The Shrew

The Shrew


Personal Information

Name: The Shrew
Real Name: Chris Vantage
Former Aliases: N/A
First Appearance: Savage Dragon #1
Death Issue: Savage Dragon #115
Cause of Death: Head shot off by the Vicious Circle
Group Affiliations: Underground Freaks, The Special Operations Strikeforce, the Rock House Diner
Height: Below 6′
Weight: Unknown
Eyes: Red
Hair: Brown (fur)
Date of Birth: Unknown
Place of Birth: Unknown
Base of Operations: Chicago, Illinois
Other Distinguishing Features: The Shrew has fur all over his body and possessed the facial features of a shrew and had a tail
Marital Status: Unknown
Known Relatives: N/A
Powers: Razor sharp teeth and claws, superhuman strength, durability, enhanced senses


The Shrew was one of the many freaks in Chicago that could find no employment and had to resort to living on the streets. It was during this period of homelessness that the Shrew became possessed by one of Horde’s leeches. He was sent on a mass killing spree that took Dragon several days to halt, eventually arresting the Shrew after a brutal fight.

After it was determined that the leech had been responsible for his rampage, the Shrew was released back to the streets, only to suffer a vicious beating at the hands of Mace. He soon recovered and took up residence in Chicago’s underground, joining up with the tribe of freaks led by Rock.

These Underground Freaks became allies to Dragon during a number of incidents and when he was putting together the first Special Operations Strikeforce, Dragon invited many of them to join the team. The Shrew joined up for several years of service but when CyberFace took control of the planet, he returned to Chicago’s underground with several of his old allies to avoid forced service or death.

When Dragon had brought down CyberFace, with the assistance of several allies that included the Underground Freaks, the planet went through a period of rebuilding. Dragon helped set Rock up with a house and even a business, the Rock House Diner. The Shrew became part of this family and worked at the diner.

It was in the diner that Nick Justice of the Vicious Circle attempted to extort money or service from Rock. The Shrew came to his long-time friend’s aid by killing this thug which led to the business becoming targeted. Rock led his family to join an army of superheroes in bringing down the Vicious Circle but in the ensuing chaos, the Shrew was shot in the head by one of the villains.


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