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Doc Savage (2010 series) #5 Comic Book

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Characters

Listed in alphabetical order.


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

Title:

Decked

Date of Publication
August 2010
Cover Price
$3.99

Our Rating:
3 stars

Credits:

B. Clay Moore
Writer
Howard Porter
Penciler
Art Thibert
Inker
Hi-Fi
Colorist
J. G. Jones
Cover Penciler
J. G. Jones
Cover Inker
J. G. Jones
Cover Colorist

Comic Book Synopsis / Plot

Written by Peter Silvestro

Seeking a refuge from which they can set about trying to discredit them in the Lord of Lighting debacle (issues #1-4), Doc Savage and his men travel to a building Doc owns in Greece. Arriving, they discover the inside an uninhabitable ruin after the years of neglect. Doc decides to ask an old friend for help: billionaire Nikos Eurystheus, a ruthless businessman but one who can be trusted. Entering Eurystheus’ office they are met by armed guards which the billionaire explains as merely a cautionary move in view of a recent attack against his family (the murder of his brother in issue#3). Doc asks Eurystheus if he can loan them a place to use as a base. The magnate offers them an unused "boat" that resembles a floating fortress. Taking a launch out to the craft they are again met by armed guards; an enraged Ham draws his sword cane and is shot for his troubles, falling into the deep waters. The rest are taken captive by the guards working for Spyridon Solakis, who has taken over the ship (neglected by Eurystheus for years) and turned it into a casino. Doc is separated from the remaining aides who are later shown a high-stakes poker game in progress in which the prize is the captive Doc Savage. The aides stand by helplessly until a disheveled, nearly naked man enters the room and claims that one of the players overpowered him and took his seat in the game. The impostor reveals himself to be Ham, who overturns the table and fires a gun breaking the glass booth Doc was held in. The Man of Bronze and his aides fight their way to a party boat which Long Tom hotwires and they make their getaway. But where can they find a refuge now…?

 

Additional stories in this comic


Worst Nightmare, Part Five: Till It’s Gone

3 stars

Jason Starr
Writer
Scott Hampton
Penciler
Scott Hampton
Inker
Daniel Vozzo
Colorist

Synopsis:
By Peter Silvestro

The kidnapper is met on the pier by an emissary of Justice, Inc. The suspicious bad guy tries to back out of the deal but the emissary asks him what he has to lose. The kidnapper takes him away in the boat, satisfied he now has three hostages that Richard Benson will pay five million dollars for. Arriving at his hideout, the kidnapper sets this man with the captive Josh and Smitty and turns to discover Steven Monroe—Josh’s brother and the mastermind he had double-crossed—waiting for him. The two criminals point their guns at one another creating a standoff. Meanwhile, in the next room the emissary—actually Benson the Avenger himself—frees his men and sends them to safety while he goes to confront the enemy. The two crooks start shooting at one another and Benson enters and attacks the kidnapper. In the struggle for the gun, the killer is fatally shot. Monroe gets the drop on Benson and demands that he make the call releasing the ransom or he and his men will die. Josh suddenly enters the room and disarms his brother, who confesses that he is in deep debt to drug dealers. He assures Josh that no one was supposed to get hurt. Disgusted, Josh walks out.

Later, after the police have been and gone, Benson sits on the dock with Josh, his family whole again—at the expense of another.

 

Comments


Peter Silvestro (August 12, 2010)
Comments: Nikos Eurystheus was introduced in issue #4. The Blackhawks are mentioned in the Doc story; Doc is mentioned in the Justice, Inc. tale.

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Reviews

By Peter Silvestro
Review: Now here’s something you don’t see every month: a story complete in a single issue. The trend over the last decade in comics has been to stretch every story to fill four-to-six issues, so it’s refreshing to have a tale that begins and ends in the same reading. The bad news is that they replaced the writer and kept the art team. Porter and Thibert’s renderings of Doc Savage and his aides are still bizarre, sad to say. The story is passable but it’s clearly a last minute filler: it doesn’t match the cover and the blurb in the DC catalog both of which promise a tale centering on the Crime College. The Justice, Inc. tale is okay but ends on a less impressive note than the buildup has suggested.

Score: 3 (out of 5)