The Savage Dragon 2
Dart walks in to the police station, much to the consternation of most male officers because of her ahem, provocative clothes. Until Alex asks her who she is and what the hell she is up to.
Dart informs her that she is her by request of Captain Stewart to help Dragon.
It doesn't take long before an alarm goes off, Dragon is out of town and the super freaks are only too happy with that.
In New York Dragon is getting jumped by the TMNT.
According to his narration he doesn't like New York, but he is in New York because a gargoyle has been whizzing away old ladies and for some reason he got called in.
After a short scuffle and a tumble of the top of a building, Dragon calls it quits and threats to arrest the Turtles, who recognise him as that Dragon cop.
After that, they reconcile, compare notes and decide to go after the gargoyle together. The usual crossover beats in other words
Not long after the gargoyle shows up and it's indeed a stone gargoyle.
The Turtles prove to be enthusiastic, if a tad ineffective against a huge stone gargoyle.
Until Dragon loses his patience and hits it so hard it explodes.
Back in Dekalb Illinois, a neighbourhood boy gets the shock of his life as he finds two decomposing bodies in the kitchen.
First appearance of Dart.
Part 1 of a crossover with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
First appearance of the TMNT in the Image universe.
The original Mirage incarnation of the TMNT all had red bandana's. The colored versions were an invention of the 87 cartoon and adopted for most subsequent non Mirage turtles.
First solo back up story of a secondary character.
First appearance of Vanguard in an Image comic.
Star loses his hair in a fire.
For those interested in knowing what happens next, there is a summary and review of the TMNT side of things over here on TMNT entity. TMNT Entity TMNT/Savage Dragon Review
Story\Art\ Ink\ Erik Larsen
Letterer, Chris Eliopolous
Color, Gregory Wright and Steve Oliff
Editor, Jannie Wong.
This is an odd issue. A very, very, very odd issue.
It's a complete 180 degrees reversal from issue 1.
It's the first part of a crossover with the TMNT, which is a strange thing to do for an second issue of a on going series.
It's also 52 pages long and Dragon's story is only 22 pages or so of those 52 pages.
The other 30 pages are given to a Star solo story pin up's and a Vanguard issue 0. ( Issue zero's were all the rage at the time. )
I will not review these, just the Dragon part of the comic.
And despite the oddness and the fact that this set up would have worked better as the first issue, it still does work.
It kind of feels like a soft reboot, after the abysmal and depressing first issue and maybe that was the point. That Larsen knew he had gone a bit too far with Dragon's characterisation and toned things down a bit.
The crossover it self is a bit out of left field though, but it doesn't take any time to set up or explain it self.
Dragon is in New York, narrates how much he dislikes New York, because there are too many crazies.
The Turtles attack him cause he is green and must be the gargoyle man, which gets the prerequisite brawl between the heroes out of the way.
They then team up to deal with the actual gargoyle, Dragon and the TMNT stand around on a roof talking about it.
And that's it.
It's never explained how or why. It's part 1 of a crossover that continues in to a Mirage TMNT one shot, but I don't have that one shot.
As a result the main Dragon plot comes over as somewhat limp and inconsequential. For a 52 page comic there isn't a whole lot of the main character in there.
The crossover it self hits the usual beats, so I won't even go in to that.
The comic wastes no time with getting the players in to position, by having the TMNT attack the moment it switches to Dragon.
The turtles are a bit mischaracterised as being impulsive and prone to arguing among themselves.
And while they are teenagers and this is natural for teenagers, none of their individual characteristics shine through, which basically all makes them Raphael.
So the issue is a mess of crossover cliché's
The story is shallow and despite the main Dragon plotline getting the majority of the pages, not a whole lot actually happens in them.
What makes this a decent issue then ?
The back up stories. ( which I won't cover here )
And the subplots.
Larsen is one of the few Image founders who doesn't immediately start with a fully rounded team, but is more interested in slowly building his team up and introduce his characters more gradually.
Which is a bit at odds with the manic pace and action set pieces of the main comics so far, but the juxtaposition works.
The mini series introduced us the idea of Mightyman, but never showed him to us, followed by Superpatriot.
Issue 1 introduced us to Barbaric and Ricochet.
Issue 2 introduces us to Dart and Dart is a character we will see a lot of in the coming 50 or so issues.
Cant really say much about her costume, except that its pure 90's.
The Dekalb subplot also gets another page, the bodies have been found but we still aren't any closer to any awnsers.
Of the two back up stories only the Star one is relevant to the Dragon. ( for now )
The other one is a lead in to the Vanguard 6 isue mini series, with a guest apperance fo Rob Liefeld's Supreme.
The Star short mostly consists of Star battling with Inferno in a burning building and getting his long hair set on fire.
This is an important plot point, which we will get to eventually
And almost, if not more so important Dragon's characterisation.
He has pulled himself together and isn't a green bully with a fin on his head, spoiling for fights anymore.
The sullen surly broken man from issue 1 is gone.
And all that makes issue 2 worthwhile, it's a soft reboot.
So with an crossover and an inconsequential hollow main story and two back up stories. Issue 2 is that rarest of rarity's a completely inconsequential, important soft reboot that gets the story going, while spinning it's wheels.
Issue 2 is necessary, but hardly the best Dragon issue around.
It's still better then 1 though.