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By Bill Radford 
The Colorado Springs Gazette
March 5, 2010

It’s a world with heroes — but no superheroes.

The first issue of “First Wave,” a six-issue miniseries from DC Comics, arrives in comic book shops this week, ushering in a whole new universe.

The “First Wave” universe has its roots in the pulp adventures of yesteryear. There is a Batman, but there’s no Superman, no Wonder Woman — the “First Wave” heroes are merely mortal.

Standing above the rest of those heroes is Doc Savage — sort of “Superman with a lowercase ’s,’” said Brian Azzarello, who crafted the “First Wave” universe and is writer of the miniseries. Doc Savage may not have powers like Superman, but “physically he’s the best, mentally he’s the best,” Azzarello said.

Batman, meanwhile, is the new hero on the scene.

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