The Savage Dragon Mini Series 3 of 3
Rock This Town.
This issue opens like the previous three, with a splash page !
Inferno an viscous circle goon, attacks Dragon in the hospital. Things don't go to plan as Dragon shoves his head through a wall.
Frank Darling informs what has happened after Dragon went out like a light, telling him his body seemingly shut down to make repair. The gashes on Dragon's head were healed within a day.
Dragon has been out of it for nine days though.
Basher is dead, he has a hole the size of a softball in his head hell razor and Mako are incarcerated alive and in intensive care.
We cut to Overlord's tower, where we get our first good look at him.
Isn't that impressive ? We will see a lot of this armor.
As it turns out the hostage situation from issue 2 was a set up. The three henchmen were getting too ambitious, Dragon was getting in Overlord's way and Cyberdata was supposed to pull Superpatriot's strings and have them all four killed.
Things obviously didn't go as planned.
Back at the hospital Dragon prepares to leave and is met with a feeding frenzy of reporter,s
when WHAM Bedrock ..err Badrock from the pages of Youngblood, shows up and attacks Dragon.
He wants to see what Dragon is made off.
This fight takes over the majority of the comic.
During the fight we cut to a cameo of Spawn, in a hat and raincoat, glancing at Dragon's press conference on the tv.
And a elderly lady, who kinda looks like aunt May, the way Erik Larsen drew her, watching the same press conference and exclaiming Rodney !
Hmmm, wonder what that is all about.
Dragon and Badrock have been fighting all day and Badrock calls it quits. It turns out he want to see if Dragon was "tough enough" to join Youngblood.
Dragon's response is to arrest him.
This issue ends with Dragon finding Debbie on his door step, because her mother locked her out.
And Frank Darling getting a blackmail phone call from the Vicious Circle.
They know he set his cousin Fred up for the fall, to get Dragon to join the force.
Sleep tight Frankie.
Story\Art\ Ink\ Erik Larsen
Letterer, Chris Eliopolous
Color, Gregory Wright and Steve Oliff
Editor, Jannie Wong.
This issue contains cameo's from Badrock from Youngblood, ( obviously)
Cyberforce is mentioned by name,
in an effort to set up the nascent Image Comics universe.
The spawn cameo was also in Spawn 5, which is where I first saw the Dragon.
And so ends the mini series.
Of all three issues of the original Savage Dragon mini series, this issue is the weakest.
It's mostly taken over by a contrived fight.
And just because dragon acknowledges that its contrived, doesn't make it any better.
He does subvert it nicely by arresting Bedrock\Badrock however.
But mostly this comic serves to strengthen ties with the then nascent Image Universe by including cameo's from Spawn and Liefelds Youngblood and tying Superpatriot to Cyberdata from the pages of Cyberforce.
Larsen made Youngblood look more interesting and dynamic then Liefeld ever did.
Badrocks silly motivations for attacking Dragon are handwaved away by having him look like a hulking stone monster, but being a 13 year old kid.
Which at least explains his reasons, doesn't make them any better though.
The two other big revelations and set ups in this comic are establishing that Dragon has an accelerated healing factor.
And he will come to use them, A LOT in the future.
Right now they seem to be a bit underdeveloped compared to the punishment Dragon will receive in later issues.
We also find out what Frank exactly did and to what desperate lengths he was willing to go to get Dragon on the force.
Selling out cousin Freddie.
This storyline will hang over Dragon and Frank's head for the first handfull of issues of the ongoing, but not so long it will wear out its welcome.
Unlike other comics from this era, The Savage Dragon will end storylines in a usually tidy fashion and it does have a gameplan.
Nor is it afraid to shake up the status quo, as we will soon see.
Despite being the weakest of the 3, issue 3 introduces important plot points and sets things in motion for the ongoing.
Next however we are going for a detour