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Doc Savage: The Ring of Fire #1 Comic Book

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Chapter One: Firebird

Date of Publication
March 2017
Cover Price

Our Rating:
4 stars


David Avallone
Dave Acosta
Dave Acosta
Morgan Hickman
Brent Schoonover
Cover Penciler
Brent Schoonover
Cover Inker
Brent Schoonover
Cover Colorist

Comic Book Synopsis / Plot

Written by Peter Silvestro

Doc Savage and his cousin Pat are on a Pacific island at night when a massive volcano rises from the earth. A burning man rises from inside and fires a flame that incinerates Doc's gun, then envelops the Man of Bronze. A shocked Pat feels a hand on her shoulder and turns to see Amelia Earhart behind her. Amelia absorbs the villain's flames, taking on the semblance of a flaming bird and fires them back killing the baddie. Then Pat awakens from her nightmare with the word “Firebird” on her mind....

The next day, Pat tells Doc about the dream and her concern that her missing friend Amelia needs help but he shows no concern. Doc receives a call from President Roosevelt and Admiral Leahy with urgent news: the new American naval base on Palmyra Island was just destroyed by the sudden appearance of a volcano. The President would like Doc to investigate—and Pat notes the similarity to her nightmare. Doc takes off in his tri-motor plane along with Monk, Ham, and Johnny while Renny and Long Tom will follow in the Helldiver submarine. And Doc promises Pat that after they wrap up the job for the President, they will look for Amelia Earhart....

In the air, Doc's plane is attacked by unmarked warplanes and the ship is boarded by masked marauders. Doc and his crew easily subdue the bad guys but on questioning, the ringleader twists a dial in his belt and the invaders are all electrocuted....

Back in New York, Pat, unable to get the Firebird out of her mind, takes her own plane out to the Pacific....



Peter Silvestro (April 6, 2017)
Comments: Admiral William D. Leahy was a real person, U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations from 1937-39. Doc should know better than to use the phrase “me and the boys” as the subject of a sentence.

Peter Silvestro (April 6, 2017)
Review: This new Doc miniseries by the guys behind the ALTERED STATES: DOC special looks like it will be set all in one era—and the original one at that. The art gives more excitement to the story, and the characters all look right—always my concern with a new Doc artist. Weaponized volcanoes isn't really an original idea, as Doc has encountered a villain with an earthquake machine in the pulps but it affords a more visually spectacular imagery. And this one turns Amelia Earhart into a firebird! Now, that's original! Good start to the miniseries.

My chief interest is in the use of Amelia Earhart; you see, in my younger days I was a fanboy who came up with ideas for new Doc stories and, like a fanboy, decided to tie the Man of Bronze into genuine historical events. The search for Amelia Earhart was a natural mission for Doc so I started plotting. The big problem I ran into? How to end the thing. Since Earhart was never found (more or less—there are some who claim to have discovered bits of her plane, solving the mystery) I couldn't have her found in the story. If Doc didn't find her, that would be terribly anticlimactic but if he found her and chose not to tell the world, I couldn't come up with a reason why that wouldn't reflect badly on Earhart. So I gave up. Now that a professional writer has taken up the same plot I want more than ever to see how he handles it. I can hardly wait! (to quote Curly Howard).

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