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Doc Savage (2010 series) #9 Comic Book

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Characters

Listed in alphabetical order.


Avenger, Doc Savage, Ham Brooks, Johnny Littlejohn, Long Tom Roberts, Monk Mayfair, Renny Renwick, Ronan McKenna , Two Who Are One.

Title:

Man of Fire

Date of Publication
December 2010
Cover Price
$3.99

Our Rating:
2 stars

Credits:

Ivan Brandon
Writer
Ivan Brandon
Plot
Brian Azzarello
Plot
James Harren
Layouts
Nic Klein
Penciler
Nic Klein
Inker
Nic Klein
Colorist
J. G. Jones
Cover Penciler
J. G. Jones
Cover Inker
J. G. Jones
Cover Colorist

Comic Book Synopsis / Plot

Written by Peter Silvestro

In a desolate Middle Eastern city, Doc Savage, Long Tom, and Wei are prisoners at a banquet of the dead served by the mad Sergei. The small number of living people listens to the broadcast by The Two Who Are One, as they announce the coming deadline and the failure of their plan. Doc hears in his ear a message from Ronan McKenna….

.…Doc thinks back to the war, when Ronan McKenna, annoyed by the constant bickering of Monk and Ham, challenged them to a fight and quickly beat them with a few deft moves….

As Sergei plays host to his prisoners, the sound of jets passing overhead distracts everyone; Doc identifies the jets as American, there to deliver a warning….

….Doc complimented McKenna on his swiftness, but Monk mentioned how no one has ever landed a punch on Doc. McKenna tried but Doc dodged without seeming even to move. Several more passes and Doc stood still allowing McKenna to hit him in the chest. McKenna’s hand was injured; he felt like he hit solid granite….

In the village, Doc’s aides question their captors about the giant rod which appears to be an energy source. The guards demonstrate a working knowledge of the identities of Doc’s team. They also tell Johnny that as an archaeologist he "will help discover the reason why when we are gone." Elsewhere, Sergei explains to Doc how the river of oil, unearthed by the war, will be the salvation of their land but they need Doc’s wisdom to make the best us of it. A tank hen crashes through the wall and US troops engage Sergei’s forces in a firefight. Sergei is killed by a stray bullet; his female associate Arina is resigned to her fate after so many years of war but is told by a bodyguard to help Doc and company escape. They board a nearby train and head off, fighting off attackers as they go. Doc knocks Arina unconscious…and she wakes up to find that the train carrying Doc, Long Tom, and Wei has gone off the edge of a cliff into the sea. As she watches, Doc's submarine surfaces….

 

Additional stories in this comic


Murder and Vengeance, Part Four: Final Judgment

3 stars

Jason Starr
Writer
Scott Hampton
Penciler
Scott Hampton
Inker
Daniel Vozzo
Colorist

Synopsis:
By Peter Silvestro

Now that he has lost the protection of the big boss, mobster Danny Bones is the target for every hood with a score to settle. This makes Smitty all the more determined to find him first for his scheme of revenge. As he prowls the city late at night, the Avenger appears beside him and gives him the address where Bones is hiding. Not knowing what to make of this, Smitty heads to that location and is surprised to find Bones holed up there. Getting the drop on his quarry, Smitty intends to shoot him down but he can’t forget Benson’s words on the difference between murder and vengeance. Instead he locks Bones in his car trunk and takes him to a secluded spot in the woods. There they are met by Victor Santoro, the man whose wife was raped and murdered by Danny Bones. Santoro shoots Bones down and together he and Smitty bury the body. Smitty reflects that it felt almost as good as doing it himself. Almost.

 

Comments


Peter Silvestro (December 11, 2010)
Comments: Benson and Smitty are the only Justice, Inc. members to appear in this issue. Issue includes a six-page preview of BATMAN BEYOND #1.

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Reviews

By Peter Silvestro
First up: a strange cover has Doc Savage looking like Daniel Craig and sticking his neck out at an odd angle. Then in the Doc Savage story the plot gets even murkier with this shadowy group led by Sergei (who are these people?), Ronan McKenna seen in flashbacks that still tell us very little about him and why Doc (or the reader) should care about his fate, and an announcement of impending doom from The Two Who Are One for those who forgot that there was a nuclear threat hanging over everyone’s head (as the writer seems to have just remembered). Another frustrating issue that still does not make clear what is going on. We get it: Doc is trapped in a Middle Eastern country ravaged by the War (still unexplained) and tossed back and forth among various parties with varying agendas; what we don’t get is what it’s all about and why. C’mon writers, throw us a bone soon. The Justice, Inc. story wraps up its storyline in a fairly low-key fashion as Smitty bows to the Avenger’s rules but still finds a way to enjoy some vengeance. Overall, another frustrating experience.

Score: 3 (out of 5)