The best comic-book team-up of the week: 'Batman/Doc Savage Special'

Batman-Doc-Savage-Special_lGet to the comic-book store today for Batman/Doc Savage Special #1, written by the top-notch Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets). What makes this hero pairing interesting is that it combines one of the best-known superheroes with one of the least-known ones — these days, that is.

Back in the 1930s and ’40s, Doc Savage was a superstar hero of pulp novels, over 180 of them, many written by Lester Dent, who always wrote with a headlong momentum. (Want to know how to write as prolifically as Dent? Read his “Secret Master Plot” advice. You’re welcome.)

By teaming Batman with Doc Savage, Azzarello and artist Phil Noto have created a kind of anti-superhero book. Which is to say, neither of these men possess super powers. They are highly skilled, trained, big-brained, big-muscled guys.

Batman/Doc Savage Special is a swift, clever murder mystery wrapped in an adventure tale.

Read it, and tell me what you think.

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  • Scott Parker

    I am one who recently discovered Doc Savage and I’m reading the books from the beginning. As a huge fan of Batman, this one-shot couldn’t come at a more perfect time. I’m buying this one today and will write about it on my blog soon: http://scottdparker.blogspot.com

  • Rob

    This is awesome, hope they do more of this with different characters.

  • Paull

    This should be amazing ! I have always been a fan of pulpy noir crime stories and this is where Batman belongs. Pairing him up with Doc Savage is inspired. I like the line-up of characters so far, but we need to get DC to acquire the license for The Phantom. That would take the noir world of “First Wave” over the top !

  • mikeman

    this was good but the book of the week was the latest “blackest night” tie in green lantern corps 42.

  • George Givens

    Brian Azzarello writing Doc Savage? Fantastic! It’ll be interesting to see where he’ll take Doc and his men. Perhaps a darker and more insightful look at how they’ve conducted “business” over the years.

  • theduck

    First off, get a copy and read this as soon as you can. It’s very well done, and Mr. Azzarello is very true to the spirit of Doc Savage.

    Second off, why is it necessary that everything be made “darker”? It’s certainly possible to take a “more insightful” look at how Doc and his aides worked, but the constant cry from some fans to make everything dark and gritty is not only tiresome, but cliched. Not everything needs to be, or should be, dark, and in the case of Batman, there are those characters who should be lightened up a bit.

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