The Savage Dragon 4
Dragon shows up in the house in Dekalb, where his colleagues are waiting for him to deal with a freaking monster down in the basement.
As it turns out the monster is a girl that's has been abandoned and left to die.
Admittedly she does look like a monster but that's all.
At the police station Frank frets over Mildred, who has her leg in a cast after she was 'accidentally' knocked off an escalator.
The girl, Dragon rescued is rapidly improving while captain Stewart thinks she will make a perfect addition to their little freak force.
Dragon doesn't exactly agree with this.
Amanda Mills pleads her case to Dragon in person and professes her love for him.
He isn't interested.
He is a target, everybody around him is a target. He doesnt want anymore blood on his hands of people just associating with him.
A couple of super freaks are going at in the underground, Dart and Dragon are send in to deal with it.
As it turns out, a huge puss shooting zitman is trying to choke Ricochet.
Dart loads him up with darts which causes him to explode in a rain of puss,
presumably because the darts popped the zit.
Dragon extends his job offer to Ricochet and Barbaric again and this time they accept.
As it turns out though, Ricochet isn't old enough yet to be allowed on the force.
Angrily she bounces away.
And we see Mrs Schwartzblatt taking the bus to Chicago !! dun dun duuhhh !!!
Writer and artist : Squeeky Larsen.
Letters : Squeeky Eliopolous.
Colors : Squeeky Kohl, Squeeky Oliff, Squeeky Rude.
Editor : Squeeky Wong.
Notes : The credits were a joke of the people involved in the comic,
everybody was squeeky that day.
This kick started a proud tradition, with issue 5 that still stands till this day.
The last panel on the last page with Ricochet and Barbaric was rather infamous on the letter pages.
The color of her costume and Barbaric's arm in the background, made it look like she had a humongous crotch.
This issue like the one before it and after it, has a back up story which will be rounded up and reviewed in due time.
The long running, well 3 issues by now, mystery in Dekalb Illinois is finally resolved !
And we get to see Dart's ass again, this time on the cover.
Very 90's Image.
But back to the story at hand, the mystery in the cellar is Horridus\Sara.
A girl that's at least 18 years old and has been chained in the cellar by her parents all her life, because they couldn't deal with the fact that their daughter was a freak ..literally.
Eventually guilt or remorse or not being able to live anymore like this, led them to kill themselves, but this isn't made clear.
What is clear, is that she was left to die in the cellar, which is a pretty dark turn for a self proclaimed funny book.
With some heavy implications. After all how many children were there like Horridus, chained in a basement or with parents who blew their own brains out, but without officer Dragon to rescue them ?
Speaking of Dragon he just waltzes in and takes control of the situation.
His fellow officers come off as less good, either as incompetent cowards or borderline idiots, considering Sara some kind of monster.
But then again, what Chicago had to deal with before Dragon came along, it's not unreasonable to assume they are cautious.
The long simmering, slow moving Frank Darling subplot finally gains some traction.
His wife Mildred was "accidentally" bumped off the escalator and broke her leg.
She doesn't see what the fuss is all about.
She is fine and so is the baby, but Frank and off course we know better then that.
But for somebody who is pregnant, Mildred still has an oddly perfect figure.
Maybe she is still at the start of her first trimester.
Captain Stewart shows his true colors in this issue.
And he is the slimy sorts, willing to strong arm, what is basically a mental child, who was raised by the TV in his little freak force.
Dragon isn't onboard with the idea, but also isn't in a position to do much about it.
Mary j...err Amanda Mills -who totally doesn't look like Mary Jane Par...err Watson these days, the way Erik Larsen drew her- also makes another appearance.
She is the woman that was held hostage in the second issue of the original mini series and this is another long simmering subplot, that wont go anywhere until issue 33 or so.
This issue however is the first time she openly confronts Dragon, in an attempt to pursue him and Dragon makes it clear he isn't interested.
He has extremely good reasons to say no, but Mrs Mills isn't convinced. This however is something we'll will get to later, much later in fact.
She is obsessed purely because Dragon saved her.
We also meet Ricochet and Barbaric from issue 1 again as Dragon and Dart are springing in to action.
A huge puss spewing zit man is trying to choke Ricochet for some reason....no seriously.
And Dart loads him up with so many darts, he explodes in a shower of puss ...seriously.
Dragon extends his offer to work for the police again tot hem and this time they accept.
Ricochet, as it turns out isn't old enough. What age she exactly is though, is never made clear.
And we close off with Aunt May ..err Mrs Schwartzblatt, beware !!
Issue 4 is all about world building, moving characters into place, introducing or reintroducing them.
Getting freak force going and reminding the reader this plot or that plot, is still an on going concern.
Horridus introduction and situation has unpleasant implications, but nothing much is done with it.
Horridus remains mentally a child though and she is rarely able to put up much of a fight in future issues.
Dart and Ricochet are now both female characters, with bare legs and wearing what is basically a thong.
And issue 5 introduces a third female character dressed like that.
Must be a 90's thing.
Issue 4 isn't as strong as issue 3. It's mostly an world building issue that gets things in to place, but it does so with verve and there is a strong direction in the storyline.
And a clear indication that Larsen had an idea where he was going and hoe he wanted to get there.
Which was something that was frequently missing, from most early Image comics.
Most of the plots brought up in issue 3 and 4 will be resolved by issue 6 and 7 never over staying their welcome or wearing out or running out of steam.
Sometimes the plotlines will get short shrift, because it all goes so fast but this is not the case with issue 4.