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review 2017-02-05 00:00
Doc Savage: The Forgotten Realm (The Wild Adventures of Doc Savage)
Doc Savage: The Forgotten Realm (The Wild Adventures of Doc Savage) - Kenneth Robeson A man speaking classical Latin and dressed in a toga is found in Roman ruins in Scotland, and promptly put away in a lunatic asylum.
Doc Savage and his crew investigate with the possibility the stranger may have come through time at the back of their minds.

Good pulp style novel, there's always something happening and lots of action.
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review 2015-05-25 17:44
GREAT INTRODUCTION TO THESE CHARACTERS
Justice, Inc. Volume 1 - Giovanni Timpano,Michael Uslan,Alex Ross

This one is a pulp fiction lovers fantasy, starring Doc Savage, The Shadow, and The Avenger. All classic heroes from that bygone era when pulp ruled the magazine stands across America.

For those unfamiliar with each of these guys, let us stop for a moment and take a closer look.

Doc Savage is Clark Savage, Jr., whose father used science to train him to have superhuman abilities, such as greater strength, longer endurance and a photographic memory. This tutoring has also resulted in him being gifted at numerous skills; Doc is an accomplished musician, a martial arts master, a speech mimicker, a master of disguise, a physician, a scientist, and an inventor. But at heart, this prodigy’s view of life can be summed up by his oath: “Let me strive every moment of my life to make myself better and better, to the best of my ability, that all may profit by it. Let me think of the right and lend all my assistance to those who need it, with no regard for anything but justice. Let me take what comes with a smile, without loss of courage. Let me be considerate of my country, of my fellow citizens and my associates in everything I say and do. Let me do right to all, and wrong no man.

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On the other hand, The Shadow is the mysterious vigilante persona of one Kent Allard, a famous World War I aviator. After the war, Allard decides to fake his own death, then return to New York City to fight underworld criminals by their own means: intimidation and brutality. Thereafter, he uses numerous fake identities, but his most useful is that of Lamont Cranston, a “wealthy man about town” who tends to travel the world. While Cranston is away, The Shadow impersonates him, living Lamont Cranston’s life and using his resources to wage an endless war against those who would do innocent people harm.

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The last member of our trio is Richard Henry Benson. This globe-trotting adventurer has spent his life traveling the world, accumulating millions before returning home to America to settle down and have a family. As this comic collection begins, Richard Benson has not yet assumed the mantel of the Avenger.

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Naturally, it takes a huge crisis to get these guys together. Such an event happens in the present day, where an older Doc Savage cannot keep his greatest scientific experiment from going horribly wrong. Instead of harnessing time itself for the benefit of mankind, a disruption in time occurs, leading to circumstances that place the key to saving time in the hands of Doc Savage’s younger self in 1939.

From this beginning, Michael Uslan presents a fast-paced story that quickly throws the three main characters together. There are brief glimpses of their pasts, quick explorations of their personalities, but this story mainly stays the course as an epic struggle to discover who is trying to destroy time itself and stop them.

One of the things that I really enjoyed about this collection was the artwork. Giovanni Timpanos’ style was crisp, clean, and smooth. He didn’t try to be over-the-top, in-your-face, or any other euphemisms such as that. Nope, he gave this team-up comic an old school feel that fit not only the characters but the story as well, because Uslan’s plot is a classic pulp fiction tale that focused on archetype villains, world-spanning conspiracies, and heroes who are not as flashy as Superman, Batman, Hulk, Wolverine, or any other modern superheroes.

As for the story itself, it is a pulp fiction romp.

Does that mean Justice, Inc. is going to knock your socks off?

Probably not. It is definitely a solid read though. And it does have more than enough fights, drama, historical guest stars, and laughs to keep a reader entertained. But what Justice, Inc. does a brilliant job of, however, is introducing these iconic pulp characters to a new generation, and doing so in such a manner that future creative teams can build upon this solid foundation to craft Doc Savage, The Shadow, and The Avenger stories for years to come. And for that reason, this is a collection I’d recommend to anyone.

I received this book from Netgalley and Dynamite Entertainment in exchange for a fair and honest review. I’d like to thank both of them for allowing me to receive this review copy and inform everyone that the review you have read is my opinion alone.

Source: bookwraiths.com/2015/05/25/justice-inc
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review 2015-03-07 00:00
Doc Savage Omnibus #7
Doc Savage Omnibus #7 - Kenneth Robeson Doc Savage Omnibus #7 - Kenneth Robeson "I love the Doc Savage adventures but I have to say that I enjoy the pre-war stories much more than the post-war tales. The Doc of the thirties and early forties was a larger than life yet completely human protagonist who got by on his incredible physical strength, his amazing intellect, and his collection of clever gadgets. In many ways Doc was Superman and Batman combined. He even had his Fortress of Solitude. We marvelled at his strength and cleverness and we knew that Doc, along with his five faithful companions, would win out in the end. In the post war stories we still know he will come out on top - he's still Doc Savage, afterall- but he is no longer fun to watch. Full of doubt in himself and his men, this Doc is at times indecisive if not down right confused. Gone are the gadgets and the cool science and most of the stories center around only two of his incredible companions, Monk and Ham.
Having said all this, here's my point - only one story in this collection was pre-war. The other three feature the sad, weak Doc of the post-war years. That's why I'm going back to read The Thousand Headed Man - Doc Savage at his best."
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review 2015-02-18 00:00
Doc Savage Omnibus #6
Doc Savage Omnibus #6 - Kenneth Robeson "Doc Savage is back! After reading Omnibus #3 I was worried. In #3 Doc seemed insecure, always questioning his actions, unsure of himself. He also seemed to have lost of all his cool gadgets. In this volume he has his cool toys and he's once again the Man of Bronze we all know and love.

Highly recommended!"
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review 2014-07-06 19:15
Doubleday UK Meme Day 6: What Book Would You Put Down to Watch Wimbledon?
Fortress of Solitude / The Devil Genghis - Kenneth Robeson,Lester Dent

http://expendablemudge.blogspot.com/2014/07/doc-savage-fortress-of-solitudethe.html

 

This one! As much fun as it is to relive past glories of publishing, the fact is that supersimple plots and Übermenschen both good and evil wear thin for me very fast.

 

Still...there's something wonderful about these innocently wistful rescue fantasies....

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