Press Release

SAVAGE DRAGON has recently made a much publicized return to the Chicago police force, seen the return of his greatest nemesis and in SAVAGE DRAGON #156 he can only pray to survive what may be his fiercest challenge yet: his own creator, Erik Larsen.

“I’m putting SAVAGE DRAGON through the ringer, this time out” Larsen said. “When it came down to executing that classic superhero cliché, the showdown with an evil twin, there was no way that I was going to do the expected–that’s not the way I’m wired. Often I’ve heard about writer/artists doing issue-long fight scenes and it occurred to me that I’ve never actually done that. This was an opportunity to cut loose as I’ve never cut loose before and the end result is not only the most brutal comic I’ve ever illustrated but quite possibly the most shocking as well. I’ve often said that there is no status quo in SAVAGE DRAGON and that nothing and nobody is safe. For readers weened on superhero comics from other publishers this may seem like a foreign concept but SAVAGE DRAGON readers have experienced that for years. Those readers who came onboard when Dragon returned to the police force are in for the surprise of their lives. If you think you have a good idea of what’s possible in a superhero book, think again. SAVAGE DRAGON #156 will make you a believer.”

SAVAGE DRAGON: BACK IN BLUE collects the series’ much publicized revamp featured in the Chicago Tribune, New York Times and Huffington Post, among others. Beginning with SAVAGE DRAGON’s return to the Chicago police force, his run in with President Obama and the return of his greatest nemesis, Overlord, the collection presents the best possible jumping on point for any fan eager to try out the series.

January also sees SAVAGE DRAGON #156, the second part of the current “Dragon War” story line, featuring the long-anticipated final showdown between Savage Dragon and an otherworldly counterpart intent on taking over his identity. With this issue, Larsen looks to push the boundaries of what people think of when of a typical superhero fight, presenting something on a much bigger scale than the previous eighteen years worth of issues has ever portrayed.

SAVAGE DRAGON #156 (NOV090333), a 32-page full color comic book for $3.50, will be in-stores January 6, 2010. Additionally, SAVAGE DRAGON: BACK IN BLUE (NOV090357), a 144-page full color trade paperback for $14.99, will be in-stores January 20, 2010.

Image Comics is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists.  Since that time, Image has gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. There are currently five partners in Image Comics (Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino), and Image is currently divided into four major houses (Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, and Image Central). Image comics and graphic novels cover nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable, offering science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor, and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. Visit

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