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First Wave #6 Comic Book

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Characters

Listed in alphabetical order.


Anton Colossi, Avenger, Batman, Blackhawks, Doc Savage, Ferrios, Ham Brooks, John Sunlight, Johnny Littlejohn, Long Tom Roberts, Monk Mayfair, Renny Renwick, Rima the Jungle Girl, Spirit.

Title:

First Wave: Conclusion

Date of Publication
March 2011
Cover Price
$3.99

Our Rating:
3 stars

Credits:

Brian Azzarello
Writer
Rags Morales
Penciler
Rags Morales
Inker
Nei Ruffino
Colorist
J. G. Jones
Cover Penciler
J. G. Jones
Cover Inker
J. G. Jones
Cover Colorist

Comic Book Synopsis / Plot

Written by Peter Silvestro

In the room holding his father’s coffin, Doc Savage battles the giant robot Ferrios...Renny, rescued by the Blackhawks, examines the disc stolen from Anton Colossi and discovers that it contains the program for a tsunami generator…The Spirit, Rima, Cheng, and Johnny Littlejohn are imprisoned in a pit on Neolantis facing a giant lizard. Cheng pushes the immobilized Spirit and Rima to safety while he and Johnny deal with the monster. Johnny uses the bamboo spike that secured the Blackhawk’s arms to put out the creature’s eye and the two use the frames holding the other two as a makeshift ladder to escape the pit, leading the enraged lizard after them….

Watching over a monitor, John Sunlight taunts the Man of Bronze as he fights a desperate battle against the mechanical man. But Doc reveals a deduction he has made: that the technology does not exist to construct such an advanced robot, and he unmasks Ferrios as a human wired into a high-tech battle suit. Doc delivers a series of blows to his enemy’s unprotected face, ending that threat. Doc examines a glow from his father’s body and learns from Sunlight that Colossi’s scientists had stumbled upon a bacterium that transforms blood into gold, and Sunlight used it to poison the elder Savage. The secret was one of the pieces of information on the disc Johnny stole…

In the control room at Neolantis, Cheng easily overpowers Colossi’s guards and radios his compatriots that a tsunami is heading toward Blackhawk Island; they inform him that the program was reversed and is now directed at Neolantis itself. An enraged Colossi springs at Johnny to take his revenge but is halted by Doc Savage who needs Johnny to decipher the program and stop the wave. They are suddenly attacked by the giant lizard and Doc holds it back by forcing its jaws open with his muscles. The Spirit and Rima come to his aid, since they are all in it together, while Johnny tosses a grenade down the monster’s gullet. Anton Colossi, meanwhile, has fled to the wheelhouse and orders the city to submerge. On his way back he encounters the Bat-Man and wounds him with a sword. Doc Savage sends the others into the escape vessel while he remains behind to direct a Blackhawk air strike to lessen the force of the tsunami. The totally insane Colossi enters the control room and opens fire on Doc but Bat-Man suddenly arrives to shoot him through the shoulder. Colossi’s horribly scarred mother appears and rebukes her son for the failure of his mad scheme; he explains that he merely wanted to end all war and he did it for her—and he orders the city to submerge. Doc Savage, clutching the wounded Bat-Man, leaps overboard and seizes hold of the escape capsule and is pulled to the surface in its wake.

Back in Hidalgo, John Sunlight accepts the failure of the venture philosophically and casually releases his prisoners, Doc’s aides and the Avenger.

Later, a search of the sea reveals no sign of Neolantis. Bat-Man and The Spirit believe their mission to have been a failure but Doc Savage disagrees. Doc reminds them that they saved Hidalgo from the wave and informs him of what his father used to tell him: "The best work you can do it to inspire someone else to be like you; be the best you can be by making those around you better."

 

Comments


Peter Silvestro (March 9, 2011)
Comments: Issue includes a five-page preview of GREEN LANTERN #63.

Peter Silvestro (March 9, 2011)
Review of this issue: The epic miniseries wraps up with a bang, becoming another “mad idealist” tale in the end (see Doc’s pulp adventures HAUNTED OCEAN and HE COULD STOP THE WORLD for original examples). This final issue is a beautiful showcase for Doc Savage; he defeats a pseudo-robot with deductive logic, holds off a giant lizard, rescues Bat-Man (!), and puts everything in perspective at the end. And why not? The chief problem with the tale is that, after drawing the various characters and plot threads together over five issues, the climax is pure Doc Savage. Doc is by far the dominant hero in the tale, with Wu Cheng of the Blackhawks running second. Bat-Man plays a part but it’s mostly an embarrassing one (he loses a fight to the crackpot villain and has to shoot him later). The Spirit, Rima, and the Avenger have very little to do. This is very odd considering that it started out as a “team book” (of sorts) but as a Doc Savage fan I’m not complaining. I wonder if they can get this writer to do something for the regular Doc comic? Hey wait a minute—they already did: Brian Azzarello plotted the horrendous Middle East terrorism story running from issues #6-12; what happened?

Peter Silvestro (March 9, 2011)
Review of the complete series: Designed to introduce a new DC universe wherein pulp adventurers, not superheroes, save the day, this miniseries has been plagued by a slow start and a drawn-out release schedule. It was originally planned as a monthly but ended up taking almost a year to complete. A deeper problem was in the pacing: the story slowly introduced the characters and plot threads, drawing them together into a coherent conspiracy plot—but then had to wrap it all up in a climax that seems largely improvised. As a result, there are a lot of unanswered questions: What was the point of the fuss over Doc’s reaction to his father’s death in issue #1? Why did they go through the charade of pretending Doc’s father was still alive? What was the significance of that scene with Dr. Richter and Dr. Gaul in issue #2 when they were never seen again? What happened to John Sunlight’s mysterious experiments from issue #5? What this thing with turning blood into gold all of a sudden? When did this become primarily a Doc Savage story with the others as guest stars? Why did they bother putting The Spirit or the Avenger in it? If the variant Batman was such a big selling point why wasn’t he given anything interesting to do? The plot could have used a bit of tightening (or more planning). But this is all nitpicking over the plotting. On the positive side, Azzarello did a great job of capturing the classic heroes in all their glory (despite making Commissioner Dolan a bad guy). Rags Morales art was the best part of the project: he was able to capture the characters nicely, even adopting a slightly cartoonier style for The Spirit to suggest Will Eisner. Overall, this miniseries has been an excellent intro to the new universe DC has created for pulp adventurers. Unfortunately, sales have been disappointing so don’t expect a Second Wave.

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