Batman / Doc Savage Special #1
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Batman / Doc Savage Special #1

Writer: Brian Azzarello Artist: Phil Noto Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 11, 2009 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 9
7.2Critic Rating
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Doc Savage returns to DC Comicsand comes face-to-fist with the Batman! Superstar scribe Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS, JOKER) and the breathtaking art of Phil Noto combine to shine the first light on a shadowy new version of the DC Universe, where the thugs run rampant, corruption runs deep, and even heroes can't be trusted! Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze, hates what he's heard about the connections between a grisly murder and Gotham City's violent new vigilante. But the Batman can't abide do-gooders getting in his wayand his .45 just won't stay in its holster! Be here for this vital prologue to an upcoming 6-issue miniseries by Azzarello and R more

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Nov 12, 2009

    This one is going to be a hard sell due to the $4.99 price tag, but the creative team does their best to make it worth the high price. Azarello's work is very strong as he introduces readers to this new universe and his new take on the classic characters. Unfortunately, the unevenness of Phil Noto's artwork does hold the issue back at times, despite the fact that there are a handful of simply jawdroppingly awesome panels in the issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    IGN - Dan Phillips Nov 11, 2009

    The plot develops at a slow boil, with Batman crossing paths with Savage multiple times in the course of his investigation of the murder of a corrupt Gotham socialite. Azzarello's razor sharp dialogue propels the story forward even as the plot leans back, and as always it's a pleasure to take in the rhythm and style of his writing. On art, Phil Noto captures the world and atmosphere of the story well, even if his images sometimes lack the definition and depth you'd expect from a typical interior artist. By the time the issue was through, I was fully immersed in this reality despite the fact that Azzarello never went through great pains to introduce it outside the core world-views of his two heroes. I'm now ready to jump into the First Wave. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Joe Lopez Nov 15, 2009

    Azzarello and Noto serve up a fine introduction to DC's pulp-tinged new universe. Lush visuals supported by a strong script that persuasively sells the character of Doc Savage as a worthy headliner make this an enjoyable read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Nov 12, 2009

    Storywise, Batman/Doc Savage Special #1is interesting in that it flows and features two iconic heroes meeting up, but stumbles in the execution. I was disappointed that the only member of Doc's Fabulous Five that appeared in the issue was Renny, but it is understandable given the "timeline" of events. In the art department, Noto's work continues to blow me out of the water, and I can't wait to see if he's allowed to tackle Doc's cousin Pat. While everything we know about Doc Savage and the first month of Batman's war on crime should put the story in the 1930s and early 40s, the continued time slips bother me. After reading this issue, I'm a little concerned about what DC has in store for Doc and the rest of the First Wave heroes, as I don't want to see a repeat of the 1987 series. DC has a great concept going on here, it's great to see Doc Savage and a really young (and alive) Bruce Wayne kicking around the pages of comic books again. With all the positive moments in the issue, the pro Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 14, 2009

    Of course, this is just the beginning of the First Wave series, and the sketches in the back of the book hold a lot of promise for future stories. Hopefully things will get bigger and bolder from here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic Nov 16, 2009

    Regardless, Batman/Doc Savage Special is a fine introduction to a world full of promise that hopefully won't be squandered when the main event unfolds in four months. Fingers crossed. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Mania - Chris Smits Nov 17, 2009

    It's not perfect, and at $4.99 I wouldn't consider it a "must-read" by any means, but it's a fun book. Phil Noto's style works great with this and it gives the book a classic feel as if from decades past while still having the polish of a modern title. This is a book that a lot of readers will really want to love but, to certain extent, that may cloud judgement as to how much they actually did enjoy it. The jury is out as to whether this will stand the test of time but, as of now, it reads pretty good. I'm giving this a B- and am very interested to see more Doc Savage from DC in any form! Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Bin - Koppy McFad Nov 29, 2009

    This isn't really a comic book. It is more of a teaser for the coming FIRST WAVE series so those expecting a massive battle of the titans will be disappointed. The notes and drawings at the end however look very intriguing, possibly an indication of FIRST WAVE's potential. Just the same, many of those who picked up this book will be left feeling a bit let down. This book should have given us more than the brief squabble between the Dark Knight and the Man of Bronze. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Nov 11, 2009

    Included after the story are sketches by Rags Morales for "First Wave" with descriptions by Azzarello and, honestly, these do more to entice than the comic itself. It's hard to judge how "First Wave" will read with the full, larger cast, but if this special is any indication, expect mediocrity. Read Full Review

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