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Ed Love

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GODZILLA by Swierzynski and Gane AND Mowry and Frank IDW
I've been enjoying both titles from IDW. Mindless fun....YES The kid in me has a lot of love for Big G and IDW does it with some really fine storytelling style!

LEGENDARY STEAMPUNK ADVENTURE by Bill Willingham & Sergio Davila(?sp) DYNAMITE
The first issue was exceptional starring Vampirella, Red Sonja, Green Hornet and there will be more guest stars galore. Bringing some literary and tv heroes together in one wild adventure. Team up books with characters one would never expect to work together is always fun (League of Extraordinary Gentleman style) and this series looks excellent.

DOC SAVAGE by ChrisRoberson and Bilquis Evely DYNAMITE
Long time fan of Doc here and after being disappointed by many attempts from other companies I think this creative team has promise after just the first issue. Look forward to the second of 8 that will show Doc and his team in action through subsequent decades.

I've also been enjoying a resurgence in the Crow over at IDW and do follow the HC trades of the Walking Dead by Image. Resident Alien by Hogun and Parkerhouse thru Dark Horse is very good, too. All as time and money permits. There's a ton of great indie work being produced these days and do wish I had more time and money to invest in more and am always interested in the opinion's of other fans on what might be worth checking out.

From the interviews, I fear the first issue of Doc Savage is going to be the exception instead of the rule and at that I merely found it to be ok. The future issues are to bring him into the present day and from the looks of it with new aides. This is what torpedoed the 80s Doc Savage by DC, it failed to realize that part of what makes Doc successful is his crew. Sideline them through age/death and replacing them with Mary Sue characters, you're going to lose a big part of the built in audience. And, they need to find an artist that can keep the characters on model. Most of the time, Doc was the same height as everyone around him, Monk was the same size or taller and the way to draw him as homely seemed to be to just make him look angry. The others were just generic looking.

This is not to say that there aren't changes that can be made. I think to transition from pulp to comic, and the change in audiences, there are changes that can be made. Such as an expanded and stable supporting cast. Each of Doc's aides are tops of their fields and professionals, more of their lives and people they interact with should be seen. Personal professional enemies in rivals in the court room, the universities, and in the field when on jobs. Regular police and government liasons, regular reporters that follow, or attempt to, to get the stories. Love lives. Families. Surely, not all stayed confirmed bachelors or were only children with dead parents who were only children. Lost loves or friends from the War or their University days. There's plenty of gaps and places that can be filled in without sacrificing the main characters or going off model with them.

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