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.
I noticed some of the same artistic flaws you mentioned, too. I didn't think Monk looked apish enough and the height irregularities in regard to Doc's size and Johnny, too. Lets hope that improves. All in all, I felt the artwork was good, tho. I think the premise of showing his life through modern times is an interesting one. Sounds like its been done before, tho which I had not realized. As to Doc's 5 aids, I'm hoping we see them in action through the first few issues at least. With legacy characters taking their turn as the 5 age and die to assist Doc in his adventures. You really are correct in they made the books far more interesting with their unique individuality. I am remaining optimistic.
Remember Marvel's old black and white magazine adventures with Doc? I thought they were really enjoyable and the best representation through the different efforts I've seen over the years to bring Savage to this medium. They had their own flaws, too, tho.
Thanks for responding, Ed. Nice to see some activity on this board!