The Age of Krakoa hasn’t been kind to everyone, and Victor Creed, Sabretooth, ended up in prison. And still they couldn’t stop it
Jonathan Hickman’s new stage at the head of the mutants gave for good concepts and stories. The regular collections have had their ups and downs, but the short series have left some powerful ideas. One of them is this Sabretooth. A volume in which the cruelest and fiercest of mutants returns to the most dangerous aspect of himself, not the unscrupulous murderer, but the devious animal that plays with its victims.
Several unethical operations were carried out during the early operations of the nascent mutant nation. The most dangerous were recruited to ensure their success. But there was a law they couldn’t break: Don’t kill humans. Sabretooth broke it and that cost him her freedom. A jail was created just to keep him imprisoned but that didn’t stop Creed.
Victor LaValle is the scriptwriter of this new series, he shares a name with his main character and I hope no more instinct. Sabretooth is one of the collections that we least expected, but that has surprised the most. So much for its idea, its development and that ending that takes us back to earlier times and to other Creed that have existed.
The writer describes a Sabretooth locked up but not defenseless. Inside his jail he is the king of hell, he does not seek redemption, he does not want to join the Krakoan society. And nothing would have happened if they had left it up to him, but now he wants revenge, he wants chaos, and even from the grave he is very capable of achieving his goal.
Aside from Creed’s sociopathic personality analysis.
LaCalle builds the moral doubt on the dilemma of a perfect society regarding imprisoning its members for crimes that, although serious, are not always far from a mutant nature. And the pride of being a mutant is what makes Krakoa strong. In a collection in which we expected a lot of bad temper and violence, we find a moral doubt and a revolution led by a selfish sociopath who unites a group with an idea that although true and correct, manipulated is a dangerous premise.
The series does not delve into ethical or moral debates, It shows what fear, anger and lack of control can do. Sabretooth takes advantage of all this and begins his plan, showing that aspect that we haven’t seen for a long time, his intelligence. In a scenario and with methods that unite Hellraiser with a brainwashing we see how he stands as a rebellious Lucifer against a false Heaven.
And to work through all this he has an ideal sidekick, Leonard Kirk. The artist improves with each job and here he enjoys being able to play with the imagination of a psychopath and his way of seeing hell, or the hell in which he locks up others. It is not a horror series, nor is it intended to be, Kirk tells a story of ego struggles, revolutions and mistakes, and he does it very well. Fantastic action in an unreal world that ends up affecting the real world, and all in one installment.
Sabretooth ends with a cliffhanger that opens the way for a different Sabretooth story, one well known but gone. And from a very different world that had to be avoided, and others to be fixed. This is the end of the series, but not of the story.
Sabertooth. The adversary
Title: : Sabertooth. The adversary
URL : Milcomics
Author : Leonard Kirk, Victor Lavalle
Format : Paperback
Publication date : 2022-10-27
ISBN : 9788411018050
Description : Underground! Sabretooth was sentenced to an eternity of torment. It may seem like hell, but maybe that’s the situation in which Victor Creed feels most comfortable. What has he been doing down there? What secret deal has changed his fate forever? And if he is not alone? Award-winning novelist Victor LaValle teams up with incredible artist Leonard Kirk to tell us the story of what lies beneath Krakoa…
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