Review: Doc Savage #1

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Posted by inferiorego (25647 posts) - - Show Bio
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Pulp icon Doc Savage returns with his own series right out of the recent pages of First Wave. Many may not know who exactly Doc Savage is, but this could be the place to start, especially because this book has one thing that many books are lacking now-a-days, blimps.

The Good

 They don't call him "The Man of Bronze" because he has some sort of metallic like skin. Doc Savage is an incredibly smart and insanely rich man with no super-powers. He's like me or you, with a tan and a better haircut. I love how he interacts with the people he's saving. There's no ego, and he never shows any inkling that he feels he's better than them. He's a normal guy, trying to save the world... and he's got a blimp. Writer Paul Malmont makes this feel like a pulp book with updated art. There's a decent enough of exposition going on, but not enough to make you really take notice. There's a great cliffhanger ending that gets me pumped for the next issue.

The Bad

As much as I liked this book, there's a bit more bad than good. If you don't know who Doc Savage is, check out his ComicVine page and read up a little because this book doesn't offer much of an explanation of who he is or what he can do. This caters to mainly the Doc Savage fans out there. My major problem with the main story, because there is also a Justice, Inc back-up, is the eyes. They're anime-huge, and it's very distracting. I also wish the WHOLE issue could have been about Doc Savage because the back-up was something I did not like at all. I have no clue what Justice Inc is, and the art bored me. Doc Savage is an action-packed story, and the back-up was a bunch of people hanging out and talking. If Justice Inc wants to be a back-up, do it somewhere else. It's too hard to read after you just witnessed Doc Savage saving people and jumping out of a blimp.


The Verdict

  If you like Doc Savage, you'll love this book. If you've never heard of him, I say give this book a chance, but skip the Justice Inc in the back. The 20 pages of Doc Savage are great, action-packed, and it is a pretty quick read. The back-up story is just not anything that interesting at the moment. It's hard to grade a first issue of a series. It's the one that's going to draw people into the book, but I feel they may have dropped the ball on getting new people into Doc Savage. I'll make my final verdict on this book by issue #3.


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#1 Posted by Nova`Prime` (4172 posts) - - Show Bio

Good review and I feel the same way there are definitely not enough blimps in comics now a days. So just curious when did this come out, today? I didn't realize they were releasing separate titles outside of First Wave to go with those characters. I hope they do it for the Black hawks.

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#2 Posted by inferiorego (25647 posts) - - Show Bio
@Nova`Prime`: It came out today, Spirit comes out soon too
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#3 Posted by Benzo (642 posts) - - Show Bio

I can't wait to pick this and the spirit up!!! :D I love all the pulp fiction chararcters in the DC universe! (especially the spirit!)

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#4 Posted by Decept-O (8098 posts) - - Show Bio

Sheesh, only 20 pages of Doc Savage?   Hhhm...that's not a lot.  A weighty factor that will determine whether or not this comis is worth the scratch.  
Consider this:  Doc Savage has a blimp.  I am "weighing" whether or not to buy this comic.  Combine the two and you have yourself a Led Zeppelin in terms of sales.   *pun intended* 
It's going to sink although I don't want it to. 
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#5 Posted by NightFang3 (12307 posts) - - Show Bio

I really like Doc Savage and it's good to see old school heroes making a comeback! 

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#6 Posted by Kairan1979 (21865 posts) - - Show Bio

My major problem with that comic book is that I don't know a lot about Doc Savage (he is not well-known in our country, even The Shadow is more famous because of the 1994 movie). They could do some flashbacks so we knew what to expect from Savage's team.

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