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Grey Gargoyle

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Subj: Re: Erik Larsen
Posted: Fri May 31, 2019 at 12:20:15 pm EDT (Viewed 608 times)
Reply Subj: Erik Larsen
Posted: Fri May 31, 2019 at 05:13:26 am EDT (Viewed 609 times)



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      Larsen is my MVP. At first I thought he was one of the weaker artists, can't say I liked his stuff at Marvel all that much with its cartoony style. The Savage Dragon had won me over after the first miniseries and it kept getting better. It was obvious he cared first and foremost about making a good comic. It wasn't always good but he is currently at 240+ issues so he has stuck with it. I haven't followed regularly since about 150 but that's not because I stopped liking the book, I just didn't have as much time for comics anymore.



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    I totally agree with you about Erik Larsen.



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    Even in the business, he is known as one of the most dedicated comics creators there is.



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    He has remained faithful to his own drawing style since the very beginning and he is as much a comics aficionado as he is a professional, even after all these years.



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    Curiously enough, in the last decade, the issues of Savage Dragon have dealt a lot with sex and mediatisation. Erik Larsen seems to care a lot about it. It probably has to do with the current commercial success of the new celebrities whose fame comes from a sextape.



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    I am a bit lost with the current storyline because Maxine Dragon has been portrayed for quite a long time as a character with important issues of addiction (especially nymphomania) and, actually, this unending plot gets quite boring.



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    In the last issue, Malcom & Maxine even make a comment that seems to break the 4th wall about the storytelling focusing too much on sex lately ...



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    Still, it shows that Erik Larsen does whatever he wants with the characters that he created and, well, he remains a good comics writer & penciller in my opinion.

Another thing I couldn't get behind was shelving Dragon and bringing in Malcolm as the star of the book. I mean it's his comic, he can do what he wants. But I actually liked the original character and wasn't ready to see him go.

Larsen said early on that his goal was to make it to 300 issues like Dave Sim with Cerebus. But he said that if you were to read 300 issues of Spider-Man, for instance, it wouldn't really make sense as a story of one character's life because of changing writers, rewriting reality, etc. Yet on Dragon we have changing reality, rewritten history, lead character replaced with a legacy character. It doesn't really make any more sense than Spider-Man.


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