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Doc Savage (2010 series) #14 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 Two: Caged Birds Fly

Date of Publication
May 2011
Cover Price
$2.99

Our Rating:
3 stars

Credits:

J. G. Jones
Writer
Qing Pin Mui
Penciler
Qing Pin Mui
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

Johnny, having recovered the Apis Bull amulet from Cleopatra’s sunken palace, is pulled to the surface by the villains; on the way he releases the treasure. Learning that he does no have the amulet, the Arab threatens to execute him on the spot but the Russian woman, Anya, suggests they retain him as leverage against Doc Savage….

Meanwhile under the surface, Doc, clutching the amulet, faces a pair of remote-controlled crocodiles while Renny and Monk battle a quartet of human foes. The Man of Bronze loses his breathing mask in the fight but he is able to rip the circuits out of one croc’s brain, killing it. A hastily fired speargun shaft from Monk kills the other one. Doc and his men rise to the surface to find a government official, Dr. A’zam, ordering their arrest for looting antiquities. Nearby, Anya smiles….

In Siberia near the Mongolian border, General Guyuk and his soldiers bring the spirit banner of Temujin to a meeting with their ally Popov, who is awaiting delivery of the Apis Bull to complete his sinister project….

Doc, Monk, and Renny are in jail, pondering their situation. The Russian seemed to be the woman abducted by the mummy in the museum (last issue). A band of Arabs enter the cell, demanding return of the tracking device they assume to be in Doc’s possession. Doc’s team holds off the assailants….

At the airport, Anya blasts Long Tom with a Taser and leaves something with him before taking off in her jet, radioing Popov that she has double-crossed her ally Dr A’zam, and now has the Apis Bull. Before she delivers the artifact to Popov, she has a use of her own to put it to first, and will not take no for an answer….

Doc and company quickly dispatch their enemies (off-panel) and Dr. A’zam arrives with Ham Books, requesting Doc’s help: he admits he was duped by the woman and she stole the amulet, and now they need Doc to recover it for them. Ham has secured their release with the proviso that they retrieve the antiquity for Egypt. Johnny was left behind and will be joining them. Doc asks A’zam for the return of their equipment—and the heads of the two dead crocodiles. In flight, Long Tom shows them the tracking device Anya left with him, an open invitation to follow her. But a hidden feature of the device allows Popov to listen in on the heroes’ conversation. Popov then tells the man in the iron lung (see last issue) about his plans to deal with this new complication. Meanwhile, Doc’s plane has caught up to Anya’s jet in Siberia, and Doc has discovered that the croc’s brains contain an unknown substance that make the cells nearly immortal. Their plane is fired on from the ground, Renny takes evasive action and the two missiles zoom by. Then they look out of the craft and spy something new—a pterodactyl in flight….

 

Comments


Peter Silvestro (May 17, 2011)
Comments: There is a reference to Doc’s adventures in the Zone, from issues 6-12.

Peter Silvestro (May 17, 2011)
Review: Better than the previous issue: Jones’ story is shaping up into something different than the usual Egyptian clichés, though it is now veering into DEVIL GENGHIS territory. Are we going to be resurrecting John Sunlight along with the Khan? While still not all that impressive, Mui’s art is less distracting though the faces remain impossibly broad. Big question: what’s with Johnny and Renny both having a ring of bare skin around the hair on top of their heads; are they members of some strange monastic order?

Peter Silvestro (May 17, 2011)
Review: Better than the previous issue: Jones’ story is shaping up into something different than the usual Egyptian clichés, though it is now veering into DEVIL GENGHIS territory. Are we going to be resurrecting John Sunlight along with the Khan? While still not all that impressive, Mui’s art is less distracting though the faces remain impossibly broad. Big question: what’s with Johnny and Renny both having a ring of bare skin around the hair on top of their heads; are they members of some strange monastic order?

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