The Savage dragon 10
Dragon resumes his duties as a police officer now fully equipped with two hands and deals with Cutthroat again.
Who now has a broken leg.
Last time they fought, Dragon was in bad shape and still kicked Cutthroats ass.
Cutthroat naturally still thinks he can take Dragon on.
He is wrong.
In the mean time, Jimbo a mighty lobster gets wind of Dragon and is non too pleased.
Since he is the strongest.
Shenanigans arise , ensue, and wil be overcome.
And Dragon throws the fight to end it.
He doesn't give a damn about being the strongest or not, people were getting injured lives were at stake.
Dragon's personal pride is unimportant.
This issue had two covers.
A news stand edition with a beat up looking Dragon, bleeding.
And a direct edition where Dragon and Jimbo are brawling.
I have the direct edition.
This is the 50th post on this comics blog.
Savage dragon is also the first title I am reviewing that hits double digits.
Gold Digger is still at 5 on this site.
While Transformers won't stop being mini and maxiseries for quite a while.
The two current ongoing series have hit issue 50 though.
So it all ties in rather nicely.
Josh Eichorns title : Queen For A Day.
Writer- Artist : Erik Larsen
Letters : Chris Eliopolous
Colors : Reuben Rude
Editor : Jannie Wong
Issue 10 is sadly another misfire.
Most of this issue is given over to yet another fight scenem which again is just gratuitous and does little to forward the ongoing narrative.
It's mostly a fight between dragon and Jimbo da mighty lobster.
Who is a lobster.
And swears a lot and wants to show everybody he is da toughest.
Yes that's about it.
The background of this character is more interesting then the character it self.
Jimbo the mighty lobster, is the winner of Larsen's create a character contest.
A contest where people could send their character to Larsen and if they won, could have their character featured in a issue of the Dragon.
Larsen immediately regretted this, because he was flooded by submissions and had a hell of a time sifting through it all and choosing a winner.
Jimbo da lobster seemed to stand out to him.
Jimbo belonged and still belongs to Jason Merrit, but I have no idea if he works in the comic field ( probably not ) or have any other details about him.
There isn't much to say about Jimbo if I am perfectly honest, other then his speech pattern and Hulk like motivation to show the puny humans who is the strongest.
But the conclusion of the fight is the most interesting thing.
Dragon throws the fight.
He lets Jimbo think he has won, because they are both too evenly matched and all Jimbo wanted was to show da world he is da strongest.
dragon couldn't care less about that. All he cares about is stopping the fight,
railing in any collateral damage and safeguard lives, if he has to lose to do that that wont be a difficult choice.
but this paints both characters in a good light.
Dragon is smart enough to throw a fight when needed, nor is his ego that easily bruised. Or is he that petty that he can't deal with a defeat once in a while.
And Jimbo gets his wish in defeating Dragon and Dragon's character and power level don't overshadow Jimbo's. As is usual with crossovers, where usually one character overshadows the other.
( Spawn vs Batman comes to mind now. )
In the rest of the issue, we see Cutthroat again being his usual self, even with a broken leg.
Breaking in to a store, killing everybody in sight and demanding the overweight store owner pleads for his life.
Naturally Dragon shows up and kicks Cutthroat's ass again.
Dragon even warns him about last time.
Dragon was in very bad shape, lost an hand and Cutthroat had Hellrazor with him and he still kicked their asses.
You wonder when these superfreaks will ever wise up and just listen to the green man.
Especially since this is the third time Dragon kicks Cutthroats ass and hauls him in.
It's starting to become a bit of a joke.
The art and coloring on these pages are a bit unusual, with heavy inking, lots of black and dark burnt sierra and dark orange coloring.
I'm not sure if this is to evoke a sunset or a closed half dark store, probably the latter. But its very Miller on Sin City like.
Maybe that was the whole idea.
Furthermore we get the lowdown on Dragon's healing abilities. According to nurse Stevens, it took 5 weeks to grow his hand back and it would have been faster if it wasn't busy repairing his chest.
After all who knows how much damage his chest suffered, after getting ventilated by Overlord and then impaled.
But as the series progresses we will see Dragon taking even more and more punishment.
We also get an uhmm, "interesting" panel of Rapture in a summer outfit and I think she was more covered in her usual purple get up.
Which isn't much to begin with.
I rather like her hairdo here. ...No seriously, I am a bit of a sucker for ponytails.
Rapture apologises for freaking out last night, about Dragon's hand and is willing to give it another go.
While dragon implores her to go slow.
According to the opening essay of the "A Force To Be Reckoned With" TPB Larsen never knew Rapture would become so important in his book or play such a large part in Dragons life.
And he didn't even introduce her properly in the Dragon series proper.
He just slipped her in, in between pages, in a back up story and had her meet Dragon in issue 5.
In the TPB, she is front and centre and meets Dragon directly, which more or less helps sell their budding relationship.
Which is going slow for the time being, but it's most likely Dragon's first long term relationship.
So it's no wonder he wants to take it slow.
The fact that Frank is missing is also addressed, by the head of the swat team. An unlikable character that, we will see a few more times, before he disappears.
Dragon tells captain McCarthy, ( subtle Erik) that he has no idea where Frank is and wouldn't be stupid enough to take him along.
Which begs the question of why he just doesn't tell the rest of the cops that Frank is dead.
And even if Frank isn't dead, why not just keep up the ruse that he is ?
Denying it wont help much in the long run.
We also get two subplots. One where a Vicious circle goon is convinced that Mace could be recruited, which is a sub plot that fizzles out very fast.
And during a R Richard Richards rabble rousing press conference, we get to meet The Fiends latest host.
And we will get to meet The Fiend real soon again.
And finally we see Dragon making a phone call, telling the other person to thrill him.
He gets told that its a boy and Dragon congratulates him.
Despite the fact that his face is in the shadows, the caller is an African American male, with white hair.
Hmm I wonder who that could be !
10 is yet another misfire the third in a row.
8 would be perfectly fine, were it not for the two week time frame which makes no sense.
9 on the other hand is a retread and the few subplots it does have, would be better served to be folded in to this issue.
It might have made it very densely plotted, but that's nothing new for this title.
It would also have to curtail the Jimbo fight, but that fight is already long enough as it is. Cutting it down wouldn't hurt it a bit.
It's mostly the subplots around the Jimbo fight and the conclusion of the fight, that make issue 10 worthwhile, not the fight it self.
If wondering, we never get to see Jimbo again in these pages.