sd115.jpgSAVAGE DRAGON #115

Final Battle!

July 2004

30 Pages

CREDITS

Erik Larsen: Story & Art

Bill Crabtree: Colors

John Workman: Letters

Josh Eichorn: Engaging in behavior that is unhygienic and inappropriate in the steam room and/or spa

Victor Bridges & Erik Larsen: Pin-Up (Freak Force)
Andy Kuhn & Bill Crabtree: Pin-Up (Freak Force)

HEROES

The Liberty League
- Dragon
- Battle Tank III
- Jennifer Dragon
- Rex Dexter

Brute Force
- Max Damage
- Major Battle (Death Issue)
- Moe Muscle (Death Issue)

The Deadly Duo
- Kill-Cat
- The Kid Avenger

The Special Operations Strikeforce
- Sgt. Marvel (Death Issue)
- Barrage
- Buttress
- Race
- Stinger
- Striker
- Super-Tough II
- Warhawk

The Rock House Diner
- Rock
- Beast Boy
- Feezle
- The Shrew (Death Issue)
- Widow

Liberty & Justice (Death Issue)
She-Dragon
Red Giant (Rita Medermade)
Star IV
SuperPatriot
Vanguard

GUEST HEROES

Firebreather

Hot Led Ink

WildStar (Death Issue)
HotWire (Death Issue)

Skybound

Invincible

SUPPORTING CHARACTERS

Angel Dragon
Mister Glum
Captain Frank Darling
Wally

VILLAINS

The Vicious Circle
- Armor (First Appearance)
- Baby Killer (First Appearance) (Death Issue)
- Bighorn (First Appearance)
- Blue Broad (Death Issue)
- Crosseye (First Appearance)
- Fourplay (First Appearance)
- Gunman (First Appearance)
- Iron Jaw (First Appearance)
- Larry Lucifer (First Appearance)
- SkullFace (Death Issue)
- Skullfire (First Appearance)
- Sickly (First Appearance)
- Sterno (First Appearance)
- Tech-Head (First Appearance)
- Toad-Man (First Appearance)
- White Trash (First Appearance)

SUMMARY

Dragon oversees the construction of a device by Rex Dexter and Mister Glum which they hope will aid in the retrieval of Angel. Jennifer Dragon is angry that her husband trusts a scheming alien and a demonic creature to save her daughter. He defends his actions, causing Jennifer to punch him into a wall before realizing that she has overreacted and apologizes to the battered Dragon. Rex tries to assure the worried mother by detailing his plan. A bracelet that grants its wearer intangibility will be used by Glum to enter into the Vicious Circle’s stronghold to take a hold of Angel and walk out unharmed.

The Liberty League then goes to attend a huge gathering of superheroes where Sgt. Marvel delivers a briefing of the plans. They have had undercover agents infiltrate the Vicious Circle and they will be being initiated into the criminal organization later that day at their Gaylord Manor mansion base. Once the moles have visual confirmation of Angel, Vanguard will teleport Glum to that location so that he can walk the child out in an intangible state.

Sgt. Marvel then states that a power damper will be deployed that should neutralize the abilities of the villains present while they will be wearing blocking devices to protect them from its effects. There will still be a moderate level of danger due to any cyborgs, alien, hybrids or Gods present but otherwise their numbers should be evened up. Dragon interrupts to question why Sgt. Marvel always wears a gun in a holster but never fires the weapon. Striker explains that it is God’s Gun and that it can grant three wishes, two of which have already been used up.

This revelation causes Dragon to request that the God Gun be utilized, bringing Angel out unharmed without anyone’s life being put at risk. Sgt. Marvel is confident that they can accomplish this goal without his weapon and he regrets having used the gun twice already. He killed a one-time friend for murdering the woman he loved before then resurrecting her. Sgt. Marvel feels guilty about using the God Gun for selfish reasons and found it tough not to resurrect his daughter recently. Dragon realizes that Sgt. Marvel is Dart’s father but he kept that fact secret from even her.

Rock looks around at the assemblage of heroes and does not believe that he and his family belong amongst them. He wishes that the Shrew had not killed one of the Vicious Circle and considers that possibly it would have been smarter simply to have given them some money. Widow is distressed by his words as she does not like seeing her husband acting like a defeatist.

Dragon interrupts Kill-Cat as he fails with his latest attempts to pick up Liberty and offers up an apology to her. He wants to clear the air over him killing her son but it soon becomes clear that she has no memory of Damien DarkLord. Her son likely erased her memories of him before his death so Dragon makes his excuses and departs. Liberty & Justice are confused by the whole event but write if off as Dragon being confused by the different realities he has lived in.

After having accused Alex Wilde of trying to steal her husband, Jennifer Dragon apologizes to her teammate for overreacting to witnessing her kissing Dragon. She realizes that Alex was simply trying to save Dragon’s life and feels bad for shouting at her. Alex replies by declaring that she had been kissing Dragon in addition to saving him. She also states that if Jennifer ever hurts or leaves Dragon then she will be there to claim him for her own as she still loves Dragon.

