I'm really glad that I picked Savage Dragon up again. It's obvious that Erik Larsen loves comics. It's also very good to see a creator into slow storytelling. I miss the days when a subplot would run for months, sometimes over a year. Erik Larsen seems to have been a fan of that, too.
I was feeling guilty that I hadn't done an Independent comic in Reviews Of Old Comics. Among the new comic series that I regularly review, Savage Dragon sits on that list. It has evolved over the years, often taking a swift change in direction. One of the first was Dragon leaving the police to join Special Operations Strikeforce. The second major change came in the issue I'm going to review right now. Of course, this drastic turn came with some exploration of a classic time travel conundrum. The question always is, "If you could go back in time and kill Baby Hitler, would you?" Unfortunately, the paradox comes in eliminating all of Hitler's evil deeds, there is now no reason for you to travel back and kill Hitler. This was the first time that Dragon learned that good deeds can have horrible consequences.
There was a review of this comic that I read recently somewhere else, that focused on Erik Larsen's new focus on the sex life of Malcolm Dragon, the son of the original Savage Dragon. It's not actually that new, as it's been a major plot point for a couple of years. I decided that I'd give the issue in question a shot and see what I thought of it. Needless to say, this issue deals with some graphic depictions of adult situations and as such, this review will be dealing with some more mature topics.
I caught a little bit of flak for my last review of Savage Dragon, and the assumption was made by a few people that I had not read many issues of the series, when I have read EVERY ISSUE of this comic. I really appreciate a creator that commits to a character and carries it through for as long as Erik Larsen has. Not many writer/artists can make a claim to have continuously stuck with a character for as long as this. The only one that comes to mind is Dave Sim, but I'm certain that there's more. Nevertheless, I'm still reading Savage Dragon issue after issue and I thought I might add another issue to my list of reviews. Here's a warning, I may spoil some story elements.
One of the perks of this job is the complimentary review copies that we get from publishers, and it inspired me to revisit some characters that I had let fall to the wayside in the evolution of my taste in comics. One of those characters was The Savage Dragon. The last time I read any Savage Dragon was around issue #107. I just kind of fell away as the story seemed to have no direction for me after the resolution of the "This Savage World" storyline. Over the holidays, I had the chance to read the past year and a half, which features Dragon's son Malcolm taking over the mantle. This has prompted me to seek out the issues that I've missed and here's what I've learned about the character.
Savage Dragon #201 Writers: Erik Larsen, Gary Carlson Artists: Erik Larsen, Frank Fosco Cover Art: Erik Larsen $3.99 / FC Solicitation: Following the cataclysmic events of our awe-inspiring 200th issue, Malcolm Dragon comes face-to-face with the new head of the Vicious Circle! It's a battle like none you've seen before! Review: The events Savage Dragon #200 has put Dragon's son Malcolm in the position of being the inheritor of a legacy, and in this issue, we see it starting to sink into his head that the Dragon legacy is something not to be taken likely. In many ways, he's being asked to grow up very fast, despite still being in High School. Like most guys in their older teens, Malcolm has sex on his mind a lot, to the point that outside of his battle with Dart, that's all anyone in the book seems to talk about.