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Doc Samson #3: Review

Mar 1996
Evan Skolnick, ?

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4 stars

Doc Samson #3 Review by (August 30, 2022)

Review: Another cool issue despite the 90s cartoony look as Samson battles the monster and loses. Issue also features a strange cameo by the Punisher (which earns him the cover); at least he doesn’t try to give Doc Samson a pep talk, just reminding him to keep his promises.

Comments: The Punisher “died” in PUNISHER (1995 series) #1. Crazy Eight was executed in THE INCREDIBLE HULK #300. Pencils by Andrew Wildman and Roberto Flores. Inks by Ralph Cabrera and Brad Vancata.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Doc Samson #3 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Doc Samson and Dee Dee “Geiger” Dearborn are searching the city for Patchwork by tracing his gamma signature but so far they haven’t had any luck. Geiger explains that she was a shy physics student who was exposed to a sudden surge at the University’s particle accelerator and then she started having dreams that she was the Patchwork Killer; Samson ponders how she then “became” the killer and now she is copying many of Doc’s superhero mannerisms. Geiger then detects a scream from Patchwork’s new victim and they head in that direction, Samson trying to keep her safely behind….

Detective Trina Sharp visits the medical examiner to see the two latest victims. One is the horribly mutilated corpse of the young woman whose green contact lenses made her useless for Patchwork’s purposes and the other is the weak but still alive Jen Walters, drained of her She-Hulk powers by the enemy….

Samson and Geiger track the villain’s gamma signature down through the subway where they discover loose body parts and the intact living jogger. It turns out to be a trap and they are attacked by Patchwork. Samson warns Geiger to stay back as she may turn into his double again….

At the hospital, Sharp tries to gain information from the comatose Jen; Sharp tell Jen that Doc Samson is on the case. Jen warns her that the killer can drain Samson’s gamma powers and is the worst person to battle this villain….

Samson invokes a post-hypnotic suggestion he had earlier implanted in Geiger to keep her safe. He attacks Patchwork but the villain is much more powerful, having gained She-Hulk’s strength. Doc bashes his foe in the head with a ripped-up piece of track and panics when he believes he may have killed him, visions of the deaths of the Punisher and Crazy Eight flashing through his head, deaths he feels responsible for. But the villain was faking and he grabs Samson and drains some of his power, leaving him weak. Patchwork then picks up the green-eyed jogger and slashes her throat, departing with the body….

Geiger reports back to Detective Sharp that Patchwork has claimed another victim and Doc Samson has quit, heading for home. As Doc is on his way to the airport, a tire of the cab is shot out. Doc, ready for action, leaps for the cab and spots the Punisher on a nearby roof. Samson jumps up to confront him and Punisher opens fire on him; Doc leaps for cover, realizing that a) Frank Castle is still alive, and b) he is really angry at Doc Samson. Punisher is there to remind Samson that he promised to catch the killer and reminds him that he (Doc) is the perfect weapon against Patchwork. Doc’s phone rungs and it is Kyle Barker, the young man whom Doc saved from killing himself (issue #1); he learned from the news that Doc Samson was quitting the case and he advises Doc not to give up; Doc decides to stay until the killer is caught and thanks Kyle for his concern. And then we learn that Kyle Barker is Patchwork….

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Barberoids 1 cover original artwork on ebay

Christie Scheele
Ken Lashley (Cover Penciler)
Toinay (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Plot: . Letterer: Jack Morelli.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Doc Samson
Doc Samson

(Leonard Samson)

(Frank Castle)

(Jennifer Walters)

Plus: Geiger (Dee Dee Dearborn).

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