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First Wave #2 Comic Book

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Characters

Listed in alphabetical order.


Anton Colossi, Avenger, Batman, Blackhawks, Doc Savage, Ebony, Ham Brooks, Johnny Littlejohn, Monk Mayfair, Spirit.

Pinups

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Doc Savage crushes through the window pinup
Doc Savage crushes through the window

Title:

First Wave: Book Two

Date of Publication
May 2010
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

Comic Book Synopsis / Plot

Written by Peter Silvestro

Doc Savage’s aides Monk and Ham, approach Richard Bensonthe Avenger—to hire him for a job that Doc and his men can’t do themselves—a job that requires Benson’s skill with disguise….

The Spirit fills in his sidekick Ebony on his midnight meeting with the Blackhawks (last issue) and thanks her for her timely rescue of him. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks arrive at a nearby bar and begin asking about The Spirit. When the clientele is adamant in their refusal to cooperate, all hell breaks loose and the Blackhawks end up with the info they are looking for….

In Hidalgo, Johnny Littlejohn awakens in the home of the Reeses, who are nursing him back to health after his encounter with the mechanical man who put out his eye. Johnny is concerned about "the disc;" the Reeses do not find it. The reason? It is in possession of Johnny’s rescuer, the mysterious Rima…..

Elsewhere, scientists Dr Richter and Dr Gaul are trying to repair the damage created by Johnny when he stole the info and altered the access codes. They bond over past experiences and the plans for a huge domed city to be called Neolantis….

The villainous Anton Colossi informs his invalid mother that the traitor Littlejohn has been found. The disappointed older woman berates him for wasting his father’s money on absurd schemes, though John Sunlight assures her it was not Anton’s fault….

The Spirit receives a visit from a well-dressed woman—who turns out to be Jenny of the Blackhawks—and the mercenary team captures him and Ebony. They interrogate him as to the whereabouts of the cargo The Spirit stole from their truck (again, last issue). When a TV news report mentions that Clark Savage Sr, reported dead last month, has just arrived in Gotham City, The Spirit informs the Blackhawks (who apparently didn’t know what was in the truck) that Savage Sr.’s body was the mystery cargo. As the mercenaries plot to execute the masked crimefighter, Doc Savage (called by Ebony earlier, at The Spirit’s request) bursts in through the window and cleans house, halted only by a team member holding Ebony at his mercy….

In Hidalgo, natives in the service of Anton Colossi recapture Johnny and Rima can only look on helplessly….

In Gotham, a mugging is interrupted by the arrival of the Bat-Man. The panicked victim runs across the street and is transfixed in the headlights of a limousine carrying Clark Savage, Sr….

 

Comments


Peter Silvestro (May 22, 2010)
First appearance of the Bat-Man, the Avenger (Richard Benson), and Ebony in the series. The publishing delay saw this issue released the same month as DOC SAVAGE #2 and THE SPIRIT #2, even though it carries ads for the first issues of those titles.

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Reviews

By Peter Silvestro
This issue’s release was delayed about six weeks due to unforeseen problems (at least I hope DC didn’t foresee them); so, was it worth the wait? Answer: I don’t know yet. We’re still being introduced to the cast of characters so the plot hasn’t advanced to the point where we yet have a clue as to what is going on. A domed city? Hidalgo’s gold? Doc’s father resurrected? These don’t yet add up. The most notable event in this issue is not one you would think of: first appearance of Bat-Man? Nope. He’s barely in it and we already saw him in the BATMAN/DOC SAVAGE prelude. The Avenger? Nope, he was in DOC SAVAGE #1. The new Blackhawks in action after their teaser intro last ish? Nah, they’re just another team of tough heroes and not all that distinctive yet. What I’m talking about is the new, revised Ebony White. See, the old Ebony was always The Spirit’s biggest albatross: though Will Eisner always sought to make him a well-rounded, intelligent sidekick to the hero, comic book conventions of the time dictated he look and sound like a racist stereotype. No matter how positively the character was portrayed, his looks worked against him, so he has been omitted from every adaptation of The Spirit since the 1960s. It is to the credit of the current creators that they found a way to bring back this marvelous character—by reinventing her as a young attractive black woman. It is even more to their credit that they avoided portraying her as a sassy ghetto hipster, turning her into a more modern black stereotype. So here’s hoping we see more of Ebony and they can pull the various threads of the plot together to give us an idea of what this story is about.

Score: 3 (out of 5)