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Doc Savage (2010 series) #15 Comic Book

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Listed in alphabetical order.

Doc Savage, Ham Brooks, Johnny Littlejohn, Long Tom Roberts, Monk Mayfair, Renny Renwick.


Raise the Khan, Chapter Three: Ring of Iron

Date of Publication
June 2011
Cover Price

Our Rating:
3 stars


J. G. Jones
Dan Panosian
Dan Panosian
Thomas Chu
J. G. Jones
Cover Penciler
J. G. Jones
Cover Inker
J. G. Jones
Cover Colorist

Comic Book Synopsis / Plot

Written by Peter Silvestro

Doc Savage prepares to launch himself out of his plane with a jetpack—but he hasn’t seen the pterodactyl following them. Renny tries to warn him but Doc gives the signal to open the loading bay door and he drops into the air. As Doc watches the missiles from the ground hit the Russian woman’s plane and she bails out in a parachute, only to have the silk seized in the air by the pterodactyl….

At his hidden base, Popov tells the man in the iron lung that his little one is safe but his pet will soon deliver her and the Apis Bull to him. He then orders the destruction of Doc’s aides. Anya meanwhile has released the catch on her chute and drops away from the monster’s clutches. As Doc catches her, an ape-man on the ground fires a missile that destroys the bronze hero’s plane. Doc deduces that the pterodactyl is controlled by the same sort of brain implants as the crocodiles (last issue) but not why an extinct creature still exists. Safe on the ground, Doc discovers the Apis Bull hidden under Anya’s shirt (by ripping it off—oh, Doc). He demands to know what is going on, he refuses to tell him—and they are captured by a tribe of ape-men. Popov tells General Guyuk it is only a matter of time before they have the talisman that will raise the Khan for the Mongols, and they can fulfill their promises to the Russian….

As Doc and Anya are bound to tree branches across their shoulders and marched to a meeting with the ape-men’s leader, he explains he allowed himself to be captured for that purpose. He knows she was at the museum when the Russian ambassador was murdered (issue #13) and lured him to investigate. When she asks about his aides, he assures her knows they can take care of themselves….

Renny and Long Tom have landed together by parachute and head off to rendezvous with the others by the pallet of gear they dumped overboard. Elsewhere, Ham is delighting in Monk’s discomfiture as he is lodged in a tree. The feuding pair pick up Johnny and head toward their target. On the way, they notice flattened trees and a malfunctioning GPS. Johnny suspects they are near the site of the 1908 Tunguska event—the explosion of a meteor in the sky over Siberia, just like the one over Egypt that created the Apis Bull….

General Guyuk tells his men that the prophecies are about to be fulfilled, Temujin the Khan will rise and conquer the world, and then he will decide on the fate of Popov….

As they march along, under Doc’s questioning, Anya reveals that she is connected to the leader of the Red Star, a top secret organization and subject of rumors during the war. Her master has need of her, so she takes advantage of Doc’s distraction to trip, flip Doc into a position sever the rope connecting them and escape, leaving the Man of Bronze to deal with the angry savages….



Peter Silvestro (June 14, 2011)
Comments: Issue includes a twelve-page insert advertising the movie SUPER 8 along with a comic contest. Also includes a four-page preview of BRIGHTEST DAY AFTERMATH: THE SEARCH FOR SWAMP THING #1.

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By Peter Silvestro
The best thing about this issue is the new artist Dan Panosian. Though he adds nothing new (thank goodness), his style is better suited to the subject matter making him the best artist to work on this book (so far). His Doc Savage has the standard look, muscles and widow’s peak, and the aides look like we expect them to (with Ham’s added mustache and Johnny’s ponytail) though Long Tom looks younger and more boyish than usual. J.G. Jones’ story is starting to grow on me, yeah it’s full of elements from canonical stories—now we’re into the "lost world" adventures (LAND OF TERROR, et al.)—but most Doc Savage stories tend to be. Even Lester Dent had this trouble after a while. The only thing that seems out of place is the addition of sexy bits: having Doc tear open Anya’s shirt to find the Apis Bull is really only a flimsy pretext for showing her bra for the rest of the story. I know, it’s only PG but still a tad cynical for a normally G-rated series. Verdict: best issue yet, thanks to Jones and Panosian.

Score: 4 (out of 5)