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Doc Savage (1988 series) #4 Comic Book

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The Enemy Within: The Discord Makers, Part 4

Date of Publication
December 1988
Cover Price

Our Rating:
3 stars


Dennis O'Neil
Rod Wigham
Steve Montano
Tony Tollin
Adam Kubert
Cover Penciler

Comic Book Synopsis / Plot

Written by Peter Silvestro

The violent clash between Doc Savage’s team and the invaders is settled by Chip’s calm rationality, as it is ascertained that Bo was not killed, merely stunned by a tranquilizer dart. Ivanovitch reveals himself to be an admirer of Doc’s come to confer secretly about the conspiracy he’s uncovered. Shoshanna has another vision of the aliens, a brother and sister dispatched to the moon from doomed Atlantis 30,000 years ago to guide the development of the incipient human race. Falling under their spell, she flirts with Bo, persuading him to desert monitor duty for a moonlight walk. This allows a fleet of Soviet helicopters to launch a surprise attack on the Fortress of Solitude, though Doc’s and Ivanovitch’s teams (minus Bo and Shoshanna who could not be located) manage to escape to safety in a submarine. They don diving gear and swim back to the island to do battle with the hostile invaders, aided by Bo and Shoshanna, who has snapped out of the aliens’ influence. As mopping-up operations commence, Ham suffers a heart attack; just as he is rushed into surgery, Shoshanna begins firing to ward off another enemy attack….



Peter Silvestro (February 15, 2010)
a) First mention of Kenneth Robeson in a Doc Savage story, and the existence of his novels is confirmed; b) the Fortress of Solitude is back to being described as in Antarctica (though this time it’s spelled “Antartica”); c) the other aides are surprised that Johnny speaks Russian; d) Monk and Ham have the same blood type; e) issue includes a letters column; f) the issue is dated "Holiday 1988."

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By Peter Silvestro
Here the story arc’s disparate elements begin to gel: Doc and Ivanovitch are brought together and we learn that the Russian is a very likeable rogue, with Doc Savage for a role model and a habit of mangling American idioms. His arrival in the series is quite welcome. The other major development is the revelation of the aliens’ backstory courtesy of Shoshanna, whose character undergoes quite a bit of conflict in this issue and the next. Chip’s relation to his legendary grandfather is also becoming clearly more defined, as a guarded respect for the heroic Doc, tempered by his pacifist leanings, further developed in the next issue. The only false move in the plot is Ham’s heart attack, which turns out to be merely a cheap dramatic effect, considering how quickly he recovers after surgery (the next day/issue 6).

Score: 3 (out of 5)