The Savage Dragon 9
Dragon wakes up in Phyllis Deeder's house. Rapture decided that it would be a better idea, along with nurse Ann Stevens to keep Dragon out of the hospital, so he wouldn't be attacked.
This sadly doesn't work. Superpatriot storms in and tries to gun Dragon down.
The two battle across the streets and through abandoned buildings, until dragon manages to get the drop on Superpatriot and squash the mind controlling leech.
Afterwards Dragon returns to the police station to try and apologise for the way he handled The Shrew's arrest as The Shrew is being released and to announce to his colleagues not being dead.
Later that night, Rapture sneaks in to Dragon's room and to both their surprise and horror, Dragon's hand has grown back !!
Writer-artist : Erik Larsen
Letters : Chris Eliopolous
Colors : Reuben Rude
Editor : Jannie Wong
Josh Eichorn title: Butt Kissing Yes Man.
Notes : First appearance of Dragon's ability to regrow limbs.
This is an ability he will end up using a LOT.
Issue 9 is another minor misfire.
There is nothing wrong with the issue, but it also doesn't bring much new to the table either.
The idea that dragon convalesces, somewhere other then a hospital is a good one, but after this one it's never touched upon again.
Larsen pulls characters left and right from his nascent Dragonverse, including Phylis Deeder and her room mate Ann Stevens, whom was the nurse we saw aaaal the way back in issue 1 of the mini and who gave Dragon his name.
It also introduces the budding relationship with Rapture.
However the majority of the issue is given over to Superpatriot going on a rampage and attacking Dragon.
With Dragon on the run, while trying to protect nurse Stevens. ( Which later one turns out to be quite unnecessary. )
However, with Superpatriot already going on a rampage, during his own four part mini series and before that already attacking Dragon in a mall, this issue feels like a retread.
And it doesn't really bring much new to the table.
It's not a total waste exactly, it reintroduces nurse Stevens and Phyllis to the main comic.
It also sets up the mind controlling leeches again, because Superpatriot was being mind controlled again.
This is the third time overall, in a short time period, so it's starting to become a theme for him.
But it also sees The Shrew being released and Dragon showing up, to apologise for the way he took The Shrew in.
Needless to say, The Shrew isn't all that thrilled to see Dragon.
The people who are thrilled to see Dragon, are his colleagues.
Howard not so much.
Dragon also gets to hear the bad news,
Cyberface is dead.
This issue also brings the time frame problem I mentioned earlier about issue 8, back to the forefront.
Alex says its been a hell of a month, so Dragon has been away for at least a month.
And this works, but only if issue 8 takes place over no less then 5 days instead of the two weeks it says it does.
I know, I keep harping on about this. but the time frame of 2 weeks just doesn't work in issue 8.
A month however, does work for issue 9 because we still don't know the extent of Dragon's regenerative capabilities.
Issue 9 also introduces us to Mace.
A sadistic vigilante, who brutally beats up The Shrew again, for the murders he has been acquitted for.
We don't get to see what's next but it can't be much good and you can't help but feel sorry for The Shrew.
Homeless, driven crazy by a mind controlling leech. Getting pummelled almost to death by Dragon, spending months in the hospital getting jeered at by the cops and now this.
The plight of the homeless super freaks isn't often glanced at or even glossed over,
but it can't be easy.
Like with Horridus the implications are unpleasant.
The biggest contributions issue 9 brings to the ongoing saga of Dragon are the following two pages.
His continued budding relationship with Rapture who sneaks in to his room at night.
And we finally get to see what his regenerative abilities are really capable off,
his hand has grown back over night.
However. I cant help but feel that issue 9 is superfluous at best an could have easily been folded in to issue 10 with out missing a beat.
In fact issue 10 would be better for it.
The fight with Superpatriot is a retread at best and didn't add anything
The news messages from previous issues, already told us about the mind controlling leeches and have Superpatriot be under the thral of one didn't add anything new either.
The furthering of Dragon's relationship with Rapture, his return to the police station and his head growing back, are the real highlights of this issue.
But those are just 4 pages of decency in a decidedly mediocre issue.
The title is in a slump right now and it wont get much better until issue 11.