Jim Alexander and Will Pickering’s powerful SF adventure, Savant, collected at last

Planet Jimbot launches a collection of the ground-breaking science fiction story Savant this week, the first time the story has been gathered together since its serialised appearance in Dark Horse Presents.

A stunning science fiction story by Jim Alexander (2000AD, Metal Hurlant Chronicles), Will Pickering (Burke and Hare), coloured by Fin Cramb (Mono), lettered by Jim Campbell, Savant was first published by Planet Jimbot in 2013, an adventure originally conceived for STRIP: The Adventure Comics Magazine. Acclaimed Spanish artists Josep Lluis Ferrer (2000AD, Starlord) and Carlos Vila even drew some pages, before the project was sadly curtailed.

It was later picked up and serialised in Dark Horse Presents, launching in #32, published in 2017.

Savant introduces the mysterious memory-gatherer, Lode from the planet Savant, who has gone walkabout around the universe. She chooses to chronicle the lives of the dying, and as a result, seeks out war zones. She is not a harbinger of death; but it is death nevertheless that draws her in, like a moth to a flame.

Her travels bring her to Hubris, a planet ripped apart by war. Here, she is recruited by local government forces to help hunt down a war criminal. It is a journey that will take her to the mouth of madness. The End of Days itself…

As the original editor on the tale, I’ve previously admitted my bias, but for me, Savant is one of Jim Alexander’s best SF stories, a great “high concept” tale, beautifully realised by Will Pickering, who is perhaps best known for his work on the Burke & Hare graphic novel.

It’s all the more enjoyable to read it complete, in one sitting, some years since Jim’s remarkable story first dropped into my inbox for consideration. After the creator-owned project foundered, through no fault of those involved on the creative side, Jim went ahead with a new version of the story and this resulting collection makes for an enjoyable, thought-provoking read.

Savant is available now, direct from Planet Jimbot on Etsy | and AmazonUK (Affiliate Link), Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and other places | ISBN 978-1916453562

Jim Alexander is online at jimalexanderwriting.com | Twitter

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