Image Issue 0
Story\Art\ Ink\ Erik Larsen
Letterer, Chris Eliopolous
Color, Gregory Wright and Steve Oliff
Editor, Jannie Wong.
Dragon and Debbie do more then just spend the night together.
And the next day as Dragon shaves himself and Debbie watches tv, the door bell ring. Dragon asks Debbie to open the door and she is shot point blank in the head by her jealous ex boyfriend, Arnold Dimple who immedialty kills himself when he realises what he has done.
Dragon is distraught and loses himself in a spiral of alcohol and despair, as he is losing his grasp on the city, on his job and possibly his sanity.
This story is 14 pages long.
At least 1 page is taken from The Savage Dragon VS Megaton Man.
The other pages are most likely new.
But I can't be sure with out Image Issue 0 it self.
I am using the extended version, included in The Savage Dragon Trade Paperback.
Debbie Harris, dies in this issue.
Arnold dimple her ex and accidental killer, commits suicide the moment he realises what he has done.
the cover of Q magazine gives us our first look at Peter Klaptin, another pivotal character in the upcoming series.
For a story this short, it has an enormous impact on Dragon's life for, literally years to come.
The fallout of this issue wont be resolved until the 30's and that is 3 years in the future of the title.
But the story behind the comic is almost as interesting as the comic itself.
Image Issue 0 was set up as a collectible initiative.
There were garishly colored coupons in all first or second issues of the first 7 Image comics series ( Youngblood, Spawn, The Savage Dragon, Cyberforce, Wildcats, Wetworks and Shadowhawk, if wondering. )
Collect them all and send them out to receive your free copy of Image Issue 0 !
At least, that was the idea.
Because as became the norm with early Image Comics, Issue 0 was perpetually late and at times it looked like it was never going to get out of the starting gate at all.
Larsen had already finished his part of the comic, which was still going nowhere.
Eventually because the story was so pivotal for the coming ongoing Dragon comic, the story line as a whole and the character. Larsen decided to jump the gun and include it in the Trade Paperback.
Which is where I first encountered it.
But what about the story it self ?
Well it's bleak with Dragon himself being at the end of his tether and knowing he is losing the battle for the city and possibly his sanity.
Not too mention his guilt in letting Debbie open his front door and getting killed in the process.
Speaking of Debbie, despite her death looming large over Dragon's life and this being a pivotal storyline. There isn't much to Debbie her self. she is a cypher, a plot point to get the story going for the coming 3 years.
And that is mostly what Image Issue 0 is, a pivotal depressing plotpoint, designed to move Dragon's life in to a new status quo and dark places, while underlining how vulnerable people close to Dragon are.
And how could it be anything more with just 6 pages to work with ?
Even the additional pages only help to strengthen the despair and depression of Dragon himself as he can feel his grasp on the city slipping in between paper work, overwhelming odds and civil suits filed by people in the cross fire.
A man alone trying to stem the tide.
But this is mostly set up for issue 1 of the ongoing series, which picks up these threads and runs with them.
Image Issue 0 is a pivotal happenstance in Dragon's life its ramifications are felt far and wide in the comic.
But there isn't much to the story itself other then a cautionary tale and Debbie her self is nothing more then a cypher.
she is barely a character as it is but it will be a harbinger of things to come, for how fast and loose the series plays with the lives of the characters.
Next up, an Issue 1.
Addendum : Because of my computer woes, my original schedule has been thrown in to disarray. So instead of going with my original idea of having 1 issue of each series alternating every two days, I will push out the reviews that are furthest along.
Which means Transformers is going on a short hiatus.