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Doc Savage (1988 series) #6 Comic Book

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Suicide Mission: The Discord Makers, Part 6

Date of Publication
March 1989
Cover Price

Our Rating:
3 stars


Dennis O'Neil
Rod Wigham
Steve Montano
Tony Tollin
Adam Kubert
Cover Penciler

Comic Book Synopsis / Plot

Written by Peter Silvestro

Doc Savage and Ivanovitch break out of the burning shed and confront the rogue captain, with the Russian shooting the enemy to save Doc. They are surrounded by armed soldiers until a word from President Reagan restores calm. Doc explains the situation to the President, who desires more proof. Shoshanna identifies though her psychic ability another agent of the Discord Makers, who confesses everything under Doc’s hypnosis. The mission to stop the aliens must take them to the moon but there is only one catch: while a Space Shuttle could be modified to reach the moon, the limited fuel supply would make it a one-way journey. Doc and Ivanovitch volunteer for the suicide mission and set out the next day for the moon. Arriving at their destination, the Earthmen confront the aliens and discover that their misguided mission had a beneficent motive: realizing that human progress is often the aftereffect of war, the aliens maneuvered to create as much war as possible for humanity’s own good. Doc stops Ivanovitch from killing the Discord Makers, opting instead to return them to Earth, using the aliens’ original spacecraft. Unfortunately, the aliens, long unused to Earth’s stronger gravity and atmosphere, quickly succumb to the intense forces. In an epilogue, Doc and his team realize that, though the Discord Makers are dead, conflict and violence will continue unabated.



Peter Silvestro (February 15, 2010)
a) Doc Savage’s first journey into space; b) Doc’s “Thank the Lord” hints at a measure of religious belief; c) Doc says he’s as old as President Reagan; he was just being polite to Reagan by not revealing he was about a decade older; d) the hypnotist Doc refers to is none other than the Shadow; e) Doc refers to the aliens as the Erisians, a name he could only have gotten from Shoshanna. Problem is, she is not presented as having said it; f) the Fortress of Solitude is described as being in Antarctica. Sigh; g) issue includes a letters column.

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By Peter Silvestro
The story is wrapped up and the threat is ended—at least the moon one—in grand style, with an unprecedented (for the pulps or the comics) space flight, pushing what started as a spy story solidly into science fiction. The Doc/Chip dynamic continues with the former ramping up the heroics and the latter giving qualified support, even though it’s not just Chip’s influence that compels Doc to try a peaceful solution to the threat of the Discord Makers. The strangest story aspect in hindsight may be the respectful portrayal of Ronald Reagan; can anyone imagine a modern comic book presenting anything but a hostile—or at least snide—portrait of George W. Bush?

Score: 3 (out of 5)