Review: Doc Savage #3
It is 1961, and Doc Savage’s team of aides includes old veterans who have been with him from the beginning, and young newcomers who are experts in the frontiers of science and invention. Doc is about to unveil his greatest discovery, one which could change the course of history and improve the lives of everyone on Earth. But a madman with an atomic bomb has other plans…
The Man of Bronze is back in action this month with the release of Doc Savage #3. The story is written by Chris Roberson with art by Bliquis Evely. Daniela Miwa handles colors with Rob Steen tackling lettering. Doc Savage has been a bit of a slow burn with the first two issues. Is #3 where the fires start raging?
The year is now 1961. Doc’s associates are a little older and a little greyer around the temples, but he’s still just young looking and built like the proverbial outhouse constructed of bricks. It turns out the project Doc Savage has been working on since the 30s was a special serum that effectively halted the effects of aging. The good doctor plans to go public with his findings, so he shows off his magical formula during a meeting at the White House. The plan is to unveil everything to the world during a U.N. meeting the following day. When Doc’s research island is held hostage by the villainous ARACHNE, all his plans and research may be for nothing. Will Doc be able to save the day once again? Will he be able to share his findings with the world?
Roberson writes a solid issue. The new time period allows Roberson to show how Doc is an unchanging force in an ever changing world. This is largely another quick story that shows Doc being brilliant, his associates bickering, and him swooping in to confront evil. There is a big twist at the end though that finally starts to show some cracks in the titular character. The first two issues felt like one-shots, but I think I can see what Roberson is playing at for the overarching story. Evely’s art is very crisp and pulp-y. The characters are really able to differentiate themselves now thanks to the advancement of time. There is a special cameo by who I can only assume is JFK and Lyndon Johnson in the White House scene, but they’re largely unrecognizable. The context and a slight verbal tick were the only things to suggest who the characters were supposed to be. Miwa’s colors keeps thing grounded and very much of the time period Roberson is exploring.
Bottom Line: Doc Savage is starting to build up to be something exciting. This issue loses that one-shot feel and finally starts to break open the character of Doc Savage. 3/5