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Doc Savage (2010 series) #13 Comic Book

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Characters

Listed in alphabetical order.


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

Title:

Raise the Khan, Chapter One: Palace in the Sea

Date of Publication
April 2011
Cover Price
$2.99

Our Rating:
3 stars

Credits:

J. G. Jones
Writer
Qing Pin Mui
Penciler
Qing Pin Mui
Inker
Qing Pin Mui
Colorist
J. G. Jones
Cover Penciler
J. G. Jones
Cover Inker
J. G. Jones
Cover Colorist

Comic Book Synopsis / Plot

Written by Peter Silvestro

In flight to Egypt, Doc Savage and his aides review recent events in New York: they were at the Metropolitan Museum for the opening of a new exhibit of artifacts sent by Johnny from his recent dig. In one of the display rooms, a mummy sat up from its sarcophagus and hurled a knife, striking a Russian diplomat. Doc scuffled with the giant monster and was thrown across the room; the mummy then seized the diplomat’s female companion and leaped from a window and escaped. The wounded Russian spoke of Pharos, Palace of the Queen, the Apis Bull and said to beware Sunlight, before dying…. En route Doc tries to radio Johnny to let him know they are coming but the archaeologist is seized by the huge mummy and carried off…

In a remote lab in Siberia, an unseen villain receives a progress report on the mission to retrieve the Apis Bull from his henchmen who have Johnny a prisoner. The villain then goes back to his work involving a man kept alive in an iron lung….

Arriving in Alexandria, Doc and his men head to Johnny’s workroom where they discover that the place has been ransacked. Johnny’s notebook reveals that the archaeologist is searching for the lost palace of Cleopatra which sank beneath the sea after an earthquake centuries ago. Ham leaves to do some research on the Russian who was involved in many shady dealings around the world to determine his interest here. In the street, they are attacked by the mummy and a gang of thugs. Doc and company win the battle. Examining the mummy, Doc discovers he is a Mongol wrestler whose strength has been augmented by a technology the Man of Bronze has never before seen….

Near Pharos Island, Doc, Renny, and Long Tom dive into the depths in search of the sunken palace. Doc uses the Geiger counter he found at Johnny’s office to locate the building. As they watch the entrance, Johnny comes out, holding the Apis Bull; he is then pulled to the surface by the villains. Suddenly Doc and company are attacked by a gang of divers…and a pair of crocodiles….

 

Comments


Peter Silvestro (April 22, 2011)
Comments: There is a reference to Doc’s adventures in the Zone, from issues 6-12. Issue includes a six-page “special sneak preview” of ARKHAM CITY issue #1.

Peter Silvestro (April 22, 2011)
Review: A new creative team takes over with this issue and the results are mixed. Cover artist J.G. Jones takes over the writing chores and he was described as a Doc Savage fan which is promising, after Paul Malmont who seemed uncomfortable with the assignment and Brian Azzarello, who seemed to dislike the character. Nothing much so far but everything seems okay; it’s hard to tell from just one issue how the rest of it will go. The biggest pitfall for Jones is his choice of the overused Egyptian setting for his plot. He will have a challenge finding a way to set it apart from the canonical Egyptian tales (RESURRECTION DAY, THE AWFUL DYNASTY, THE PHARAOH’S GHOST); Marvel managed to do it with “The Sky Stealers!” but already we have mummies and tombs so his work is cut out for him. The art by Qing Pin Mui is disappointing: a plethora a thin lines and blocky bodies, it is characterized by big heads with small faces and the aides are hard to tell apart. And there is one overly coy moment: the muttered warning about “Sunlight.” C’mon, every Doc fan knows who this refers to, and Doc met the guy in FIRST WAVE so he at least should be aware of the possibility that he will be encountering his archenemy (actually his father’s archenemy in this version). We’ll see where this goes in the second issue.

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