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Black History Month Day 16: Malcolm Dragon

The son of Savage Dragon, Malcolm is a personal favorite of mine.

Although born prematurely to superheroes Dragon and (now late) Rapture, Malcolm was born a full and healthy child due to Dragon’s unique genetics. But in a villainous plot, Malcolm was kidnapped after his birth by the Covenant of the Sword organization and replaced with a synthetic double in his place. This covert group had been set-up in the past by the time-traveling Damien DarkLord and were dedicating to building up their own private army of super-humans, raising the offspring of known super powered freaks in the doctrine of the Covenant. This covert group had been set-up in the past by the time-traveling Damien DarkLord and were dedicating to building up their own private army of super-humans, raising the offspring of known super powered freaks in the doctrine of the Covenant.



Malcolm remained in the care of the Covenant, being raised by an alternate version of his mother, brought over by DarkLord to replace Rapture (whom he had previously killed). He was told of his father but was kept hidden away from Dragon. When he was four years old, Dragon raided the Covenant stronghold to retrieve several abducted children and learned that his son was still alive. Dragon ended up getting transported to an alternate timeline, leaving his son to continue to grow up in the care of the alternate Rapture. This continued for another couple of years until Universo, the Devourer of Worlds, arrived to consume the Earth. Malcolm and several other children managed to avoid the end of the world when SoulStar, HotWire and SkyLark took them with them through a portal into Dimension-X. This led to a long exile where these survivors fought constantly against alien threats until the adults got caught in a battle against monsters. The children fled and eventually learned of the existence of Glum World where a portal back home was rumored to exist. Malcolm led his friends to the planet where Mister Glum reluctantly returned them all home, at the behest of the alternate Earth’s Angel Dragon.



Malcolm was finally reunited with his father and step-sister, Angel, allowing them to be a family for the very first time. Finally being returned to his own dimension, Dragon enrolled his son in school where Malcolm finds himself terrible and annoyed at math and would rather follow in his father’s footsteps as a superhero. Malcolm has not only developed his father’s love of crime fighting, but he also shares super strength and his late mother’s electric abilities. Recently, after his father’s death and reduction to a near brainless corpse, Malcolm used his blood to resurrect Dragon, though his memory was erased. Instead, the memory of Dragon as the villainous Emperor Kurr has taken form and Dragon has been causing turmoil throughout Chicago. Malcolm has found himself in trouble with his father, being knocked and beaten by him before running away from him in fear. As to where this story is going, who knows, but Erik Larsen has been writing the hell out of this book and Malcolm Dragon has been a fun character to return to every month. It surely also makes me smile whenever I read a scene between Dragon and Malcolm as you never truly see much strong and loving father-son moments in comics the way Larsen depicts them. And I love the slight and small sub-plot/mention of Malcolm’s geeky love to the Speed Racer movie.

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Special shout out and mega thanks to Gavin Higginbotham who’s literally a human Savage Dragon reference library.


Malcolm Dragon Adventures can be found:

Savage Dragon #67, #74-75, #100-103
Savage Dragon #132 - recent
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