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Doc Savage (2013) #4 Comic Book

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Doc Savage, Pat Savage.


(No title given)

Date of Publication
March 2014
Cover Price

Our Rating:
3.5 stars


Chris Roberson
Bilquis Evely
Bilquis Evely
Daniela Miwa
Alex Ross
Cover Penciler
Alex Ross
Cover Inker
Alex Ross
Cover Colorist

Comic Book Synopsis / Plot

Written by Peter Silvestro

1979: Doc Savage arrives at an oil field in the Arabian Peninsula with his cousin Pat and his aides Rock and Torchy. He has been summoned by the son of a government official warning him about a dangerous project there. Doc meets with the head engineer, Abraham "Watts" Johnson, a former aide of his until they split over Johnson’s research which Doc insisted would be too risky to pursue. Now Johnson has implemented an automated method of pumping oil, which Doc still insists is dangerous. While that argument progresses, Torchy spies Tamsin, the rebellious punk daughter of one of the staff; the hostile girl runs off further into the desert, her Walkman drowning out all other sound. The disaster Doc predicted comes to pass as the wells begin exploding in a chain reaction and there is no way to shut them down remotely. As the aides and the other team workers set out to shut down each rig manually, Doc heads into the desert to search for the missing Tamsin. He locates the girl and takes her to the nearest rig; she argues for her nihilistic viewpoint that the future isn’t worth saving; Doc talks to her as he tries to work out a solution to the big problem. With the memory of the disaster at Orion Station (issue #3) clearly in his mind, he convinces her that the future is what we make of it. He jury-rigs a device that shuts down the entire system and takes her back to safety. The narrator informs us that she later joined Doc’s team as pilot under the nickname Roughneck—and that was the day Doc Savage started believing in the future again.



Peter Silvestro (April 6, 2014)
Comments: First issue to feature none of the original aides. Biggest question: who is the mysterious narrator of this series, the daughter of Torchy and Rock?

Peter Silvestro (April 6, 2014)
Review: You know, this series is starting to grow on me, the art is still a bit pedestrian but the writing is improving. Chris Roberson’s decision to have the introductory story arc be snapshots of Doc’s career since the end of the1940s is starting to work, filling in his mission and characterization in broad strokes and hinting at other developments (such as the hint of a past between Pat and Watts). I certainly hope that we will eventually reach a more detailed ongoing story arc (the solicit for #7 in June promises a story set in 2014) with more for the aides to do. I would like to see how Doc interacts with some new characters and to see some new villains. Swell!

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