Savage Dragon VS Megaton man One Shot
This issue opens with the Dragon, in a bad mood apprehending or trying to anyway, The Nixed Men. Whom scatter to look for their more powerful ally.
Meanwhile in the Megahero verse, the resident heroes look in on the Image universe, but because they cant be sure who the good guys and the bad guys are, in this brave new world !
They decide to send an envoy via the time turn table first, in the form of Megaton Man !!!
Naturally, he gets in the way of Dragon and in true crossover style, they fight but put their differences aside in the end, just in time to deal with The Nixed Men and their new ally !
And just in time for the last page too.
Story\Art\ Ink\ Erik Larsen And Don Simpson
Letterer, Chris Eliopolous
Color, Gregory Wright and Steve Oliff
Editor, Jannie Wong.
This is according to the essay at the back the first intercompany crossover for Image Comics.
This issue takes place after Image 0 and before issue 1 of the ongoing Savage Dragon series.
Release date march 1993.
This issue is 26 pages.
This is a bit of an odd issue. ( As if you couldn't tell from the synopsis. )
It's one of the first intercompany crossovers by Image Comics. ( A few more would follow, mostly with Spawn. ) And its also the first Dragon crossover, even before his own ongoing series, which was kickstarted on 1 June 1993.
Which considering the tone of the comic, is a bit odd that Larsen is willing to throw his character in such a weird story, with out so much as an ongoing to back him up.
Or maybe it was just a way to keep the character in the spotlight. The 3 part mini series had wrapped up in 1992, the TPB had been released with the mini reshuffled and image 0 added and the ongoing was several months away.
Or maybe Larsen just thought it would be fun, which seems most likely.
He is already aware of the image err Image Comics is fostering. and isn't above poking fun at it.
The comic is a combination of Larsen's semi realistic violent Image Comics style and Don Simpsons silver age comics aesthetics. Right down to the over the top warbling speech balloons, which are jam-packed in the mighty marvel manner !
I'm not sure if this is a affectionate parody or homage or both.
I don't really read Megaton Man or any other of Don Simpsons work outside his pencil work on TMNT Adventures. This is the only other work of Simpson I encountered.
Megaton Man himself however, is obviously a silver age pastiche of spitcurl boy, Superman in other words.
As for Dragon, this issue takes place after Image 0 and it shows. Dragon is surly, meanspirited, grouchy and quick to jump to the gun.
Which off course leads to that old crossover cliché.
Two heroes meet up, have a misunderstanding and spend most of the issue beating each other up, before the real enemies show up.
And while Megaton Man provides a lot of fourth wall breaking meta commentary and dragon has a good reason to be pissed, the battle is still contrived and it was a cliché even back in 1993.
This is not a great or even an essential comic.
If you skip this after Image 0 in favor of Savage Dragon 1, you don't miss much other then The Nixed Men. Who are a parody of Byrne's Next Men and who will be mentioned a few times after this.
But what this comic is, is a place where you can see two totally incomparable artstyles clash and somehow Larsen and Simpson manage to make it work.
And above all its an insane piece of fun, that makes fun of it self, the Image Comics style and universe and comic conventions.
It's a piece of fluff and it knows it and its gloriously silly.
Next up, issue 1 again !