Monday, February 21, 2011


Moonstone Entertainment, Inc., Captain Action Enterprises, and Runemaster Studios, the forces behind Moonstone's latest comic title SAVAGE BEAUTY, have been saying for months just how spectacular this new series would be.  An updating of the Jungle Girl genre tale, SAVAGE BEAUTY uses two very strong female leads to not only introduce pulp like heroics into the jungles of today's world, but also tackles real life issues.   The comic is a tool of vital partnership between its creators and agencies and organizations dedicated to making life better and even saving lives in Kenya, Africa, and other ravaged lands.   Moonstone, CAE, and Runemaster have been shouting the praises of SAVAGE BEAUTY and rightfully so.

And now, so are other people.   The reviews are in and it seems others have jumped on the SAVAGE BEAUTY bandwagon.

Eric J.,, summed up the origins and appeal of SAVAGE BEAUTY wonderfully-

I am a huge pulp fan, always have been.  A childhood constant of mine was watching old B&W’s with my mom on Sunday afternoons.  The adventure, thrill and danger of an altruistic hero risking life and limb to take down a dastardly villain was almost too much for my little 7-year heart to handle.  Well, what I know (as most of you do too) is that when creative teams try to “modernize” the genre something is lost in the translation and they fail more often than they succeed.  And the less-than-stellar-results are usually something off-center, overly cheesy and perhaps way dark.

Running counter to that sad norm, the folks over at Moonstone have been lighting the way for years and showing fans that pulp can still be done and done well.  Savage Beauty, as a title, just continues to add to their testimony.

In his review at, Dustin Cabeal points out what makes SAVAGE BEAUTY a modern and relevant title in his 'Short Version'-

If you’re looking for a sexy jungle story about two women fighting the crimes of Africa then you’ll only be half right. This story is anything but goofy and uses the comic to look at a very realistic problem in the world, while presenting it in a very accessible way. Simply put this isn’t a kid’s comic, but it’s still really good.

Cabeal also goes on to point out specific strong points of the debut issue-

Mike Bullock (The Phantom: Generations) does an impressive job of taking a book with a name that seems unserious and making it anything but. With this first issue, Bullock has tackled an issue that is still a problem in Africa today....There’s a balance that’s struck between the message and the fictional world of the comic and Bullock manages to walk the line between the two.

The art is very good and maintains a “pulp” look to it which really fits the book. Artist Jose Massaroli draws a wide variety of people, animals, settings and objects and exceeds at doing all of them well.

Ray Tate with sees SAVAGE BEAUTY as...

 a welcome addition to the jungle girls category of books. The writers and artists direct their talents to raise awareness about real world vermin while creating satisfying escapism in a twist on legacy heroism.

SAVAGE BEAUTY is a comic that appeals to the masses because it tackles real world issues and does so in an entertaining, captivating way utilizing well known staples of heroic fiction and the jungle girl genre.  Christopher with states-

With roots deep in Edgar Rice Borroughs' romanticized version of Africa and his hero 'Tarzan', Savage Beauty mixes the mythos of jungle warriors with real world drama and adds in a splash of dual identities...Don't let the cover fool you, this is more than just an excuse to draw pretty girls in fur bikinis. This new spin on the jungle heroine looks like it will be a serious and at times dark journey to, at least in the literary world, bring justice to the criminals that deserve it most.

The reviews are definitely in.   And SAVAGE BEAUTY will be in as well this month from Moonstone!