Review: Doc Savage #6
As the millennium draws to a close in 2000, Doc Savage’s operation has expanded into a world-wide network of call centers and helpdesks, enabling him to assist more people than ever. But when a terrorist organization hacks into Doc’s servers and cripples the infrastructure with a malicious virus, countless lives are put at risk. And as planes begin to fall from the skies, can even the Man of Bronze save them all?
Doc Savage reaches the year 2000 in the 6th issue of his new series from Dynamite. The latest adventure of the Man of Bronze is written by Chris Roberson with art by Bilquis Evely. Daniela Miwa handles colors with Rob Steen tackling lettering. Doc Savage has been some pulp fun with a modern twist, but is this month’s issue a hit or a miss?
It’s the year 2000 and Doc Savage has expanded his operation yet again. Whenever someone is in need, they can send an email or make a phone call. Help is immediately dispatched as Savage’s network has become largely automated in the age of computers. Just because things pretty much run themselves doesn’t mean Doc Savage is above doing some of the little things himself. When he lends a hand with a special mission in Africa and starts the trip back home, things take a troubling turn as the good doctor’s computer network is hacked. Doc and his network have come to rely very heavily on the automation the computers provide, so the hack completely cripples Doc’s infrastructure. Can Savage get things up and running again? Will he be able to figure out an analogue solution in a completely digital world? Who is capable of hacking Doc Savage’s creations in the first place?
Roberson writes an issue with a good mixture of pulp goodness and modern conveniences. The story is a little predictable and an iteration of things we’ve seen many times before, but Roberson gives it enough of a twist with the Doc Savage wrapping he uses. It’s a story about us relying too much on computers and what happens when they don’t work. The good part about this is that it seems to be setting up something big for the final two issues. Evely’s art is solid as usual. Doc Savage is still a striking character from the past who stands out in the modern setting. Evely does have a tendency to make his female characters look the same though, but the backgrounds and scenery make up for it in places with its great attention to detail. Miwa’s colors helps to ground things and really present the blend of new and old with the color pallet.
Bottom Line: Doc Savage promises big developments with each finale, but so far it’s just continuing to build. Hopefully it all boils over and things start coming together in the final issues. It’s still an enjoyable series, but Doc Savage is the Man of Bronze with a punch of copper. 3/5
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