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Doc Savage (2010 series) #3 Comic Book

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Listed in alphabetical order.

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


The Lord of Lightning, Part Three: Dead Fall

Date of Publication
June 2010
Cover Price

Our Rating:
3 stars


Paul Malmont
Howard Porter
Art Thibert
Brian Miller
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, plummeting through the sky after a failed attempt to board the villains’ dirigible, steers himself to a hard landing atop a passenger blimp, barely managing to hold on. He crashes through the cockpit window and orders the pilot to get the craft airborne….

Meanwhile, Long Tom worries over the fate of his injured wife Marlena, after the doctor informs him that he was disconnected from Doc Savage, thus losing his expert guidance at a crucial part of the operation….

Doc’s aides and cousin Pat, thinking Doc is dead, rush out into the street; Doc calls to them from atop the airship and has them board as the craft takes flight in pursuit of the enemy ship. Aboard the enemy ship, Monk attempts to escape but finds the craft too high to jump from. The mercenaries inform him he is not a hostage but the main target of the kidnapping. Doc’s craft pursues the enemy to the United Nations building where Secretary of State Shaw is attending a peace conference. The enemy soldiers fire on Doc’s ship, causing the Man of Bronze to nearly fall off as it starts to burst into flame.….

Elsewhere, the mastermind behind the attacks on Doc receives a call from The Dean, a criminal knowledge broker who has supplied the intel the villain needed to carry out his plot against Doc Savage. The Dean then excuses himself as his prize student is defending his dissertation in mass murder—which we see carried out as he poisons a Greek millionaire and his female companions aboard his yacht. [Revelation: The Dean is based at the Savage Institute for Criminal Rehabilitation—this is a set-up for the next story arc.]

Doc manages to climb to safety atop the craft and spies the Lord of Lightning’s weaponized floating platform. As the dirigible heads for a crash landing in the river, Doc leaps to the roof of the UN building where he sees Secretary Shaw in the hands of the enemy. Doc promises a rescue but Shaw orders his men to kill Doc. The Man of Bronze is felled by a shot to the head….


Additional stories in this comic

Worst Nightmare, Part Three: There Will Be Consequences

3 stars

Jason Starr
Scott Hampton
Scott Hampton
Daniel Vozzo

By Peter Silvestro

Disguised as an old man, Richard Benson—the Avenger—visits Josh Monroe’s bookie, hoping to gain a lead on his aide’s kidnapping. He learns that Josh had been on a winning streak lately and the bookie would have no reason for harming him. Near Red Hook, Smitty is checking out the coast in a rented boat, looking for some sign on Josh’s abductors. In Hell’s Kitchen, Nelly has found Cynthia Diego’s pimp but the man refuses to answer any of her questions, recognizing her as a member of Justice, Inc. She contacts Benson and fills him in on the situation. Meanwhile, Josh is being beaten by his captors who are plotting to double-cross their employer. Moments later, Smitty steps on shore to investigate a hidden boat and the kidnappers come forth and open fire, gunning down Smitty and the boatman….



Peter Silvestro (June 16, 2010)
Comments: Long Tom, usually a blond, is here portrayed with black hair. The dirigible company is Wayne Airships; we know who that is from FIRST WAVE. First mention of the Golden Tree in this title. Issue includes a six-page preview of BATMAN: ODYSSEY #1.

Peter Silvestro (June 16, 2010)
Neither installment advances their respective story much which is startling in view of the scheduled wrap-up of the Doc Savage tale in the next issue. The highlight is of course the lengthy dirigible chase—something not often seen in comics, and though the artists do their best, it just misses the epic quality it could have had. The aides and Pat have little to do but run around: it's only the third issue and already the writer is having trouble coming up with something for the supporting players to do? The subplot with The Dean is intriguing though; I have to see where this goes.

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