The last time I discussed Savage Dragon here, it was regarding issue #s 228 and 229, a pair of stories that had Erik Larsen presenting Malcolm and Maxine doing the hot & heavy horizontal hustle like it was going out of style.
Since then, Maxine seemingly died, only to quickly be revived. According to Maxine, her brief death apparently sent her into the afterlife, and her own personal heaven was a non-stop orgy. As a result, now that she’s back among the living she’s hornier than ever, and even Malcolm, super-powered stud that he is, finds he’s having trouble keeping up with her.
In case you couldn’t guess, this review is NOT SAFE FOR WORK!!! So proceed with caution…
I don’t know what’s up with Erik Larsen. In the last couple of years he has taken Savage Dragon full speed ahead into X-rated territory. Maybe he’s having a midlife crisis? Whatever the case, my local comic shop has started polybagging every single copy of Savage Dragon that they sell, lest some underage customers get a peek at the ribald interiors. Good thing, too, since issue #237 once again wholeheartedly features ample examples of copulation and nudity.
Y’know, my last post about Savage Dragon has had an absolutely insane number of views. Nearly all of those were from people looking for some of Larsen’s naughty artwork. I’ve lost track of how many people found my blog via the search terms “Savage Dragon porn” and “Savage Dragon sex scene.” And, yeah, by quoting those here I’m probably going to get another big set of views from the prurient-minded.
So, to all you Peeping Toms, welcome back to In My Not So Humble Opinion! Last time around most of you were probably disappointed that I didn’t actually have any scans of Malcolm & Maxine’s bedroom Olympics, bar a single panel that I thought was the least-offensive one in those two issues. Well this time you’re in luck. Feast your optic nerves on this spectacle…
Soooo, is everyone happy now? Are you not entertained?!?
*Ahem!* The thing is, the rest of Savage Dragon #237 is really well done. Larsen utilizes some very well thought out layouts & storytelling throughout the first half of this issue. There’s a two page, multi-panel discussion between Malcolm and Angel, and then there are several pages that gradually build up to the debut of Malcolm’s newest adversary. Of course, alternating with those sequences are Malcolm, Maxine and Angel having their three-ways.
So basically part of this issue is a series expertly constructed, suspenseful moments leading to the Scourge’s fiery, violent entrance… and the other part is plenty of sex and nudity.
I literally got to the point where I was rolling my eyes and shaking my head sadly. What exactly was my breaking point? Halfway through the issue Angel’s clothes get totally shredded in a fight with some monsters. The only thing she can find to change into is one of Maxine’s old school uniforms, which is a couple of sizes too small for her. Oy gevalt!
However, before you can say “slutty schoolgirl” three times fast, Angel is blasted and apparently killed by the Scourge. I say “apparently” because Larsen already fooled me with Maxine’s seeming “death” a few issues ago. So I am not ready to count Angel out yet, not until there’s confirmation that she’s genuinely deceased. I hope she’s still alive, because she’s a fun character. Well, that and it would be ignominious for her to get bumped off while looking like something out of a really dirty hentai.
Rounding out this issue is a six page back-up written by Larsen, with artwork by Billy Penn. I think that “Save the Future” was originally supposed to be printed back in 2016, because the plot is that SuperPatriot and Daredevil have to prevent two time travelers from the future from killing, respectively, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton before either of them can get elected and destroy the world.
Maybe this one, with DD and Patriot concluding “No matter who wins, we lose” would have been funny two years ago. However, here in 2018, witnessing the non-stop shit-show of racism, misogyny, corruption, would-be authoritarianism, treason and gross incompetence that the Trump Administration has subjected this country to, you would have to be completely deluded to still believe that Hillary would have been just as bad or worse.
Oh, well… nice artwork by Billy Penn, at least. I’d be happy to see him draw another, hopefully better written, back-up story for this book.
I wonder if I should continue following Savage Dragon. I used to say that if I ever got down to following just one ongoing comic book series it would be this one. But now I have my doubts. I guess I have to play it by ear, see what happens next. I really hope that Larsen will start to curb the excessive levels of hardcore sex, but that’s entirely up to him. Image Comics is, after all, a company founded on creator rights & control. It’s Larsen’s book, and he can do whatever he wants with it. I just need to figure out if I want to continue along for the ride.