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Doc Savage (1988 series) #13 Comic Book

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Veil Across the Sun!: Sunlight Rising, Part 3

Date of Publication
October 1989
Cover Price

Our Rating:
3 stars


Mike W. Barr
Rod Wigham
Steve Montano
Tony Tollin
Adam Kubert
Cover Penciler

Comic Book Synopsis / Plot

Written by Peter Silvestro

Holding Doc Savage at bay with his own weapon, John Sunlight invites the Man of Bronze to join his crusade for world unity through dictatorship. Doc’s response is to sabotage the magnetic weapon with iron filings and attack. The battle between the two forces ends with the villains’ escape with the weapons. Grasp puts Sunlight in contact with a German terrorist cell, and through them he contacts the dictator of the Middle Eastern nation of Rakiastan who is planning the launch of a lunar probe. Sunlight and his party, accompanied by Abou Rakia, the dictator’s son who is plotting a double-cross, board the ship and take off for space; Doc Savage intercepts them in his own space shuttle and his team boards the enemy ship. A battle aboard the craft is interrupted when the lower stages of the rocket are jettisoned, with Doc and his aides barely making it back to their own ship in time. Sunlight and his gang seize control of the space station Icarus and the madman activates Doc’s energy screen, shutting off all sunlight to the Earth. He then broadcasts his demands: unite the world as one nation with Sunlight as its ruler, and deliver Doc Savage to him.



Peter Silvestro (February 15, 2010)
a) It’s not made clear why John Sunlight is so widely known since his previous activities seem not to have garnered much publicity; b) the foreign dictator’s name is spelled variously “Rakja” and “Rakia;” c) Sunlight seems a bit more buff on the cover than on the interior in a fight scene that doesn’t appear in the book.

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By Peter Silvestro
The story follows the plot arc of FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, and THE DEVIL GENGHIS, going from the theft of the weapons to Sunlight’s scheme of world domination, with closer ties than appeared in the original. John Sunlight shows himself to be a master manipulator here, fooling nations as well as individuals for his gain. The battle scenes are nice but again the plot and gadgets overwhelm the aides: are they even in this story? I think so but I can’t prove it without opening the issue and pointing. Best art moment: Doc’s poignant scene on pages 9-10. And kudos to the colorist for that bright light battle on page 5.

Score: 3 (out of 5)