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Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze, The Devil's Thoughts #2 Comic Book

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Devil's Thoughts, Chapter Two

Date of Publication
September 1992
Cover Price

Our Rating:
3 stars


Charles Moore
Steve Stiles
Steve Stiles
Marcus Rollie
Tony Harris
Cover Penciler

Comic Book Synopsis / Plot

Written by Peter Silvestro

In Indochina, rebel leader Jayara demonstrates his movement’s strength as a threat to his reluctant ally French Colonel Valmont, relating his plans to drive the foreigners out of the country and restore the Khmer Empire. Back at the Empire State Building, Doc Savage, his life saved by a bullet-proof vest, with Renny and Long Tom, battles Hanoi Shan and his goons; in the confusion, Shan escapes, taking Danielle as prisoner. Shan returns to his headquarters to find the place besieged by the vengeful men of the tong leader he killed. Doc arrives and quells the brawl with gas, then frees Monk and Ham from the dungeon. Doc comes face-to-face with the Devaraja and is blasted into unconsciousness by the villain’s electric weapon; he awakens to find Danielle wishing him a brief goodbye before she leaves. Doc and his men see her departing with Hanoi Shan in a plane for Indochina. While outfitting his plane at the Hidalgo Trading Company, Doc confronts his father about the latter’s mob connections, registering disapproval of his “end justifies the means” ethos. In Indochina, Shan and Danielle meet with Jayara and Valmont to further plans for empire, with the two westerners mocking each other’s propensity for treachery. Jayara uses Danielle’s Sacred Linga as the key to open the flood gates, filling the canals with water and releasing the giant serpent. Elsewhere, turbulence causes Doc’s aides to parachute to the ground, while Doc pilots the plane to a crash-landing further upriver. Doc survives the crash but is immediately attacked by the giant serpent.



Peter Silvestro (February 15, 2010)
Additional credits: colors by Marcus Rollie and Deirdre DeLay. a) Doc’s vest is torn to shreds, in a nod to James Bama; b) there’s a reference to the escape from Loki in WWI; c) the villain’s name is Devajara in issue 1 and Devaraja in 2 and 3; d) issue also includes “Bronze Mail,” a letters column.

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By Peter Silvestro
The most unusual aspect of this story arc is the portrayal of Doc’s father. The standard take is the intense, driven man seen in DC’s version, obsessed with raising his son to be a superman. Here Savage Sr. is a shady opportunist, cutting slick deals and pimping for his son, in pursuit of his goals. This interpretation is quite creatively offbeat, and provides opportunity for a confrontation between Doc and his father about ends and means in this issue, but it’s questionable whether such a father could have raised a Doc Savage in the first place (this interpretation is even at odds with Millennium’s own Doom Dynasty). Deirdre DeLay is back with her delicate pastel coloring, which is not a good fit for Doc Savage, and seems to be having the usual trouble with color consistency (Doc looks yellow in some panels, Danielle’s hair changes color on page 4, etc.). The dark color scheme on Harris’ cover makes the scowling Doc look positively satanic.

Score: 3 (out of 5)