The Savage Dragon 7
Dragon and Frank ride up the elevator, heavily armed to arrest Overlord.
Frank wanted to accompany Dragon taking Overlord down, because he wanted to go out on a high note.
Dragon thinks this a really, really bad idea.
Dragon and Frank confront Overlord, who tells them to leave or face his wrath.
Frank and Dragon decline, so Overlord obliterates Frank.
Dragon is naturally pissed at this and ready to take Overlord down.
Unfortunately he is outclassed by Overlords armor.
In the police station Cyberface lies dead. Somehow the Vicious Circle got to him and poisoned his food.
The police got nothing, their testimonials are now worthless.
In the Vicious Circle headquarters, things go badly for Dragon, who is thrown around like a toy.
He gets one good punch in before Overlord decides to end the game.
Overlord obliterates Dragon's right hand, blows a hole through Dragon's chest and then sends him flying out of the window.
Dragon falls the long, long way down before he gets impaled on the spire of a church,
Standing in front of the broken window Overlord suggests that the next time somebody tells them to leave or face their wrath, to leave.
Josh Eichorn's title : village idiot.
Notes : All pages are splash pages or spreads, so the summary is rather short.
Writer\Artist: Erik Larsen
Letters : Chris Eliopolous
Colors : Reuben Rude
Editor : Jannie Wong
This is it, the big one.
This is the second part of the climax Erik Larsen has been building towards for 7 months and the mini series.
Issue 6 was the conclusion of all the major plot points, up to this point
and issue 7 is the climatic confrontation with Overlord.
And Larsen pulls no punches, while taking a leaf from Walt Simonson's book.
It's an all splash pages issue.
This means that the issue reads quite fast, despite the dense opening page, but the repercussions of this issue wil be felt far and wide. It's an issue that has the most impact on the run, it's story beats and stylistic choices will be referred to again and again.
In an uncharacteristic move, Frank decided to go along with Dragon to apprehend Overlord and just the two of them. Which seems like bad planning on Frank's part
Dragon seems to agree with me, he think sits a really bad plan.
Upon confronting Overlord, he muhahahahaha's in their face and suggest they leave. When they don't ..off course, Overlord blows Frank up.
I repeat that, he blows Frank up !
Remember when I said that this comic isn't afraid to shake up the status quo ?
Well here is your first big example of that.
The rest of the issue is Dragon getting absolutely destroyed by Overlord, before he blows his hand off. Blows a hole through Dragon's chest and then tosses Dragon out of the building, only to be impaled on a spike.
As if things aren't bad enough, the Visceous Circle somehow got to Cyberface and he lies dead in his cell.
There isn't much to say about issue 7 to be honest. It's wall to wall action with splash pages and spreadsheets, which this time actually have some meaning. It's a stylistic choice, instead of trying to look "kewl".
But that means issue 7 is a breezy read through and there isn't a whole lot to talk about in terms of subplots. Other then showing that Overlord is indeed all that and more because he also, somehow got to Cyberface, who lies dead in his cell. ( Which as subplots go is rather perfunctory, as we'll will find out.)
It is however a mayor shake up and game changer. At this point in time Dragon's healing abilities were still unknown and it was unknown, if he could have survived this or recover from this.
The series was in fact so new, that it might have been possible for Larsen to kill Dragon out right and focus on the recently departed Freak Force.
This may seem unlikely now, but not so much 23 years ago when this issue was released.
Frank's death is about as shocking and unexpected as dragon's ignominious defeat and while his decision to accompany Dragon, to arrest Overlord without any back up, is as Dragon said a very bad idea and comes totally out of left field.
His reasoning to do so, does have a bit of logical merit, if barley. Frank's career is over and he wanted to go out with a bang, taking out Overlord himself.
Still, doesn't make it any less of a bad idea though.
But there is a sting to this tale, however we will get there in due time.
Right now things are at their bleakest and have never been as bleak before in this comic.
And it would take a while before things look as bleak, as they do here again.
Issue 7 is a springboard for the next batch of storylines, that will carry us in to and around issue 16.
So will Dragon survive in issue 8 ? *
(*Spoiler, course he does. This series is still ongoing you know ? )