The Savage Dragon #4
Squeeky Larsen: Creator / Writer / Penciller / Inker
Squeeky Eliopoulos: Letterer
Squeeky Kohl, Squeeky Oliff, Squeeky Rude: Colorists
Emriotic Squeaky, Squeaky Anderson, Squeaky Bein, Squeaky Ennis, Squeaky Jordon, Squeaky Lea, Squeaky Mobert, Squeaky Mouton, Squeaky Stratton Jordan, Squeaky Supple, Squeaky Zindel, Squeaky and Olyoptics: Color Seperations
Squeeky Wong: Editor
Chicago Police Department
– Captain James Stewart (First Appearance)
– Lt. Frank Darling
– Officer Alex Wilde
– Officer Dean “Dizzy” Dee
– Officer Phil Dirt
– Officer Rita Medermade
George Hill (Corpse Only)
Meggan Hill (Corpse Only)
CessPool (First Appearance)
Unofficial Guest Stars
Dragon arrives at the crime scene in DeKalb, Illinois after he was specifically called in due to the nature of what was found in the basement. He enters the room and finds a super-freak girl chained up in front of a television. The girl was barely clinging to life due to starvation and dehydration so Dragon breaks her free and takes her to receive medical attention.
Frank Darling receives disturbing news about his wife and heads to a hospital where she is being treated. When he arrives, Mildred Darling reveals that she was knocked over by accident on an escalator and fell, breaking her leg. Their unborn child is fine so she writes off the event as a simple event, unaware that Franks suspects that the Vicious Circle are responsible and this was merely a warning to him to follow their directives.
The freak girl has been given the codename of Horridus and Captain Stewart hopes to recruit her to join a new team he’s putting together that will operate out of the Chicago Police Department. Amanda Mills stops by the precinct to visit Dragon and once more tries to get him to agree to a date. Dragon rejects the proposal, pointing out that he has too many enemies and does not want another girlfriend to be killed, especially when he went through a great deal of trouble to rescue Amanda in the first place.
Captain Stewart speaks with Dragon and Dart, announcing that Horridus is already going through the police academy. He would like to expand the team and thinks that Star and Mighty Man would be perfect candidates. Dragon suggests that Barbaric and Ricochet would be good recruits just as Phil Dirt announces that trouble in the underground has broken out involving super-freaks.
Dragon and Dart quickly travel to the underground where they find Ricochet in the grips of a villain known as CessPool. Barbaric is desperately trying to get CessPool to release his hold on his girlfriend but to no avail. He gets cast aside before Dragon is shot by CessPool’s burning puss leaving it to Dart to save the day. She impales CessPool with numerous darts which eventually causes enough pressure to be released and he explodes, the entire gathered up puss within him bursts outward. The two teenaged heroes are offered a position on the police force. Ricochet believes that being part of the authorities is the best way for her and Barbaric to avoid a life on the run and in hiding.
Barbaric and Ricochet are introduced to Captain Stewart and he enthusiastically welcomes them aboard his new team. He has one question though and wonders how old Ricochet is as she appears too young. This is taken as a sign of rejection by the youngster and she runs off in a mood. Emily Schwartzblatt boards a bus headed to Chicago, excited about the prospect of being reunited with Dragon who she still firmly believes is her son…
NOTE: The “Savage Dragon Vol. 2: A Force to be Reckoned With” trade paperback collection adds in a two-page prologue of Dragon and the cop cars arriving at the Hills’ house.
RAPTURE AND RICOCHET
Erik Larsen: Creator / Writer / Storyteller
Adam Hughes: Penciller
Karl Kesel: Inker
Chris Eliopoulos: Letterer
Steve Oliff, Antonia Kohl: Colorists
Jannie Wong: Editor
Tony Kelly and Kell-O-Graphics: Film Output
Josh Eichorn: Hired Goon
Rapture (First Appearance)
Brian Louis Leroy Walker (First Appearance) (Death Issue)
After her perceived rejection by the Chicago Police Department, Ricochet bounces through the alleyways of the city. She comes across a scene where a super-powered prostitute is threatening to kill the man who used to be her pimp. Rapture wishes to avenge the death of a colleague at the hands of Bryan Louis Leroy Walker in brutal fashion.
Ricochet interrupts their argument and pleads with Rapture to stand down but has an electric shock administered to her. Ricochet bounces right back into action and takes down Rapture momentarily but a larger shock leaves her shaken. Rapture then blasts her intended victim but he pulls out a gun and fires it, the bullet grazing her arm.
Unwilling to allow Rapture to commit murder and ruin his life, Ricochet raises up to her feet and finally convinces her to give up her quest for vengeance. Bryan picks up his gun again and opens fire but as he presses the trigger, Rapture unleashes a fatal shot that kills him. Ricochet then takes Rapture with her back towards the police precinct so that she could join up their new super-team.