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Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze (1991 series) #4 Comic Book

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Title:

The Monarch of Armageddon: Chapter Four

Date of Publication
May 1992
Cover Price

Our Rating:
3 stars

Credits:

Mark Ellis
Writer
Darryl Banks
Penciler
Robert Lewis
Inker
Deirdre DeLay
Colorist
Brian Stelfreeze
Cover Penciler

Comic Book Synopsis / Plot

Written by Peter Silvestro

On their way to Thule in the Helldiver, Doc Savage and his men find John Sunlight’s boat adrift, with dead Nazi sailors aboard, the crew of a German U-Boat hijacked by Sunlight. As they continue, Doc explains about Thule, the mythical home of an Aryan super-race which inspired the myths of the Norse gods; the Thule Society is a Nazi occult group that seeks to ally themselves with the master race they consider their ancestors, and John Sunlight hopes to exploit that alliance for his own purpose. Savage, Sunlight, and Breeze Castigleone all arrive at the island of Thule about the same time. Doc and his men discover an underwater passage that takes them to the fantastic underground city. Doc and his aides are captured and ushered into the presence of the Thulian King Wothenjaz and reunited with Pat. Doc warns the Thulians about both the Nazis and Sunlight but debate is not their way. Instead Doc must face Xauz, Sunlight’s champion, in mortal combat. The contest is a brutal one and is broken up only by the arrival of Breeze Castigleone and his men, planning to take over. When Xauz orders the gangster out, Castigleone shoots the giant Thulian in the head. At this the Thulians rise up against the invaders. Renny pursues Castigleone and sends the gangster flying into a giant exhaust fan, with grisly results. Doc Savage corners John Sunlight on a precipice and, rather than be captured, the villain hurls himself into the sea below. The Thulians order the outlanders to leave, and Doc decides to return to his original vocation of healer, starting with Princess Monja’s broken heart.

 

Comments


Peter Silvestro (February 15, 2010)
a) The Nazi's Thule Society was real and as described; b) Monk says, “Howlin’ calmaties!" [sic]; c) Watches Bowen from LAND OF ALWAYS-NIGHT is mentioned; d) Great line: “Jeez Louise, Breeze!”; e) issue also includes “Bronze Mail,” a letters column.

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Reviews

By Peter Silvestro
A disappointing wrap-up: John Sunlight, supposedly Doc’s greatest villain, is overshadowed by Thule which, while nicely put together in art and writing, seems to be less impressive than it could have been. The miniseries as a whole was rather shallow, on a level with a mediocre pulp novel, which would be faithful to the original but clearly they were trying for just a bit more: editor Mark Ellis calls it a “hybrid” in the letters column, implying an improved version of the old pulps. They could sharpen the characterization, tighten the plots, and depart from the formula at times while still remaining true to the details and spirit of the original. Stelfreeze’s cover tones down the extremes and actually depicts a scene from the story; it’s certainly hard to ignore.

Score: 3 (out of 5)