When visual confirmation comes through for finding Angel, Glum is teleported down but Vanguard contacts the heroes to inform them that there has been a complication. The heroes launch their assault upon Gaylord Manor where Blue Broad had grabbed a hold of Angel as she was turned intangible, making her immaterial too. Glum leads them through a pillar before letting go of Angel which causes Blue Broad to be stuck in the pillar, killing her. In the few seconds that she was solid, Angel is struck by a stray blast and is left bleeding.

Brute Force hopes to prove their worth a strong performance but Moe Muscle and Major Battle are killed in the opening salvo, leaving Max Damage to flee for his life. Baby Killer punches a hole straight through Liberty & Justice before turning his attention towards their father. SuperPatriot is left devastated by his children’s deaths and attacks but his foe proves to be invulnerable.

The Shrew leaps through the crowd but is shot in the head, horrifying his closest friends. Star suffers broken bones as Red Giant is swarmed over by villains. Jennifer tries to convince Sgt. Marvel to fire the God Gun before the heroes are completely annihilated. They struggle over the weapon which is knocked loose before Sgt. Marvel is shot dead from afar. Dragon is attacked by SkullFace who is revealed as the Vicious Circle’s new leader and he has undergone a power augmentation. He brutally beats Dragon and shrugs off Battle Tank’s attempts to save him.

Rex notes that the power damper does not seem to be working which has left the heroes vastly outnumbered by dozens of villains. HotWire and WildStar locate a jamming device that is blocking the damper. They are both shot dead before they can mess with the machine but HotWire’s last act is to deactivate the mechanism, leaving the Vicious Circle almost entirely powerless.

Many of the Vicious Circle members are killed as their powers have been shut off and Dragon is alarmed when he punches SkullFace and his opponent’s head explodes. SuperPatriot continues to strike at Baby Killer even after his abilities are removed, utterly destroying his head. The surviving villains are forced to surrender as the battered heroes receive medical care. Angel is taken care of by her parents as she is rushed to hospital. Glum looks through the wreckage of Gaylord Manor and retrieves the God Gun, seeing the weapon as the means for him to conquer the Earth…



SavageDragon115BU1.jpgBACKUP STORY

Freak Force

"Together Again for the First Time!"

48 Pages

CREDITS

Erik Larsen: Writer

Mark Englert: Artist

Dash Martin: Colors

Chris Eliopoulos: Letters

Joe Keatinge: Color Flats

HEROES

Freak Force (Reforms)(Disbands)
- Barbaric (Joins)(Quits)
- Dart II (Alison Summers) (Joins)(Quits)
- Horridus (Joins)(Quits)
- Mighty Man V (Joins)(Quits)
- Rapture (Joins)(Quits)
- Ricochet (Joins)(Quits)
- SuperPatriot (Joins)(Quits)

Dart (Image Only)
Mighty Man II (Image Only)
Dragon
Widow

SUPPORTING CHARACTERS

August De Blieck Jr. (First Appearance)
Bunny (First Appearance) (Death Issue)
Captain Frank Darling
Claire Bono
Jon Day
Marcy Howard
Slash (First Appearance)

VILLAINS

The Inhabiter (Death Issue)
The Creator

The Fantastical Force (Disbands)
- Stretch-O (Death Issue)
- Human-Sparkler (Death Issue)
- Rushmore (Death Issue)
- Transparent Trish (Death Issue)

The Throwaways (Disbands)
- Nuke Rage (Death Issue)
- H.U.B.E.R.T. (Death Issue)
- Rock Woman (Death Issue)

Flux (Death Issue)
Hive (Death Issue)
Manga (Death Issue)
Squid (Death Issue)
RudeHead
Chelsea Nirvana (Image Only)
Dr. Verlag (Image Only)
Mako (Image Only)

SUMMARY

A wealthy businessman named August De Blieck Jr. finishes reading Dragon’s autobiography and has been left utterly amazed by some of the cast of the book. He enthusiastically explains beautiful secretary/girlfriend Bunny how a team of heroes called Freak Force was basically the greatest group of crime-fighters ever. Augie is inspired by the stories of their adventures and hopes to use his money to finance Freak Force, uniting them in this reality. Bunny points out that this cannot be completely done as Dart has recently been killed.

In a seedy bar, Alison Summers seeks to locate a man named Slash who had aided Mako in locating and then abducting her aunt. She is soon attacked by the rowdy men in the bar which enables her to re-enact the moment that Dart was born. Alison has adopted her aunt’s costumed identity and she swiftly takes down her assailants.

Augie arranges to have lunch with Dragon after contributing money to the Liberty League to aid in their efforts to rebuild the world. He questions the hero about the members of Freak Force as well as the villains that they faced during their missions. Dragon is not confident that the team can possibly be reformed successfully but this does not deter Augie who begins searching for the heroes.

