The Brawl for it all: Savage Dragon vs. Wanted

Here’s one for those fans who are tired of talking head crossovers where it takes half a dozen issues or more for anything to happen. Creator Erik Larsen takes the bull by the horns with the superhero crossover no one saw coming: Savage Dragon vs. Mark Millar’s WANTED and delivers an action-packed epic that fits neatly into the pages of SAVAGE DRAGON #128!

SAVAGE DRAGON started off as a cutting edge superhero book for older readers that focused on over-the-top action, dark humor and planet-shattering adventures. It blazed the path for books like THE AUTHORITY, THE ULTIMATES and WANTED, and with this crossover, the book returns to its roots.

A six-issue miniseries published by Image/Top Cow, Millar had previously stated the cast of WANTED were never to appear again, but the moment Larsen proposed the crossover, he had to make one exception.

“JG and I always made it quite clear that WANTED was going to be six issues long and self-contained,” explains Millar. “It sold a lot of books, the highest-selling creator-owned book since the ’90s, I believe, but we stuck to our guns and turned down all offers of a sequel because we liked it just the way it was. That said, only a wee daftie would turn down a chance to see their characters in SAVAGE DRAGON. Dragon is one of our favourite creator-owned books of all time and Erik is one of our favourite writer-artists. This is a One Night Only special and our babies are in good hands. If you don’t buy this, you’re a monkey.”

“I had a story that had been building over the years where a member of Dragon’s supporting cast took over the world, and I was looking around for something out of left field to throw into the mix and after reading WANTED, it just seemed to click in my head what a perfect combination these two concepts would be,” said SAVAGE DRAGON creator, Erik Larsen. “Mark Millar has been an enthusiastic supporter of SAVAGE DRAGON for years and when I brought up the idea to him, he was more than happy to loan me his characters to play with. The combination is pure gold!”

Continued Larsen, “The nice thing about doing creator-owned books is that you can literally do whatever you want without fear of someone getting in the way or telling you what you can or can’t do. When I say that a world will shatter, characters will die and Savage Dragon’s world will never be the same, you’d better believe I mean it.

“In this case, Mark and JG Jones have been kind enough to let me work in Wesley Gibbons and The Fraternity directly from the midst of the original WANTED miniseries. It fits in beautifully and sheds new light on events only touched on in the original WANTED miniseries.”

A smackdown brawl that will excite loyal fans and new readers alike, SAVAGE DRAGON #128 is wall-to-wall story with a low cover price of $2.99! It will not only feature a variant cover painted by WANTED co-creator JG Jones, but the cover by creator Erik Larsen will be done in watercolors – a first for Larsen – as well.

“I’m thrilled to have the Wanted characters appear in the pages of SAVAGE DRAGON.” WANTED co-creator, JG Jones added, “I’ve been a fan of the Big Green Guy for years, so this definitely sets off my inner fanboy. SAVAGE DRAGON is absolutely the best monthly monster fight in comics. Hands down.”

SAVAGE DRAGON #128 (MAY061745) will be in stores July 2006 and is available for order in the May issue of Diamond’s PREVIEWS. Mark Miller and J.G. Jones’ WANTED miniseries is collected in a trade paperback (FEB058403) and is available now.

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