First Wave #1

First Wave #1

Writer: Brian Azzarello Artist: Rags Morales Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 3, 2010 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7
7.9Critic Rating
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DC's shocking new pulp universe is finally unveiled! In the shadows of the War, the roots of the Golden Tree cabal grew deep into the heart of a fallen world and the leaders at the heart of this secret organization see no place in their utopia for heroism. Doc Savage, struggling with the loss of his father, has been blind to their advance until now. Central City's mysterious Spirit has caught wind of their plans as well. But whose side have the Blackhawks chosen? What is the Red Right Hand? And where is the Batman? Eisner Award winner Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS, JOKER) and superstar Rags Morales (IDENTITY CRISIS) craft a DC universe like you've never seen before! It's a world with no supermen, only mortal men Death can come at any moment, and adventure can still be found at every corner of the map! Will Doc Savage be the first to lead the coming world or the last to be crushed under its heel?

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Mar 4, 2010

    As a fan of the pulp style and of how seamlessly Azzarello can work his magic with it, I had very high expectations of this comic. I was not disappointed. While I would like to see more of a focus on the plot, this is an excellent "hitthegroundrunning" approach to developing a new universe as Azarello gives the reader just enough plot to be intrigued while putting a big push behind the characters and concepts of the new world. Rags Morales and Nei Ruffino make a formidable art team here that compliments the story incredibly well. This is definitely a great start and I can't wait to see where the creative team goes with this momentum. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Mar 7, 2010

    Hopefully it'll pick up speed in the issues ahead. It's a decent start, and I love the characters involved (especially the surprise appearance at the end), so I'll be anxiously following along. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Tyler Parker Mar 3, 2010

    The book is expertly constructed and paced, but it only has a chance to tease the story and certain characters before wrapping up with a cliffhanger. If there's one flaw to the book, it's that it isn't able to deliver more in the first issue. It almost feels unfair to give it a rating on the first issue alone, as the sum of the parts will probably end up creating a much more impactful experience. It really gives rise to the great debate about reading comics in trade form versus reading monthly, on an issue-to-issue basis. I have a feeling this story will come together to create a better read in trade form, but if you're searching for something new to add your pull list, look no further – First Wave is quality story-telling and a fine addition to DC's roster. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Mar 5, 2010

    After my tepid reaction to the Batman/Doc Savage Special, I was still interested in seeing what would happen in this first issue, but I wasn't getting my hopes up too high. I'm glad I didn't because First Wave #1 surpassed all of my expectations, and has now set the bar for all future comic stories that I read at a high level. Call it the rush of reading my favorite heroes from yesteryear, the joy of getting comics on time, or the buzz from the single malt sitting next to me, but I really enjoyed the hell out of this issue. If you like a good mystery, mixed with characters that influenced everything you're reading now, then First Wave #1 is a great start. This issue deserves everyone of the 4.5 Stars I'm giving it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Mar 11, 2010

    First Wave #1 was a good debut issue to this min-series. I would recommend this issue to any fans of the old pulp comic stories of the 1930s. I would also recommend First Wave #1 to readers who like complex and dense readers that require some effort on the readers part to try and put the various pieces of the story together. First Wave #1 certainly presents to the reader a much different type of story than the average super hero comic book that is currently being published brings to the table. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Bin - Koppy McFad Mar 28, 2010

    This book and the miniseries itself are ambitious and experimental and they have a look that will be appreciated by people who are tired of the big events that dominate both DC and Marvel comics these days. Those who will nit-pick over every inconsistency will find a lot to pick about, especially since the Spirit and Doc Savage aren't quite the same characters in this book as in their previous appearances in other comics. But if you don't let yourself get hung up on these details, it should be quite entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Mar 3, 2010

    "First Wave" #1 is a good starting place, but is too scattered to be effective. Given the number of characters and plot threads that Azzarello is looking to introduce, this issue reads like the beginning of a big event book somewhat. The plots that are here look promising, but this issue doesn't offer much more than a taste. Read Full Review

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