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"Batman/Doc Savage Special" Comic Book

End of publication: 1/1/2010

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Doc Savage comes to Gotham City; his mission: to track down the masked vigilante known as--the Batman! One-shot prelude to the FIRST WAVE miniseries serves to introduce the alternate DC universe in which pulp adventurers, not superheroes, reign.

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Batman/Doc Savage Special #1


"Bronze Night"

Date of Publication:
January 2010

Brian Azzarello (Writer), Phil Noto (Penciler), Phil Noto (Inker), Phil Noto (Colorist), J. G. Jones (Cover Penciler)

4 stars

“The world is full of it…wonder.” Those are the words mysterious vigilante known as the Batman hears from dying porn producer Dan Dowd on a late night visit to a nightclub. Discovered by a waitress, Batman engages in gunplay with Dowd’s henchmen and leaps out the window, swooping away on a rope and grapple. In New York, Doc Savage postpones a visit to the cemetery with his aides to head to Gotham City. Young millionaire Bruce Wayne reads about Savage’s impending visit to investigate the Batman over his breakfast table. Later, as TV journalist Vicki Vale reports the arrival of Doc Savage at a gala in his honor, at a bar, Police Captain Raleigh expresses disgust with an outsider interfering in police business, while his subordinate Jim Gordon lends his support to Savage and guarded approval for the Batman. At the party, Doc Savage tries to reassure the assembled big shots of his mission, when a drunken Bruce Wayne mocks Savage’s mission and takes a poke at him, which Doc parries effortlessly. Having sized up his opponent, Batman invades Doc’s room to go through his papers, suspecting a secret link between Doc and the villain. He is surprised by Doc’s aide Renny then a few minutes later by Doc returning with Vicki Vale for an interview. Batman seizes Vicki as a hostage to distract Doc then leaps out the window—and to his horror a plunging Doc Savage seizes him. Batman swings them through a window where Doc immobilizes his gun hands. Batman kicks Doc in the face and drops through the window, speeding away on his cycle. The next evening, after a visit to the morgue, Doc Savage announces on television that Batman is innocent of this crime: the bullet that killed Dowd was of a different caliber than that used by Batman. He is careful to note that this only absolves him of guilt for this crime: “good men don’t wear masks.” That night the two heroes meet and Doc proposes they work together but Batman dismisses the idea, claiming that Savage doesn’t understand the depth of Gotham’s corruption. Doc explains that his late father raised him to be a hero who saved the world; Batman brushes aside a question about his father and reveals that Doc’s Hidalgo Trading Company was listed in a ledger in Dowd’s office as a contributor to the mysterious Golden Tree (as was Wayne Industries, but Batman doesn’t mention that). While they are talking Doc gets a call that Dowd’s murderer has been found dead. Batman swings off saying, “Leave Gotham to me…you save the world.”

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