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THE SAVAGE DRAGON: A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH
COVER DATE: February 1996
COVER PRICE: $14.95
FORMAT: X-Pages / Color
COVER: Erik Larsen

NOTE: This book reprints the ongoing SAVAGE DRAGON series #’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 plus all-new material

This book was also packaged with a bonus book titled Back-Up Stories, collecting all the additional stories from Savage Dragon issues 1-6

CREDITS

Erik Larsen - Creator / Writer / Penciller / Inker

Chris Eliopoulos - Letterer

Reuben Rude - Colorists
Steve Oliff
Xan Micka

Olyoptics & IHOC - Color Separations
Abel Mouton
Antonia Kohl
Bill Zindel
Cathy Enis
Denise Bein
Emily Jordon
Emriotic Mo
John Zaia
Kiko Taganashi
Kirk Mobert
Lea Rude
Marie
Patti Stratton Jordan
Quinn Suplee
Reuben Rude
Steve Oliff
Teeny Wolfe
Tracey Anderson
Xan Micka

Doug Griffith - Collection Design
Kenny Felix

Kell-O-Graphics & In Color - Film Output

Garrett Chin - Assistant to the Chief Executive

John Eichorn - Is a Lover not a Fighter

HEROES

Dragon

Freak Force
- Dart
- Barbaric
- Horridus
- Rapture
- Ricochet

Mighty Man II
Star II
Vanguard

GUEST HEROES

Hot Led Ink

WildStar
Jumpstart

Mirage

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Leonardo
- Donatello
- Raphael
- Michelangelo

SUPPORTING CHARACTERS

Chicago Police Department
- Captain James Stewart
- Lt. Frank Darling
- Detective William Jonson
- Officer Alex Wilde
- Officer Anita Mann
- Officer Bea O’Problem
- Officer Dean “Dizzy” Dee
- Officer Dick Hertz
- Officer Gus Turpin
- Officer Juan Diaz
- Officer Mike Litoris
- Officer Mike Rotch
- Officer Phil Dirt
- Officer Ray Wong
- Officer Richard Head
- Officer Rita Medermade
- Officer Urassis Itchy

Emily Schwartzblatt
Reporter Sam Haze
Amanda Mills
Bonnie Harris
George Hill (Corpse Only)
Meggan Hill (Corpse Only)
Mildred Darling
Nurse Ann Stevens
Singer Peter Klaptin

VILLAINS

The Vicious Circle
- OverLord
- Anarchy
- BodyCount
- Brute
- Bud Ugly
- Cutthroat
- DeathFace
- DoubleHeader
- Hardware
- Hazard
- HellRazor
- Johnny Nitro
- Kill-Blow
- Mako
- SkullFace
- Strongarm
- Throwaway Dork
- Torment
- Wreckage

The Annihilators
- CyberFace
- Animal
- Bloop
- Bulldozer
- Dead Guy
- DeathMask
- Demolisher
- Dung
- Flatline
- Inadequate Lightning
- LowBlow
- MindWarp
- Shard
- Ultimatum
- War Hawk
- Wimp

Cesspool
Virago
The Living Gargoyle
The Fiend Entity
The Fiend
The Shrew


SUMMARY

While on an extradition job in Sacramento, Dragon is involved in a battle with the time-travelling superhero WildStar. An explosion rings out during the conflict which causes the army to charge in and ship the police officer away before he can learn too much about the incident.

Dragon confronts a superpowered mass murderer going by the name the Shrew but he underestimates his opponent and the Shrew manages to escape. The hero returns to the police station where he begins to lose faith in his best friend Frank Darling as he rightfully suspects that he is purposely keeping him away from the real action.

Dragon then returns to the depressed state he has been in since his first girlfriend Debbie Harris was murdered a couple of months ago by her ex-boyfriend. He visits a superhuman bar where he defeats a few members of the Vicious Circle before listening to the news. Reports come in that eighteen months after his much publicized death, Mighty Man has been sighted over the city. Singer/actor Peter Klaptin then gets a mention for losing his trademarked long hair to a fire of unknown circumstances.

Dekalb, Illinois. A married couple lie dead after committing a double suicide while a mysterious voice from the basement calls out for their parents…
Dragon welcomes the news of the reappearance of the homicidal maniac the Shrew.

Dragon tears into his foe using a pair of chainsaws for extra protection and is soon lost to his recent anguish and stops himself from killing his target, standing over his motionless and bloody body. He pulls himself together and returns to headquarters where he is sent to investigate a superpowered couple living under the city in the abandoned buildings that were built over years ago.

He is attacked by the super-strong Barbaric who had seen the policeman's gun and panicked. A battle breaks out between the two powerhouses, which causes a number of buildings to collapse before the huge red-man's young partner Ricochet breaks up the fight, earning the apology of Dragon. His two new allies declare that they would be interested in any work he could put their way as they are finding it hard to make ends meet. Their new friend seriously considers the offer…
A former vigilante who used to work in the city of Detroit called Dart arrives in Chicago to join the police force as their latest superpowered operative. Before she can even settle down, a Code: Blue is called involving freaks…

Dragon reluctantly helps out the New York police department in catching a being who has been capturing elderly people, whose bodies are later discovered, apparently drained of all life through an unknown means. He is attacked by the quartet of Ninja Turtles, who had also been stalking the animated gargoyle.
The man is short lived when Dragon threatens to arrest his foes and they realize their mistake and recognize him as the 'famous freak cop from Chicago'. All five of the heroes decide to pool their resources and begin their search for the murderous being of stone.

