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Doc Savage (2013) #5 Comic Book

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Doc Savage, Pat Savage.


(No title given)

Date of Publication
April 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

1988: Doc Savage now oversees a global operation with over two hundred team members. Now, with Pat Savage and Rock are overseeing from Earth, Doc, with his aides Roughneck and Happy, are in space to repair a communications satellite. Suddenly, Torchy arrives (bearing the baby Narrator) in her arms with some urgent news: an energy beam from space is boiling the ocean off the coast of Southern California and moving toward shore. A group called Al-Kathra is claiming responsibility; the gives Doc all he needs to know to find the culprits. A Nazi-controlled space station was shut down by Doc and company in the late 1940s, and now it seems that someone has found it and got it operational again. Doc and aides in their shuttle reach the station which is reflecting a huge amount of sunlight to the Earth—and it has now reached land. Doc, Roughneck and Happy enter that station and discover that its occupiers are members of a doomsday cult with is based on a science fiction novel (Happy recognized it). Many of the cultists have already killed themselves. Unable to shut down the controls Doc’s only option is to use his shuttle to crash into the space station, detonating its nuclear reactor. Doc and aides (with the sole surviving cultist) return to Earth in the hijacked Soviet ship the cultists used to get there. Doc knows he was able to avert disaster merely because he was in the right place at the right time; next time they may not be so lucky….



Peter Silvestro (May 6, 2014)
Comments: First appearance of Jetse “Happy” van Oorschot and the as yet unnamed narrator. Tamsin “Roughneck” Abbott was introduced in issue #4 but not given a surname there.

Peter Silvestro (May 6, 2014)
Review: Just learned that the series will end with issue #8 (and appears to have been intended that way from the start); it’s a shame, it was starting to get interesting. Roberson has been giving us single-issue stories—a rarity in today’s comic world—that together make up a tapestry of Doc’s later career. I know some fans are disappointed that these Doc adventures aren’t “lost” stories set in the 1930s but we have Will Murray’s new series from Altus Press for that. Here we see Doc moving step-by-step into the modern era—not in one absurdly fell swoop like the diasastrous1988 DC series (until Mike Barr kicked it back to the 30s)—and it is better than I could have imagined (which isn’t saying a whole lot I confess). Yes, the art is a bit bland and there isn’t much to the plots but as a whole, this series would have made a nice intro to an ongoing series that could have spanned various eras of Doc history, giving Roberson a chance to flesh out these new characters. Now we learn that such is not to be. Oh well, hope they don’t mess it up again by having Doc die in disgrace but achieve his goal of making himself a better person.

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