At the set of Barney’s Funtime Playhouse, Marcy Howard ends the production of the latest show before Barbaric and Ricochet are approached by Augie. They have fulltime jobs already but the salary offer from him to join Freak Force is too much for them to turn down. Horridus accepts the position instantly and Rapture is easily paid off. SuperPatriot is not too fond of the idea of joining another team considering how the Liberty League worked out for him but the pay is too good to pass up. Augie uses his money to locate Slash for Dart and turns him over to the authorities on her behalf. Mighty Man delivers RudeHead to the Chicago Police Department before Augie recruits him.

The new Freak Force is sent on their first mission against the Fantastical Force and the Throwaways and it becomes clear that the majority of the heroes are dangerously out of shape. Mighty Man grows frustrated with how the fight is going and decides to deploy lethal force. He then proceeds to brutally kill each of the villains present. The rest of the team are shocked by his actions and Augie is uncomfortable with killing their enemies.

When more of the Creator’s minions raid Stronghold Penitentiary, Mighty Man goes against orders and slaughters the villains. The public quickly start to turn against Freak Force after numerous deaths, the destruction of Radiation Island and Rapture exposing herself to criminals. They are lectured in Augie’s skyscraper which suddenly takes on a life of its own. The Inhabiter has finally caught up with Barbaric and Ricochet and attempts to claim revenge upon them.

Mighty Man takes the fight right to the Inhabiter and their battle destroys the building, killing Bunny in the process. The rest of Freak Force prove to be ineffective against the Inhabiter who is then flown out into space by Mighty Man and thrown into the sun where he cannot possess anything. Augie surveys the damage and realizes that he is financially ruined. He cannot afford to keep Freak Force together but hopes that they remain together regardless. This hope is quickly dashed as the heroes all quit and return to their own lives.



SavageDragon115BU2.jpgBACKUP STORY

Mighty Man

“The Never Ending War Against Evil!”
Chapter Seven: Prisoners of War

8 Pages

CREDITS

Gary Carlson: Co-Plot/Script

Mark Englert: Pencils/Colors

Erik Larsen: Co-Plot/Inks

Robert Kirkman: Letters

HEROES

Mighty Man V
Dragon
SuperPatriot

SUPPORTING CHARACTERS

Ann Stevens
Dr. Larry Bradford

SUMMARY

Mighty Man carries out summary executions on all of the prisoners locked up in death row, hoping to clear out some space in the county jail. Dragon arrives to confront him, pointing out that there may have been some innocent men amongst his victims and that it is not Mighty Man’s place to kill anyone. His words seem to momentarily have an affect on Mighty Man but his arrogance soon has him ignoring everything, announcing that no one can stop him, leading to Dragon attacking.

Larry Bradford attempts to come to terms with the revelation that her fiancée used to be Mighty Man; the mere thought of such a thing confuses him. Dragon is dumped to the ground in front of them by Mighty Man. Ann Stevens pleads with Billy Berman to change his ways but her words are ignored as the merciless new Mighty Man issues a warning: if any of Dragon’s friends come after him then he will not hold back against them.

The badly wounded Dragon is rushed inside Hillman Hospital to receive emergency care where Ann maintains a constant bedside vigil. She had thought that anyone would have been a better Mighty Man that her but now realizes that she was wrong. SuperPatriot arrives and wishes for Ann to accompany him in joining several of their allies. Billy Berman is a psychopath and SuperPatriot firmly believes that the heroes should unite to take him down…



SavageDragon115BU3.jpgBACKUP STORY

Savage Dragon

"Dragonslayer"

6 Pages

NOTE: This story was originally printed in the MORE FUND COMICS anthology graphic novel
NOTE: This story takes place between issue #’s 107 and 108

CREDITS

Erik Larsen: Story & Art

John Workman: Letters

HEROES

The Liberty League
- Dragon
- Jennifer Dragon

SUPPORTING CHARACTERS

Angel Dragon
Mister Glum

SUMMARY

Jennifer Dragon questions why her husband seems to be in pain but Dragon explains that he simply has an itch in the small of his back and cannot reach it. Mister Glum sneaks up on the hero and fires a newly constructed gun at him. Dragon is struck in the back but rather than suffer from the blast he has been left relieved from his itch and even thanks Glum.

Dragon thinks nothing of the attack but Jennifer is concerned that Glum really does mean him harm and asks that Dragon speak with him. Dragon goes to talk with Glum who is back in the bedroom that he shares with Angel. Glum explains that he had grown bored of the conquests on his home world and when he heard of Dragon’s exploits in Dimension-X, he sought to defeat the hero and deliver his bloodied corpse to his people. Angel mocks her friend and ends up tickling him, convincing Dragon that he is indeed harmless.

NOTE: This issue features COMIC BITS by Chris Giarrusso