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Subj: Who's Reading Dynamite's new Doc Savage?
Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 07:31:14 am EDT (Viewed 175 times)

I shall have to sit down and reread the three issues so far but on first impressions Chris Roberson's interpretation of The Man of Bronze stays a fair bit more faithful to the source material than many other recent series with the character. Too faithful if honest.
The latest issue points to the big problem with trying to be loyal to the original pulp hero, with the creation of an immortality formula a man of Clark Savage's incredible intellect surely must have seen the obvious moral implications, but as with his surgery for criminals the way the ethical implications are invisible to him does not sit well in todays world. The unintended consequence of Roberson's faithful adherence to tradition is to show a character who is, frankly, terrifying in his single mindedness and inability to recognise shades of gray in the world... everything to Savage is defined in pure black or White. 

What is intended as action adventure series actually makes for genuine and understated horror. Is Roberson's Doc Savage the most disturbing character in modern comics...?

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