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Doc Savage: the Spiders Web #5 Comic Book

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Date of Publication
April 2016
Cover Price

Our Rating:
3.5 stars


Chris Roberson

Comic Book Synopsis / Plot

Written by Peter Silvestro

Doc Savage and his team use glider outfits to reach the secret entrance to Arachne's mountain headquarters. Doc enters alone, takes down several guards, and comes face-to-face with the criminal mastermind Peter Omphalos Weaver. Weaver, stricken with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and confined to a wheelchair, vowed revenge against Doc Savage when he witnessed his father's death at the hands of the Man of Bronze as a child (issue #1 flashback); despite his degenerative disease, he built a secret cadre of industrialists called Arachne and created a global criminal organization. Weaver also reveals that he was behind many of the threats faced by Doc Savage over the years (see the original Dynamite series), using an army of mind-controlled minions. And now Doc informs him that his team has infiltrated the building, uncovered a complete list of all Weaver's agents and their locations, shut down his communications hub, and has distributed the list to Doc's worldwide organization who are capturing all Arachne agents, seizing assets, and destroying munitions. And Weaver, despite his vows of vengeance, is going to be locked away for a long time.   



Peter Silvestro (May 16, 2016)
Comments: Pat Savage does not appear in this issue.

Peter Silvestro (May 16, 2016)
Review: So that's it? As soon as Doc discovers that there is a single villain behind all of his (Dynamite) adventures over the decades, he neutralizes the threat in like five minutes? Peter Weaver was the greatest criminal mastermind Doc Savage has ever faced but only because Doc never thought to look for him? That's more than a little anticlimactic. Anyway, an okay story limps to its conclusion, leaving us with an episodic adventure whose unifying factor was a bust. I know Chris Roberson can write Doc Savage: he has the characters right (Axum's first day on the job in #4 was a great touch) and the imagination to posit a full history for Doc. I hope his next effort will work a little better. PS Get a better cover artist next time too.

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