Ken Tucker
November 11, 2009 AT 04:37 PM EST

Get to the comic-book store today for Batman/Doc Savage Special #1, written by the top-notch Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets). What makes this hero pairing interesting is that it combines one of the best-known superheroes with one of the least-known ones — these days, that is.

Back in the 1930s and ’40s, Doc Savage was a superstar hero of pulp novels, over 180 of them, many written by Lester Dent, who always wrote with a headlong momentum. (Want to know how to write as prolifically as Dent? Read his “Secret Master Plot” advice. You’re welcome.)

By teaming Batman with Doc Savage, Azzarello and artist Phil Noto have created a kind of anti-superhero book. Which is to say, neither of these men possess super powers. They are highly skilled, trained, big-brained, big-muscled guys.

Batman/Doc Savage Special is a swift, clever murder mystery wrapped in an adventure tale.

Read it, and tell me what you think.

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