Dragon\'s Claws is a superhero comic book, published by Marvel Comics. Set in the year 8162, it follows the adventures of Dragon\'s Claws, a team of elite law enforcers. Dragon\'s Claws first appeared in Dragon\'s Claws #1 (June 1988), and were created by Simon Furman and Geoff Senior.
Prior to their career as law enforcers, the Claws had been \"the greatest Game players in the world\" - the Game was a violent team sport, immensely popular and funded by the governing World Development Council, who had used it to distract the population and reduce civil unrest. Many of the villains appearing in the series also have their roots in the Game.
The regular series began in June 1988, intended as the flagship title for a line of American-format, monthly comics from Marvel UK. It was written by Simon Furman, and drawn by Geoff Senior. Original marketing for the comic in other Marvel UK comics called the team and comic Dragon\'s Teeth. Shots of the cover to the first issue reflected this.
It took place in 8162, and followed a team of former game players, the Claws, led by Dragon. The exact nature of the game is only hinted at, but it basically involves team members trying to get to a certain part of various ruined cityscapes, with the opposing team members trying absolutely anything to stop them. It was used as an opiate for the masses, to ease unrest about global concerns as the Earth moves closer to the sun.
At the start of the series, the game has been banned for the levels of violence involved, but Dragon, one of the most successful players, is having trouble adapting to civilian life with his wife, Tanya, who he lives with on a farm. He is contacted by Deller, an agent of N.U.R.S.E [National Union of Retired Sports Experts], who offers him, and his old team, the Claws, a role as government enforcers. Dragon initially declines, but when the farm is attacked by another former team, The Wildcats, he changes his mind.
Reunited with the other Claws - Mercy (an ex-vigilante), Steel (a samurai honour-bound to Dragon since the later saved his life in the Tokyo Riots of 8156), Digit (who had a computerised brain) and Scavenger (to quote, \"No-one quite knows who or what Scavenger really is...\"), and they are given a brief to stop the many former game teams who are causing trouble.