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Doc Savage (2010 series) #17 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 Five: Moving Targets

Date of Publication
August 2011
Cover Price
$2.99

Our Rating:
3 stars

Credits:

J. G. Jones
Writer
Dan Panosian
Penciler
Dan Panosian
Inker
Thomas Chu
Colorist
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 creates a diversion, luring Popov away so he and Anya can sneak into the villain’s complex. In the lab they discover the broken and barely living body of Anya’s father, Major Afanasy. Doc observes that the Major had been prepped for surgery, likely to implant microchips into his body. A search of the lab also discloses the corpse of Genghis Khan preserved in a chemical-filled capsule….

In the wilderness, Monk returns to Ham and Johnny bearing a captive Neanderthal. They question him (he knows the local language). At the rendezvous, Renny and Long Tom have been surrounded by Mongols; it turns out they are friendly, the leader (who was educated in the United States) explains that he and his party were offended by Popov’s scheme to exhume the body of Genghis Khan and split off from their tribe…at this point they are attacked by Popov’s Mongol supporters led by General Guyuk. The Neanderthals, led by Monk whom they consider a shaman, and the other aides appear on the scene and join in the battle….

In the lab, Doc interviews Afansy, who knew Doc’s father, and learns that the Major and his men in the Red Star had been sent to the Gulag for their refusal to carry out atrocities on prisoners ordered by their Soviet leaders. Popov cooperated with the authorities and was permitted to continue his biomedical experiments—which he tested on his hated old commander, including a cyborg bear, which left Afansy with his critical injuries. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Afansy was released and devoted himself to training his daughter to be his operative. Then came the devil’s bargain with Popov, to seize the Apis Bull in exchange for healing her father. Doc examines Popov’s notes and concludes that such a procedure could restore Afansy to health—but he would need the Apis Bull. Anya had hidden it before they entered the complex in case they were captured; she returns to the downed plane in the woods—only to find Popov waiting for her, with the Apis Bull in hand….

 

Comments


Peter Silvestro (August 15, 2011)
Review: It took me less time to write up this issue than it did to read it. Two pages of plot stretched to fill an issue. ZZZZ. Even Panosian’s Doc looks sleepy-eyed. This story was getting interesting; what happened? Looks like they demanded that Jones make the story fill six issues so they could market a trade collection—then ran out of time for the conclusion. Still want to see the final issue though. On general principles.

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