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Doc Savage (2013) #1 Comic Book

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Listed in alphabetical order.

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


(No title given)

Date of Publication
December 2013
Cover Price

Our Rating:
2.5 stars


Chris Roberson
Bilquis Evely
Bilquis Evely
Daniela Miwa
Alex Ross
Cover Penciler
Alex Ross
Cover Inker
Alex Ross
Cover Colorist

Comic Book Synopsis / Plot

Written by Peter Silvestro

1933: Doc Savage is lecturing at Princeton University when his aides Monk and Ham burst in to summon him to an adventure. Racing downtown, they discover weird lights in the sky and citizens turned into a vicious mob of animals. The madness stops as quickly as it began. Doc connects the madness and the sky lights to radio waves. Two more outbreaks of insane violence allow Doc and his aides to trace a pattern. Wearing protective helmets, Doc and company apply first aid and restraint to the rioters. Long Tom pinpoints the origin of the madness: the top of the Empire State Building. Doc heads up there and catches the villain with his deadly device. Spouting off about proving that man is basically an evil animal, the baddie topples off the roof. Doc catches him with a mighty leap (and a grappling hook) and turns him over to the authorities. Doc ends by reminding the aides that they are pledged to help all those in need, even the criminals.



Peter Silvestro (December 11, 2013)
Comments: As with every other adaptation since the 80s, Ham has a mustache. Typo on p. 1: Institute for Advance Studies should have been “Advanced.”

Peter Silvestro (December 11, 2013)
Review: Well, that was disappointing. Knowing Dynamite’s reputation and seeing that ideal Alex Ross cover raised my hopes for this comic very high. Were we finally going to get a great Doc comic book after all the let-downs of the past? Answer: no. The story: Not at all interesting. The characters seem okay but the plot is very weak. A guy has a machine that makes people aggressive. They locate him Doc grabs him, it’s over. No danger, no suspense, no real threat, nothing. The villain is a complete loser. And we’re supposed to care that it’s “far from over” on the last page? Hints seem to indicate that the story will move through the ensuing years and maybe center on Doc’s Crime College; if so I hope it’s better than this inaugural issue. The art: Dull. The characters are fairly wooden, the layouts aren’t creative, there’s no sense of excitement to anything. The character designs: This is the worst. Doc looks like a normal guy, Monk isn’t particularly apelike, Johnny isn’t tall and thin, Long Tom looks healthy, Renny isn’t gloomy. In fact the guys (including Doc!) are all the same height. And with their hair covered I couldn’t tell Doc, Renny, Long Tom, and the villain apart. When you can’t tell Doc Savage from Long Tom, something has gone radically wrong. And I might as well go all the way: 22 pages of story, nine pages of ads, 1 page publisher announcements for four dollars. Feh.

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