposed to be drawn. Gross plot is a tad less successful. I fully understand the concept behind starting a story in the middle to heighten tension, but in this case, it was far too disorienting until a more thorough explanation begins on page 12. To Gross credit, everything does finally start to make sense and the issue ends with an appropriate cliffhanger for the next issue.
Parallels to Grells work on Warlord are unavoidable, particularly since the first issue is largely a set up to send Tarzan to Pellucidar, a world inside the earth (Skartaris anyone?). The woman who shows up on page 21 even looks a bit like Tara.
A quick thumb through doesnt do this book justice. It is worthwhile if you stick it out to get to the explanation, but if youre a fan of Grells art, the plots going to be of secondary interest anyway.
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