Erik Larsen wrote:
The writing was tweaked to work. I'm curious how many people noticed and if those two issues stuck out in any way.
I noticed right off because I bought Savage Dragon archives.
But yeah, they do stick out. Your storytelling and composition for those issues "feels" pretty different than your current work at the time. There were poses and other little things I noticed that didn't feel in sync with what your sensibilities were as an artist... I look at your really old stuff like that issue of Thor you did with Stan Lee and your DNAgents and it seems like a different guy.
Just as noticeable were the sudden use of captions... they were jam-packed with exposition and recaps, something you really never did much in the book at that point, much less to this degree. The dialogue also read pretty poorly compared to your modern stuff as well.
One of the things you do pretty well is dialogue and witty banter; a lot of it feels natural and pretty damn funny at times. Dragon's banter with villains, especially Simon Kane, was really corny... a lot of it just felt off the mark. If anything, the issues were a showcase of how much your writing has improved.
I really enjoyed them, but mostly just to compare them side-by-side with the originals. They're not the issues I'd hand someone to try to get them into the book.