This is a book that is usually a fun read with a very traditional classic superhero ethos to it, but since Dragon jr became its focal point it has really suffered, he just isn't a strong enough character to hold center-stage as he is here.
Erik Larsen has been using junior in steering the book towards focusing on contemporary teen culture and their issues, and in a sense it is commendable that he tries to keep the Savage Dragon book fresh with these shifts in tone and direction, but the reality is the end result has not been all that gripping.
Savage Dragon needs to get back to basics and be about its actual star and his his role as family man and protector of the city he lives in...
I think its heading that way, Malcom (Dragon Jr.). Just graduated high school, very much in love with his girlfriend Maxine as they have moved in together, they are talking marriage, and she is pregnant. Plus, he intends to follow in his father's footsteps and join the police academy.
I like how Larsen tackled these contemporary issues with teens/young adults and how he wrapped it up. And he continues to do so as the couple start forging their lives together. I'm sure other issues will pop up that younger (and older) readers can relate to. I do miss the original Dragon and get what you are saying but its very enjoyable how he moves the Dragon saga forward in real time. Plus, the book is still a very fun superhero comic with action galore and enough real drama to keep it grounded.