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The Savage Dragon (Savage Dragon #1)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  112 ratings  ·  6 reviews
In this very first story arc, we meet Officer Dragon, a brand new cop in a Chicago overrun with super freaks and crime lords. Creator Erik Larsen takes big risks with story-telling, characterization, and plot, infusing this series with violence, sex and humor in a way previously unseen in the genre. He takes liberties no other creator can, and will surprise you at every tu ...more
Published (first published January 1st 1993)
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Drown Hollum
I'm glad I finally got the chance to read Savage Dragon. It's fun, absurd, and absolutely a product of its time. The writing in this first volume can be cornball and a little too brisk, and the art isn't perfect, but it's fresh and a ton of fun to read. It's also deeply satisfying as the product of the one-man-army Erik Larsen has become. This is a silly, early Image book, but the history alone makes it worth the read.
Nate Fiala
When I found this comic book when I was a kid, it instantly became my crack, and despite a lapse in collecting that I'm slowly rebuilding, continues to be my comic book crack to this day. This first volume of Savage Dragon has plenty of what to expect for years to come- ultra-violence, super-hot babes, bitchin' art from series creator Erik Larsen that is, in my personal opinion, at a career high point, having just come off writing, penciling and inking The Revenge of the Sinister Six storyline o ...more
Jon Carroll
One can certainly argue against The Savage Dragon on the basis of content. It's very much a product of its time (the early '90s) and as such it suffers from many of the excesses of that time (including an early example of the "woman in a refrigerator trope). That being said it's also an important milestone in the history of comics: a book that has been continuously published for over 200 issues with a single creator at the helm. As of this writing it hasn't taken the record (which is currently h ...more
Charley Allen
Here is the deal with Savage Dragon. Erik Larsen took a character that he created in 4th grade, and made a comic from him. The result is a bad ass character that has legit super powers and tears up his enemies. It's not terribly deep, but that's not what you want all the time. It's a fun place to escape, especially since Larsen has had control of the character since the first issue, and still writes and draws every issue. Win!
The start of the now long running series was a bit better. I actually read this story arc long after I was deep into the other books and found that there wasn't anything I didn't already know. This is where you would start, however, if you've never read the series. Basically, these are cool characters that do exactly what most people would do in their situation. And, there is a full range of character types, in a strange way, making them more believable. Meaning, if we suddenly had people in soc ...more
If I were reading The Savage Dragon for the first time today, this might not be a 5-star review... But with hindsight and nostalgic feelings towards one of my nerdy teenage endeavors, it still kicks ass.

The Dragon is super strong, has wolverine-like healing skills, pinpoint sharpshooter accuracy... And chooses to be a police officer.

Not to mention his upper body is crazy out of proportion, he has that fin on his bald green head (though still has a hairy chest/legs) and is still a ladies man.

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As a child growing up in Bellingham, Washington and Albion, California, Erik Larsen created seveal comic books featuring versions of a character named 'Dragon.' He eventually published a fanzine, which led to his doing professional work on a comic book called Megaton for creator Gary Carlson. It was here that he introduced the Dragon, a super powered superhero, to the comic-reading masses.
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Savage Dragon (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • Savage Dragon, Vol. 3: The Fallen
  • Savage Dragon, Vol. 4: Possessed
  • Savage Dragon, Vol. 5: Revenge
  • Savage Dragon, Vol. 6: Gang War
  • Savage Dragon, Vol. 7: A Talk With God
  • Savage Dragon, Vol. 8: Terminated
  • Savage Dragon, Vol. 9: Worlds at War
  • Savage Dragon, Vol. 10: Endgame
  • Savage Dragon, Vol. 11: Resurrection
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