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Doc Savage (1987 series) #4 Comic Book

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Title:

Secret Of The Twin Towers (The Heritage of Doc Savage: Part 4)

Date of Publication
February 1988
Cover Price

Our Rating:
3 stars

Credits:

Dennis O'Neil
Writer
Adam Kubert
Penciler
Andy Kubert
Inker
Petra Scotese
Colorist
Adam Kubert
Cover Penciler

Comic Book Synopsis / Plot

Written by Peter Silvestro

The newly-returned Doc Savage slowly regains lucidity and is given a hasty recap of the situation. Doc devises a way for them to escape and the team heads back to the civilization. Grandfather and grandson clash over the ethics of Doc’s goals, and Shoshanna tries to persuade Chip to moderate his self-righteousness but to no avail: the young man departs on his own. Looking over the contents of Heinz Wessel’s hideout, Doc determines that the madman is planning to convert the World Trade Center and Empire State Building into a giant matter transmitter to eliminate the entire human race. The heroes arrive in New York to find the Nazis already in control. Doc must climb the outside of the building to reach the foe, and Chip suddenly arrives to volunteer to accompany him. On the long climb, the two Savages come to a tentative truce about their differing philosophies, and at the top engage the enemy. Chip saves Doc’s life when the latter disorients from his earlier experience, and Wessel is defeated. Doc considers killing Wessel to end his threat but Chip counsels a non-violent solution: sending the Nazi to the stars via the transporter. In an epilogue, Doc Savage visits Long Tom in his monastery, revealing that he knows it was Long Tom who betrayed them to the Nazis in 1945, and offering the forgiveness his former aide has been searching for.

 

Comments


Peter Silvestro (February 15, 2010)
a) It isn’t clear why Doc doesn’t consider the Crime College, or a modern equivalent, as the solution to the Wessel problem; b) possible anachronism: Doc is surprised at the sight of a digital watch but, though digital timepieces were not invented until 1956, the concept goes back at least to the early 1930s; c) Shoshanna is spelled “Shoshonna” in this issue.

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Reviews

By Peter Silvestro
It’s here that we get to the meat of the series, as O’Neil brings Doc into the modern era and presents him with a contrasting character, his grandson Chip. It was a risky strategy: Doug Moench at Marvel added depth to the character within the established 1930s adventure formula to great advantage; O’Neil chose to rethink the concept, placing the character’s period sensibilities into a modern context, dramatized in the debate over ends and means with Chip. Doc wins the overall argument, though Chip gives him cause to reevaluate his mission; best, both are adaptable (we were worried about the self-righteous youngster for a while). This interpretation of Doc may be startling to traditionalists but it’s acceptable as a supplement to the “real” Doc Savage, so long as it isn’t argued as canon. Good thing, since Long Tom’s betrayal, while a worthy attempt to add depth to an underused character, leaves a bad taste in the mouth, in spite of its restraint. The only real debit is the silly Wessel as a villain. Hope this improves.

Score: 2 (out of 5)