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Size: pages
Price: 4.99

Reading this issue was like taste testing Mackinac Island fudge. To those that have never been to Mackinac Island, allow me to explain. It is famous around the world for its trademark fudge. There are a several family owned and operated fudge shops on the quaint little island, and their product is out of this world amazing. To decide whether or not you want to purchase a particular flavor by the pound, the shop will let you have a free sample. The sample in and of itself is not satisfying, but once you find that right flavor, you become satisfied with the idea of taking several pounds home. In this analogy, Batman/Doc Savage Special #1 is the sample, First Wave is the pounds of fudge you will buy, and free is $4.99. While this issue doesn’t accomplish anything wholly satisfying, it establishes a world which promises to be just as enjoyable as a pound of Mackinac Island fudge.

Brian Azzarello follows a fairly standard team-up formula. Batman is weary of Doc Savage, and Doc Savage is weary of Batman. They cautiously examine each other and you probably know the rest. What it focuses on instead is character examination. How is this Batman different from the DCU Batman. What’s so different between Doc Savage and Batman anyways? Azzarello really has a lot of fun showing hints of what will make First Wave an engaging read, but not giving everything away right off the bat.

Phil Noto’s art is stunning. I believe he colors himself in this issue, and the colors are equal parts vibrant and scummy. The colors make his figures pop, but they also show the grimier parts of this pulp universe. His liines are stunning and very dynamic, if a little inconsistent. His style seems to fluctuate slightly from page to page, but otherwise is quite good.

Is it worth $4.99? I think so. It stand on its own well enough, but you won’t feel fully satisfied until First Wave starts. I’m really excited, and I hope you are too.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 5 - Excellent

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