Cover Savage Dragon Vol.2 #26

The Savage Dragon #26

March 1996
Gang War – 3 of 3
22 Pages

Credits

Erik Larsen: Creator / Writer / Penciller / Inker
Chris Eliopoulos: Letterer
Reuben Rude and Antonia Kohl: Colorists
Jannie Wong: Editor
I.H.O.C. – Reuben Rude, Antonia Kohl, Abel Mouton, Bill Zindel, John Zaia, Lea Rude: Colors
In Color: Film Output
Garrett Chin: Assistant to the Chief Executive
Josh Eichorn: Keep His Fly Open in Case He Has to Count to Eleven
Erik Larsen: Pin-Up (Dragon, Barbaric, She-Dragon & WildStar)

Heroes

Dragon
Freak Force
Dart
Barbaric
Horridus
Mighty Man II
Rapture
Ricochet
SuperPatriot
Liberty & Justice
Mace
She-Dragon
Star II

Supporting Characters

Chicago Police Department
Lt. Frank Darling
Officer Howard Niseman
Officer Rita Medermade
Amanda Mills
Guy & Duder
Jon Day
Peter Klaptin

Villains

The Vicious Circle
CyberFace (Joins)
Horde (Joins)
Abner Cadaver (First Appearance)
Absorbing Junior (Joins)
Animal
Artillery
Babyface
Bad Axe
Bandit
Bludgeon II (Joins)
BodyCount (Death Issue)
Brain-O
Brainwave
Brawn
Brute
Bubble Boy (Joins)
Bud Ugly
Bulldozer
Carcass
Charlie Triumph
Chaos & Control
Climax
Dead Guy
DeathMask
Demolisher
DoubleHeader
DownLoad
Evil Eye
Fever
Gateway (First Appearance)
Gator (Joins)
HalfBad
Hazard
Hazard II
HellRazor
Imposter
Indigo Hugh (Joins)
Inferno
Intruder
Johnny Nitro
Jolt
Killer Whale
Livewire (Joins)
Major Disaster (Joins)
Mako
MegaTech
MindWarp
Misfit
Moe Hawkins (Joins)
MoreGore
Negate
Neutron Bob (Joins)
OpenFace
Oracle ???
Phathead (Joins)
Plague
PowerHouse
Rapidfire
Ravish
Rawdog
Razz
Redneck
RoadBlock
Roughneck
Ruby Friday
– Rumble Brothers (Furious George & Raging Woody)
Scrag
Sea King
Seductress
Shaggymane
Soundstorm (First Appearance)
Squid (Joins)
Stigma
Sudds
Surefire
Tech II
Tigress
ToastMaster (Joins)
Torment
Toxic
Ultimatum
UnderMind
Vandal
Walleye
War Hawk
Warfare
WarGod
Washout
Weed
Wreckage
Yellow Trevor
The Fantastical Force (Disband and join the Vicious Circle)
Stretch-O
Human-Sparkler
Rushmore
Transparent Trish
The Henchmen (Disband and join the Vicious Circle)
Bagman
Bug
Flaptrap (Death Issue)
Quill (Death Issue)
Tech
The Nixed Men (Disband and join the Vicious Circle)
Fade
Lightning Bug
Sub-Human
Super-X
The Throwaways (Disband and join the Vicious Circle)
Nuke Rage
H.U.B.E.R.T. (Death Issue)
Rock Woman (Death Issue)
WildHair
Chelsea Nirvana
The Inhabiter
Mammoth (Death Issue)
Arachnid
The Wicked Worm

Unofficial Guest Stars

Marvel
Spider-Man
The Thing

Summary

Dragon returns to action as the Rumble Brothers and the former Annihilators raid the precinct of the Chicago Police Department. He defeats the majority of the villains which prompts the remaining super-freaks to surrender themselves to police custody. Frank Darling informs Dragon that a breakout has commenced at Stronghold Penitentiary and that the officials there are requesting his presence.

At the Freak Outpost, Howard Niseman demands to be released but as Inferno warns him about being raped and killed, Evil Eye comes crashing through the door. Star follows through and renews his rivalry with Inferno. The vigilante causes his opponent to burn through the wooden floor which takes him out of the fight. Star then releases Howard who asks about the location of Chris Robinson but he is assured that his partner has somehow gotten free, keeping his secret identity hidden.

A number of heroes that includes Dragon, Freak Force and Liberty & Justice are briefed on the state of the riot occurring throughout Stronghold. As they make their way through the facility, a huge door is closed to protect the villains. Mighty Man smashes through the barrier which prompts BodyCount to ready his cybernetic weaponry. SuperPatriot opens fire first and shoots a huge hole clean through the super-freak’s torso and kills him.

Mace is disgusted that he has been locked up with criminals and uses the breakout as a distraction for him to make his escape. He seems to be led through the complex as doors open in a specific pattern which leads him to the OverLord armor. He dons the armor and confronts the heroes, desperate to reclaim his freedom. Dragon goads him into acting and Mace is shocked by an internal failsafe, with Dragon explaining that OverLord had made it so that no one else could use his battle-suit.

Howard arrives on the scene with guns blazing as Star causes Mako to punch an electrical conduit which takes him out of the fight. An array of lasers are activated which threaten the lives of the heroes but Dragon shuts down all of the prison’s power. Although the villains could theoretically release one another, Dragon figures that they can deal with them on a case by case basis. A few prisoners manage to escape but the majority of the inmates are soon rounded up.

Some distance away from the battle, the Vicious Circle gathers together where Brawn congratulates CyberFace on his success. CyberFace had remote controlled the computer systems of Stronghold Penitentiary so that he could release many of his allies but also cause the downfall of Mace. The celebrations are cut short as Chelsea Nirvana leads her army of super-freaks to a confrontation. Bludgeon moves to take out CyberFace but is stopped instantly when his costume’s mechanics are used against him. CyberFace then causes the heads of several of Chelsea’s followers to explode before Negate steps forward and neutralises her, transforming her from the appearance of Johnny Redbeard back into an ordinary man.

The Vicious Circle and their rivals all retreat through a portal opened up by Gateway but the Nixed Men make one last attempt to recruit She-Dragon. She refuses to abandon who she believes to be Johnny Redbeard and is thanked by Dragon for alerting the authorities to the villains’ gathering. Any doubts as to her allegiances have been put to rest.

In the apartment of Amanda Mills, Peter Klaptin awakens from the crash-landing he made as he entered through her skylight. He is confronted with news footage of Star taking part in the recent Gang War and admits that he is not Star. Peter explains that he was beaten up early on in his career and hired someone to continue with the identity of Star but claims that it really was him that saved her life.

CyberFace stands before the combined might of the Vicious Circle and talks about his plans for their criminal group. OverLord had been a human amongst super-freaks and his fear caused him to rule as a ruthless dictator but he will not make the same mistake. As the Vicious Circle pledges their loyalty to CyberFace, they are unaware that he is under the influence of a leech. Horde watches on in secret as his plans for world domination continue onward…