Writer: Dan Jolley
Artists: Randy Gentile, JD Mettler, Greg Scott
Format: Four issue mini-series. I love mini-serieses, because usually whoever is writing them has a specific story they're trying to tell. They're self-contained, connected with the main storylines of the ongoing lines, but not usually required reading to understand the main lines or requiring reading of the main lines to understand the mini-series. Familiarity is sufficient, and where familiarity fails, Wikipedia takes up the slack.
Basic Premise: After finishing up a 'go here, kill these people' job of his own, Victor Creed wanders into someone else's attempted assassination job. The Russian-named semi-professionals try to kill him so they will have no living witnesses to what they did. Fair enough. Sabretooth, however, reacts about as well as can be expected to people trying to kill him. The fight ends with him rescuing the assassination target out of spite, and the two of them escaping.
Now, however, Victor's curiosity is piqued. Who were those guys with the gear? Why are they trying to kill this woman? Why are they still
trying to kill this woman and him?
Really, there are better ways to get Victor Creed off your case than trying to kill him. Repeatedly. Even if emptying a couple of clips from high-powered military rifles/machine-guns into him seems like fun.
Expanded Premise: ( Spoilers )
Art: Realistic in style, fairly gritty. I know it takes place at night, but the artist could do with less of the solid black shadows. With the amount they're used, they start to obscure rather than enhance. Otherwise, the coloring is pretty damn spectacular, especially for a night piece. There are a few action panels where I'm not exactly sure what Creed or the other guys have just done, but thankfully the vast majority of the action panels are understandable.
There are no glaringly obvious anatomy mistakes, and everyone is depicted with realistic builds. Creed is damn fine with his shirt off without being a super-muscular action-hero.
Violence: It's a Sabretooth mini-series.
Sex: Yes. Non-graphic sex between Victor and Bonnie, implied past sexual encounters between Victor and other people.
Highlights: - Victor startling at Bonnie being sexually aggressive towards him. ( Spoilers )
Overall: The story is effective and well-done. It fits
Victor Creed well. This is obviously one of his saner stages in life, but he goes through those in Marvel comics. The fact that this is one single night, and neither Victor nor Bonnie are really given a lot of time
to emotionally deal with what they're going through makes the romance effective and believable. The violence is as high and vicious as should be expected for Sabretooth doing what he does best. The plot is tight, and if the bad guys are occassionally behaving in ways I think are dumb, it's not as if they're holding an Idiot Ball. They're making realistic mistakes, rather than "omigod, did your brain get eaten by mercury?" mistakes.