I decided to review this book purely based on the fact that Savage Dragon is currently crossing over with Todd McFarlane’s Spawn. I hate missing parts of a story and wondering what went on in the other title (I am not a regular Savage Dragon reader.) But anyways, here’s my review of Image Comics’ Savage Dragon #216. In the issue, there isn’t all that much of a crossover element (Spawn is only mentioned by name.) The Ant character who was in the last issue of Spawn does make an appearance here, trying to recruit Savage Dragon for this big battle that she’s found herself in, but that’s about as much as you get here. No Spawn. Not really a crossover, though, that part of the story does tie-in I guess. The rest of the issue focuses more on Dragon’s babies. There’s some fun elements there and I did enjoy what I read/saw from Erik Larsen in this issue… I had no idea what was going on mind you, but that’s my fault for not reading Savage Dragon on the regs.
Some cool fight scenes in here. Well drawn and the issue’s content it shows how Dragon is a hardworking family man and the balance he tries to keep between work and family. I can get behind that. You know for a fact when those babies get older they’re going to be trouble, though. When they get to the age where they’re thinking more about what they’re doing… Savage and his missus are going to have their hands full.
In closing, I don’t think you really need to read this as part of the crossover event with Spawn (I’m second guessing whether this was actually billed as part of the event or if that was the next issue where it crosses over.) If it was part of the crossover, it’s a bit poor story-wise but I can’t complain with what I read. This series is one that I’ve always wanted to follow but I just don’t have the time to catch up on previous issues.
I’m sure regular readers will be pleased with the issue, the story doesn’t seem like it impedes on what is going on in the series and it would be pretty lame of me to give it a bad score based on the fact that I came in expecting a crossover and continuation of the story from Spawn when the issue wasn’t that bad without it.
So I guess I’ll be giving this an average rating.
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Savage Dragon #216 Writer/Artist: Erik Larsen Colorists: Mike Toris & Niko Koutsis Publisher: Image Comics Price: $3.99 Format: Ongoing; Print/Digital