Issue by Issue – Doc Savage #2 (2010, DC)

doc_savage_2Writer – Paul Malmont, Jason Starr
Artist – Howard Porter, Scott Hampton
Inker – Art Thibert, Scott Hampton
Colours – Hi-Fi Design, Daniel Vozzo
Letters – Rob Leigh, Sal Cipriano

Doc Savage is still reeling over the attacks from last issue upon his holdings and those he cares for.  Gathering up his associates they make their way to see if his sister Pat is okay, which she is for the moment.  But whoever is after them has sent a force of men against the team and they must fight for their lives.  This was a decent issue by author Paul Malmont and Howard Porter, full of action and drama and one that also introduces his sister to the title.  One of the problems that is apparent first off is the failure to introduce any of the members of the team and it is a little confusing trying to figure out who is who unless you are a Doc Savage aficionado.  The book was much more exciting than the previous issue but it is still lacking a little something to really make it compelling.  The second half of the book continues the Justice Inc. tale starring the Avenger and it is just as strong as the first issue.  Jason Starr writes a strong, moody and suspenseful script, full of pulp and noir goodness as the Avenger searches for his missing team member.  Scott Hampton’s art is all bright colours and shadows which make for an interesting contrast, but fits this story like a glove.  So far, that is two for two with the Justice Inc. feature ending up being better than the lead Doc Savage story.  Hopefully Doc Savage picks up a little steam and gets a bit more interesting.

3.5 out of 5

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