DOC SAVAGE #1 Review

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Can this property contend with an already full pull-list?  Read on to find out.

The official description from Dynamite:

In 1933, readers were first introduced to Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze. Raised from the cradle to be the pinnacle of mental and physical perfection, Doc Savage travels the world using science and sinews to right wrongs, aid the oppressed, and liberate the innocent. With his team of able associates at their headquarters high atop the tallest building in the world, Doc Savage is tireless in his pursuit of knowledge and justice. Writer Chris Roberson brings Doc Savage from 1933 through to today. And with “Easter eggs” along the way that will help pave the future of Doc, in a story only Chris (Roberson) could tell.

Doc Savage 1_CWhat we have in a corny adventure that pays homage to the type of highbrow storytelling that seems almost absent today.  This is not an overly serious launch as it acts wholly different from the norm, and that is its greatest strength.

Chris Roberson pens the yarn and he does a solid job bringing this property to life.  I’ll be frank my experience with the original material is limited to say the least, but from what I can tell from this release is that the author is striving to capture the essence of the property with little alteration.  It may at first be a bit too hammy for the average consumer but I have a felling if handled right this could be one comic book worth looking forward to in 2014.  In short it’s a bit silly but nonetheless engaging.

The art by Bilquis Evely is the strongest factor moving in this title’s favor but there were inescapably off moments.  The design sense embodied a simplified but detailed approach that left much to be desired, especially as our group of heroes donned their new gear.  For the most part though this illustrator did what he needed to do in order to sell the authenticity without betraying the text to the mercy of modern sensibilities.

Doc Savage #1 has some issues but entertains enough to earn a light recommendation.



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