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.Â
What is intended as action adventure series actually makes forÂ genuine and understated horror. Is Roberson's Doc Savage the most disturbing character in modern comics...?
Its been an interesting character study of Doc through the decades and I'm looking forward to where things are heading. But, it seems to be missing something for me to really enjoy the series. Probably the lack of time devoted to his Amazing five as they've been relegated to periphery characters. Doc and his aids have always read so much better in the books as opposed to the comics for me. There never seems enough time for all the supporting cast and the plot and the villains in the shorter format of comics as opposed to the novels. No idea why it does not translate as well as other team books so well established like the Fantastic Four or the Avengers. My favorite translation of Doc has always been the black and white magazines Marvel published back in the 70's.