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Jude Terror wrote:Savage Dragon #157
Savage Dragon #157 throws the reader (me) right into the middle of the DRAGON WAR storyline! How exciting! It also leaves me to figure out 156 issues worth of backstory as I've never ever had even the slightest interest in Savage Dragon. I mean, come on, he's a green cop with a fin on his head. What's the selling point here? In any case, here we go.
The issue starts out with a fairly shocking moment: Savage Dragon's son is aghast, looking at what his father has done, which was to smash the head of a Savage Dragon from an alternate dimension or something into a pulp. Savage Dragon is eating this guy's brains. WTF? Oh snap, he puched out his son. I guess this is not the real Savage Dragon.
Wut? Savage Dragon had half of his own brain eaten, losing his memories? This shit is crazy. I like it. Apparently there is a Savage Dragon character called Daredevil who dresses like Deathstroke. Nice.
Apparently Savage Dragon has been kicked off the police force for murder and brain eating. Then X-Men villain Stryfe shows up and cuts a deal with the police for Universal healthcare, mutant rights, and hunting down Savage Dragon. Seriously.
Also, Savage Dragon has a daughter who looks human. I guess the whole dragon thing is a recessive trait. The issue ends with Savage Dragon showing up with a glove and a gun infused with the power cosmic, about to kick the ass of some other Savage Dragons. This shit is off the wall.
Seriously, I never had any interest in this comic because the character seemed lame and boring, but it was totally nuts. I'm sure that not knowing anything about it at all contributed to that, but I have a feeling that even if I did, it would still be pretty crazy (the hero is eating brains because his own brains have been eaten and he came back from the dead and said fuck it, I have no other choice).
The issue was well written. Oddly enough, I was able to follow what was going on, despite how wacky it was. The book has an eighties/nineties indy vibe, like TMNT or something.
There's no deep themes or striving for literary merit here. This is comic book action at its purest, like a Liefeld comic. Good stuff.
The art was pretty good. It was definitely comic book art, not wannabe movie story-board art. Always a plus for me. It was colorful and fun, lots of big muscles and action.
Overall, I was very surprised to enjoy this.
See? I've been telling ya'll the book has been fun but no one listens to the crazy black Indie guy in the site.