As the heroes move across the rooftops, the creature attacks them and withstands the attacks from the Ninja Turtles and uses its fire-breathing abilities to hold them back. Dragon is left alone and leaps through the flames and shatters his foe with a single punch, questioning how such a creature could even exist. The sorceress responsible, Virago, quickly tries to make a getaway before she is discovered and arrested.

Dekalb, Illinois. A young boy knocks on the door of the deceased suicide couple and discovers it to be open. He decides to investigate and finds their bodies, causing him to quickly run in fear. The voice in the basement then calls out for them…

The incredibly famous singer/actor Peter Klaptin prepares to make his first public appearance since he lost his trademarked hair to a fire a few months ago. As he starts to leave his dressing room he watches a news report revealing that there is a supervillain breakout at Stronghold Penitentiary. He quickly vanishes from the building to an unknown whereabouts…
Dart and her new police colleagues do their best to contain the escaping supervillain populace and are quickly overpowered. Star arrives on the scene to lend a hand but with no superheroes about, all seem certain to die. Cutthroat charges through the prison cells and notices Hardware whom he quickly shoots dead for trying to cop a plea for giving evidence on his employer. All of a sudden Mighty Man bursts onto the scene after apparently returning from the dead. He saves the life of the two costumed humans before refusing to go after the escaped felons.

Dragon returns from New York City and learns of his new costumed teammate, and that she had been shot in the shoulder during a prison breakout. Dart states that he should never have left Chicago, despite his orders.

The Vicious Circle once again contact their blackmailed ally and threaten to harm Frank Darling's wife, who is now pregnant with their first child, if he doesn't get his superpowered recruit to back off their operations soon.

Ray Wong informs the fin-headed hero of the crazy elderly woman who keeps claiming that he is her son, and the police station is also taking a lot of phone calls from Amanda Mills. News of a leech-like creature having been found and removed from the base of the Shrew's neck indicates that his rampage may not have been his fault. Arnold Dimple, the man who shot dead his own ex-girlfriend Debbie Harris by accident before taking his own life, received a thirty minute phone call from his victim's mother.

A mystically-powered entity called the Fiend bursts through the station floor and attacks the Dragon, claiming that he needs hatred in his vessels to empower him. After his current body is gunned down by the present police officers, who reveal the host to be one of their accountants, the villain fades away, vowing to return in a more powerful vessel…

Dekalb, Illinois. Police investigate the call from a young boy and discover the two bodies of a suicidal married couple. They hear a television playing in the basement and go to investigate, opening the door to make a shocking discovery…

Dragon arrives at the crime scene to discover a young spiky-skinned freak woman chained to the basement where she had lived all of her life, the television her only real company. He breaks her bondages and takes her to the police station to recover from starvation and dehydration.

Frank Darling takes his wife home from the hospital after she had been 'accidentally' knocked down an escalator, which broke her leg, but did not harm the baby.

Captain James Stewart announces his plans to form a superpowered team within the police force and places his two current operatives on the team before recruiting Horridus, the now-recovered freak girl with a diminished mental capacity. After rejecting his obsessed stalker, Dragon is asked to consider some more members of his new team. He recalls the two youths he had encountered in the sewers a few months ago, when a call comes in stating that a superpowered fight has broken out in the underground.

Dragon and Dart arrive on the scene to discover a huge pus-filled freak calling himself Cesspool has attacked the two youths and has nearly succeeded in killing them both. The villain is attacked from all sides but still manages to put up a fight until darts embedded in his form cause him to burst, leaving him a normal-sized man. Barbaric and Ricochet are asked to join the police's new program and agree in order to have better protection from a force that is pursuing them… The bouncing girl is then refused membership due to her young age and she storms off in a mood…

Emily Schwartzblatt boards a bus to Chicago in an attempt to confront the man she believes is her son…

A news report reveals that Chris Vantage, the Shrew, has been cleared of his mass-murders a few months ago due to the discovery of the leech-like creature on his neck. An alien left by Supreme is being held within the Chicago police department. SuperPatriot has attacked the Pentagon and seems to be under mental control. R. Richard Richards, the publisher of the Chicago Voice newspaper has voiced grave concerns over the police force's superhuman team. And finally, the incarcerated Peter Davidson, who goes by the supervillain guise of Cesspool, is suing the police for excessive force used in his arrest.

The Annihilators tear apart their foes through superior strength and numbers and would likely succeed in killing at least some of them if the arrival of Mighty Man had not scared them off. The villains all head for a teleportational device that Barbaric destroys, possibly scattering their atoms across the universe. CyberFace, the leader of the rogue supervillain faction, is taken into police custody and asked to give evidence against his own target in exchange for his freedom.

Emily Schwartzblatt finally meets up with the man she believes is her son Rodney who she has not seen since 1986. Despite photographs that show a certain likeness, their is no real evidence so Dragon dismisses the claims.

Vanguard lies unconscious in his prison cell after his recent capture. After a number of city-directions to their conduct, Freak Force decide to leave their police sponsors to strike out on their own. Their leader refuses to join them as his first loyalty is to his fellow officers.

Mighty Man reveals to the only person he trusts that he is not the original hero but recently discovered that they had been passed on those powers.

Frank Darling states that his wife has left him and the only chance to save his marriage is if the armored human known as OverLord is brought in and put away. He learns that CyberFace has agreed to give evidence against his former employer and he and Dragon prepare to serve the warrant for their enemy…