Doc Savage: Ring of Fire #1+2

Writer: David Avallone

Art: Dave Acosta

1938: Amelia Earhart is missing, volcanoes are going off under US Navy bases, Silver Death’s Heads are trying to kill Doc Savage, and FDR is quite concerned about all of this. Return to the 1930s for a thrilling four-issue miniseries reuniting the Twilight Zone: The Shadow creative team of writer David Avallone and artist Dave Acosta!

What if volcanoes were weapons of war? What if Amelia Earhart was alive, but captive? Where is Pat Savage off to? Hey, what’s that submarine doing there? Doc Savage has questions. David Avallone and Dave Acosta provide the answers. Planes, submarines, battle cruisers, mad scientists, madcap heiresses and the Man of Bronze collide in the Pacific, in the thrilling second chapter of DOC SAVAGE: RING OF FIRE.

Okay apparently, I’ve been reviewing Dynamite Comics enough and / or they keep pulling the same short cuts that I keep getting pulled out of the story.

Instead of having an ongoing comic, Dynamite will just cut up the plot into miniseries.  I assume this is done so they can put issue 1s on the covers and entice people to try the book but personally I feel a tad cheated when there is already backstory being used in the plot and you have no idea what they are talking about.

The thing that really annoys me though is how they keep having colors over pencils with no inks.  Some times the pencils are too loose and not strong enough to stand on their own.  Other times the colors are such a wash a panel or page becomes a mudded mess.  I’ve talk to an artist who has done work with for Dynamite and they politely expressed how they weren’t thrilled how the colorists ruin the overall art.  It’s fine if Dynamite wants to save a few dollars and cut out inkers, but that means the remaining jobs of penciller and colorist become more important to the heavy lifting of storytelling.  Shortcutting on the colorist too just makes the whole thing weak.

The story itself is fine.  I am not super familiar with Doc Savage except for random issues here and there (and half the time Savage is paired with Batman or other characters), but it’s a fun action and adventure romp.  The dialogue is a bit flat and doesn’t stand out much but you don’t need Shakespeare with your action movie.

Overall I give it a 2.5 out of 5.  I would have given it higher but I’m grown tired of Dynamite’s shortcuts in making comics.

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Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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