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Justice, Inc. #3 Comic Book

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Avenger, Doc Savage, Lamont Cranston, Margo Lane, Pat Savage, Shadow, Voodoo Master.

Title:

Chapter Three: The Invisible Man

Date of Publication
October 2014
Cover Price
$3.99

Our Rating:
4 stars

Credits:

Michael Uslan
Writer
Giovanni Timpano
Penciler
Giovanni Timpano
Inker
Marco Lesko
Colorist
Alex Ross
Cover Penciler
Alex Ross
Cover Inker
Alex Ross
Cover Colorist

Comic Book Synopsis / Plot

Written by Peter Silvestro

In the Himalayas, the Shadow and Doc Savage are shocked to discover that Richard Henry Benson is still alive. They take him to the Temple of Cobras only to discover all the monks have been slaughtered. Master Chow Lee utters his dying words, "Mogul Genghis." They hurry to take Benson to Doc’s fortress while they ponder the meaning of those final words; Shadow suspects his archenemy Shiwan Khan. They believe that the unidentified villain’s motive was Doc’s UQM which will control the atomic energy the Man of Bronze has harnessed in his lab. Benson again startles them by leaping up from the table and tearing off his bandages….

Back in the New York airport, the Voodoo Master confronts the mystery man who appeared last issue to capture Howard Hughes; it is Lamont Cranston. The villain reveals that he has been secretly controlling Cranston’s mind for months, forcing the unwitting millionaire into aiding his scheme to destroy Richard Benson and the Shadow—and the collapse of the Hallibenson company will make the impoverished Cranston rich again.

At the bar in New York’s classy Explorers’ Club, Patricia Savage is contacted by the Shadow’s ally Margo Lane, summoning her to action….

Back at Doc’s Tibetan lab, the heroes discover that the shock Benson underwent has paralyzed the muscles in his face and drained his body of color. He is devastated and this surprise added to the loss of his wife and child sends him into a panic and the Shadow punches him in the face. Then it is learned that Benson’s face can be molded into any shape, making him the perfect master of disguise, as the Shadow considers all the possibilities, demonstrating by changing Benson into Doc Savage. Unnerved, the Man of Bronze reacts by cutting his hair into a widow’s peak. Benson proposes a team of heroes organized along the lines of a business: hence, Justice, Incorporated. Since Benson refuses to take a life in the quest to avenge his loved ones, Shadow trains him in the non-lethal use of gun and knife. While planning their next move, Shadow reveals that the airline passengers on the fatal flight were under some form of hypnosis, pointing at his enemy, the Voodoo Master. But Chow Lee’s final words were "devil Genghis" hinting at Doc Savage’s archenemy John Sunlight. At that moment a band of ninja warriors crashes through the windowed ceiling….

 

Comments


Peter Silvestro (October 31, 2014)
Comments: The plot to assassinate President Franklin Roosevelt was covered in THE SHADOW/GREEN HORNET: DARK NIGHTS. Doc Savage mentions that his ancestors came from the barbarian tribe known as the Vandals; this is a joke reference to DC’s immortal villain Vandal Savage. The Shadow mentions a murder case last May (1938) where a child survived when his parents were slain; Bruce Wayne, of course. The Avengers proposes a League or Society in the interest of Justice; the two obvious names were already taken, of course.

Peter Silvestro (October 31, 2014)
Review: The origin of the Avenger is completed in this issue, though everything seems impossibly accelerated to fit it into a single issue and still have space to check up on the other characters elsewhere. And along with the heroes we’re still lining up the villains so that we just have a general idea what they are after, indeed, we’re still we’re still unsure who all the villains are. The origin of Doc’s widow’s peak hairdo is tossed in for no good reason (and the joke seems lame after teasing it in the previous issue). The layouts cover for the art being a notch below issues 1 & 2, with Doc’s face taking on odd shapes at times (and shouldn’t that be the Avenger’s problem?). The writing is still mostly good, juggling the various plot strands, though anachronisms abound: “out-of-the-box” thinking, “doing shots” in a bar, etc. An odd oversight: we’ve seen so much of the three heroes at Doc’s lab, that it comes as a shock to discover toward the end that there are other people in the building. Quibbling aside this is still one of the best Doc Savage adaptations.

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