First Wave (comics)

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First Wave
Cover of First Wave 1 (May 2010). Featuring Batman, Doc Savage and The Spirit. Art by J. G. Jones.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
Schedule Monthly
Format Limited series
Publication date May 2010 – March 2011
Number of issues 6
Main character(s) Batman
Doc Savage
The Spirit
Black Canary
The Avenger
Rima the Jungle Girl
The Blackhawks[1]
Creative team
Writer(s) Brian Azzarello
Artist(s) Rags Morales
Letterer(s) Clem Robins
Colorist(s) Nei Ruffino
Editor(s) Joey Cavalieri
Chris Conroy

First Wave is the name of a separate DC Comics fictional universe, its line of comic book and a comic book limited series featuring the universe.

The universe was a melding of licensed pulp fiction characters with versions of established non-super powered DC heroes. The comic book line was launched with a Batman/Doc Savage one-shot followed by the limited series and two continuing series. The limited series was six-issue long published in 2010 and written by Brian Azzarello, drawn by Rags Morales featuring the main characters of the universe.

Publication history[edit]

With DC's acquisition in 2009 of comic book rights for Doc Savage and The Spirit amongst other pulp characters, DC co-publisher Dan DiDio and writer Brian Azzarello decided on a shared universe for these characters then added established non-super powered DC heroes to the mix.[2]

The First Wave fictional universe is one of the worlds in the DC Multiverse[3] and was introduced in a Batman/Doc Savage one-shot, written by Brian Azzarello with art by Phil Noto.[1] As well as the eponymous characters it also introduced others such as Black Canary, The Avenger, The Blackhawks, The Spirit, and Doc Savage's The Fabulous Five.[1]

This was then followed by a First Wave limited series with art by Rags Morales.[3][1]

The First Wave line was then expanded to include two ongoing series: Doc Savage, initially written by Paul Malmont with art by Howard Porter,[3] and The Spirit, initially written by Mark Schultz and drawn by Moritat.[4]

Both of these titles also included back-up stories further showcasing the First Wave universe. Justice Inc., starring the Avenger, ran in Doc Savage[3] while The Spirit featured short black-and-white tales of the lead character written and drawn by various creators for the first eight issues.[5]

By February 2011, DC planned to cancel the line,[6] but the Doc Savage and The Spirit titles were solicited as late as August 2011.[7] In February 2012, DC listed a First Wave collection for May 2012 release.[8] Licenses for the involved non-DC characters, Spirit, Doc Savage and the Avenger, ended prior to December 17, 2012.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d Renaud, Jeffrey (August 11, 2009). "Azzarello Reimagines Doc Savage". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved October 6, 2009. 
  2. ^ Truitt, Brian (March 3, 2010). "'First Wave' reintroduces pulp heroes to new readers". USA Today. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Rogers, Vaneta (3 March 2010). "Brian Azzarello Gets Ready to Break DC's First Wave". Newsarama. Retrieved September 26, 2010. 
  4. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (February 16, 2010). "Mark Schultz has "Spirit"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  5. ^ Goellner, Caleb (January 19, 2010). "Expect Spirited, Savage Debuts From DC's 'First Wave' In April". Comics Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Johnston, Rich (February 23, 2011). "First Wave Crashes – DC To Cancel Line". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ Bondurant, Tom (May 19, 2011). "Grumpy Old Fan Growing the garden: DC’s May solicits". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ Bondurant, Tom (February 16, 2012). "Grumpy Old Fan Growing the garden: DC’s May solicits". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 
  9. ^ McMillan, Graeme (December 17, 2012). "DC Loses Rights To THE SPIRIT, DOC SAVAGE and THE AVENGER". newsarama. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 

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